Solving the Challenges of Smart Construction
Mitchell Gracie posted on March 05, 2019 |
The Trusted IoT Alliance is a non-profit foundation that works with member companies and affiliated start-ups to discover solutions using trust technologies. (Image courtesy of TIoTA.)
The Trusted IoT Alliance is a non-profit foundation that works with member companies and affiliated start-ups to discover solutions using trust technologies. (Image courtesy of TIoTA.)

The Trusted IoT Alliance (TIoTA) has launched its Smart Construction Challenge, the second in its Trust IoT Challenge series. It follows its Smart eMobility Challenge that was launched in October 2018.

TIoTA is an ecosystem of over 50 businesses working together to build open-source systems for the Internet of Things (IoT) by mobilizing “software advances in cryptography, distributed ledger technology, secure enclaves and other state-of-the-art-approaches,” according to its website.

It’s joined by two supporters. The first is the global independent IoT research and benchmarking firm, MachNation. The firm specializes in insight into researching and predicting IoT trends. The second is the Industrial Internet Consortium (ICC), the leading membership program that focuses on revolutionizing industry and society by accelerating the implementation of the Industrial Internet of Things.

Some of the technology and construction partners as well as the supporters to TIoTA’s Smart Construction Challenge. (Image courtesy of TIoTA.)
Some of the technology and construction partners as well as the supporters to TIoTA’s Smart Construction Challenge. (Image courtesy of TIoTA.)

"Our intent is to make it easier for our members to bring blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies to market in the IoT space," said ZakiManian, executive director of TIoTA.

The challenge invites organizations—spanning from design to implementation—to compete to produce solutions for real-world, global customers. Under the assumption that construction sites continue to evolve toward more connectivity, the challenge will focus on how optimizing the management of property lifecycles, all the way from an empty worksite to a completely constructed building.

There are three use cases to be addressed by contestants:

  1. Construction assurance: By making use of existing building data, contestants will tackle the concern of water damage and the resulting problems it creates, such as mold or erosion. This case study will cover the design and implementation of sensor technologies to monitor sites and alarm supervisors to prevent and avoid the persistent threat and often disastrous outcomes of water damage.
  2. Track and trace for onsite logistics: This use case will focus on optimizing the flow of materials and equipment on sites. Contestants are expected to provide solutions leveraging network infrastructure to harvest data, both indoor and outdoor, and effectively manage assets from green-field to the completion of construction.
  3. Smart worker equipment: Improving the safety of labour on worksites is essential for smooth planning, construction and operation. Contestants will look to combine advancements in technology—such as sensors, connectivity and wearables—with ingenuity to create and integrate IoT products, such as smart hard hats and safety vests. 

 

A graphical overview of the use cases and general setting of the challenge. (Image courtesy of TIoTA.)
A graphical overview of the use cases and general setting of the challenge. (Image courtesy of TIoTA.)

"This Challenge was conceived to advance real-world validation of Smart Construction applications and solutions in the Industrial Internet. The intent is to drive the creation of an ecosystem that will jointly bring the new solutions to market," continued Manian.

The deadline for submissions is May 5.

The judges will consist of experts and executives from the technology and construction partners, such as Züblin, Bosch, TÜV and Liebherr. The three winners, one from each use case, will be rewarded with €25,000 each, for a total of €75,000. The ceremony for the awards will take place in Berlin at Bosch Connected World on May 15.


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