Urbaser optimises efficient waste management with Microsoft Azure IoT

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Urbaser is continually working on transforming its services through the implementation of state-of-the-art technologies. The company implements information and communications technology (ICT) associated with the concept of the Smart City, in line with its commitment to forming part of the Industry 4.0 revolution.

Urbaser is now running the first version of its IoT platform, which enables the management of all its assets: vehicle fleet, industrial processes carried out at waste and wastewater treatment facilities, and the different assets distributed throughout the city, such as refuse containers.

Urbaser’s IoT roadmap has initially focused on the company’s urban services, particularly refuse collection and street cleansing. The ability to monitor vehicles and refuse containers with IoT sensors and subsequently transmit data to the Microsoft Azure cloud platform makes it possible to set up real time information systems. These systems are used by urban service managers to optimise resources allocated to tasks, thereby maximising the level of service provided to the city, improving collection routes, and reducing noise levels, fuel consumption and gas emissions. Moreover, the real-time information received from vehicles enables potential failures to be detected so that repairs and interruptions to services can be minimised.