The winner in the best product category was the Sofrel S4W remote management system for technical facilities, manufactured by Sofrel Lacroix. This telemetry station adapts to the new challenges facing network operators and features an integrated cybersecurity system. The prize for the best technology solution was awarded to Aragón company Contazara for its remote water meter reading system based on the Narrow Band–IoT communications standard. This is one of the new services offered by mobile telephone operators to ensure connectivity in “smart cities”. The system is capable of covering an entire city and offering comprehensive, real-time information on water consumption, for the purpose of fostering efficient management and eco-friendly behaviour.
The prize for best R&D&i project was won by Socamex for its Smart Plant initiative, which proposes testing eco-innovative, energy-efficient solutions in real-life environments, with a view to upgrading wastewater treatment plants. The project also seeks to close the value chain loop through the implementation of low-carbon technologies for the recovery of materials that would otherwise be lost. The project objective is to generate a catalogue of new products, including: biopolymers, cellulose, fertilizers and intermediate compounds. These products will be recovered at the plants and processed to create an end product. The project, which will continue until 2020, also envisages creating a decision-making support framework, which will be validated to identify the optimal integration options for recovered resources and the technologies to be implemented.