STARTUP CHALLENGE: STREET LIGHTING AND CABLING DETECTION

We seek digital solutions that optimise our street lighting and cabling database

Iberdrola group — through its Networks subsidiary and its International Startup Program - PERSEO — has launched the Startup Challenge: Street lighting and cabling detection, an international call for companies from all over the world to present solutions to autonomously detect and validate public lighting points and cabling that are not recorded in the company's database. The application period is open from 3 February to 31 March 2020.

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WHAT IS BEHIND THIS INITIATIVE?

Street lighting accounts for around 15% of the energy identified in Iberdrola's plan to reduce network losses in Brazil. In some cases, even before a new allotment, light bulbs are already installed without being registered in the maintenance database. We are therefore looking for solutions to help us to update the database regularly and quickly by means of computer software, in order to improve infrastructure maintenance and reduce network energy losses.

Likewise, telephone and pay-TV cables from telecommunications operators are installed by default on the distributor's posts without the distributor receiving the appropriate sharing fees.

This situation is recurrent in Brazil, particularly in 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.

WHAT REQUIREMENTS SHOULD THE PROPOSED SOLUTIONS MEET?

  • 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 criteria of efficiency, serviceability, scalability and reproducibility.

ANY QUESTIONS?

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WHY SHOULD YOU SUBMIT A PROPOSAL?

 Pilot project

Iberdrola will bear the costs and will give the winner of the challenge technical support to test their solution on installations pertaining to the Network subsidiary, providing access to the necessary resources to evaluate it (equipment, teams, infrastructure, high-tech positioning, co-working areas, etc.).

 New clients and investors

If the pilot is successful, the company will incorporate the solution into its portfolio of suppliers to improve the operability and maintenance of its databases. Perseo may also consider investing in the project.

 Business scalability

The winning technology could be scalable to other business areas in the group and other network assets.
 

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ALIGNED WITH THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS

This new Startup Challenge is once again inspired by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), which Iberdrola group has incorporated into its business strategy. Specifically, this initiative is aimed at supplying affordable and clean energy (SDG 7), as well as driving industry, innovation and infrastructure (SDG 9).

 

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