Innovation Challenges

Challenge Owner(s)
Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), Masdar, Department of Municipalities and Transport (DMT)
Organiser(s)
Enterprise Singapore (ESG), Abu Dhabi Investment Office (ADIO), IPI Singapore
Industry Type(s)
Digital/ICT, Electronics, Infrastructure, Sustainable Energy, Urban Solutions
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Application Start Date 6 May 2021
Application End Date 29 July 2021
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About Challenge

The Abu Dhabi – Singapore Smart Cities Open Innovation Challenge brings together the Abu Dhabi City government and leading corporates to collaborate with innovative start-ups and SMEs in Singapore to drive future smart city development in the Middle East.

In this challenge, Enterprise Singapore, Abu Dhabi Investment Office (ADIO) and IPI have partnered three Abu Dhabi organisations – Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), Masdar, and Department of Municipality and Transport (DMT) to look for innovative partners to collaborate on six challenge statements to drive future smart city developments in the Middle East. If you are a Singapore startup or innovative SME with suitable solutions, we want to hear from you!

We invite you to showcase your innovative smart city solutions. Selected companies will have the opportunity to develop and pilot your solutions, and these may be adapted and implemented by the organisations in the Middle East.

This challenge is an initiative of the Abu Dhabi – Singapore Joint Forum (ADSJF), co-chaired by Mr S. Iswaran, Minister-in-charge of Trade Relations (Singapore) and H.E. Khaldoon Al Mubarak, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Affairs Authority and Mubadala Company.

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Challenge Owner(s)Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC)
Industry Types(s)
Digital/ICT, Infrastructure, Real Estate

Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC)

ADNOC is seeking innovative solutions to tap into Ruwais City’s existing real-time data collection tools and leverage findings to improve public services and quality of life for residents. ADNOC is also seeking to use such data to help optimize the workforce demand required for providing related services. 

What We Are Looking For

In addition to the findings obtained from ADNOC’s existing real-time data collection tools (e.g., video cameras, imagery, etc.), the solution may include additional devices (audio/visual/IR sensors) or digital innovation, such as virtual sensors, sensor fusion, ambient sound analytics, etc. or any combination of these.

Since these systems are operational throughout the day, unlike a human, they do not suffer from human errors or fatigue. They are able to provide 24/7 continuous monitoring of the environment and public places. To this end, the solution should include a digital platform with real-time notifications for relevant departments within ADNOC and/or relevant government authorities providing associated public services.

The platform should allow residents to upload images which can enhance or expedite emergency response and infrastructure maintenance processses.

The solution should also make provisions that allow the system to be integrated with existing Ruwais digital solutions that are already being  used to generate notifications and alerts. It is expected that such a system will help to optimize the operations workforce demand.     

Solutions should strive to minimize payback period and maximize ROI.

Upon successful test-bedding, ADNOC will be keen to roll out this solution for city-wide implementation.

Development Timeframe

A three phase approach will be adopted. For this challenge:

  • Phase 1: Selection of proposals
  • Phase 2: Prototype + Testbed on an existing street
  • Phase 3: Implement a small-scale trial (at neighborhood level) before ADNOC decides on scaling-up the solution

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Challenge Owner(s)Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC)
Industry Types(s)
Digital/ICT, Electronics, Infrastructure, Sustainable Energy, Urban Solutions

Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC)

ADNOC is seeking innovative energy efficiency solutions for the street lighting systems within Ruwais City. The current street lighting systems are conventional; the lights are turned on in the evening, left on throughout the night and then turned off in the daytime.

In addition to energy-efficiency solutions, ADNOC is seeking proposals on how to best leverage street lighting as an extension of Ruwais City’s emerging “Smart City” infrastructure, wherein the streetlamps themselves are the platform upon which smart devices could be connected and/or mounted.

What We Are Looking For

The solutions must not affect public safety or the usability of the street, and should strive to minimize payback period and maximize ROI.

ADNOC is also seeking innovative uses of streetlamps as an infrastructure for Smart City applications, including, but not limited to, real-time data collection, human or vehicular traffic management, and public engagement. Proposals that can address all abovementioned requirements will be assessed favourably.   

ADNOC will be keen to roll out successful test-bed solutions for city-wide implementation.

Development Timeframe

A three phase approach will be adopted for this challenge.

  • Phase 1: Selection of proposals
  • Phase 2: Prototype + Testbed on an existing street
  • Phase 3: Implement of a small-scale trial (at neighborhood or arterial road level) before ADNOC decides on scaling-up the solution

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Challenge Owner(s)Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC)
Industry Types(s)
Circular Economy & Sustainability, Sustainable Energy

Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC)

ADNOC is seeking innovative solutions to increase the energy efficiency of the buildings within Ruwais City. The two identified areas of focus are:

a) Reduce building energy consumption and improve related Mechanical, Electrical & Plumbing (MEP) operations and maintenance performance and costs            

b) Optimize the operations and maintenance performance and costs of the District Cooling Plant (DCP) and related building MEP systems.

