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Smart Environment

TotalCtrl Restaurant

TotalCtrl Restaurant promotes sustainable operations by providing restaurant owners and employees with digital control over food inventory.

When a food delivery has arrived, staff use TotalCtrl Restaurant to confirm that the invoice matches the delivery. This ensures that the restaurant has the correct quantity and type of goods, as well as an overview of the expiry date for each item. The solution sends notifications when items are about to expire, enabling staff to prevent food waste.

Urban Waste project

The socio-economic impact of tourism is extraordinary in cities, but it brings at the same time a range of negative externalities, including high levels of unsustainable resource consumption and waste production. In comparison with other cities, tourist cities have to face additional challenges related to waste prevention and management due to their geographical and climatic conditions, the seasonality of tourism flow and the specificity of tourism industry and of tourists as waste producers.

MOPA – Participatory monitoring

The city of Maputo faced many health and safety problems related with insufficient and poorly managed waste collection. These issues have been properly addressed with the introduction of MOPA – Monitoria Participativa in 2016. MOPA is a web-based platform for participatory monitoring of the delivery of public urban services, namely waste management issues, in the city of Maputo.

PAYT smart waste system

Guimarães City Council, Vitrus Ambiente and Resinorte joined forces and introduced a new smart waste management system in the historic centre of the city. With the launch of the Pay-As-You-Throw (PAYT) system, in 2016, citizens and traders have to pay for the garbage they produce, encouraging the recycling of their solid waste.

An electric vehicle collects the trash bags that are left on the street every day, several times a day. Residents and shop owners can leave their waste outside to be collected during the day.

Solar powered smart bins

The town installed  solar-powered compactor equipped Bigbelly bins. A sensor inside the bin activates the compactor when the rubbish gets to a certain level. Crushing the contents enables a Bigbelly bin to hold up to six times more waste than a standard rubbish bin. The bin sends real-time level data to a dashboard that lets contractors and city operational leaders know how full the bin is, and when it needs emptying.

Interceptor, the river plastic waste collector boat

The Interceptor is The Ocean Cleanup’s answer for river plastic waste. It is the first scalable solution to prevent plastic from entering the world’s oceans from rivers. It is 100% solar-powered, extracts plastic autonomously, and is capable of operating in the majority of the world’s most polluting rivers. The debris enters the Interceptor with the natural current of the river. All electronics on the Interceptor, including the conveyor belt, shuttle, lights, sensors, data transmission, are solar-powered.

Bright Green Forssa Region

The town of Forssa is in the middle of the Finnish agricultural landscape, located within a triangle formed by the three largest cities in Finland, and with good transportation connections. The largest national research institute for agriculture and bioeconomy is also located in the Forssa region.

Zalaegerszeg - smart waste collection containers

Smart waste collection containers were installed in Zalaegerszeg as part of the Interreg Hungary-Croatia Cross-border Program. Many investments have already been made in the smart city program. Among other things, new electric charging stations have been developed, a waste management facility has been built and the Smart City mobile application is being tested. These containers are similar to conventional selective waste bins. They differ in that their sensors signal when they are full and notify the service company.

Biofabrik - WASTX technology

The BIOFABRIK Technologies GmbH group of companies based in Dresden develops and markets innovative technologies for the sustainable management of energy, nutrition and waste problems worldwide. BIOFABRIK aims to reduce the destructive extraction of fossil raw materials and focuses on the development of more profitable and climate-neutral business models.