Challenge: Make ‘m Smarter (Rijkswaterstaat)

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Description
​This challenge has a bold goal: improving the Netherlands. Rijkswaterstaat manages the main roads and waterways and wants you to use sensors to make these roads and waterways as smart as the vehicles that use them. In our workshop you’ll learn all about the different kinds of sensors and how to access them via LoRa network (a wireless internet-of-things network). With this knowledge you’ll be creating the ideas that make our surroundings smarter.

Evaluation Criteria
We are looking for concepts that help us as much as possible in achieving our goals. Your concept should contribute to one or more of the following aspects:
1. Improve mobility
2. Save on the expenses for maintenance of our infrastructure
3. Improve sustainability (less air pollution, less noise)
4. Improve information and predictability for the users of our road- and waterways

​We are especially interested in concepts that we can apply in practice. And of course we like to be inspired by your presentation and pitch!

Technical information 
For this challenge we make several sources of brand new sensor data available.

First of all, for this challenge we will place numerous sensors on objects (bridge, highway, waterway) around Utrecht. This data is available in real time during the 48 hours of the challenge. These sensors are connected through the LoRa-network of IoT.

In addition, during the challenge we will offer you the option to ask us to place extra sensors on locations and objects that you, campuseros, think that might provide useful data. This should be possible within the conditions that we work in, such as safety, but we will try to do as much as possible.

Then we have some interesting batches of new sensor data. For starters, the Van Brienenoord bridge in Rotterdam, the most important bridge of The Netherlands, is connected to the Internet of Things, with many different types of sensors. The sensors are aimed at measuring strain, monitoring crack condition (with acoustic emission, guided wave, phased array). These data-batches are available for this challenge.

​Furthermore, we have gathered data of the technical systems of the Prins Bernhard lock. Here we have a (recent) historic batch of data about power consumption of several engines, water levels, ambient temperature, wind speed and direction and several others.

And finally we have many relevant data sets and open data on traffic, maintenance, environment, climate etcetera. These are all open to analysis with your hardware, applications and techniques.

Expected result
We expect concepts to be well worked out and presented to us in way that we are able to quickly judge the potential value. A proof of concept of your idea is a big plus. We expect concepts to be well worked out and presented to us in way that we are able to quickly judge the potential value. A proof of concept of your idea is a big plus. Saturday morning we will preselect three nominees. These teams are invited to pitch their work for our jury at noon.

Prizes.
For every nominated team there is a ‘little bits’ kit. The winning team will also get 500 euro.

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