JTC Smart Estate Management Challenge 2018


What is the JTC Smart Estate Management Challenge 2018?

As the Centre of Excellence for building & infrastructure (B&I) projects for public agencies, JTC recognises the importance of consistently driving the development and adoption of new technologies and solutions that improve construction productivity and safety, security, facilities and estate management, and industrial goods movement.

In this Smart Estate Inspection Challenge 2018, JTC is looking for solutions and technologies which could potentially tackle challenges faced in estate management and inspection works. Teams are invited to submit proposals these challenges.

JTC is looking for solutions which are viable and scalable. Combinations of technologies are welcomed so long they address the problem statement.

Please refer to Challenge Statement for more details.


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Available Resources Updated*

Need help? Here are some materials for your reference.

Materials for illegal dumping and damaged footpath - Download Attachment

Materials for illegal parking (part 1) - Download Attachment

Materials for illegal parking (part 2) - Download Attachment

Materials for Overgrown vegetation -Download Attachment

Materials for Potholes - Download Attachment



Materials for Broken Footpath / Kerb - Download Attachment

Other Additional Photos - Download Attachment


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Key Event Dates *

31 Oct 2018 (Wed)Launch of JTC Smart Estate Management Challenge 2018
09 Nov 2018 (Fri)Challenge Briefing + Site tour (Briefing Slides posted below)

9.00am - Registration + Networking + Light Refreshments

9.45am - Challenge Briefing + Q&A

10.30am - Challenge Site Visit (2-way transport provided)

11.30am - Return to GeoWorks

Venue: GeoWorks, 460 Alexandra Road, Level 7 PSA Building, Singapore 119963

13 Nov 2018 (Tue)Entry Opens
14 Nov – 23 Nov 2018Workshops
30 Nov 2018 (Fri)Submission Closes. Click Here for Proposal Submission.

03 Dec – 14 Dec 2018Closed-Door Pitching by Shortlisted Teams
21 Jan 2019 (Mon)Announcement of Finalists and Start of Development Period
20 Mar 2019 (Wed)Mock Site Survey
(data acquisition exercise)
22 Mar 2019 (Fri)
Demo Day Finals
(closed-door event, by invitation only)

* Note: Dates are subject to change


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Workshops Updated *

120 Nov, 2pm-5pmHow to craft an Actionable Plan for your Digital Journey with IoT
- Register Here
222 Nov, 2pm-5pmIntroduction to National Supercomputing Centre Singapore (NSCC) - Register HereGeoworks
323 Nov, 2.30pm-5pmOneMap Technical Workshop
- Register Here


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JTC Corporation

Set up in 1968, JTC is the lead government agency responsible for the planning and development of industrial infrastructure to support and catalyse the growth of industries and enterprises in Singapore. Landmark projects by JTC include the Jurong Industrial Estate; the Jurong Island for energy and chemical industries; business and specialised parks such as the International and Changi Business Parks, Seletar Aerospace Park and Tuas Biomedical Park; a work-live-play-&-learn development called one-north; next generation districts including Jurong Innovation District and the Punggol Digital District, as well as the Jurong Rock Caverns, Southeast Asia’s first commercial underground storage facility for liquid hydrocarbons. JTC also develops innovative space such as the JTC Surface Engineering Hub, JTC MedTech Hub, JTC Food Hub @ Senoko, and TimMac @ Kranji which incorporate innovative features and shared infrastructure and services to enable industrialists to start their operations quickly and enhance productivity.

For more information on JTC and its products and services, please visit www.jtc.gov.sg.



GeoWorks is an industry co-innovation space where the Singapore Land Authority brings together geospatial companies, corporate users and the government, to grow a vibrant geospatial ecosystem through co-creation of solutions and business opportunities.

GeoWorks aims to promote and proliferate the use of geospatial information science and technology to support sectoral digitalisation and to elevate the geospatial industry for Smart Nation. The focus is to help create solutions using location and map-based technologies to enhance business opportunities and productivity, and provide geospatial solutions for the Singapore public and businesses.

GeoWorks will partner with public agencies and industries in conducting thematic challenges and industry events to catalyse innovative solutions and business opportunities. There will be year-round holistic programmes at GeoWorks to bring in and help groom the geospatial-based start-ups and companies, local and global, into successful ventures. Through this, we aim to cultivate local geospatial start-ups, grow industry expertise, and attract emerging foreign geospatial companies to set foot in Singapore.

