What's BOTHA's core business?
The company, which was established in 2003, develops and markets remote measurement systems. Their primary application is as an optional add-on for waste collection containers - for both recyclable waste (glass, newspapers, cardboard) and non-recyclable domestic refuse - providing a way of remotely detecting how full they are. At the same time we're developing a system which remotely detects the occupation of individual parking spaces equipped with one of our terminals.
How does this contribute towards sustainable development?
In the waste sector our terminals allow the collectors - whether private or public - to optimise their waste collection systems, which helps them to reduce their carbon footprint and economise in terms of costs. Economy and environment are two of the three pillars of sustainable development.
Your company is located at Boulogne Billancourt: is Paris Region a favourable environment for your business?
The region is highly urbanised and waste is therefore a major challenge. Having said that, our first clients were based outside the region - but we're now looking to expand this existing customer base with a more intensive sales drive within Paris Region. The region has also supported BOTHA's R&D operation, which accounts for more than 50% of our business: we've received a grant from the CRITT-CCST regional centre for innovation and technology transfer, and assistance from OSEO (the French innovation agency) in developing our Horodateur Individuel Communiquant (HIC - individual remote time clock).