Challenges for startups

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Challenge 1: Warehouse management system for finished products in a construction company

Recipient of the solution: Pekabex

Hashtag: #proptech #transport&logistics

Desired action effect: Design and introduction of a highly integrated solution that would allow for efficient use of storage space for finished products. The new system should enable optimization of storage processes of the manufactured elements, taking into account their dimensions, quantity, purpose and expected time of receipt. The solution must also include:

  • digital record of vehicles / drivers / loads
  • a detailed description of cargo identification, i.e. their type, purpose, etc.
  • introduction of improvements in vehicular traffic within the factory space, i.e. control of vehicle traffic and required buffering within the parking space
  • preview of scheduled loading processes in real time, along with the status of ongoing operations
  • introduction of the forecasting component that predicts collection times based on vehicle geolocation information and the availability of the loading space
  • generation of warehouse space coverage reports along with the full register of stored items
  • the ability to quickly identify individual products in the storage space

The system should ensure efficient loading of items, queuing of the awaiting vehicles appropriately, as well as constituting a data exchange platform, that provides information on designated loading windows to the drivers themselves, effectively controlling traffic within the factory. The planned solution must also include the generation of reports on operations carried out on a daily, weekly and monthly basis.

Challenge 2: Warehouse management system for prefabricates in a construction company

Recipient of the solution: Pekabex

Hashtag: #proptech 

Desired action effect: Design and implementation of a system that introduces an effective use of available storage space, used to store prefabricated elements and semi-finished products which are necessary to maintain the continuity of production processes. The created and then implemented system is required to introduce:

  • the ability to easily identify prefabricated and semi-finished products
  • dynamic allocation of the existing space marked as “available” to store specific materials of various dimensions, as well as intended for specific production processes
  • introduction of visual or electronic marking for quick verification of stored elements
  • introduction of a software solution that allows a user to view the inventory of the storage space in real time
  • the ability to graphically represent the collected warehouse data
  • generation of surface occupation reports on a daily, weekly and monthly basis
  • generating warnings related to the stock level reaching a critical value or values defined by the user

The new system should also improve the process of issuing prefabricates and their transport from the storage space to the production space, taking into account the planned production queue and the availability of factory transport vehicles.

Challenge 3: Concrete sampling and analysis system

Recipient of the solution: Pekabex

Hashtag: #proptech 

Desired action effect: Designing and introduction of a system that would introduce a new, possibly automated and very fast sampling tool for cement mix used in the process of concrete-based component production. In addition, the new solution should be able to allow samples to be subjected to technical, on-the-spot analysis, allowing the mixture to be verified for compliance with the order and its suitability in production. The implemented system must enable:

  • fast sampling and proper marking of samples for the purposes of subsequent identification, including the supplier, the time of collection, the characteristics of the mixture, i.e. the parameters of the components used, i.e. aggregates, water content, etc.
  • conducting a quick qualitative analysis of the incoming concrete mixtures, taking into account such parameters as consistency, density, air content, type of aggregate used and other parameters indicated within the order

The finished solution is to shorten the time from accepting the transport to the introduction of the concrete mix into production processes, as well as to automate the procedure of assessing its suitability along with the required description of the characteristics of the measurements obtained.

Challenge 4: Work registration system and cards identifying the location of employees

Recipient of the solution: Pekabex

Hashtag: #proptech 

Desired effect: Development of a technical solution, capable of integrating the available individual employee identification cards, in order to record working times, as well as enabling the constant localization of individual employees within their workplace (in the factory space) and on the premises of the production plant itself. The solution should enable:

  • recording time of employees’ work from the moment of registering the employee’s presence on the premises of the plant until he leaves the production plant
  • automatic detection and record of anomalies associated with the presence of employee outside of their designated shift; also as a result of change or lack of such presence for employees assigned to a given shift
  • generating reports related to the presence of employees working on a specific shift, as well as analyzing available data on a weekly and monthly basis
  • automatic recalculation of individual employees’ working hours
  • conducting spatial analyses regarding the location of individual employees and teams as a whole together with the required visualizations, graphically indicating the space within the plant, where the employees’ movement is the largest, potentially leading to bottleneck effects
  • the potential for assigning a specific employee to operate a given machine and verification of this assignments
  • real-time data visualization of identified employees’ locations

The new system should allow exporting of the collected information to the systems currently in use, performing a record-keeping role.

