Innovation Challenges

Challenge Owner(s)
Land Transport Authority (LTA), SBS Transit Ltd, SMRT Corporation Ltd
Organiser(s) Padang & Co
Industry Type(s) Land Transport
Application Start Date 11 June 2020
Application End Date 11 August 2020
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About Challenge

An open innovation initiative for technological solutions that can benefit the public transport industry and commuters.

Jointly organised by the Land Transport Authority of Singapore (LTA), SBS Transit, SMRT and co-organised by Enterprise Singapore, the Singapore Mobility Challenge aims to address the  Land Transport Master Plan 2040 goals.

 

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Challenge Owner(s)
Land Transport Authority (LTA), SMRT Corporation Ltd, SBS Transit Ltd
Industry Types(s)
Electronics, Land Transport

For the safety of the general public, active mobility devices are allowed used on public paths are required to adhere to the device criteria of maximum motorised device speed of 25km/h, maximum width of 70cm and maximum unladen weight of 20kg.

Retailers are not allowed to sell non-compliant devices, however active mobility device users who do not have the proper measuring equipment (or “jig”) may not know how to ascertain if their device is compliant to the device criteria.

Challenge Statement

How might we build a more portable device to determine if active mobility devices (including gyroscopic and non-gyroscopic motorised personal mobility devices) are compliant with the weight, width and maximum motorised device speed criteria?

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Challenge Owner(s)
Land Transport Authority (LTA), SBS Transit Ltd, SMRT Corporation Ltd
Industry Types(s)
Digital/ICT, Land Transport

Occasionally, pedestrians have been observed to jaywalk at traffic light crossings. We seek to better understand this risk-taking behaviour through better profiling of pedestrians, local patterns and conditions. Data we are interested to collect (and not limited to) include pedestrian profiles (e.g. age group) and road situations (e.g. traffic conditions and traffic light configurations). Technologies involved could include Internet of Things (IoT) and video analytics. Ultimately, we seek to implement measures to reduce instances of jaywalking.

Challenge Statement

How might we better understand pedestrian behaviour at traffic light crossings in correlation with pedestrian profiles, local patterns and conditions, in order to reduce instances of jaywalking?

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Challenge Owner(s)
Land Transport Authority (LTA), SBS Transit Ltd, SMRT Corporation Ltd
Industry Types(s)
Digital/ICT, Electronics, Land Transport

The rail maintenance team is required to carry out periodic inspections and maintenance tasks for the overhead direct current (DC) cable brackets along rail lines. This is to check for conditions, such as loose supports, rust, water seepage, and foreign objects.  While faults are uncommon, the cable brackets cannot go uninspected due to the potential risk of failure due to, for example, falling parts.  As the work needs to be done at height, there is some (manageable) risk to the workers and is costly because of the required setup of scaffolding.  

Challenge Statement

How might we monitor the condition of cable brackets accurately and in a cost-effective way?

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Challenge Owner(s)
Land Transport Authority (LTA), SMRT Corporation Ltd, SBS Transit Ltd
Industry Types(s)
Digital/ICT, Electronics, Land Transport

We aim to reduce unwanted operating downtime, and optimise the resources allocated and used for maintenance.  A more agile and transparent sharing of information and actions taken related any particular train component allows for quicker response.  Taking a train bogie as an example, we are interested to trace its utilisation time, its fault and maintenance history, including the staff involved and the actions taken.  With more reliable data shared between the stakeholders in the maintenance process, we can also more accurately preempt failures and better coordinate future maintenance actions.

Challenge Statement

How might we enable more agile, transparent, reliable and secure data capture and sharing in the maintenance process to improve the traceability of train components? 

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Challenge Owner(s)
Land Transport Authority (LTA), SMRT Corporation Ltd, SBS Transit Ltd
Industry Types(s)
Digital/ICT, Land Transport

Rail Service Reliability is measured using Mean Distance Travelled between delays of less than five minutes (train-km).

In response to a national target of maintaining a measure of performance above a million kilometres, the public transport operators have invested in more customer service officers on the trains, so that service recovery can be executed within five minutes.

Challenge Statement

How might we enable data-driven decision support to optimise the deployment of customer service officers, whilst minimising the risk of delays to service recovery? 

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Challenge Owner(s)
Land Transport Authority (LTA), SBS Transit Ltd, SMRT Corporation Ltd
Industry Types(s)
Digital/ICT, Land Transport

As the people grow more tech-savvy, the use of apps as an integral part of public transportation is expected to grow. As such, improving the quality of our transportation apps goes hand in hand with improving the overall quality of our service.

Although apps are capable of providing information, they currently lack the ability to combine information and services, especially those uniquely available for the industry to make public transportation more attractive.

We would like to seek innovative, yet easily implementable ideas to integrate into our apps as features that commuters can use to improve their quality of life.

Challenge Statement

How might we integrate new features into our existing public transportation app for the benefit of our commuters?

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Challenge Owner(s)
SMRT Corporation Ltd, Land Transport Authority (LTA), SBS Transit Ltd
Industry Types(s)Land Transport

Our buses and trains can be crowded during peak travel hours.  This challenge is greater with social distancing guidelines.  Businesses are required to stagger their working hours, so their employees minimise travel during peak periods.  In addition to adjusting schedules, other strategies to minimise congestion include engaging with other commuters to change their travel times or transport options.  This may involve an information exchange and even incentives (such as dynamic fare pricing) to nudge a behavioural change.

Challenge Statement

How might we empower commuters to consider travel at a different time and / or alternate options, so public transportation demand is more evenly distributed through the day?

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Challenge Owner(s)
Land Transport Authority (LTA), SBS Transit Ltd, SMRT Corporation Ltd
Industry Types(s)
Digital/ICT, Land Transport

As new MRT lines are built, more locations around Singapore will be connected by rail. The “first and last mile” represents the part of the journey that connects the MRT places where commuters live, work and play.

Commuters typically complete the first and last mile of their journey by using a feeder bus, cycling or walking. In business parks or places of interest, shuttle buses may be utilised.

Depending on the context of travel, commuters may face crowding, waiting time, adverse weather conditions, accessibility limitations for the less-able/elderly and children, or may find it difficult to get information on service availability.

Challenge Statement

How might we better understand the journey intent of commuters and provide relevant "first mile" and "last mile“ connectivity that is more inclusive, seamless and cost-efficient?

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Challenge Owner(s)
Land Transport Authority (LTA), SMRT Corporation Ltd, SBS Transit Ltd
Industry Types(s)
Digital/ICT, Land Transport

With 67% of people in Singapore commuting daily on buses and trains, the public transport system is a part of our everyday lives.

MRT stations and integrated transport hubs could be more than just transit points and become an integral part of our lifestyle by meeting our everyday needs or helping us get our tasks done.

Understanding what those needs and tasks are is the first step towards building an ecosystem between lifestyle and commuting.

Challenge Statement

How might we improve our understanding of commuter behaviours and preferences with data gathered in ways that are in compliance with current PDPA standards?

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