TPF Engenharia will present in the Connected Smart Cities 2019 the case of the first Operational Control Center for garbage collection and urban cleaning in operation in the North/Northeast of the country. The CSC interviewed the project manager, Eduardo Scalia, who emphasized the importance of the event and initiatives aimed at smart cities.


Garbage management is a major challenge not only for Brazil, but for the world. Access to sanitation has been listed by the UN as one of the seventeen objectives that must be achieved by sustainable development. Aligned with this priority, companies and governments have invested in actions to improve the quality of garbage collection and urban cleaning services in cities, given the impact these activities have on people’s health and the preservation of the environment. As there is no smart city without sustainability, this agenda is fundamental for the development of smart cities.

In this sense, Connected Smart Cities, held in São Paulo on September 17 and 18, 2019, brings this issue to debate and present cases on the subject, such as that of TPF Engenharia, the bronze sponsoring company of the event, which implemented and operates in Recife the first Operational Control Center for cleaning and collecting urban waste from the North / Northeast of the country.

In an interview with Connected Smart Cities, TPF Engenharia “Operational Control Center” project manager, Eduardo Scalia, emphasized the importance of the event for the development of smart cities in Brazil and the company’s initiatives in this context.


Follow the interview with TPF Engenharia CEO:


CSC: Why participate again at Connected Smart Cities and what expectations?

Eduardo Scalia: We are participating at Connected Smart Cities 2019 event because we believe we need to foster the exchange of experiences about successful solutions for smart cities. We understand that the public and private sectors need to join forces to promote the digital transformation of Brazilian cities. In Connected Smart Cities 2019, the TPF Engenharia team will be present at our booth presenting the various solutions that the Company offers to make urban projects and services more efficient and effective.

We highlight among the smart city solutions that we offer the Operational Control Center (CCO) that TPF Engenharia deployed and operates for the city of Recife, for the enormous value that this solution delivers.

This project, started in 2016, has already produced substantial positive impacts. Throughout our 3-year agreement, the CCO operation increased the efficiency of the 26 monitored services by more than 15%, reduced its costs by 6% and delays in activities were eliminated. In addition, in an unprecedented way in the country, electronic monitoring was carried out using handheld scrapers from the manual sweeping service, which enabled the reduction of more than 14,000 km of unnecessarily swept road axes, representing a saving of more than R $ 750 thousand reais a month to the public coffers.


CSC: What is the relation between TPF Engenharia’s performance with the Connected Smart Cities and the theme of smart cities?
Eduardo Scalia: We developed the first Operational Control Center for cleaning and collecting urban garbage in operation in the North / Northeast of Brazil with the objective of improving efficiency and efficiency in the management of urban services. The means to achieve these goals was precisely the digital transformation of the management model of urban janitorial services. In this project, we have combined our management expertise with technologies such as IoT (Internet of Things), mobile applications and Business Intelligence. We systematized the data of more than 26 services, supporting the planning, monitoring and inspection of the operation of these activities. This information allows us to analyze daily the quality of services performed, for the purpose of its applicable administrative measures and penalties.


CSC: Has TPF Engenharia developed any initiative / project based on Connected Smart Cities actions?
Eduardo Scalia: During Connected Smart Cities 2019, we hope to build partnerships that enable us to apply the know-how we have in agile and digital management in both urban janitorial and new projects. We hope that our presence in the event, one of the most important smart cities in Latin America, will increase the visibility of TPF Engenharia’s competences in this market and allow us to open the doors to new projects in smart cities throughout the country and also in other cities of the world. We are part of an international group, based in Belgium and present in more than 40 nations, which facilitates our work in other locations and expands our ability to understand the most diverse realities.


CSC: How important is the partnership with the Connected Smart Cities for your organization?
Eduardo Scalia: It is a pleasure for TPF Engenharia to combine its name with a consolidated event as one of the most important meetings about smart cities that happen in our country. We believe that it is critical to the development of our company to understand what other important players in the smart cities market are thinking about and what solutions they are offering.


CSC: What is the importance of the event for the industry considering the Brazilian, Latin American and world market?
Eduardo Scalia: Events like this drive the digital transformation of our cities, as they create an environment of exchanges between the public and private sectors. Connected Smart Cities, bringing together representatives of the public and private spheres in the same environment, promotes synergy gains in the sector, as it allows greater alignment between solutions offered and existing needs.


About TPF Engenharia
TPF Engenharia has been dedicated to consulting engineering for over 50 years, contributing to the economic and social development of regions in Brazil, Latin America and Africa. Throughout his career, he has accumulated experiences in management, supervision and project elaboration.