Challenge 5: Transport of reinforcing steel elements between production halls in the factory

Recipient of the solution: Pekabex

Hashtag: #proptech 

Desired action effect: Design and implementation of a system that facilitates the transport of steel reinforcing elements (rods) within the production space of factory halls. As part of the proposed solution, two basic elements of the system should be created:

  • a dedicated software system that allows forecasting the usage of certain steel elements in given production processes; verification of the amount of materials required to carry out production; forecasting the availability of certain reinforcing elements and indicating potential shortages of inventory, thus enabling optimization and continuity of production
  • an improved system for transporting steel elements within the factory hall in response to commands issued by the software, based on the current production profile
  • verification of material consumption

The introduced system should be designed to optimize transport within production halls by issuing appropriate materials at the right time and the right amount to optimize the production process.

Challenge 6: Autonomous cleaning robots for the production hall and area around the factory

Recipient of the solution: Pekabex

Hashtag: #proptech 

Desired effect: Designing and introducing the automatic cleaning system based on autonomous machines (robots), capable of navigating the space within production halls, with a basic task to keep the floor surfaces of these facilities clean. The introduced devices must remove from the production floor all waste materials, i.e. small crumbs of concrete, dust, metal filings, pieces of small metal chips. Designed system and robots themselves must accomplish tasks:

  • autonomous movement within the production plant space in predefined time windows
  • possibility to define the area of operation for each device (based on the waypoint system) for a selected day (as well as in the form of procedures enforcing work schedule at selected time intervals, e.g. for a specific day of the week, in a particular month, etc.)
  • the autonomy of the devices sufficient for the detection of obstacles and achieving proper obstacle mitigation
  • reports of use in terms of a single work cycle, weekly and monthly coverage
  • automatic emptying of the container in a specific location
  • introduction of a visualization system of the cleaning operation performed by equipment in real time along with defining the status of their work,  the level of container use and time to completion of defined tasks
  • automatic return of devices after completion of the programmed tasks to the docking station for power source charging
  • the possibility of using dedicated machines within the production plant, but outside of the main production hall

The introduced system should provide virtually maintenance-free operation with sufficient efficiency to eliminate the need to hire additional cleaning staff, whose task would be to maintain a proper level of cleanliness within the production plant.

Challenge 7: Intelligent hall lightning system to reduce power consumption

Recipient of the solution: Pekabex

Hashtag: #proptech 

Desired effect: Design and introduce a modern lighting control system, preferably IoT based, in the production hall, that would allow reduction of energy consumption within such large-area facilities. The solution should support:

  • the ability of the software package to visualize the production space in terms of the activity of individual lighting modules and – possibly – working as defined groups
  • verification of the activity of individual lighting modules by analyzing their status declared as “on”, “off” along with lightning levels
  • possibility to define lighting profiles depending on the adopted criteria, i.e. time of day, type of work etc., including lighting intensity
  • creation of reports specifying the use of lighting along with the forecast of electricity consumption
  • automatic lighting activation as a response to motion detection in a specific hall zone
  • automatic deactivation of lighting in the absence of registered traffic in a given zone of the production hall, causing an individual lightning module to be switched off or whole predefined group to be switched off
  • the ability to define individual rules allowing individual control of lighting units

The anticipated effect of the system introduction is the reduction of the consumption of electricity, which is currently lost as a result of illuminating the production space, where there are no active production processes, there are temporarily no employees or in which light was accidentally left on.

Challenge 8: design and implementation of an application designed to support mobile experts of the insurance company

Recipient of the solution: PZU Lab

Hashtag: #proptech #logistics

Desired action effect: Design and implementation of a system that allows automatization of the processes of assigning mobile experts to the specific interventions (usually visual inspections) including information such as:

  • the location of the inspection
  • accessibility of mobile experts
  • performance of mobile experts
  • type of visual inspection required and its tasks, i.e. visual inspection, property inspection, agricultural inspection, technical activities, property inspection, point inspection etc.
  • client’s preferences regarding the possible dates of the inspection

The designed solution should also include sudden, unplanned changes and random events that may affect the dynamics of assignments, i.e. as a result of a sudden absence of an employee or changes such as rescheduling, cancellation, change of date or place of inspection. Also possible changes in the location of the inspection site depending on the time of day. In the case of handling bulk damages, if the date of inspection on the part of the client changes, the system should automatically reallocate without additional operator intervention and set a new deadline for the inspection as well as assign a new mobile expert.