What We Are Looking For

A) Electrical Energy Efficiency

The solution should result in the reduction of energy consumption rates. The scope of the solutions are encouraged to consider the following strategies: improving the technical operations and maintenance of the buildings, fostering energy efficient user behavior, and harnessing data feedback loops and smart appliances to reduce energy consumption rates.

The proposed solution may include both hardware and software. Should the solution include functionalities for sense making of the energy used by different electrical appliances within the building, these hardware deployments must not or at most have very minimal modification to the existing infrastructure. This is particularly important for retrofits to existing buildings. This is both to encourage acceptance by the tenants and to manage upfront investment costs. Occupant behavior based solutions are acceptable, but should not be the sole solution as their effectiveness to date has been variable in practice.

B) District Cooling Efficiency

Solutions should be focused on improving the cost and energy efficiency of the existing District Cooling Plant. For instance, solutions can focus on automating and/or centralizing some of the facility operations, reduce maintenance and commissioning operations, and increase energy efficiency. Solutions should also be able to be incorporated into future DCP plants. Solutions can also consider the related equipment within the buildings serviced by the DCP. The proposed solution may include both hardware and software that interface with related equipment such as the temperature sensor, fan coil units, etc.. Should the solution include modification of the existing building cooling system, these hardware deployments must not or at most have very minimal modification. The solution should also be able to provide a data feedback loop to the utilities operators to optimize the operation of energy generation and district cooling plant, so as to achieve overall energy optimization at the district/city level.

Solutions should strive to minimize payback period and maximize ROI.

ADNOC is open to considering proposals that address the requirements individually. However, proposals that addresses both requirements (A&B) will be assessed more favourably.

Upon successful test-bedding, ADNOC will be keen to roll out this solution for city-wide implementation.

The solutions must not cause inconvenience to the occupants nor disrupt the current living space and the infrastructure that is already in place. The eventual deployment of the solution is targeted at both greenfield and/or brownfield projects managed by ADNOC. As such, any proposed solution should try to be applicable across both new and existing buildings, of variable program types (e.g., residential, commercial, industrial, institutional, civil).

Development Timeframe

A three phase approach will be adopted for this challenge.

  • Phase 1: Selection of proposals
  • Phase 2: Prototype + Testbed solution on an existing building(s)
  • Phase 3: Implement small-scale trial (at neighborhood level) before ADNOC decides on scaling-up the solution

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Challenge Owner(s)Department of Municipalities and Transport (DMT)
Industry Types(s)
Digital/ICT, Electronics, Infrastructure, Sustainable Energy

Department of Municipalities and Transport (DMT)

In Abu Dhabi, lamp poles are commonly used to attach marketing and public engagement banners. The change of these banners is carried out manually and is manpower-intensive. The Department of Municipalities and Transport (DMT) has started retrofitting the conventional street lighting with LED luminaires that are controlled by smart lighting nodes which are connected to the Central Management System (CMS) through a wireless communication mesh. 

As part of its transformation drive, DMT is seeking innovative solutions to transform these street lighting infrastructures, such that they can also be used as infrastructure for other smart city applications, including the collection of data (e.g. weather, traffic, parking, pedestrians) through sensors.

DMT is keen to receive proposals on the type of sensors to use, the type of data to collect and how DMT can utilise these to provide better public services.

What We Are Looking For

The proposed solution, while serving its functional purposes, should blend in with the environment aesthetically. It may consist of the features below but need not be limited to them:

  • Sustainably powered.
  • Double-sided digital screen (front and back) to display advertisements and generate revenue. The screens should be operated via a control room so that the displays can be broadcast remotely.
  • Smart application mounted on the streetlights to capture data such as:
    • Vehicular traffic count, speed and density
    • Roadside parking
    • Human mobility pattern (cyclists and pedestrians)
    • Temperature, wind and humidity

The proposed solutions must take into account public safety. The proposal should include details on cost and time required to execute the project.

Information on the street light poles:

  1. Height: 10, 14, and 20-metres. The spacing is dependent on road type and pole height. The attached file shows the allowed lighting levels along with the heights of the poles and spacing for each road type extracted from the Abu Dhabi Lighting Manual.
  2. Type of lamp: LED
  3. Electrical controller: Electrical power comes from the control cabinets, and the operation control system is through wireless network connecting every pole to the control center (the ongoing Noor Abu Dhabi Project)
  4. Photos of a street lighting, streets and typical road cross sections: Please find attached the cross-sections of 3 types of roads: Avenue, Boulevard, and Residential streets extracted from the Urban Street Design Manual (USDM)

Development Timeframe

A three-phase approach will be adopted for this challenge.

