Siemens Call for Innovation

Bring Your Own Controller for the Internet of Things

Background:

Building automation today is primarily defined by stand-alone control systems. In some cases, these systems have been expanded to include analytical capabilities as well as dashboard systems to monitor the building performance. The monitoring, control, and operation of the control system often falls to a building maintenance team or facilities management team. At the same time that automation systems are becoming more complex, cloud based, and interconnected, there is also explosive growth in the use of connected devices including smart phones (The Internet of Things). Individuals can currently control entire ecosystems of smart devices in the home, but this level of device interconnectivity and hands-on-control of nearby devices through a personal smart phone or similar device has not been reached in the public and corporate space.

Similar to a corporate bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policy for accessing company IT systems, we can envision a world in which individuals will bring their own device to commercial and industrial spaces and bridge the gap between private devices and public and/or corporate owned infrastructure. Some of the systems that might be accessible to a user in the public or commercial/corporate owned spaces might include lighting, heating, air conditioning, access controls, mass notifications, fire and safety communications, positioning systems, or many more...

The Challenge:

Employees, customers, and visitors to commercial and industrial buildings expect the same level of automation, control and ease of use that they might find at home. The challenge is to define the concept, use cases, technology stacks, and business models that could support the private control and use of public or commercial infrastructure and devices. How might you navigate the issues related to interoperability and cybersecurity? What needs or features would you build in to this device?

Examples:

  • You enter a retail store and are able to change the lighting in the changing room to see your new clothes in a different light.
  • After entering a building, the building notifies you of the best emergency route based on your current position in the event of a fire or other emergency.
  • Universal thermostat app that can control room temp or light in a room for any vendor (office, university, public buildings...).
  • Universal way-finding within buildings or in public infrastructure (e.g. subway).
  • Access to buildings or public infrastructure using device authentication.

This JUMP Call for Innovation requires only a written proposal. Review and consideration of ideas does not require submitters to provide ideas with documented Intellectual Property (IP). If you are concerned about protecting the potential of your IP, choose the “Invisible to other Innovators” option when submitting your idea. Choosing this submission option will enable the judges to review your ideas but will not show it openly on the JUMP website. Choosing the “Invisible to other Innovators” will not permit the JUMP community to comment, discuss, or vote on your idea.

The Award:

A cash award of $5,000 will be sponsored by SIEMENS for the top selected technology submission. The idea submitter will also be invited to discuss future collaboration with SIEMENS and ORNL technical experts. Depending on the needs identified:

  • ORNL may provide in-kind technical support of $10,000 - $20,000 to enable ORNL staff to providing prototype development, testing, 3rd party validation or other defined needs.
  • Participation in the DOE Small Business Voucher (SBV) pilot will also be discussed; ORNL may provide in-kind technical support of up to $300K through the SBV program, if SBV approved.
  • Employees of Siemens and its parent and affiliate companies, its subcontractors, as well as immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings, and children) and household members of each such employee may participate in the call for innovation, including, but not limited to, offering and voting on ideas; however, their ideas are not eligible for prizes nor awards.

Idea Submission Deadline

Idea Submission Period Ends: September 30, 2016 at 11:59 PM EST

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