MINDEF IoT Challenge
With the Internet of Things (IoT), we are now able to collect, analyse and present vast amounts of data, not only about spaces but also objects and processes. Having this kind of information at our fingertips in real time immensely enhances the value we are able to create for our organisations.
The Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) wished to explore how IoT can be leveraged to enhance its diverse operations and create next-generation services that benefit both the organisation and its people.
At the MINDEF IoT Challenge, we looked for innovative IoT-enabled solutions in the following areas:
All teams who were shortlisted for the hackathon and completed it, were awarded $1,000. The top three winning teams won bigger cash prizes from the total prize pool of $20,000! See the Prizes page.
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• Transport Operations: Each Motor Transport (MT) line oversees and assigns at least 50 to 100 driving tasks daily for multiple units that it supports. The current processes of issuing vehicles and keys and the logging of mileage driven by individual driver are manual, inefficient and subject to human error. How might we enhance process efficiency and vehicle security by increasing the accuracy of vehicle use data and speed of collecting and analysing the data?
• Maintenance & Engineering Support: Both preventative maintenance and corrective maintenance are carried out for vehicles and electronic equipment. The assignment of maintenance jobs and capturing of maintenance data are largely manual. How might we enhance the scheduling and assignment of maintenance jobs, improve the maintenance and engineering support process (e.g. paperless and efficient inspections and transaction updates), and more accurate maintenance data capture?
• Logistics Supply Chain: Key functions such as item fulfilment, item return, and physical verification of items received require processes that involve high levels of human intervention and communication. How might we reduce the need for human contact, whilst improving the processes of issuing, returning and tracking items in terms of speed, visibility, etc.?
• Ammunition Asset Tracking: Ammunition transactions from acceptance, storage, distribution, usage and disposal are updated manually by duty personnel. How might we track and account for all ammunition from end to end, and with even greater accuracy (down to a box level or even a single ammunition round level) and adhering to safety requirements?
• Cookhouse Operations: SAF cookhouses provide standardised meals at scale. There is a need to modernise the cookhouse and its system to better meet the needs of organisation and servicemen. How might we improve cookhouse operational efficiency, such as enhancing the queuing process, streamlining administrative processes and reducing food wastage?
• Energy Efficient & Conducive Workplace: Good internal air quality, lighting and acoustics contribute to a conducive workplace. Energy consumption accounts for a significant proportion of a building running costs. How can we create comfortable and energy efficient office environment that improve employee well-being and productivity and achieve energy savings?
• Visitor Experience: Many visitors (e.g. pre-enlistees, active servicemen, NSmen and their family members) to the MINDEF complex are doing so for the first time. How can we create a welcoming and “smart” experience for visitors at the complex – upon their arrival (by car or public transport) and navigation within the complex?
• Security: Security and surveillance of a MINDEF building are necessary, but inconvenience to public visitors should be minimised. How can we implement an integrated security and surveillance system that enables better command and control over building security arrangements, whilst achieving operational effectiveness and efficiency?
Soldier Health & Safety
• Training Safety: Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) conducts peacetime training activities in camps and in outfield locations. How can we gather and analyse soldiers’ physiological changes during training activities, and combine with environment data (e.g. the weather) to generate critical alerts to prevent medical emergencies? In the event of a medical emergency, how can medical personnel access real-time information to attend and manage the emergency efficiently and effectively, especially in outfield situations?
• Health Promotion: Increasing health awareness on health issues, such as obesity, cardiovascular health and mental wellbeing, is essential to achieving a healthy lifestyle for the SAF population. How can we enhance the healthy lifestyle outreach and feedback programme by monitoring health parameters of participants (e.g. blood sugar, blood pressure, body temperature and even moods) and disseminate personalised dietary or exercise information to them?
• Medical Services: SAF Medical Centres provide a range of health services including diagnosis, treatment, medication and disease prevention and screening. Patient safety is a critical requirement in patient care delivery. How can we maintain patient safety by ensuring the accuracy of medicine dispensary and patient care delivery?
If you’d like to learn more about the themes and challenges of the MINDEF IoT Challenge, join us at the Launch Workshop on Monday, 15 August.
All other hackathon teams*
*All teams who were shortlisted for the hackathon and completed it, were awarded $1,000.