Wednesday, 22 March 2017 01:22

Smart emergency evacuation solution wins UTS, Ericsson hackathon

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"Smart e-Vac", a smart emergency evacuation system developed by Conext, has won the inaugural University of Technology Sydney Faculty of Engineering and IT (FEIT) and Ericsson Smart Cities Hackathon 2017.

The winning Conext team developed its smart evacuation system with a solution which focuses on using real-time data from building sensors to guide and facilitate the most efficient and safest evacuation point for the occupants.

With the system, the occupants of buildings in an emergency situation would be guided via ground projections or digital LCD displays to their calculated exit, and the solution would also send the information collected directly to emergency services, to assist them in rescue plans.

The winners were chosen at the UTS Engineering and FEIT building by a jury chaired by Ericsson, UTS and the IoT Alliance.

Jury members included Frank Zeichner, chief executive of the IoT Alliance, Mirko Ocokoljic, regional head of the Software Adaptation Centre, Ericsson, David Cooper, head of Network Products, Australia and New Zealand, Ericsson, Colin Pritchard, head of human resources Australia and New Zealand, Ericsson, Lisa Tuffs, principal consultant, Ericsson, Beeshanga Jayawickrama, lecturer, school of computing and communications, and Ren Ping Liu, professor, school of computing and communications.

Pritchard said, “Ericsson believes ICT can address the challenges faced by growing cities”.

“The UTS FEIT +Ericsson Smart Cities Hackathon provided an environment for students to collaborate and act as drivers of change through their development of innovative and business savvy IoT solutions.

“We also encouraged and rewarded teams on the impact their project might have on contributing to a more sustainable future, and in the way that they worked together as a diverse team, leveraging different perspectives to achieve an outcome. This is line with Ericsson’s goal of supporting diversity and the development of our young ICT talent in our industry.”

An additional three teams were also named as award recipients:

  • Innovation Award: "RLC" presented "Level Up", which gamifies the level of physical activity between the different competing buildings at UTS, for the benefit of the environment. For example, "Level Up" would include a leader board projection at the entrance of each building indicating progress and the amount of energy saved by taking the stairs instead of lifts.
  • Social Responsibility Award: "The Godhackers" developed "ecoCTRL" which is an integrated environmental control system for offices and facilities. ecoCTRL aims to control room temperature and light luminosity to maintain optimum workplace productivity as well as decrease energy usage.
  • Business Value Award and Team Diversity and Inclusion: "Smart Transport" developed a solution that sets up a transport network of devices to track people, weather, day, time and events to increase network capacity and flexibility as well as improve service delivery.

Each student in the award winning teams will receive a prize voucher and will have the opportunity to fast track Ericsson’s graduate programme. They will also have the opportunity to work further with Ericsson in their major projects throughout the semester.


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Peter Dinham - retired and is a "volunteer" writer for iTWire. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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