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Mobile World Congress in Barcelona: Veolia wins for its smart urban waste management

Veolia received first prize for narrow-band Internet of Things innovators, in the category Mobile NB-IoT, during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona (Spain) held from 27 February to 2 March. The Group was rewarded for one of its innovations: connected containers that allow for smarter management of urban waste.

The connected containers invented by Veolia are a major innovation in the field of smart waste management. Equipped with narrow-band (NB-IoT) sensors, they provide real-time visibility on their fill level. It makes it possible to reduce the number of trucks needed for waste collection and consequently limit CO2 emissions.
In partnership with the telephone operator Huawei, the data collected thanks to the sensors is transmitted via Vodafone Spain's mobile network and then processed to optimize collection circuits.

The NB-IoT standard used for these sensors is compatible with the Long Term Evolution (LTE) standard and the 4G telephone network. It means the connected container market can be deployed immediately by using existing 4G infrastructures. And with lower communication costs and longer battery life, Veolia envisages that 100% of containers will be connected in the medium term.

"We are seeing real enthusiasm on the smart city market. On the basis of evolutions in technologies, uses and markets, we will accelerate the digital transformation of our company and our businesses," explained Alain Staron, Senior Vice President Digital Strategy, Offers & Partnerships.


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