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Leeds City Council & Bradford Council

'Be Healthy, Be Independent' Challenge - Help the elderly and vulnerable stay healthy and independent using IoT, thus improving their confidence and wellbeing.

Context Local Authorities are facing a funding gap in Adult Social care and that the LGA estimates that local government faces an overall funding gap of 5.8 billion by 2019/20.

People are living longer so it's important that they feel confident leading their lives in their older years. Using IoT to encourage healthy pursuits or reassuring people that they can get help when they need it would go a long way towards reducing stress on healthcare and social care, freeing up resources (people, budgets, etc) to invest further in quality of care for everyone. This could also help reduce the often stressful and preventable visits to emergency departments.

What an idea might look like These are just example ideas:
  • personal health sensors for real-time monitoring/self-care
  • environmental sensors to monitor for things like a house being too cold
  • weather information, based on user's preferences (ie. 'I only like to be outside when it's warm and dry'), with suggested activities
  • ways to connect isolated people to neighbours and local groups
  • use of artificial Intelligence and machine learning to make use of big data to be predictive and proactive.
  • Making information and advice easily available for decision making and supporting the needs of the people receiving support.
  • Early help to delay and prevent minor problems becoming major issues.
Prizes
  • Prizes from ODI Leeds for all participants
  • Relevant people from Leeds City Council & Bradford Council available to offer understanding and guidance
  • Time with challenge-owner to help develop a product/service and offer advice about tender process
  • Opportunities exist with Bradford MDC to support SMEs progressing to a proof of concept/pilot for suitable solutions. An example of this is Konnektis
What the judges would like to see By the end of the Challenger event, participants should demonstrate how their product/service/idea would work in a real scenario - use of prototypes, dummy data, etc, all good but not a requirement. A proposed delivery model with timescales would also be good to see.

'Keep the City Flowing' Challenge - Improve transport, travel and mobility around the city for commuters and visitors.

Context Cities are magnets for people - whether for work, leisure, retail, or tourism - so it's important to keep transport moving smoothly. Poor transport can have huge effects - reduced economy, poor air quality, passenger dissatisfaction, lost productivity, etc.

Leeds attracted 29 million visitors last year. It is important that we continue to be a city that people want to visit, live, study and work in. Improving public transport in a regulated industry where we have access to little or no data is a challenge.

A Clean Air Zone (CAZ) is being introduced in Leeds on 2020 - whilst this only applies to commercial vehicles, it's important that we encourage commuters to switch to using public transport to improve the city's air quality levels.

What an idea might look like These are just example ideas:
  • sensors on buses for real-time alerts about delays, etc
  • Road sensors to detect defects
  • Information on air quality to help commuters make different travel options
  • Monitoring of blocked drains / potential flooding
Prizes
  • Prizes from ODI Leeds for all participants
  • Relevant people from Leeds City Council & Bradford Council available to offer understanding and guidance
  • Time with challenge-owner to help develop a product/service and offer advice about tender process
What the judges would like to see By the end of the Challenger event, participants should demonstrate how their product/service/idea would work in a real scenario - use of prototypes, dummy data, etc, all good but not a requirement. A proposed delivery model with timescales would also be good to see.

'Home and Away' Challenge - Managing social housing and corporate property assets, ie identifying problems before they become repairs, energy use, etc.

Context Leeds City Council (Housing Leeds) manages over 56,000 social rented properties. This includes property maintenance, tenancy management, rent collection and lettings services. The council is keen to explore how buildings can be better managed to reduce disrepair costs.

Additionally, Leeds and Bradford councils operate a number of buildings from leisure centres to offices and are interested to learn how these corporate buildings can be managed more efficiently.

What an idea might look like These are just example ideas:
  • sensors and analytics that could help identify wear and tear
  • remote energy use monitoring
  • smart lighting and other smart home devices
  • helping tenants reports repairs (including the use of AI)
  • Better understanding of solutions using networks such as LoRaWAN etc.
  • More efficient workflows that can be achieved with more/better data.
Prizes
  • Prizes from ODI Leeds for all participants
  • Relevant people from Leeds City Council available to offer understanding and guidance
  • Time with challenge-owner to help develop a product/service and offer advice about tender process
What the judges would like to see By the end of the Challenger event, participants should demonstrate how their product/service/idea would work in a real scenario - use of prototypes, dummy data, etc, all good but not a requirement. A proposed delivery model with timescales would also be good to see.

'Bins to Bulbs and Beyond' Challenge - Asset management across a whole district, from litter bins to lighting. [Bradford-specific]

Context Bradford Metropolitan District Council has amongst other things.
  • ~500,000 residents
  • ~10x10 miles
  • >50,000 street lights
  • >3,000 litter bins
  • >20,000 trees

    There is a need to manage/use the assets better and more efficiently so we are interested in understanding what solutions are already available.

    There are >500 districts across the country and all will have similar issues

What an idea might look like These are just example ideas and we are keen to investigate solutions that are mostly developed.
  • smart lighting and related sensors
  • sensors in litter bins that not only help with waste management but could collect relevant data as well
  • Air quality sensors
  • Surveying assets
Prizes
  • Prizes from ODI Leeds for all participants
  • Relevant people from Bradford Council available to offer understanding and guidance
  • Time with challenge-owner to help develop a product/service and offer advice about tender process
What the judges would like to see By the end of the Challenger event, participants should demonstrate how their product/service/idea would work in a real scenario - use of prototypes, dummy data, etc, all good but not a requirement. A proposed delivery model with timescales would also be good to see.