For more information on GeoWorks, please visit www.geoworks.sg.


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Supporting Partners

Singapore Land Authority

Singapore Land Authority (SLA) is a statutory board with the Ministry of Law. Its mission is to optimise land resources for the social and economic development of Singapore. SLA manages some 11,000 hectares of State land and about 5,000 State properties, which have largely been tenanted out for a variety of uses. It also manages land sales, leases, acquisitions and allocation, developing and marketing land-related information, and maintaining the national land information database through digitised land information services. Being the national land registration authority for property transactions, SLA issues and guarantees land titles in Singapore. It also manages and maintains the national land survey system, where boundaries or legal limits of properties are defined, based on a coordinated cadastre survey system. The use of geospatial information is also spearheaded by SLA through a national collaborative environment where geospatial data, policies and technologies are established and defined, thereby fostering innovation, knowledge and value creation for the Government, enterprises and community.

For more details, visit www.sla.gov.sg or find us on Facebook and Instagram @SingaporeLandAuthority.


Action Community for Entrepreneurship (ACE)

The Action Community for Entrepreneurship (ACE) is a national private sector-led organization to drive entrepreneurship and innovation in Singapore. 

Launched in 2003 by the Ministry of Trade and Industry and restructured as a private entity in 2014, ACE is supported by the government, under the patronage of Senior Minister of State for Ministry of National Development and Ministry of Trade and Industry, Dr. Koh Poh Koon. ACE's Board of Directors also comprises of experienced entrepreneurs and professionals immersed in the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Today, ACE plays a key role in building a dynamic and sustainable startup ecosystem in Singapore. ACE supports startups across all stages and focuses on three strategic areas:

(i) driving co-innovation between startups and enterprises;
(ii) helping startups to scale and internationalize;
(iii) building an access hub of connected ecosystems across countries.

For more information, please visit www.ace.org.sg.


Amazon Web Services

Amazon has a long history of using a decentralized IT infrastructure. After over a decade of building and running the highly scalable web application, Amazon.com, the company realized that it had developed a core competency in operating massive scale technology infrastructure and data centres, and embarked on a much broader mission of serving a new customer segment—developers and businesses—with web services they can use to build sophisticated, scalable applications. Today, Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS) is the fastest-growing multi-billion enterprise IT vendor in the world. AWS has been operating since 2006 and currently supports an almost limitless variety of workloads for millions of customers worldwide.

The AWS Cloud is uniquely positioned to provide scalable, cost-efficient solutions to the public sector in Asia, helping find ways cloud services can be employed to meet mandates, reduce costs, drive efficiencies, and increase innovation. Tens of thousands of government agencies, educational institutions, and non-profits around the world are already using AWS to address a diverse set of use cases, from complex government systems to mission-critical intelligence projects dealing with large volumes of sensitive data.

For more information, please visit aws.amazon.com.


IoTSG (AllThingsConnected)

No one can do it alone, IoTisClollaboration.  IoT solutions and projects require collaboration of various skills, and integration of different technologies. To assist the goal of building a smart nation We decided to focus on bottom up organic approach, the people.

Founded in Singapore IoTSG is the biggest IoT & Advanced technologies focused Special Interest Group in South East Asia.  IoTSG is addressing the challenges of DeepTech ecosystem, and assisting young professionals, business leaders, end users with knowledge, network and collaboration.

IoTSG has hosted and supported 67+ IoT focused regional and international events & conferences as a knowledge leader. We have over 3400 professionals in our network.  We enable Thought Leadership with Actionable Objectives by:

  • Raising Digital Solutions awareness, knowledge among professionals.
  • Validating & Identifying IoT solutions partners across skills set, & industry verticals.
  • Enabling collaborations among Startups, SMEs, Corporate, Government Agencies, and Institutions in areas such as Smart Cities, Industrial, Agriculture, Building, Healthcare and so on
  • Bridging the gaps between innovation & business-readiness.

For more information, please visit www.iotsg.org.



