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Herramienta inteligente de gestión de residuos basada en datos en tiempo real


Oferta Tecnológica
Una pyme española del sector de telecomunicaciones ha desarrollado una herramienta para optimizar las rutas de recogida de basura mediante la monitorización constante del contendido de los contenedores de basura. Los sensores instalados en los contenedores miden el contenido o variación de temperatura. Gracias a estos sensores, se avisa a los camiones de basura para que realicen la recogida cuando están llenos los contenedores. La empresa busca compañías informáticas, centros de investigación y administraciones públicas con el fin de establecer acuerdos de comercialización con asistencia técnica, cooperación técnica o investigación.


Smart waste management tool based on real-time data.
A Southern Spanish SME, active in the field of Telecom, has developed a tool for optimising collection routes by constantly monitoring the content level of waste containers. By installing sensors in the containers, it´s possible to be alerted for collection based on container content level or temperature variation. They are seeking IT companies, Research Centers and Public Administrations for different types of agreements: commercial with technical assistance, technical/research cooperation.
Treatment and management of garbage are one of the most important issues that any Public Administration (mostly Local) has to deal with.

It involves large expenditures (investment costs, operational costs and environmental costs) and shows a high impact on the quality life of citizens and in the environmental conditions.

Planning the collection of solid urban waste is based on predefined routes and experience, causing unnecessary costs and underuse of equipment. Often empty containers are collected and full containers overloaded, causing an increase in cleaning costs.

A Southern Spanish SME, very active in the field of Telecommunications and settled in a Technology -Y- Science Park, has developed a novel waste collection, monitoring system to plan, monitor and select the optimal route for garbage trucks based on real time traceability data.

This system optimizes collection routes by constantly monitoring the content level of waste containers.

By installing sensors in the containers, it is possible to receive real-time alerts for collection based on container content level or for temperature variation (fires) enabling a reduction in damage liability and response time.

This innovative solution applies innovative concepts in this field, making it more dynamic and adapted to technologies that have been developed in laboratories such as WSN (Wireless Sensors Network) and GPS (Global Positioning System) and some other communications technologies which are rising right now in IoT (Internet of Things) like Sigfox, Lora, Narrow Band.

The system is made of 2 components:

1. The monitoring device installed inside the containers. It is responsible for gathering real-time data turning every container into an active and intelligent element. Each sensor is capable of measuring the filling level of the container autonomously, the interior temperature or detect a sudden movement. Each device can be configured remotely via client-enabled website.

2. Online management platform (Software as a Service (SaaS) model) with the following features:

Cloud data repository.
Dashboard and remote configuration of devices.
Web application developed with latest technologies.
Monitoring information.

The key fact in this solution is having information about the replenishment level at each bin and therefore, based on this information, reorganize the collection route, the containers´ location, change the time of the collection... to optimize the management in order to save energy, fuel and avoid people inconveniences related to waste collection (noise, smells, traffic collapses...).

This system is specially adapted to inorganic garbage like papers or glasses, packaging, clothes among others.

Current and Potential Domain of Application:
- Garbage management in Smart Cities.
- The solution can be applied to many other contexts like management of stock or supplier chains.

The Spanish SME is interested in getting in contact with several types partners. Collaboration to be approached would depend on the partner needs or type:

a) Final users (Public Administrations - areas of Cleaning and waste management), are sought for commercial agreements with technical assistance according to their needs.
b) ICT services and/or sensoring firms will contribute via technical cooperation or commercial agreement with technical assistance.
c) Research Centres are sought for collaborative Research projects.
Advantages and Innovations:
1. Improve routing and changes collection frequency.
2. Avoid containers overfilling.
3. Fuel and staffing cost-saving.
4. Contributes to maintain the cities healthier and cleaner: reduction of traffic congestion and CO2 emissions reduction.
5. Helps to decrease waste collection expenditures and contributes to the protection of the environment.
6. Citizen awareness: Increased visibility of the service provider through publication of bin fill status and location data in web platforms and multiple channels (corporate web, cellphone, tablet...). This service next to web and mobile services and apps also stimulates citizen participation; in the end, thus increases citizen satisfaction with public services related to waste collection
7. Helps to sustain the environment for future generations by developing Green IT.

1. Provides real time information and dynamic route planning in order to calculate the optimal and smartest route in terms of number of bins and collection frequency and therefore, a reduction in fuel and human resource costs.
2. Detection alerts for waste decomposition through temperature sensor installation and also fire alarm capacity
3. Application of ICT concepts to a quite different field as it is garbage collection. Bring together many different technologies into one project taking advantage of existing synergies between them.
4. Increase possibilities to recycle garbage.
Stage of Development:
Already on the market

Partner sought

Type and Role of Partner Sought:
Type of partners sought:
Companies, SMEs, Research Centres, Public Administrations.

Specific area of activity of the partner:
a) ICT services and/or sensoring in case of companies, SMEs or Research Centre.
b) Cleaning or waste management in case of Public Administrations.

Tasks to be performed by the partner sought:

a) In case of final users (Public Administrations), the partner sought will provide his specific needs for customisation and implementation of the technology by the Spanish SME or any other technical partner. They would contribute to dissemination of the technology as a best practice of route optimization services. Commercial Agreements with technical assistance are sought for this type of partner.

b) ICT services and/or sensoring firms will contribute via technical cooperation or comercial agreements with technical assistance in terms of: dissemination, technical consultancy, technical support, maintenance and join upgrading of the technology (if necessary)

c) Research Centres will cooperate in terms of collaborative research projects that might contribute to dissemination or upgrading the technology.


Type and Size of Client:
Industry SME 50-249
Already Engaged in Trans-National Cooperation:
Languages Spoken:


Technology Keywords:
01003022 Aplicaciones inteligentes
10003 Gestión de residuos
01003025 Internet of Things
01006008 Satellite Technology/Positioning/Communication in GPS
01003024 Tecnologías de la nube