The Seeker has an industrial application in which 100 devices communicate through hard wired networks. These devices run an electronic drive control application and include motors, switches, etc. All devices are inside an enclosed steel container. These devices generate a large amount of Electromagnetic Interference (EMI). Small bits of information are passed between devices very quickly at extremely short time intervals. Solvers are requested to propose designs to create a wireless system that handles all communications inside the container.
This Challenge requires only a written proposal.
Communication is currently facilitated through wired connections among up to 100 individual devices inside an enclosed 8’X12’X8’ steel container. The goal of this Challenge is to switch from a wired system to a wireless system. There is no preference to the type of wireless technology deployed, so long as it meets performance and environmental requirements. The scope is limited to communication inside the container. The Solver should propose a system solution that creates a wireless communication network or networks within this enclosed environment.
This is a Theoretical Challenge that requires only a written proposal to be submitted. The Challenge award will be contingent upon theoretical evaluation of the proposal by the Seeker.
To receive an award, the Solvers will have to transfer to the Seeker their exclusive Intellectual Property (IP) rights to the solution. However, the Seeker will be willing to consider a licensingagreement for a partial award if exclusive IP cannot be transferred by the Solver.
What is a Theoretical IP Transfer Challenge?
An InnoCentive Theoretical Challenge builds upon an idea but is not yet a proof of concept. A solution to a Theoretical Challenge will solidify the Solver's concept with detailed descriptions, specifications and requirements necessary to bringing a good idea closer to becoming an actual product or service.
This Challenge is a Theoretical-IP Transfer Challenge, meaning that Solvers must relinquish all rights to the Intellectual Property (IP) for which they are awarded. By contrast, Theoretical-Licensing means that the Seeker is requesting non-exclusive rights to use the winning solution. For these forms of a Theoretical Challenge, Solvers that do not win retain the rights to their solution after the evaluation period is complete. The Seeker retains no rights to any IP not awarded.