In the first half of 2014, Barcelona City Council announces the BCN Open Challenge contest where made an international call for companies and entrepreneurs to propose innovative solutions to six different challenges to transform public space and city services. The three cofounders of Sotavia (Carles Vilella, Joan Ramon Regué and Simo Graells) presented a solution to one of the proposed challenges: “Automatic detection and alerts on roads in poor condition”. Their solution was the winner one.

In March 2015 a contract with the Barcelona City Council was obtained:

“Contract for services of data collection, monitoring, treatment, storage and consult through design, development, configuration, testing, preventive, corrective and evolutionary maintenance and content management technology platform to detect and evaluate the roadway disrepair”

This contract includes:

  1. The development during 6 months of an automatic system for monitoring the condition of the pavement of the streets of the city and generating real-time alerts to notify the defects location and characteristics.
  2. Provide service monitoring and alerting to the next 3 years, during which time should be monitored 100% of the asphalt pavement of the city.

Sotavia offers to any other city in the world the same technology validated in the streets of Barcelona.