GreenCityZen and Sigfox France join Marseille’s storm drains


Paris, France. 23 November 2021 – Eco-startup GreenCityZen, a greentech supplier of IoT for trade and sensible metropolis, has chosen Sigfox to attach 5,000 downspouts (entry factors into the river community) on the Marseille sewerage community.

The expertise from Sigfox, one of many suppliers of IoT communication providers and 0G community, permits Seramm to retrieve knowledge from sensor-equipped gutters to enhance their efficiency and scale back the variety of interventions.

Though drains are designed to gather rainwater, additionally they accumulate waste deserted on the general public freeway, which causes operational issues and air pollution. Drains clogged by waste can now not fulfill their main function, and there may be additionally an ecological influence as waste amassed within the drains transfers into the pure surroundings throughout rainfall.

To deal with these points, GreenCityZen has developed the HummBox platform for the continual monitoring of stormwater drains in sewerage networks. The applying detects waste ranges, and might subsequently “decarbonise” operation and cleansing of gutters, as it’s now not essential to journey to find out if a storm drain is full. The startup known as on Sigfox France and its 0G community to gather the information despatched again by the sensors positioned in drains in a real-time, easy and sustainable approach.

Self-powered sensors join on to the Web through the Sigfox community, and every drain is logged prematurely inside the utility the place particulars are recorded, together with, an outline, pictures, the situation of the instrumentation, its fill price and any mandatory interventions. Earlier than this collaboration started, town of Marseille carried out 50,000 inspection visits, solely to wash 50% of the drains, whereas others lay empty.

Deploying IoT has remodeled Seramm operators’ jobs by offering higher knowledge on the drains throughout town and subsequently instant visibility of the belongings requiring upkeep, in addition to a greater perception into the kind of upkeep required while not having an preliminary website go to. As well as, the information collected offers helpful statistics to the sanitation division and finally improves its efficiency.

“The IoT, the most recent expertise within the digital transformation of our economies, has had a substantial influence. At GreenCityZen we see it as a possibility for the surroundings and, with the assist of Sigfox, we have now been in a position to implement new use instances to enhance the efficiency of the Seramm whereas serving to to protect our planet,” says Alexandre Boudonne, director of operations at GreenCityZen.

“Sigfox’s mission is to digitise the bodily world whereas committing to harnessing and delivering the advantages of IoT in ways in which maintain and respect the environment. This collaboration with GreenCityZen is especially properly suited to this mission and permits us to assist a high-potential “made in France” startup,” provides Patrick Cason, CEO of Sigfox France.

By September 2021, in Marseille, 2,000 drains have been already geared up with the HummBox resolution and linked to the Sigfox community. One other 3,000 ought to observe by 2022.

These clever options ought to quickly be rolled out nationally after which exported internationally. SUEZ has additionally known as on GreenCityZen to put in different sorts of sensors in vacuum sewer networks. The target is to watch the frequency of valve opening and report any issues to the operator. The Sigfox 0G community permits the sensors to speak, although they’re typically buried or below a forged iron plate.

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