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.
The National Environment Agency (NEA) is the leading public organisation responsible for ensuring a clean and green environment, and the sustainable development of Singapore. Its key roles are to protect Singapore from pollution, maintain a high level of public health and provide timely meteorological information. Vehicular exhaust emission is a key contributor to air pollution. Under the Environmental Protection and Management (Vehicular Emissions) Regulations, it is an offence for any vehicle to emit smoke while on the road (“smoky vehicle”).
Currently, NEA conducts surveillance operations at designated hotspots on public roads and at the land entry checkpoints to detect smoky vehicles. For roadside surveillance, officers are equipped with video-cameras to capture video-graphic evidence of smoky vehicles spotted. At the land entry checkpoints, officers visually screen for smoky vehicles and send these smoky vehicles for further testing. The current operation is manpower-intensive and is not scalable to cover all the smoky vehicle hotspots simultaneously.
How might we automate remote detection of smoky vehicles on the roads and at the land-entry checkpoints accurately and cost-effectively?
What Are We Looking For
Proposed solution should:
Desired effectiveness of solution is defined by detection accuracy of more than 80% (i.e. out of 100 smoky vehicles on the road, more than 80 of them are detected by the system), a false alarm rate of less than 10 % (i.e. out of 100 smoky vehicles detected, less than 10 vehicles are not smoky) under reasonably visible conditions
Ability to distinguish and exclude false alarm cases due to environmental conditions such as rain, shadows from clouds, passing vehicles and roadside objects, water splashes from vehicles, and tyre mist from wet roads, etc.
In addition, the proposed solution shall meet the following location-specific requirements:
Possible Use Case
What's In It For You
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.
Problem solvers who choose to apply to this challenge must be registered and operating in Singapore. The POC needs to be demonstrated in Singapore.
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.