The system should also introduce further functionalities regarding:

  • bulk damages – by introducing an administrative panel allowing for the parameterization of the assignment of inspection of mobile experts from outside the given region
  • support for various types of inspections – for this purpose, the system should ensure the possibility of arranging various types of visual inspections, i.e. video inspection or visual inspection at a designated stationary point (i.e. petrol station, car wash, etc.); it is also necessary to introduce assignment automation for this level of arrangements
  • introduction of a customer notification system via SMS / e-mail messages providing a status of the inspection
  • enabling the possibility of involvement of employees from outside of the PZU group, as well as allowing the option to import the mobile experts data that would include the information about the employment company and category (Seasonal Liquidator, Mobile Expert); furthermore the system must include access to detailed information concerning employees, thus allowing for the correct inspection allocation i.e. defining the extent of damage cases which an employee is able to handle
  • the possibility to introduce the categorization of visual inspections in relation to groups of employees, i.e. by defining the percentage share of specific types of inspections and their number in a given group of employees
  • the possibility of importing visual inspection data from other damage handling systems outside of the PZU SA.
  • introduction of priorities for planned inspections; parameterization of priorities regarding visual inspections for damages; inclusion of those parameters during the automatic allocation process
  • introduction of an administrative panel, which would provide an easy configuration option for the types of inspections to be handled; also the assignment of employees to specific inspections, as well as the significance of planned inspections
  • inclusion in the system of a reporting / billing module, that creates reports using data from the current day, i.e. to perform an inspection in accordance with the previously planned time window; creating billing reports and detailed reports, that include information such as the course of handled inspections and their status change that also include reasons; statistical analysis of interventions, i.e. by counting the number of cases by region
  • introduction of a frontend application for a mobile expert, using a graphical interface that allow convenient access to certain tools that enable the management of assigned inspections (cancellation, postponement, implementation); communication with the client together with the possibility of engaging the client’s supervisor; selection of inspection type; enclosing documentation for inspections; determining availability, i.e. through planned and unplanned holidays, redundancies, shorter working hours of the day, etc.

The above factors should be taken into account in the process of automatic allocation of inspections.

Challenge 9: Water detection system based on wireless sensors that do not require a network connection

Recipient of the solution: Olivia Business Centre

Hashtag: #proptech

Desired action effect: Design and implementation of a system consisting of a set of maintenance-free measuring devices and an application layer that allows continuous monitoring of the conditions of rooms in terms of flooding detection over a very long period of time. The planned system must meet the following baseline requirements:

  • introduce measuring devices that would be capable of trouble-free and maintenance-free operation for 10 to 15 years
  • the designed devices must allow installation without the need to carry out calibration, maintenance and activities that require servicing, i.e. replacement or charging of the power source; it should also be effortless
  • devices must use wireless connectivity to exchange information with the upper level of the system
  • the designed solution for the application must contain the ability to save data regarding the activation of sensors and their states and to share this information in the form of system-level files (logs) with the possibility of browsing and viewing them
  • automatic generation of alerts based on detected events
  • optional visualization of rooms and floors where flooding was detected using a representative schematic view of a given building
  • the possibility of integrating the designed system with the currently functioning BMS (Building Management System) solution
  • ensuring cybernetic security, i.e. protecting the system against interference and unauthorized access by unauthorized persons

The proposed solution should meet the condition of being highly innovative, i.e. by taking into account within its architecture the latest solutions in the field of IoT technology, security, communication while minimizing energy consumption.

Challenge 10: Monitoring of people on each floor in an office building and security management system

Recipient of the solution: Olivia Business Centre 

Hashtag: #proptech

Desired action effect: Design and implementation of a system that enables monitoring of the usable space, allowing for efficient counting the number of people on any given floor of a building, including the so-called event-space and winter garden. The proposed solution must also be able to rely on relevant information in real time in the form of numerical information and potentially visualized data as heat-maps. The system must also meet additional requirements:

  • present up-to-date information on the currently valid presence of people on a given floor/storey of the building together with the identification of the existing trend, i.e. an analysis of these changes in time
  • also identification of long-term trends existing within a timeframe of weeks or months
  • automatically generate warnings and alerts when the number of people approaches to the maximum permissible number assigned to a given floor or usable area
  • integration of mobile connectivity elements with the ability to operate the system from the level of mobile platforms (smartphone/tablet)
  • use of solutions protecting the system against unauthorized interference, as well as protection of the system in relation to attempts to obtain unauthorized access
  • integration of elements that enhance the security and safety of the monitored space

The proposed solution should also provide an appropriate system for generating reports on the use of space, as well as analytical tools that allow the indication of places with increased traffic, and also indicate the so-called communication bottlenecks.

