Heritage City project that aims to achieve
more efficient and sustainable services through smart solutions

Project fiche


PPI Smartiago


European Commission, Concello de Santiago, Axencia GAIN




Concello de Santiago (Developer)

Project type


Total budget

466.200 €


18 month


The project

Smartiago uses Public Procurement of Innovation (PPI) funding to implement quality services to face the city’s environmental and heritage sustainability challenges. The programme aims to solve the city’s challenges in three fundamental areas: Smart and sustainable mobility (Challenge 1), sustainable and intelligent management of Municipal Solid Waste (Challenge 2), and intelligent ornamental lighting for heritage conservation (Challenge 3).


Within the Smartiago project, a budget of € 466,200.00 (excluding taxes) is allocated to the development of a Smart MSW collection system. The aim will be to address the following needs faced by municipal management: increase the city’s waste recovery rate by focusing on the origin of waste separation based on citizen behaviour, and hotel and restaurant habits; audit the current system and introduce innovative technological solutions into waste management, and increasing the number of digitized services offered.

The following key objectives have been established for the project:

  • Drive efficiency outcomes in municipal solid waste (MSW) collection and treatment with Smart waste technologies, citizen participation and AI.
  • Increase the readiness level for reuse and recycling from 13% to 50% by creating interactive urban spaces and public assets which reward environmental co-responsibility.

On a more granular level, the project aims to achieve the following objectives:

  • Create a predictive model of waste suitability for urban community composting based on respirometric biological control, and AI applied to oxygen consumption by microbial mass.
  • Demonstrate the feasibility of a gamification platform that promotes the separation of organic solid waste from homes.

More specifically, the government team has identified 3 fundamental points:

  • Smart waste containers for organic solid waste that comply with EU objectives.
  • Mobile gamification app that fosters a new form of citizen interaction with the public service, including a rewards system for appropriate MSW disposal and street cleaning, increasing joint responsibility and transparency.
  • Communications network that ensures good connectivity between the components described above.


The Wellness TechGroup proposal answers the specific goals of the project with its software platform, Quamtra Manager. This comprehensive and integrated solution, designed and developed by the company, collects data from the IoT nodes at the container level, analyzing the information and applying business intelligence to generate insightful indicators and models. The project includes:

  • Smart waste container equipped with environmental sensorization, electronic nose, filling level sensors, access control, detection of inadequate organic waste and integrated scale. The intelligent management module is capable of collecting information on all these elements, as well as analyzing and exploiting the data in real time to enable citizen interaction and municipal management from the platform.
  • Mobile gamification app to track user activity, compare it with the rest of the project users, apply techniques that encourage good practices and establish reward policies parameterized for each user profile and managed by the platform.
  • Waste management platform in charge of collecting information from IoT nodes installed inside containers to exploit data and apply business intelligence with KPIs and other tools.

* The Smartiago project is developed under a collaboration agreement of the FID Line (Promotion of Innovation driven by Demand) between the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation and the City Council of Santiago de Compostela, and is 80% financed by the European Regional Development Fund Program (ERDF) within the framework of the Muli-regional Operational Program of Spain 2014-2020.

Smartiago has been 10% co-financed with the help of the Axencia Galega de Innovación (GAIN).