SPAIN – Slovakia-based smart waste monitoring company, Sensoneo has announced plans to install smart waste monitoring sensors in Madrid to enhance collection.

Sensoneo says more than 11,000 sensors will be installed in bins with light packaging, textile, glass, organic and general waste.

The data will be sent to the company’s Smart Waste Management Software System and used in optimized route planning. 

According to a news release from Sensoneo, the solution will be deployed in cooperation with local partner Candam, as part of the waste collection service contract for Madrid with Valoriza, Acciona and OHL Ingesan. 

Benjamin Varese, Candam International Sales Director said: “In Spain and Southern Europe, waste management has not started utilizing technology at a large scale.

“Although many cities are aware of the importance of the digitization of the waste sector, none have been able to commit to a big project.

“With Madrid as the capital having the largest smart waste project in Europe, we expect other cities in the region to join.”  

The installation of sensors will start in the first quarter of 2023. Smart waste implementation is a part of Madrid’s strategy to become a benchmark ‘Smart City.’

The company says the main reason behind using smart sensors is to bring more efficiency to waste collection services, while also reducing emissions, traffic and noise.

Other benefits of smart waste monitoring are fuel and cost savings and reducing the time necessary for waste collection, Sensoneo says.

“Our smart waste solutions have helped cities, businesses and countries all over the world bring more efficiency into waste management while reducing environmental footprint,” says Martin Basila, co-founder and CEO of Sensoneo.

“Implementing smart waste technology on such a large scale is surely a milestone for both Sensoneo and the city of Madrid.

“I am happy more and more cities realize the importance of implementing technologies to improve the sustainability of waste services, and such a large smart waste installation will no doubt bring significant results.”  

This comes at a time when the installed base of smart waste sensors is expected to grow at a CAGR of 30.8% through 2023, reaching 1.5 million, according to a study by Berg Insight.

According to the study, Europe accounts for more than 50% of the installed base. Markets such as the Benelux, France, the UK, Spain and the Nordics have seen particularly positive market developments.

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