Challenge 11: Electricity, air conditioning, and media management system, as well as automation and optimization of resource consumption

Recipient of the solution: Olivia Business Centre 

Hashtag: #proptech

Desired action effect: Currently, in each building belonging to the Olivia Business Center there is an independent BMS (Building Management System), whose task is to supervise the operation of devices and to monitor the alarms of sensors. Thanks to the system, the user can control, monitor and visualize key operating parameters of building installations, as well as record measurement data and create trends or characteristics.

The proposed solution should be an uniform, higher operational layer for the existing system, that could automate many available functions on the lower level and integrating all technical equipment management systems currently used in OBC buildings. The new platform should allow access to existing subsystems even from a single place, as well as provide a preview of the current situation, i.e. what is currently happening with technical equipment in all OBC buildings at once. The newly developed system layer is to speed up the reaction of service personnel in all necessary cases as well.

The planned system should enable the integration of all systems connected in the currently used BMS, which through central monitoring will increase the technical security of the office complex.

In addition, the system should support pro-ecological activities, i.e. enable management of the whole office complex, to maximize the efficiency of energy consumption, including the one used for heating and cooling of rooms as well as entire buildings. The planned solution should therefore take into account the thermal distribution treated as the whole of the business centre instead of individual buildings.

An additional challenge provided is the potential reduction of the amount of electricity needed to generate heat/cold(especially cold):

  • elimination of the need to manually enforce the demand for cold that is causing it to be “pushed” into rooms that do not need cold
  • allowing one aggregate to function as a cooling unit for all buildings (potentially connecting all buildings with a cooling loop)

The implemented project should have a positive impact on the functioning of the office complex while ensuring savings in energy consumption.

 

 

Challenge 12: Solutions integrating OBC with the environment in the areas of public, private, shared transport and information about mass events

Recipient of the solution: Olivia Business Centre 

Hashtag: #proptech

Desired effect: Development of an integrated solution – a system – combining elements of B2B and B2C, based on smart, artificial intelligence methods in order to achieve efficient management, the sale of additional services and to inform users (customers and partners the business centre).

Introduced system aims to contribute as a significant competitive advantage, and should fill a niche market of the identified needs of the branch managers and Residents of the large commercial real estate such as Olivia Business Centre. The solution should enable:

  • more efficient space management, including the ability to communicate with users, through the “passenger information system” dedicated to OBC space users
  • engagement of residents in public events and interaction with OBC related space, including the possibility of buying online services, booking places, attaching to events, etc.

Both points should also be available for foreigners who may have limited access to information about OBC / OBC environment and OBC / Tri-City.

 

Challenge 13: Application for quick search of information about investment plans of global corporations in Europe

Recipient of the solution: The Port of Gdansk Authority

Hashtag: #datascience

Desired action effect: Design and implementation of an application system that allows a user to search for a specific industry-oriented content over the Internet for investment plans, belonging to global corporations operating within Europe. The system should identify entities based on a content analysis in terms of potential localization of their production capacity in selected regions of Europe / Poland and estimate the ranking of recognized companies based on the tags/descriptions of websites or as a result of specific queries over available databases. The basis for identification should be specific phrases used within the content of documents under evaluation, i.e.

  • „leading global player in production”
  • “leading global player in distribution”
  • “major investment”
  • “new production facility in Europe”
  • “C&EE”

also by narrowing the results by defining a regional range, eg:

  • Northern Europe
  • Central Europe

and similarly in the results by identifying the subject of the plans, e.g.

  • Logistics centre
  • Distribution centre

The resulting algorithm should make it possible for a quick and efficient search within the indexed content in pursuit of information on investment plans of global corporations in Europe in the timeframe that does not exceed three years. Furthermore, it should generate reports containing a list of entities with a quantifiable value intended for approval by the Management Board.

