Greyparrot: An automated system for the recognition of waste and its transformation into materials of the future
The first business to partner with A2A thanks to the Group’s Corporate Venture Capital programme, Greyparrot is a start-up offering an artificial intelligence platform dedicated to the analysis of waste. From the automation of monitoring to risk reduction: thanks to the new Waste Analytics system, since 2020, collaboration with Greyparrot has enabled us to gain key advantages and reach the strategic targets that we had set, continuing to invest in innovative solutions which have a real impact on people’s futures.
Automating analysis processes
In order to evaluate new opportunities for material recovery and improvements in performance inside waste treatment facilities, it is necessary to carry out material analysis. Very often, this analysis is done manually by facility staff who carry out spot checks to analyse samples at variable intervals.
This working method can be optimized thanks to the use of dedicated technologies like the Waste Analytics system, a set of integrated tools which makes it possible to create a continuous analysis process and helps ensure that the value of material is not wasted, analysing every element passing through the facility.
Artificial intelligence for human intelligence
Thanks to a pilot project in the plastic recovery plant at Muggiano, near Milan, together with Greyparrot, we are assessing the advantages of this method of analysis. A set of video cameras, a computer vision system, a platform that manages and shares the data acquired during monitoring: with the Waste Analytics system, we are able to generate data in real time on the materials carried on the conveyor belts in our plants.
The aim is to increase our knowledge of the functioning of the plant and improve operation. Using technology that offers many benefits: above all, automated and continuous monitoring of the flows of waste moving along the plant’s sorting lines, thus reducing the need for manual analysis of the material.
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At A2A, we commit ourselves each day to developing the circular economy with the aim of achieving disposal of 99.7% of waste by 2030. The Greyparrot project is confirmation of our idea of innovation: in order to reach shared objectives, we have to continue investing in technological solutions and thus increasingly upgrade the technologies of our material treatment and recovery facilities.