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Seeking mobility solutions for the elderly and persons with disabilities

IPI Singapore
Tags: Singapore, RIE Industry Day, Transportation, Public transportation, Elderly, Persons with disabilities, Transportation hubs, Mobility solutions, Innovation
Audience: Students, Researchers, Start-Ups, Businesses, Subject Matter Experts, Other
Anticipated Funding: TBC
Applications close: June 30, 2019
Last Updated: June 12, 2019 5:41 AM
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The Challenge

As Singapore moves towards a car-lite society, accessibility to public transportation becomes even more important to commuters, especially for the elderly and PWDs. While certain improvements have been implemented to facilitate accessibility of the elderly and PWDs, e.g. elevators into train stations, train platforms, and retractable ramps for buses, more could be done to facilitate the transit between points within transport hubs and train stations, especially interchanges.

To help those who find it hard to walk long distances, this company has also implemented travellators within train stations, and made available electric buggies at bus interchanges to ferry commuters who needed assistance. However, electric buggies may not be sustainable as the usage is on a need-be basis. Currently, staff that manages the buggy has operational responsibilities, and may be called to drive the buggy at an inconvenient time. On the other hand, while travellators have been proven useful for most of the commuters, wheelchair bound commuters may not able to take the sudden acceleration and deceleration at the start and end of each travellator.

Thus, the company is seeking to adopt solutions that would improve accessibility and mobility to commuters, especially for the elderly and PWDs, to transit between points within transport hubs. Some examples of improving mobility and accessibility would be to implement solutions to minimise walking, use of automated guided vehicles, autonomous wheel chairs, etc. The company is open to receive innovative solutions as long as they are operationally feasible, safe and cost efficient. 

Solutions providers should take into account implementing the solution to both new and existing transport hubs, as well as not affecting the movement of the general population, particularly during peak hours where there is a large crowd.

Technical Specifications

The proposed solution should enable (but not limited to) one or more of the following:

  • Improved mobility and accessibility, especially for the elderly and PWDs
  • Improved wayfinding or navigation
  • Provide seamless transfer service within the transport hub
  • Easy implementation to both new and existing transport hubs
  • Easy operation by staff, the elderly and PWDs
  • If training of an operator is needed, it should be kept to a minimal of no more than 3 days for system familiarisation
  • Should not restrict or slow down the human traffic flow of the general public
  • Safe to users as well as general public
  • Other capabilities like climbing the stairs, or interfacing with elevators are ideal, but not compulsory

Eligibility Criteria

The Event is open to global and Singapore-based research providers, students, or companies (start-ups, SMEs or larger companies).

We recommend that you consider the Technology Readiness Level that Problem Owners are seeking for when submitting solutions, as well as whether there is any requirement for selected applicants to have a physical presence in Singapore.

Global applicants must be prepared to bear any travel cost, be it for the face-to-face meeting on RIE Industry Day 2019, or for subsequent follow-up meetings. Subject to the approval of the Problem Owner, a teleconference meeting can be set up between the Problem Owner and shortlisted Solver for the first meeting.

Terms and conditions

For complete details on the terms and conditions that govern the challenge please refer to the website.

How to apply

To submit an application to the challenge please refer to the website.