Bratislava Launches Project Using Smart Technology

Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, in cooperation with the technology company Sensoneo, has announced the launch of a project targeted at waste digitalization and efficient waste collection.

The European Innovation Council subsidized the project. Sensoneo received the respective grant in the summer of 2020 for the large-scale deployment of its solution to demonstrate its environmental and economic benefits. As reported, the project includes several stages to be implemented until April 2022. The city expects savings on waste collection-related mileage, emissions, and the possibility for early intervention in the case of overfilled containers. “For the citizens of Bratislava, this would mean cleaner public spaces and more efficient waste collection services,” explained Katarína Rajčanová, city spokeswoman.

The project includes:

  • Digitalization of 85,000 containers, installation of 1,753 Sensoneo sensors to monitor all containers for glass waste and underground bins across the city
  • Deployment of 92 Sensoneo WatchDog devices on all waste collection vehicles to automatically digitalize the waste collection process and automatically verify pick-ups
  • Dynamic waste collection powered by Sensoneo’s Route Optimization
  • Testing of Sensoneo’s prototypes facilitating the introduction of “Pay as you sort” models and recognizing fill-levels of containers during the pick-up

Digitalization of waste infrastructure is in line with the city’s Strategy for Municipal Waste Management of the transition to a circular economy during 2021-2026. “Our goal is to have exact data on the volume of waste that residents produce. These data would then be reflected in statistics at the taxpayer level. Each collection container or bag in the city will be tagged, and its dumping will be recorded using the waste collection technology,” Ivana Maleš, co-author of the city document, is cited.

According to the scope, size and technologies applied, the project represents first-of-its-kind deployment on a global level, smart waste management solutions provider Sensoneo emphasized in a press release. “The use of smart technologies in the management and collection of waste is in its early stages as of yet – even the world’s most well-known capitals are piloting the technologies. At the moment, there is no reference from a large-scale deployment that provides the evidence of the benefits covering such a large scope – infrastructure management, process digitization and dynamic collection.”

(Published in GLOBAL RECYCLING Magazine 2/2021, Page 35, Photo: Sensoneo)