Seeking Interior Glass Cleaning Robot for Glass Windows in Buildings - 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: [A] To Develop an Interior Glass Cleaning Robot for Glass Windows in Buildings

With the wide use of glass panels in building, there is a need to dedicate manpower resources to keep the glass surfaces clean. Currently, cleaners perform such tasks manually using cleaning agents, cloths and wipers. However, such tasks are labourious and dangerous especially when cleaning areas of certain heights.

There are robotic window and glass cleaners available in the consumer market which are designed for domestic applications. Apart from the need for a power cord, such machines still require constant manual application of the cleaning detergent to the glass surface during the cleaning process. As such, there is a need to design a solution that is suitable for commercial applications.

Technical Specifications


Proposers are open to propose either 1 complete solution or 2 separate solutions to fulfil the requirements for both the daily routine spot cleaning and the 6-monthly cleaning. Proposers are also open to propose a solution for either the daily routine spot cleaning or the 6-monthly cleaning.

This project(s) (both the daily routine spot cleaning and the 6-monthly cleaning) is to be divided into 2 phases (i.e. to complete phase 1 before proceeding to phase 2):

  • Phase 1: The device should be able to operate on its own with minimal intervention on both horizontal and vertical glass and metal cladding surfaces.
  • Phase 2: The device should have swarm intelligence capabilities to perform collaborative cleaning capabilities as a single unit or as a group to efficiently clean a wide surface area.

 *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

What we are not interested in

  • Systems that are not cost effective.
  • Systems that requires significant human intervention during operation.

Preferred Business Model

  • R&D Collaboration

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