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Seeking Development & Test-Bedding of (A) Integrated Remote Reading of Electricity, Town Gas and Water Meters, and (B) Provision of Timely and Useful Consumption Feedback via Consumers' Personal Smart Mobile Devices

Background / Description

Problem Statement

To leverage on the existing Advanced Metering Infrastructure (“AMI”) of SP Power Assets (“SPPA”) to:

  • Task 1 [Closed on 1 Feb 2017, 2359hrs]:

    Integrate and enable, for all utility (viz. electricity, town gas and water) meters, remote meter reading that is secure, reliable and cost efficient; and

  • Task 2:

    Provide timely and useful information feedback to consumers on their utility consumption via their personal smart mobile devices (i.e. handphone).

Current Situation

Currently, electricity and town gas meters are procured, installed and maintained by SP PowerGrid Ltd (“SPPG”) for and on behalf of SP Power Assets (“SPPA”) and PowerGas Ltd respectively. Water meters are procured, installed and maintained by Public Utilities Board (“PUB”). SP Services Ltd (“SPS”) reads all three utility (i.e. electricity, town gas and water) meters. SPS also provides meter data management and billing services to the relevant utility suppliers. For town gas and water, the suppliers are City Gas Pte Ltd and PUB respectively. For electricity, the suppliers include the electricity retailers who sell electricity at market prices to contestable electricity consumers and the remaining non-contestable electricity consumers (mainly households) buy electricity from SPS at the regulated tariff.

Cumulative meters are used to measure the consumption of non-contestable electricity consumers and all town gas and water consumers. All the cumulative electricity, town gas and water meters are manually read by SPS’ meter readers on a bi-monthly basis.

As for contestable electricity consumers, the electricity meters for measuring their half-hourly consumption are remotely read using SPPA’s AMI. The AMI system is based on a 920-925 MHz radio frequency (“RF”) network over the Singapore mainland. The network communication devices include Access Points, Relays and AMI/smart electricity meters. The meter data collected is then transmitted via SPPA’s fibre optic network to the backend IT system of SPS for wholesale electricity market settlement and billing purposes. The AMI electricity meters can also be fitted with Micro Access Points to transmit the meter data via 3G mobile services provided by local telecommunication service providers.

Challenges/Objectives

The Call For Proposal (“CFP”) consists of two tasks:

  • Task 1 [Closed on 1 Feb 2017, 2359hrs]: Develop and test-bed technical solutions to integrate and enable, for all utility (viz. electricity, town gas and water) meters, remote meter reading that is secure, reliable and cost efficient; and
  • Task 2: Design mobile applications intended to provide timely and useful information feedback to consumers on their utility consumption via their personal smart mobile devices (i.e. handphone). Note: The proposed mobile application shall assume that information can be obtained from integrated remote meter reading for electricity, town gas, and water through SPPA’s AMI, arising from the concurrent CFP for remote metering reading of all utility.

General instructions to Participate

All proposals for Task 2 must be submitted via email to SPRING at CFP@spring.gov.sg and EMA at ema_mdsd@ema.gov.sg.

Please submit using the Proposal Template. 

The closing date/time for proposals on Task 2 is 1 Mar 2017, 2359hrs.

Scope of Work/Responsibilities

Each Proposer will be required to provide a visual mock-up of the mobile applications to demonstrate the design features and functionalities. The selected Proposer(s) will not be required to develop the mobile applications to interface with and retrieve data from the relevant IT systems of SPS/SPPA to serve users of the mobile applications.     

Mobile applications design should include daily meter consumption from electricity, gas and water consumed by users. Proposers should also include features and functionalities to drive user engagement, as well as ideas to encourage water, electricity and gas conservation.  Designs should be targeted for smart mobile phone display screen sizes only. 

Final submissions should include:

  1. High fidelity prototypes of mobile applications (non-code based formats)
  2. Visual mock-up of mobile application in PDF format
  3. Submission of actual Photoshop or Sketch file
  4. Critical user flows of mobile applications (e.g. Page transitions)

Design description (in less than 1,000 words):

  1. Design concept/direction
  2. How it solves problem statements and meets objectives
  3. Unique qualities of design
  4. Demonstrate how design presentation will encourage water, gas and electricity conservation

By participating, Proposer warrants that its submission is new and original. EMA, PUB and SPPA may request for design source files to be provided. All materials including software, source files, documentation, data, concepts and ideas submitted by Proposers, and all rights therein, shall be the property of PUB and SPPA.

Presentation by Shortlisted Finalists:

Shortlisted finalists will be invited to a presentation event where they will present their designs live to the Evaluation Panel.  Proposers will have 10 minutes to explain their design concept and user flows, followed by a live Questions-and-Answer session from the Evaluation Panel.

Designs need to be interactive. Finalists may choose their preferred format to demonstrate user interactions and transitions (e.g. invision, origami, pop, etc).

Prize money will be awarded to the top 10 finalists as follows:

Final Position

Prize Money

1st

$25,000

2nd

$15,000

3rd

$10,000

4th and 5th

$2,000

6th to 10th

$1,000

End users of the proposed solution/product:

PUB, SPPA, SPS, and the utility consumers.

Technical Specifications

Who can participate?

  • This CFP (Task 2) is open to individuals or corporates. 
  • Individuals should form teams of minimum 2 members. 

Can I reuse previous design work?

  • Submissions should be new and original work. 
  • Any form of copying or plagiarism is disallowed.
  • Work used in media, publications, other competitions or other commercial purposes will not be accepted.

What if my work or files are corrupted?

  • EMA, PUB and SPPA will not be responsible for entries that are corrupted or lost.

Do I need to submit a proposal for Task 1 in order to participate in Task 2?

  • No, we welcome proposals for Task 2 which are independent of Task 1.

Will I be required to develop the mobile application to be part of any smart metering test-bed?

  • No, Proposers are not required to develop the mobile applications. They will only be required to design the user interface (e.g. graphics, features etc.) of the mobile applications. Shortlisted finalists will be invited to present their designs in front of an Evaluation Panel. The top 10 designs will be awarded prize money [1st Prize: $25k, 2nd Prize: $15k, 3rd Prize: $10k, 4th & 5th Prize: $2k, 6th to 10th Prize: $1k].

How will the ownership of Intellectual Property (IP) rights be determined?

  • All materials including software, source files, documentation, data, concepts and ideas submitted by Proposers, and all rights therein, shall be the property of PUB and SPPA.

Should the design of the mobile application include provisions for billing services? Does it have to cater to different target customers?

  • There is no requirement to include provisions for billing services. The mobile application is intended to provide timely consumption information to consumers, so that consumers can better understand their usage patterns. It is not a requirement that the application design caters to different target customers (e.g. households, small commercial, large industrial customers etc.). Nonetheless, Proposers can factor in such design elements into their proposals.

Key Performance Indicators to determine whether proposed solution/product is successful:

The design and functionality shall have the following attributes:

  1. Intuitive/attractive graphical user interface
  2. Easy to understand
  3. Support both mobile devices and full browser
  4. Appealing/innovative analytics to empower and nudge consumers to use less utility supply

Indicative timeline:

Steps

Target End Date

1.     Deadline for submission of Proposals

1 Mar 2017

2.     Evaluation and shortlisting of Proposals

Early Apr 2017

3.     Presentation by top 10 finalists

Early Jul 2017

4.     Development and integration of mobile application for integrated utilities

Early Jul 2018

Supporting Documents

Preferred Business Model

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