Seeking Autonomous Outdoor Conservancy Cleaning Machine at Turfed and Non-Turfed Areas - Joint Innovation Call by Gov-PACT NEA-ESG

Background / Description

About NEA-ESG Joint Innovation Call on Cleaning, Waste Management and Monitoring of Environmental Process Parameters

The National Environment Agency (NEA) and Enterprise Singapore (ESG) have jointly launched an Innovation Call under the Government – Partnership Capability Transformation (Gov-PACT) initiative, to encourage greater use of technology and automation to raise productivity for cleaning, waste management and monitoring of environmental process parameters. The innovation call also seeks to address operational challenges in the industry, as well as to build up the capability and skillsets of workers.


 Innovation Call: [C] To Develop an Autonomous Outdoor Conservancy Cleaning Machine at Turfed and Non-Turfed Areas

Litters and leaves in park and planter boxes have to be cleaned regularly by conservancy service providers at Mandai Park to maintain a positive guest experience, minimise mosquito breeding and reduce fire hazards. Currently, two cleaners are deployed in the park on 8-hour shifts, who focus on clearing of litters and leaves in planter boxes.

As this cleaning work is currently done manually, it is also time consuming. As such, there is a need for an assistive solution to automate the outdoor conservancy cleaning for turfed and non-turfed areas.

Technical Specifications


The proposed solution should meet the following requirements:

  • The proposed solution must be functional in a natural environment exposed to both rain and shine (weatherproof).
  • The proposed solution must be functional in varied terrains, such as steep slope, uneven terrain, steps, roads, pebble wash and mud finishing etc.
  • The total power consumption of equipment(s) must not exceed power supply allowable in the premise as it may cause a power trip. QP/LEW is to certify that the installation of the system is safe for the purpose of trial.
  • The proposed solution needs to operate for at least 4 operation hours for every 2 hours charging duration.
  • It should automatically move to the designated area for cleaning from the charging point. The device’s location should be tracked during operation for security purpose, and it should be able to return to the charging point by itself.
  • The proposed solution is required to work during both the day and night.  The proposed solution must be able to sense any motion (animal; human; vehicle) and avoid them during operational hours.
  • The proposed solution must have minimal noise generation and minimal soil suction in the planter beds. Soil suction to be less than 5% of total debris collected.
  • The proposed solution must be able to dispose collected material to the bin center without any assistance.
  • Size of equipment to be no bigger than 150cm (L) by 115 cm (B) by 115cm (H).
  • The proposed solution must be waterproof and be able to clear planters of leaves and litters away from the walkway.
  • The proposed solution must be less time consuming and labour intensive compared to manual cleaning, thus reducing the number of manpower for cleaning.
  • There should be a collection of data on weight of collected items.
  • It should allow integration with other systems when/if required.
  • It should be easy to operate with no supervision.
  • It should be able to withstand impact such as a fallen tree branch.

 *Please refer to link for full details on Requirements.


Funding Support

The call is targeted at Singapore registered SMEs / start-ups. Foreign companies are invited to submit proposals. However, to qualify for Government's funding, foreign technology providers should work with Singapore registered SMEs / start-ups.

 *Please refer to link for full details on Funding Support.


Eligibility Information

  • Solutions must not be readily or commercially available in the market.
  • Development of the solutions must not have commenced at the point of proposal submission.

*Please refer to link for full details on Eligibility Information.


Further Details and Technical Briefing

Following the online launch of the Innovation Call, a technical briefing (details below) will be held to provide potential proposers with more information.


Date: Wednesday, 11th July 2018

Time: 9 AM - 11:30 AM

Location: Marina Bay Sands [10 Bayfront Avenue, S(018956)], Rooms 4505 & 4506

Registration will close on Monday 9th July 2018.


Technical details of the problem statement as well as information related to the innovation call can be found on the Govt Pact portal which you will be redirected to after clicking on the 'Proceed To Details' button below and filling up a short form with your basic information. Please follow instructions on the Govt Pact portal to register your interest for the technical briefing. Further information on NEA's grant and awards can found in the link here.

Preferred Business Model

  • R&D Collaboration

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