Challenge 14: An automatic system for measurement, monitoring and presentation of water & sea levels in the Port of Gdansk

Recipient of the solution: The Port of Gdansk Authority

Hashtag: #transport&logistics

Desired action effect: Design and implementation of a measurement system based on a number of devices measuring the water level at the Port of Gdansk and the Northern Port, together with a software package enabling aggregation of data within a single IT platform. Designed devices should be able to provide information on any changes in water levels to the central system, whose task is to:

  • Visualization of incoming information in real time
  • Running archives for incoming information in the form of a dedicated database with the possibility of viewing archived records/visualization of archival records / generating animations for presenting registered changes within the selected time intervals
  • Making an automatic assessment of water levels with the identification of warning and alarm states and autonomous sending of notifications in case of values exceeding these limits
  • Automatic notifications in case of violation of user-defined limits for water levels

Designed devices should provide unmanned, autonomous operation over a period of one year. The planned visualization / archiving platform should be able to generate monthly reports in the form of PDF files, containing charts and numerical, statistical data summarizing the situation together with a description of the identified alarms, warnings and user-defined states. Potentially also enabling the transfer of collected information through the API system.

Challenge 15: Complex Geographic Information System for Port Gdansk

Recipient of the solution: The Port of Gdansk Authority

Hashtag: #proptech #transport&logistics

Desired action effect: Design and implementation of a set of GIS type applications, the task of whom would be to integrate the available, collected spatial information within a dedicated platform, allowing generation of specific thematic maps in real time along with the full, identified infrastructure. The functionalities of the application package must contain:

  • The ability to track the current status of a specific investment on the generated map/maps
  • A possibility of automatic status determination of the individual port facilities, based on available information, e.g. “failed”, “temporarily excluded from use”, etc.
  • Ability to apply plans and investment projects to available spatial visualizations
  • Generation of a specific/thematic visualizations, allowing better presentation of registered spatial information
  • Creation of a three-dimensional model of a Gdańsk Seaport area with the possibility of viewing this zone with the help of virtual reality technology
  • Design and implementation of a system that allows the generation of interactive internet presentations using the map of the Gdańsk Seaport
  • Taking into account the externally originated information that allows visualization of the position of vessels in real time within the Gdańsk Seaport space of operation
  • A system of gathering business information and customer service, using certain properties, located on the port state, i.e. warehouses, offices, etc.

The designed GIS application should additionally be able to establish connection of the system based options and prebuilt models with a dedicated mobile application, designed for installation on a popular OS platform, using augmented reality to apply synthetic information to the actual image, in order to support field work of employees and as a potential guide tool for visitors to the port.

Challenge 16: Use of the “Industry 4.0” concept in risk management of industrial plants by using the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)

Recipient of the solution: PZU Lab

Hashtag: #datascience #IIoT

Desired action effect: Designing and implementation of a prediction system that anticipates failures in wind farms, based on machine learning / deep learning along with connected large data sets (big data). The proposed solution should analyze historical information and incoming real-time data in an autonomous operating mode with only limited or even without human intervention if possible. The developed algorithm should conduct observation and draw conclusions about the technical condition of the wind farms, in particular by monitoring the work of the gearbox, turbine and generator based on the data of their dynamically changing states using new, dedicated and/or already existing measurement sensors.

The application of the above solution is to allow cost optimization for wind farm operators and reduction of insurance losses due to minimization of the number of downtimes caused by inspections and component failures. The suggested solution should be based on the tools of Condition Monitoring (Vitro diagnostics) and Predictive Maintenance. The system should also enable data exchange about the technical condition of machines covered by real-time monitoring together with forecasting of potential failures, expressed as probability factors. Basic functionalities should include the following general functionalities:

  • Editing user rights and settings
  • Creating and editing objects (wind farms)
  • Editability of the structure of objects
  • Editable description of individual objects
  • Data preview and their import to selected objects

These functionalities should be supplemented by an analytical package allowing for:

  • Generation of analytical models
  • Management of individual models and their priorities
  • Anomaly detection and Predictive Maintenance using various control methods
  • Recalibration of existing models
  • Editable level of warnings and alarms in each of the proposed models
  • Adding a predictive model to the repository
  • Optimization of the prediction timeframe

And also monitoring elements:

  • A graph showing the probability of failure for specific machines and devices
  • Dashboard with all information regarding monitored machines and devices
  • Prediction of failures in real time
  • Changing the level of view