StarHub is a leading homegrown Singapore company that delivers world-class communications, entertainment and digital solutions. With our extensive fibre and wireless infrastructure and global partnerships, we bring to people, homes and enterprises quality mobile and fixed services, a broad suite of premium content, and a diverse range of communications solutions. We develop and deliver to corporate and government clients solutions, such as artificial intelligence, cyber security, data analytics, Internet of Things and robotics. We are committed to conducting our business in a sustainable and environmentally responsible manner. Launched in 2000 and listed on the Singapore Exchange mainboard since 2004, StarHub is a component stock of the SGX Sustainability Leaders Index and the SGX Sustainability Leaders Enhanced Index.

For more information, please visit www.starhub.com.


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First Prize: $4,000 Cash + $5,000 AWS Credits

Second Prize: $2,000 Cash + $3,000 AWS Credits

Third Prize: $1,000 Cash + $2,000 AWS Credits


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Evaluation Criteria

1. Alignment to objectives and level of effectiveness (30%)

Proposals will be assessed on how their solutions effectively address the respective challenge statements. They would also be evaluated on the method (i.e. whether a transformative or incremental improvement approach was taken, beyond the current or conventional methods) and relevance to Singapore’s context and JTC’s needs.


2. Feasibility of proposal for deployment in actual working environments (40%)

Proposals will be assessed on their technical and economic feasibility for deployment in an actual working environment. Assessment will be done on their estimated operating and life cycle costs upon deployment to ascertain their cost-effectiveness against existing solutions.

The proposal should include the probable maintenance model/ package, in view that the solution will be scaled up e.g. any recurring software licensing, post processing fee etc.


3. Potential to scale up and ease of implementation (30%)

Proposals will be assessed on their cost effectiveness for scaling up on a large-scale basis in various buildings and estates. Proposed solutions should pose minimal/ no nuisance and disruption to existing operations and tenants. Plug and Play solutions that require minimal alterations to install and operate on existing buildings/infrastructure are preferred.

The proposal should also include a write-up to illustrate how the solution can integrate with existing systems. If possible, please include examples of previous integrations that have been done for existing customers.


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Challenge Statement

Current Situation
As part of estate management and maintenance works, JTC and its outsourced vendor conduct routine inspection across various industrial estates in Singapore. The current inspection process is manual and laborious, which may require the team to drive and park along road sides or drive through the same route repeatedly to conduct visual inspections and capture photos of the faults.

The type of faults and defects could include:

• Road surface conditions (e.g. uneven surface, potholes, faded road markings, broken kerbs etc)
• Road debris and spillage
• Damaged street furnitures (e.g. railings, drain covers etc)
• Illegal dumping
• Overgrown trees/ vegetation
• Fallen branches or uprooted trees
• Encroachment

Refer to Site Information and Slides below.
ChallengesOnce a fault/ defect is detected or received public feedback, ground staff would be required to perform site assessment and investigation in order to propose solution to resolve the issue. Thereafter, ground staff would upload the information/ photos collected into JTC’s automated system for case closure.

Given the scale of the industrial estates, a significant amount of time and effort is spent on inspection to verify and ascertain the extent of the fault or damage.

Safety is a concern as the ground team typically need to get close to the section of the faults, especially where the faults are road surface related.

Current drones or robotics platforms tend to be operator controlled, relying on basic video analytics and require the human eye and judgement to make estimations and assumptions.
Basic RequirementsData Acquisition
Through the use of technologies, sensors or visual imageries to identify location, type and extent of fault

Fault Detection, Fault Reporting and Post Processing
Use of data analytics or artificial intelligence to process the acquired data and analyse information by identifying and reporting the fault, thereby enhancing the preventive and predictive maintenance regime.

The turnaround time for post processing should be as short as possible.

Systems Interface
The proposed system shall develop interfaces such that it can be integrated to JTC systems and data repositories.
Desired outcomes1. Viable and scalable solution/ technology for estate inspection and management
2. Quick detection of anomaly and response time
3. Increase manpower productivity
4. Better safety for work personnel

Refer to Slides below.


Challenge Briefing Slides * Updated

Click here to download challenge briefing slides


Proposal Template * Updated

Click here to download challenge proposal template


Proposal Submission * Updated

Click here to submit your proposal


Site Information


Service road along Tuas South Street 2 (View Map)


Sample Photos

Faded yellow lines and broken kerbs
Fallen branches or trees
Overgrown vegetation
Damaged railings
Illegal dumping / cleanliness
Broken Drainage Covers
Illegal Parking

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1. Who is eligible to participate in the Smart Estate Inspection Challenge 2018?

