Street Lighting & Cabling Detection

The Challenge by Iberdrola
Does your solution autonomously detect and validate public lighting points & cabling?

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Iberdrola Group has launched the Startup Challenge Street Lighting & Cabling Detection, an international call for companies to present solutions that autonomously detect and validate public lighting points and cabling that are not recorded in the company’s database.

What is the Challenge about?

Why

In some cases, even before a new allotment, light bulbs are already installed without being registered in the Iberdrola Database. Likewise, telephone and pay-TV cables from telecom operators are installed by default on the distributor's posts without the distributor receiving the appropriate sharing fees.

What

Iberdrola is looking for solutions to help update the database regularly and quickly by means of computer software, in order to improve infrastructure maintenance and reduce network energy losses. For example, via proposals that autonomously detect public lighting points and validates them using technologies such as deep learning, e.g. geotagging, object detection (CNNs), and more.

The Requirements

The detection method should use external databases, as well as data and georeferencing of the company's street lights. The images or data used for identification must be updated regularly, the process must be automatic and work with hardly any human intervention. It must meet the criteria of efficiency, serviceability, scalability, and reproducibility.

Where

This situation is recurrent in Brazil, within the states of Sao Paulo, Mato Grosso do Sul, Bahia, Pernambuco, and Rio Grande do Norte, which is why the winning solution will be tested there. However, it may also be used in other regions and for other of the group's assets.

Pilot Project

The Challenge offers the possibility to test the technology in Iberdrola's networks.

New Clients & Investors

If the pilot succeeds, Iberdrola will add solutions to its service territory. Besides, Perseo, the VC arm of Iberdrola, could consider an investment.

Scalability of Business

The Challenge offers the possibility to scale your technology into more of Iberdrola's regions and assets.

Timeline

Application Starts
3 February 2020

Application Ends
16 March 2020

Winner Announcement
May 2020

Pilot Project
June 2020

Apply now!

Questions?
Contact Iberdrola

IberdrolaChallenge@iberdrola.es

FAQ

See our responses to some of the most common questions or view our Terms & Conditions.

What solutions are you looking for with the Street Lighting & Cabling Detection Challenge?

Iberdrola is looking for solutions to help update the database regularly and quickly by means of computer software, in order to improve infrastructure maintenance and reduce network energy losses. For example, via proposals that autonomously detect public lighting points and validates them using technologies such as deep learning, e.g. geotagging, object detection (CNNs), and more.

Your detection method should:

• Use external databases, as well as data and georeferencing of the Iberdrola's street lights.
• The images or data used for identification must be updated regularly.
• The process must be automatic and work with hardly any human intervention.
• It must meet the criteria of efficiency, serviceability, scalability, and reproducibility.

What type of street lights are installed? LEDs, sodium, other?

In general, the types of street lights already installed, which Iberdrola does need to detect too, are sodium or high-pressure sodium vapor (88%), metallic bulb (9%), mercury vapor (1%) and others (fluorescent compact, halogen and LED – 2%).

When new lights are installed, LEDs are preferred. However, it depends on the local availability and on its cost.

How often should the information be updated?

The more frequent, the better. Real-time detection of new bulbs installed would be ideal. However, a monthly update is also reasonable.

Can I submit more than one proposal?

You are welcome to submit more than one proposal, just make sure to submit a separate application for each.

What are the Challenge's key benefits for my company or entity?

There are many reasons why you should apply for this Challenge:

• The Challenge offers the possibility to test the technology in Iberdrola's Networks.
• If the pilot succeeds, Iberdrola will add solutions to its current portfolio. Besides, Perseo, the VC arm of Iberdrola, could consider an investment.
• The Challenge offers the possibility to scale your technology into more of Iberdrola's regions and assets.

What do I need to know about the Pilot Project?

The winner of the challenge will sign a collaboration and testing agreement with Iberdrola and/or any other relevant company of the Iberdrola Group.

Iberdrola and/or the relevant company will:

• bear the costs of such collaboration and testing activities
• provide the technical support to test the solution proposed, granting access to equipment, teams, infrastructures, high-tech locations, and co-working areas
• provide a real environment and data to test the solution