Portuguese startup Pavnext is the big winner of the 5th edition of the Big Smart Cities, a competition of entrepreneurship and innovation promoted by Vodafone and Ericsson, with the support of Cascais, whose final was held yesterday with the presence of the Minister of Economy, Manuel Caldeira Cabral.
Pavnext is developing road flooring equipment that leverages the kinetic energy of vehicles, reducing their speed. In addition to promoting road safety, the energy captured is converted into 'clean' electricity, which can be directed, for example, to public lighting. The Pavnext system also allows generating traffic and speed data, generated and consumed energy, enabling the creation of reports and the optimization of energy consumption in real time.
In addition to the first prize, two awards (worth € 2,500) and an honorable mention were also delivered:
- Vodafone Prize - Tram Grid, a fast charger for electric vehicles that 'feeds' from the overhead networks of the electric / trains to generate energy;
- Ericsson Award - Smart Forest, an integrated sensor network solution whose information can be easily consulted and used, for example, for the mitigation of fire risk;
- Honorable Mention (Public Award) - Tibu, a mobile application that connects independent travelers to local people with experience.
With the victory in yesterday's Final at the Cultural Center of Cascais, Pavnext will now be incubated in Vodafone Power Lab, Vodafone Portugal's 'laboratory' of innovation that supports entrepreneurial projects. In addition, it will travel to Stockholm to get to know Ericsson's headquarters and its innovation hubs, as well as benefit from the € 10,000 prize to start making real its road solution for the cities of the future.
From September, the winners and the Cascais City Hall will streamline processes so that startups can test their pilot projects in the city, which will be the first experimental city for startups.