The Open Innovation Platform (OIP), an initiative by the Info-Communications Media Development Authority of Singapore (IMDA), aims to connect real business challenges to problem solvers.
Stroztech is a leading provider of security monitoring, control and access systems for office and commercial sites in Singapore and Southeast Asia. Their systems rely on ubiquitous connectivity between multiple sensing devices (cameras, card readers, alarm sensors etc) and the internet, to enable the system to function. Some of their notable clients include IBM Singapore, International Air Transport Association (IATA) Singapore and 80RR FinTech Innovation Hub.
The power and data requirements of these devices can range from up to 500kbps data, 24kW power (e.g., for high-end cameras) to minimal data, 3kW power for simple devices (e.g., card readers). Cables still provide the backbone for power and data in the home and office sites, with categories 5 or 6 cabling most commonly used. So far, wireless solutions have not been able to deliver the required data connectivity constantly and reliability, hence cable solutions are still preferred.
Currently, installation of the cables is time-consuming and expensive. Cabling is generally handled by subcontractors, and constitutes a substantial proportion of the overall cost of installing and running the security systems. It can involve working in cramped spaces, high levels and other hard-to-reach spaces, all of which escalate the costs involved. Here are some photos that show the areas where cabling work is required.
The average cost to connect a single device by cable is currently about $100, but in extreme cases, this can go further than $1000. With complex systems comprising hundreds of devices, these costs can add up to a significant amount. Stroztech is looking for a solution to significantly automate and reduce the manpower cost of cabling (assuming cabling remains necessary), in order to provide data and power connectivity for security devices more cost-effectively.
How might we significantly reduce the cost of cabling for security devices (and also other IoT devices), while ensuring reliability and effectiveness of the connection?
There are no restrictions on the geographic location of the problem solvers who may choose to apply to this challenge. However, the prototype needs to be demonstrated in Singapore.
30% of the prize money will be awarded to each selected finalist at the start of the prototype development process, with the remainder 70% to be awarded during the prototype development process, based on milestones agreed between Stroztech and the solver.
Note that a finalist who is selected to undertake the prototype development process will be required to enter into an agreement with Stroztech that will include more detailed conditions pertaining to the prototype development.
We are open to global and Singapore-based individuals, research providers and companies that have digital technology expertise and innovation capabilities. Some of these include Info-Comm and Media (ICM) start-ups, SMEs and larger companies. Problem Solvers should have the ability and desire to co-create and innovate with Problem Owners or/and other partners to translate their ideas into solutions that can address real business needs.
Global solvers may apply for challenges on the OIP. However, from time to time, some Problem Owners may require applicants to have a physical presence in Singapore in order to perform a demonstration of the Proof-of-Concept or Prototype. Global applicants must be prepared to bear the additional cost of travel. Applicants are encouraged to check the respective challenges if there are such requirements before applying.
Technical details of the problem statements as well as information related to the innovation calls can be found on the IMDA Open Innovation Platform (OIP) 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.