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Challenge Innovative Services for Citizens and/or Municipalities Using Smart Light Poles

Innovative Services for Citizens and/or Municipalities Using Smart Light Poles

STATUS: Awarded
Posted: May 14 2018
Challenge ID: 9934126
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Enel is looking for innovative services and functions to be delivered to citizens and/or municipalities that can be provided by the use of the light poles infrastructure. This Challenge for Solvers is not only technical, but also to formulate a service based on a sustainable business model.

This Theoretical Challenge requires only a written proposal.


ENEL owns and/or manages (on behalf of municipalities) lighting poles infrastructure in Europe and Latin America. This infrastructure provides a unique opportunity to host and support non lighting innovative applications as part of the development and deployment of solutions for smart cities, such as IoT (Internet of Things) based solutions.  These applications can enable a number of new urban functions and services that can improve the citizens’ quality of life and municipalities’ city management, while also producing an enormous quantity of valuable data. While some services already exist (e.g. surveillance or traffic information) ENEL wishes to focus also on novel, highly creative and innovative services.

The Challenge to Solvers is then to formulate innovative services to citizens, having a sustainable business model and leveraging on the light pole infrastructure. Hence, the Challenge is to respond to questions such as:  

  • Which technologies can enable new services for the light pole?
  • What value (both, social and economic) can new services generate?
  • What business model can be implemented?
  • What mode of interaction with the customer could be implemented?

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 not have to transfer their exclusive IP rights to the Seeker. Instead, Solvers will grant to the Seeker a non-exclusive license to practice their solutions. 

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (Central European Time) on June 13, 2018. Late submissions will not be considered.

This Challenge is hosted on the Enel Open Innovability Site and further details are available there.  You will be redirected there when you click ‘View Challenge Details’.



Enel X ( is a global company that uses smart, simple and fast technologies to help our customers discover a new way of using energy, all over the world.

In order to provide the new solutions requested by customers Enel X has structured its business line into four Global Product Lines:

  • e-Industries, offering solutions aimed at large-scale customers, with a particular focus on flexible services;
  • e-Mobility,  with the aim of becoming the technological leader in the sector and promoting increasingly widespread and efficient electrical mobility;
  • e-Home, dedicated to residential customers;
  • e-City, offering public administrations and municipalities integrated services and connectivity solutions.

Alongside the four Global Product Lines, Enel X has also created the “Innovation & Product Lab,” which conceives, develops and tests new products and services. This is often with the help of customers.

What is InnoCentive?
InnoCentive is the global innovation marketplace where creative minds solve some of the world's most important problems for cash awards up to $1 million. Commercial, governmental and humanitarian organizations engage with InnoCentive to solve problems that can impact humankind in areas ranging from the environment to medical advancements.

What is a Theoretical-Licensing 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-Licensing Challenge, meaning that the Seeker is requesting non-exclusive rights to use the winning solution. By contrast, Theoretical-IP Transfer means that Solvers must relinquish all rights to the Intellectual Property (IP) for which they are awarded. 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.

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