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Seeking Image Analytics Solution for Workplace Safety & Health Audit

Background / Description

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.

CONTEXT

Concord Associates is a leading provider of workplace safety and health (WSH) auditing, with nearly 40 years of experience in the industry. Concord’s auditors inspect workplaces ranging from high profile commercial and residential construction, major infrastructure, industrial sites and all other industries such as government sectors, schools, hotels, offices and more, locally and regionally.

The process of auditing involving Inspection of workplaces e.g. construction site, shipyard, chemical plant is critical to assess how well the company’s WSH management systems are implemented. Auditors use a sampling approach, walking through a cross-section of a site, to visually identify potential hazards and risks. They take photographs of positive safety & health findings as well as identified breaches of the regulation using a digital camera, and use these to build a report to the client. The report contains the photos, with each photo accompanied by the relevant regulation that has been breached.

Producing the report is manual, time consuming and therefore expensive. It takes time to download the images from the camera, which are then dragged into a Word template. The auditor then needs to type in the relevant regulation that has been breached, after which it can be sent to the client in the days following the inspection.

The focus of this challenge is to increase the speed of production of the report, so that it can be presented at the end of an inspection visit to the client, during the closing meeting. This requires a degree of automation, particularly the capability to automatically detect positive and negative findings from a photo, and link it to the correct regulation with comments. 

 

PROBLEM STATEMENT

How might we use image recognition to increase the speed of reporting during workplace safety and health site inspections, while maintaining accuracy?

Technical Specifications

WHAT ARE WE LOOKING FOR

  • Prototype that can demonstrate the automation of reporting in real time from a site inspection.
  • The solution will need to:
    • allow the auditor to take random photos within the worksites;
    • analyse the photos on the spot and then automatically input both the positive and negative safety findings into the reports (also automatically indicating the regulatory breach occurring);
    • accurately identify the regulation that is being breached from the photo; and
    • produce a report to the client that is ready to present at the conclusion of the inspection (within 15 minutes of finishing the inspection).
    • allow the auditor to make amendment/edit to the report. 
  • The report needs to clearly show the client images of the breaches identified, including highlighting the breach, and listing alongside it the regulation that has been breached.
  • A fully automated solution is preferred, but a solution with human assistance in this manner can also be accepted:
    • For example, the auditor indicates the type of regulation/WSH categories he/she is looking for (eg: Working at Height, Housekeeping, etc)
    • The solution will then analyse the images based on what the auditor is looking for, and then input into the reports accordingly as per mentioned above.

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.

 

POSSIBLE USE CASE
Below is the current manual audit process.
 
1. Plan the site inspection approach
2. Inspect site and collect data about state of site
3. Apply audit criteria informed by regulations
4. Assess health of site and control system
5. Produce report and communicate to client
 
With the new proposed image recognition solution, steps 3 and 5 listed above will be fully automated. After an auditor has concluded an inspection (in Step 2), the report can be generated out quickly in 15 minutes and the auditor can use it to present to the client immediately.


WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU

  • SGD 40,000 of prize money for each winner of this challenge
  • Partnership with a leading expert in the WSH field, with almost 40 years of experience
  • Access to hundreds of images, linked to Singapore WSH regulations for testing and refining of solution
  • The potential to commercialise the solution with Concord Associates to different industries upon further developments to the solution, as well as the potential to bring the solution to overseas markets such as Malaysia, Taiwan and China as well as other countries.

 

Award Model

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 Concord Associates 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 Concord Associates that will include more detailed conditions pertaining to the prototype development.

 

Eligibility

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.


Further Details

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.

Preferred Business Model

  • R&D Collaboration
  • Business Collaboration (Joint Venture, Distribution)

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