Safety systems to detect warning signs in drivers, operators, and field workers.

Up to $20,000

Challenge overview


The risk of accidents at work represents a problem, especially in a post-pandemic world with the rise in remote working. With advances in technology, always-on systems that can detect warning signs and other anomalies in the behavior of workers would reduce this risk and improve the health and safety of drivers, operators, and field workers.

Can you provide a solution that can help the Seeker companies to prevent workplace accidents before they happen?

This Theoretical Challenge requires only a written proposal.

Only EU and UK Citizens are eligible for an award in this Challenge.

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The COTEC Foundation have organized this contest, with their members Enel, Eni, and Leonardo, to find systems that can detect behavior and warning signs of risk to their drivers, operators, and field workers.

Your system could help prevent situations that can create danger or risks. For instance, a solution that could identify warning signs in workers’ vital conditions, behavior, and/or safety equipment use (e.g. use of PPE) will reduce hazards – keeping them safe.

Your solution, at Technology Readiness Level ≥ 5, should detect these anomalies in behavior, as well as providing data for reporting and analysis. Detecting these signs will help the Seekers to prevent workplace accidents through the use of new technologies.


Your solutions

Some examples of use cases where the solution could be applied are: vehicle drivers, construction machinery operators, lone workers in remote areas, and electrical grids operators.

Where possible, your solution should ensure connectivity with innovative telecommunications systems, including the ability to do so in remote areas or areas with poor or no signal - to enable geolocation and health monitoring technologies, even for remote operators.

The solution can also make use of Artificial Intelligence features, Big Data analytics and use different sources of data, external from its applied area, in order to improve the accuracy of detection.

The Seekers are looking for solutions that have the potential to further develop bio-vital parameter detection, multimedia data analysis for stress situation detection, and metaverse/digital twin applications for these technologies.


Submissions should address the following Solution Requirements. Any proposed solution must:

  • Be able to provide a simple and effective warning sign detection solution that is non-invasive;
  • Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 5;
  • Be easily integrated with other existing instruments; and
  • Be compliant with the EU Regulation no. 2016/679 (EU GDPR rules) and any other applicable local Data Protection legislation (“Applicable Data Protection Legislation”).


Nice-to-have requirements:

  • Your solution could also have the ability to analyse data around any identified conditions of concern. 
  • The proposed solution should also comply to the ATEX regulation, in case of applicability to explosive atmosphere.


This Challenge contributes to the following UN Sustainable Development Goals:

  • SDG 3: Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth 
  • SDG 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure 


For questions about the challenge and your proposal you can contact EnelOpenInnovabilityChallenges@wazoku.comExplain your proposal clearly in English, attach documents (max 5 files, 25MB total size) if needed. 


This is a Theoretical Challenge, which requires only a written proposal to be submitted. The Challenge award will be contingent upon theoretical evaluation of the submission by the Seeker. 

To receive an award, the Solvers will not have to transfer the exclusive IP rights to the Seeker. Instead, Solver will grant to the Seeker a non-exclusive license to practice their solutions. The final award for this Challenge is contingent upon satisfactory completion of the verification process, including acceptance of the Challenge-Specific Agreement (CSA) that is the regulation for this Challenge. The verification process includes obtaining the following from the Solver: signed affidavit (based on the CSA), employee waiver (if applicable), proof of identify, and Counterparty Analysis Questionnaire (CAQ).

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (Central European Time) on May 2, 2023. The proposals will be admitted until May 2 and the evaluation will start after this date. 

Late submissions will not be considered.


ABOUT THE SEEKER             

Enel is a multinational power company and a leading integrated player in the global power and renewables markets.

Enel is present in 30 countries worldwide, producing energy with around 93 GW of total capacity.

Enel Grids, the Group’s global business line dedicated to the management of the electricity distribution service worldwide, delivers electricity through a network of around 2.3 million kilometers to approximately 76 million end users. The Group brings energy to more than 70 million homes and businesses. Enel’s renewables arm Enel Green Power has a total capacity of more than 56 GW and a generation mix that includes wind, solar, geothermal, and hydroelectric power, as well as energy storage facilities, installed in Europe, the Americas, Africa, Asia, and Oceania. Enel X Global Retail, Enel's global advanced energy services business line, has a total capacity of around 8.2 GW of demand response managed globally and has installed 65 MW of behind-the-meter storage capacity. In addition, Enel X Way is the Group’s new company fully dedicated to electric mobility, managing nearly 430,000 public and private EV charging points worldwide, both directly and through interoperability agreements.


Eni is an integrated energy company with more than 30,000 employees in 68 countries around the world. In 2021, the company launched a new strategy that will enable it to provide a variety of fully decarbonized products, combining environmental and financial sustainability. The recent merger of the renewable and retail businesses in Plenitude (formerly Eni gas e luce), the development of bio-refineries and biomethane production, and the sale of low-carbon energy carriers and mobility services at service stations are among the main levers for taking the path towards decarbonization.

Eni aspires to contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations 2030 Agenda, supporting a just energy transition that meets the challenge of climate change with concrete and economically sustainable solutions by promoting efficient and sustainable access to energy resources, for all.

Leonardo is an industrial and technological leader in the Aerospace, Defence and Security sector, with a balanced and geographically distributed order backlog and a significant industrial footprint in Italy, the United Kingdom, Poland and the United States.

The company operates in 150 countries in the world offering customised solutions and innovative, value-added after-sales support services in order to be a trusted partner for its customers. It competes in the most important international markets by leveraging technology and product leadership in its business areas (Helicopters, Aircraft, Aerostructures, Electronics, Cyber Security and Space).

With more than 50,000 people and 106 sites all over the world, Leonardo invests 12,8% of annual revenues in Research & Development.

COTEC Fondazione per L’innovazione or COTEC Foundation is a private non-profit foundation in which the skills, experiences and interests of institutions, companies and the research system thrive around the theme of innovation. For the realization of its aims it carries out coordination actions between the state and local institutions, companies and research institutes. Established in 2001 with the aim of strengthening the technological competitiveness of the Italian economy, its members include: BNL, ENI, Fondazione Monte dei Paschi di Siena, Intesa Sanpaolo, Leonardo, TIM, Unicredit, AlmavivA, Enel Foundation, Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane, Materias, Poste Italiane, Unioncamere.

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