Challenges

Challenge #1: Smart Store - Keeping Food Safe & Saving Energy Using IoT

Problem statement: Today, roughly one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption gets lost or wasted. About one fourth of the food loss takes place in the retail sector. At the same time, energy consumption in supermarkets in order to keep the food cool is high. To avoid global warming and its alarming consequences, the situation calls for technologies and solutions that can maximize energy efficiency.

Brainstorming leads: How to use IoT to make supermarkets smarter to reduce food loss and save energy? How to optimize the energy consumption of a supermarket by finding correlations between ambient temperature, refrigerator temperature and external weather conditions? How to find an energy consumption profile of the store and detect anomalies in the energy consumption profile? How to detect if products are reaching their “best before date”? How to find patterns that will provide the probability of a certain device needing service or checkup by correlating data points? How to detect false alarms? What solutions are missing to reduce food loss and save energy in supermarkets?

Assets: : Development environment for the IoT and data analytics services (IBM Watson and MS Azure subscription), API access (and relevant documentation) for accessing data from “test” systems (supermarkets), anonymized snapshot data from production systems (running supermarkets).

Prize: A trip to a Danfoss location to pitch your idea to relevant experts and executives.

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Challenge #2: Making Ubiquitous Data of Building Materials Accessible and Usable for the End-Consumer

Problem statement: If you are currently thinking about building or refurbishing a house, you need to take various aspects into account: You are probably looking for an energy and cost efficient (ideally short- and long-term) solution but also design aspects, safety (e.g., flammability) and sustainability might play a significant role. Especially the insulation system of a building is influenced by all of these factors. However, currently there is no user-friendly solution available that is helping in providing a transparent overview of the various options for building insulation and their advantages and disadvantages.

Brainstorming leads: How to develop a smart system creating transparency on the relevant dimensions and thus helping consumers to make resource and energy efficient choices?
How to connect already available data, which are multidimensional and are coming from many different sources?
Can we make such “softer” factors visible to the consumer in order to consider those in their personal decision-making process when building or renovating a house?
Can such a system establish sustainability as a key buying factor for building insulation materials?

Assets: Evonik makes examples of (super) insulation products available and provides data packages with relevant factors on the different materials. To experience the topic better, we also provide visualization methods to screen the insulation properties of buildings.

Prize:
1st place: Virtual reality glasses for all winning team members
2nd place: Visit Signal Iduna Park and watch Borussia Dortmund soccer game

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Challenge #3: Smart Building Elements Can Talk To You

Problem statement/description: Highly efficient windows, combined with smart building automation offer a great opportunity for massive energy savings. However, there is a twofold challenge implied: On the one hand market penetration of smart windows needs to be scaled up to reach a critical mass. On the other hand intelligent building automation elements need to become more user friendly: people are regularly overwhelmed because of an unfamiliar system handling (e.g. hotel guests) and also often have no incentive for energy efficient behaviour.

Brainstorming leads:What features, business models etc. could help to scale up distribution approach of automated building elements with functionality?
What can a user-friendly handling of the building automation elements (e.g. windows & shades, connected with heating, ventilation, light) look like?
How should the interaction with the intelligent automation be designed to provide a low-barrier access while at the same time leading to energy efficient user decisions?
Can human-centred forms of communication be helpful to ease the interaction?

Assets: Schüco will provide a prototype of a smart element with an API and detailed information brochure on the possible functions of building automation solution system. Furthermore, you can directly get in touch with our Schüco experts in case of questions or for further know-how.

Prize: You will be invited to a personal guided (two-days) Schüco Tour in Bielefeld including a visit of the technology centre and our showroom. You also get the chance to meet Schüco experts to pitch your ideas. Furthermore you can attend a soccer game of our local soccer club DSC Arminia Bielefeld.

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