This challenge is opened to all persons and organisations who wish to apply their product and services to address the challenge statement, except:

(a) all staff (whether employed on a permanent, contract, temporary or other basis) under the employment of the Co-organisers;
(b) all officers seconded to the Co-organisers; and
(c) immediate family members of all the persons described in (a) and (b) above.


2. Is there a charge to participate?

No. Participation is free.


3. Are participants allowed to join multiple teams?

No. Each participant is only eligible to register for one (1) team.


4. How many people are allowed in a team?

All teams should have a minimum of two (2) members.


5. What are the benefits of joining this Challenge?

This event provides a platform for you to gain a deeper understanding of the actual challenges faced by the building, facilities and estate management industry and apply your solution to address these challenges. Participants can also build valuable network with other technology players and building/facilities management industry players to explore future business opportunities.

All finalist teams are eligible for fast-tracked entry to the GeoWorks Programs and co-working space at GeoWorks (Terms & Conditions apply).

Finalist team also have the opportunity to further their ideas and solutions through a Proof of Value period of 6 months with JTC subject to Terms & Conditions.


6. Do participants need to be able to code to participate?

We welcome people with different skillsets and the need to code will depend entirely on your proposed solution.


7. Do participants require a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) to join the challenge?

We welcome all participants who have an innovative solution, regardless of its stage in the product lifecycle. Participating teams may use the duration of the challenge to further develop their solution into a MVP.


8. Are the participants free to use any technologies?

Yes, the participants are free to use any technologies. Innovations are welcome however they need to be practical and implementable.


9. Will data be provided for the participants?

There will be some data from SLA and/or JTC that will be made available to shortlisted finalist teams to further develop the solution. NDA may be required to be signed prior to the release of the datasets.


10. Are the participants free to use external datasets?

Yes, the participants are free to use any external datasets that they find useful in their solution. The participants shall be responsible for the appropriate use of these external datasets, subject to the originators’ terms and conditions.


11. Is the attendance at the Launch Briefing event mandatory?

Attendance is not mandatory, but it is highly encouraged to understand the Challenge better and to interact with the challenge organisers, partners and other participants. There will also be an opportunity to network and also identify potential partners and teammates as the solution may require a combination of technologies and domain expertise.


12. Who owns the Intellectual Property (IP) Rights of the developed solutions?

Please see “Intellectual Property and Personal Data” in the Terms and Conditions of the Challenge. If there is any new IP created and developed under the Challenge, it will be considered Foreground IP which shall be jointly owned in undivided shared by JTC and the applicant only.

The proposal must identify all Background IP (whether owned by applicant, technology partners or others) relevant to the Challenge and explain the relevant of the Background IP. The proposal must also highlight details such as technology acquisition, payment of licensing fees, purchase of copyrights/ trademarks/ patents where applicable. A copy of the quotation from the source may be required for reference. The applicant shall grant and ensure that the owners of the Background IP grant JTC licenses of the Background IP including the right to use, modify and enhance the Foreground IP for the purposes of the Challenge.


13. What will happen after the Challenge?

Upon successful proof of concept/ value, JTC may consider deploying and rolling out the technology within our industrial estates, depending on the timeliness, relevance and application of the technology/ solution at the prevailing point of time.


14. Are participants required to do oral presentation?

Yes, shortlisted teams will be required to pitch their solution to a select panel of judges.


15. Can the oral presentation be conducted using a video conference?

Only participating teams which are based overseas will be allowed to conduct their presentation through a video conference.


16. What are the oral presentations like?

The shortlisted teams will present their proposal to the challenge statement owner. Presentation aids such as slide presentation, storyboard, video and others are allowed to communicate the ideas and findings. If desired, teams can also demonstrate the features and capabilities of their functional solutions.


17. What happens after a participating team is selected as a finalist team?

Finalist teams will work closely with JTC over a period of 8 weeks (the development period) to better understand their line of business and develop a dedicated solution that can sufficiently address their challenges. Finalist teams can liaise directly with JTC to arrange their desired meetup frequency and time.


18. Are participants required to showcase their solutions on the finale day on … Jan 2019 and is the attendance compulsory?

All finalist teams are required to be present to showcase the solutions on the finale day. Logistics will be provided for the teams to showcase their solution digitally.


19. How can the participants reach out to the organizer?

Send us an email at [email protected]


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