NYCC & Harrogate

Context We have the following potential IoT assets (mainly in our urban areas), how can we better use them? i.e. How can we use them to improve our services and make them more efficient, improve customer experience or provide new services

e.g. Buildings, Bus stops, Lighting Columns, Traffic Signals, Vehicles etc.

We have a vast geographical area where there is little or no infrastructure (potential IoT assets), but still have a need to utilise IoT technology. How can you help us resolve this?

e.g. Large road network with little or no street furniture

Total population is 605,000 of which the over 65's make up 23% compared to 17% nationally.

2 largest centres of population are Harrogate (75,000) and Scarborough (52,000) meaning the rest are spread across the rurality.

Covers an area of over 3,000 square miles which is 3 times the size of Luxembourg.

Travelling distance from West to East is around 110 miles which is further than from London to Birmingham.

We have large areas of our road network, where there is simply no visibility of what may be happening, due to the lack of infrastructure.

Mobile network coverage is patchy, currently on 65%. 4G just about in urban areas but mostly 3G or worse.

Delivering services over this landscape is challenging and in most cases, more costly. The care market is fragile with limited choice. Therefore failure of a care provider has major implications.

However, it is an attractive location with 2 National Parks and often used for film & TV purposes. Popular area for tourism.

In conclusion, we are looking to provide a test bed for innovative approaches to providing services within the parameters set out above.

What an idea might look like These are just example ideas and we are keen to investigate solutions that are mostly developed.
  • Sensors, feedback systems
  • Communication systems, i.e. allowing the elderly and isolated to stay connected
  • IoT hardware designed for countryside coverage
  • Rural-focused solutions
[Prizes]
  • Prizes from ODI Leeds for all participants
  • Relevant people from NYCC and Harrogate Borough Council available to offer understanding and guidance
  • We can provide a platform at Harrogate Digital networking group: https://www.harrogatedigital.com/
    • The SME can present their solutions to local challenges and speak about their company/products. Often 30-50 attendees including IoT leads at companies Arrow and IBM.
    • Also, priority access to the forthcoming Harrogate Digital Incubator space scheduled April 2019.
What the judges would like to see By the end of the Challenger event, participants should demonstrate how their product/service/idea would work in a real scenario - use of prototypes, dummy data, etc, all good but not a requirement. A proposed delivery model with timescales would also be good to see.

Environment Agency

'A Catchment of Data, a Flow of Evidence' Challenge - Develop monitoring systems to collect and share data in relation to Natural Flood Management, which will be accessible to all, allow improved analysis and develop the evidence base.

Context One of the most ambitious Natural Flood Management (NFM) activities in the UK is being developed in the River Aire catchment. This will mean landscape scale change throughout the catchment with multiple NFM measures (such as tree planting, offline storage, land management changes) to 'slow the flow' into Leeds by 5% and create a more climate resilient landscape.

Although there is a necessity to measure the effect of interventions against this target, there is an opportunity to improve the evidence base on, and widespread understanding of, NFM, thereby supporting future investment in catchment management.

This will include gathering information on how NFM has:

  • Reduced flood risk to homes
  • Impacted on flood storage
  • Impacted on flow interception
  • Improved habitats and increased biodiversity
  • Impacted on carbon sequestration
  • Improved soil quality
  • Impacted on water quality
  • Impacted on groundwater levels
  • Improved health and wellbeing in the area
  • Increase economic output in the local area
  • Provided a greater skills base and employment in the local area

    A core aspect that needs to be considered is the range of uses that the data will have. It will need to be accessible to all, easy to turn into information for multiple types of engagement as well as building an academically robust dataset.

What an idea might look like A technical solution to gather real-time information from multiple sensors and to process and display this information in ways targeted at different stakeholders including:

  • Schools for engagement
  • Academics to address knowledge gaps with raw data
  • Flood risk managers to help demonstrate the effectiveness of the NFM interventions to funders
Prizes
  • Prizes from ODI for all participants
  • Opportunity to network and collaborate with other industry leads and Environment Agency specialists
  • Opportunity to visit a Leeds FAS 2 Natural Flood Management Site with the Challenge-Owner
What the judges would like to see By the end of the Challenger event, participants should demonstrate how their product/service/idea would work in a real scenario - use of prototypes, dummy data, etc, all good but not a requirement. A proposed delivery model with timescales would also be good to see.

Yorkshire Water

'Water Security' Challenge - As the population in Yorkshire grows, how can we use IoT to monitor the demand for water (through asset management or through consumer habits) and ensure everyone gets the water they need.

Context

Yorkshire will have an additional 1m residents over the next 30 years. We want to use IoT to help reduce per capita water consumption so that we can supply the future population with no greater a vulnerability of water than is consumed by the current population.

What an idea might look like

These are just example ideas:
  • IoT sensors installed in a household that can give live-updates about water use
  • sensors that can provide live feedback to Yorkshire Water about the health of unseen assets, such as pipes etc
Prizes

  • Prizes from ODI Leeds for all participants
  • Relevant people from Yorkshire Water available to offer understanding and guidance
  • Time with challenge-owner to help develop a product/service and offer advice about tender process
What the judges would like to see

By the end of the Challenger event, participants should demonstrate how their product/service/idea would work in a real scenario - use of prototypes, dummy data, etc, all good but not a requirement. A proposed delivery model with timescales would also be good to see.