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Innovation at the heart of urban transformation

The International Innovative City convention takes place in Nice on 25th and 26th June. This is an opportunity to debate the means and technologies enabling the establishment of tomorrow’s sustainable towns, and for Veolia to present its expertise in the field of urban intelligence.

“Urban areas are constantly expanding, consuming 75% of the world’s energy and 60% of drinking water, and giving off 80% of greenhouse gases. The needs may be immense, but there are numerous solutions”, says Antoine Frérot, Chairman and Managing Director of Veolia, who sees in this urban transformation an opportunity for innovation and development.

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For the group, innovation is an indispensable part of the effective evolution of towns. “It is taking new directions and has a new impetus, in response to the scale of the challenge to be faced. Innovation is a lever promoting competitiveness, difference and excellence for the Group, and for towns it is a tremendous vehicle to encourage progress, increase attractiveness, and optimise finances”, Veolia state in their innovations notebook for the regions 


3 technologies for sustainable development in towns  

Veolia offers innovative, concrete solutions which assist the necessary transformation of towns seeking a model for sustainable development. Here is a close-up view of three of them, already implemented around the world.



The automated collection of waste: Collecting waste represents a cost to communities and needs optimal organisation. Veolia has therefore developed technologies that optimise the collection and make it intelligent. They suggest equipping public waste containers with sensors to record every hour, remotely, how full they are. These data, processed by a computer program, will build up a record for collection points, and establish a more efficient collection programme, without the risk of the container overflowing, or only being half-full.

A new-generation sensor for high-quality water: High-quality, readily-available water is a prerequisite for towns and cities, and particularly capital cities and tourist areas. In the light of this, Veolia has developed the KAPTA TM 3000 sensor, a tool for managing and distributing drinking water. In concrete terms, it controls the quality of the water in the distribution networks, in real time and within key parameters, such as the detection of active chlorine, pressure, and temperature. This instrument detects any changes in water quality and why they are occurring: leaks, corrosion of pipes, or effects of biofouling. 

Individualised metering and follow-up to control consumption of water and energy: At a time of energy transition, where energy consumption has to be controlled and economies made, Veolia offers a solution based on individualised metering of cold water, hot water and electricity. They also supply an interface for communication for tenants and social landlords. In the form of a web or TV application, this enables consumption to be seen directly and individualised assistance to be offered to tenants.


Veolia’s research division

With around 900 international experts, Veolia has developed one of the biggest R&D divisions, with one central mission: Resourcing the world. And in regional offices, the accent is on three areas that pose particular challenges for the future: water, and valuing and managing energy resources. This work is carried out in close collaboration with international and institutional partners.
As a result, more than 2000 patents have been taken out and numerous experimentation platforms and pilot research units have been set up around the world.