  • Phase 1: Development of potential solution(s)
  • Phase 2: Selection of the most favourable solution based on a financial feasibility study
  • Phase 3: Prototype + Testbed within a year at an Abu Dhabi city street

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Challenge Owner(s)Department of Municipalities and Transport (DMT)
Industry Types(s)
Infrastructure, Sustainable Energy, Urban Solutions

Department of Municipalities and Transport (DMT)

The Department of Municipalities and Transport (DMT) is the entity responsible for managing the urban planning and transport sectors in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates (UAE) through three regional municipalities. It ensures the highest standards of safety, security, sustainability and technological developments of land, air, and maritime transport networks of the Emirate, in accordance with the UAE legislation. DMT develops and operates the city’s public recreational facilities such as parks, playgrounds and beaches. 

As part of its continued sustainability drive, the DMT is seeking innovative solutions from renewable and sustainable energy sources to supply electric power to these public facilities data-sf-ec-immutable="">The proposed solutions must integrate with the Smart Grid of the Abu Dhabi Distribution Company (ADDC), and aesthetics of the natural environment. 

What We Are Looking For

The proposed solution should achieve the functional objectives and integrate with the design of the recreational facilities. The solution may use enery harvesting technology such as but not limited to mechanical, solar, wind, or any combinations of these. It must not pose any danger to the users of these facilities. Note that solutions deployed at the beaches need to take into consideration the corrosive nature of sea salt, seasonal sea fog and seawater. 

Selected proposal will be test-bedded at a selected park or beach and potentially be deployed across other recreational facilities managed by the DMT.

Development Timeframe

A three-phase approach will be adopted for this challenge:

  • Phase 1: Development of potential solution(s)
  • Phase 2: Selection of the most favourable solution based on a financial feasibility study
  • Phase 3: Prototype + Testbed within a year at an Abu Dhabi city street
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Challenge Owner(s)Masdar
Industry Types(s)
Infrastructure, Sustainable Energy, Urban Solutions

Masdar

Masdar City is a planned city project in Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates. The city comprises a mixed-use, low-rise, high-density development and will become a vital component of the Masdar Initiative, established by the government of Abu Dhabi to advance the development of renewable energy clean-technology solutions.

The master plan of Masdar City is broadly guided by five themes to support the creation of mixed-use sustainable communities outlined below.

  • Provide a liveable community by implementing connectivity throughout the city and offer recreational opportunities.
  • Provide shaded and cooled walkway and public spaces for outdoor comfort.
  • Conserve water by establishing a water use and reuse system.
  • Create a productive landscape within the environment through hydrozoning planting strategy to conserve water and produce food.
  • Develop a sustainable urban system to minimise resources and create a mixed-use community.

The year-round hot climate (temperatures can be as high as 40°C during the day) has become a challenge for city dwellers. Masdar is looking for innovative solutions for residents to enjoy the outdoors even during daytime. The solution should offer a sheltered space that will facilitate the following activities (not limited to the below):

  1. Leisure activities, such as social gatherings in public or private spaces
  2. Sheltered outdoor play area for children
  3. Seating area in public parks

What We Are Looking For

Masdar City is looking for a cost-effective and self-contained solution that offers a comfortable climatic environment for outdoor use, utilising passive and/or active heat management technologies and design.

 

This is a call for creative solutions that could provide a space of 2m by 3m space where residents can enjoy the outdoors even during daytime when the temperature is high. The solution should be cost-effective and made of sustainable materials. Both passive and/or active heat management technologies can be deployed.

If the solution requires power, it is preferred for renewable energy to be the default source. The solution should consist of minimum moving parts and can be semi-enclosed or open, as long as it creates an environment conducive for use during the day. For semi-enclosed solutions, there is a need to account for solar radiative heating and oven-effect. The user should not need to wait for the space to be cooled down. The solution can also deploy different technologies, such as evaporative, radiative, thermoelectric cooling and/or combination of these.

Masdar is open to consider solutions that are portable. The proposal should consider ease of maintenance, transportation and set up.

The proposal should include elements such as aesthetics, ergonomics, and safety aspects to demonstrate its usability. The solution should also be easily adapted and replicated for use across the city.

Development Timeframe

A three phase approach will be adopted for this challenge:

  • Phase 1: Selection of proposals
  • Phase 2: Prototype + Testbed
  • Phase 3: Implementation of a pilot trial before Masdar City decides on the scaling-up

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Briefing Session

Abu Dhabi-Singapore Smart Cities Open Innovation Challenge 2021 

Thursday, 10 June 2021
2.00pm (GMT +8)

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