Santander, Spain

Smart Waste Management

NEC provides an operational control software module as part of NEC’s Cloud City Operations Center to enable the city of Santander in Spain to improve the services it delivers to local residents by automating management of its public infrastructure while reducing costs. NEC is developing a smart waste collection solution for the city of Santander in Spain in partnership with waste management service provider ASCAN.

This helps Smart Santander track how water, waste, lighting, power, roads and other resources are used in response to real-time environmental conditions. It also helps the city minimise wastage, increase the timeliness of communications with local residents and free up staff so they can focus on longer-term strategic planning.

  • The city of Santander in northern Spain wanted to improve the services it delivers to local residents while reducing the operational costs of its municipal services.
  • Some of the main strategic requests the City Council wanted to focus on were: How to minimize wastage, increase the timeliness of communications with local residents and free up staff in order to focus on long-term strategic planning.
  • To do so there were many KPIs that needed to be improved such as how to manage traffic congestion; parking and public transport availability; street lighting and pollution levels; refuse collection services and park irrigation systems; and temperature, pollen count, noise, carbon monoxide and ambient light levels.
  • NEC developed the smart city visualization platform and multi-touch display screens in the Santander control centre. The solution visualises real-time and historical data from sensors across the city in easy-to-understand numerical, graph and map formats. It also checks that each sensor is functioning correctly, assessing the battery power level, communication link status and consistency of data collected.
  • Using the multi-touch interface in the control centre, Santander’s staff can quickly cross-reference key data sets, such as carbon monoxide levels with traffic, temperature, and issue alerts when air quality thresholds are exceeded, benefitting citizens with respiratory conditions. NEC’s platform, can manage discrete vertical services in an integrated way. Ability to track how water, waste, lighting, power, roads and other resources are used in response to real-time environmental conditions.
  • An integrated operating system that enables big data analytics and provides an open-source data exchange between agencies. This process happens automatically, helping to reduce the workload for the city planners, providing real-time information to the right people and enhancing informed decision-making.
  • This, for instance, enables waste collection services to be automatically re-routed in the event of a road blockage and irrigation systems to be instantly switched on when sensors detect a drop in rainfall and earth moisture levels to protect plants, while avoiding water wastage during rainy periods.
  • As for the waste management service, the solution uses sensors that collect real-time data on rubbish and recycling bin levels enabling the cleaning team to optimise collection intervals and routes. The service reduces vehicle emissions and running costs by eliminating journeys to bins that are virtually empty, and it results in fewer incidences of overflowing bins.

"We are impressed by the benefits NEC's Cloud City Operations Center platform has brought to the city. The new software will take this project to the next level".

Íñigo de la Serna, Former Mayor of Santander.