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Alba Challenge: Waste Trucks as Sensor Platforms

How can waste trucks provide high-resolution information on the state of urban systems? 

ALBA Group, a leading global recycling and environmental services company with headquarters in Berlin is seeking qualified applications by startups to co-develop and deploy solutions that turn recycling vehicles into smart sensor platforms. This work will initially focus on street-quality (potholes & weather-condition) and can extend to the sensing of other urban systems.




We are looking for a startup with an existing proof of concept of a sensor and an analysis-platform in an industrial context. Resources will be dedicated for the implementation of the product over a 2-3 months experimentation phase.

The team will have to travel to Berlin to participate in up to two sprints (2-3 days) between October and December 2018.

English-language proficiency is required, Spoken competence in German would be a plus.




Partners on this project will have direct access to ALBA decision markers and will work closely with the dedicated innovation manager from both ALBA and BIA (formerly NUMA Germany)-side to accelerate the development. The support-package will include:

  • 10.000 € to cover the expenses and enable the prototype-development (no equity taken);
  • business and pitch-coaching by experienced mentors to develop a scalable business-model;
  • on-demand support in user research and UX-design;
  • greater visibility through inclusion in public events involving local startup ecosystem, city administration and other corporate partners in Berlin;
  • access to global innovation-network to scale solutions.

 Finally, the deployment and test of prototype will be organized in an experimental setup in Berlin with opportunities to build a commercial partnership. 



  • For startups, this challenge is the ideal platform to test a solution with a large fleet of vehicles & potential for scaling. 
  • For ALBA, this challenge expands the exploration of the usage of waste-trucks as sensor platforms.



>>This Challenge is already over.<<

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