Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, Inc. is considering the utilization of underwater robots to inspect subsea equipment of an offshore wind power generation system and check if marine creatures attach to the equipment and fish swarms around it. Filmed video images are important to operate an underwater robot and check an inspection site. With conventional technology, however, low light intensity and susceptibility to turbidity caused by planktons, suspended impurities, etc. in the sea make visibility insufficient at present.
Automation of infrastructure maintenance is now under consideration all over the world because of decreasing working population and for ensuring safety in operators. Hence, as an element of technology to automate infrastructure maintenance, video and images enhancement technology is examined in many ways. In addition, the maintenance of ships and bridges, search of remainders in the bottom of the sea/lakes, and periodical observation of underwater environment by robots/cameras are already conducted all over the world. In recent years, technology advancement is expected in the area of enhancing underwater video. Believing that promising approaches would exist somewhere in the world, the Client has issued this open request.
Anticipated Project Process
Submission proposal via NineSights along with URLs; uploading enhancement results of sample video image or clear video image/data sample shot by proposed technology would be appreciated.
(For uploading data, utilization of https://streamable.com/ application is preferable.)
Sample video Image URL (approx. 100MB):
After the submission due date, the client will review all submitted proposals. NineSigma will send the review results to each proposer 6-8 weeks after the due date. The client possibly asks clarifying questions before selecting the most suitable candidates for collaboration. The client will select best candidates through evaluations. During the selection process, the client may execute NDA with selected respondents, seek further information disclosure, and discuss specific development targets or potential opportunities.
The client will execute necessary agreements with the selected respondents and move to the advanced development phase. Specifics of any collaboration will be determined through consultation with the concerned parties.
Notes on Response
Proposal shall have clear points and should not include confidential information. Supplemental files may be submitted in addition to the proposal.
The client will evaluate all responses with the following criteria.
- Overall scientific and technical merit
- Approach to proof of concept or performance
- Economic potential of concept
- Realism of the proposed plan (action items, timeline, roles, deliverables, cost estimation)
- Potential for proprietary position
- Respondents’ capability and related experiences