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Challenge Details

The Protocol Converter Challenge

Zollner Elektronik AG is in need of an IoT solution! Seeking new software to be used as a messaging server that delivers seamless communication between any industrial machine and software interface.

The goal of the challenge is to create a middleware IoT device that facilitates interoperability of various industrial machines, equipment, and workstations on a manufacturing shop floor.

This is to support the industry’s move towards a “smart factory”; the combining of information and communication technology with automation technology allows increasingly higher degrees of networking in and between production facilities, from the suppliers to the customers.

Prize Pool: $45000

Challenge Details​

Problem Statement
Submission Criteria
Challenge Rules
Challenges Timeline
Prize

On a factory floor in an industrial environment, receiving and sending information to and from machines via various interfaces, protocols and formats is necessary, complex and expensive.

  • Necessary because machines need to talk to each other.
  • Complex due to equipment from various vendors, with different interfaces, following either proprietary or standards or quasi-standards with diverse protocols and formats.
  • Expensive if individual parsers and customized handlers are used.

Based on an UDOO board (https://udoo.org/udoo-x86/) build a multi-protocol converter running Windows 10 with the ability to communicate with MES (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manufacturing execution system) and provide protocol conversions and steer messages using Apache Kafka.

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  • Your submission must be accompanied with a written summary detailing how and why
    your submission meets as many possible requirements and standards for the challenge
  • Files must be submitted in a single zip-file before required deadlines
  • Submissions must be mindful of any potential intellectual property violations or cite the
    source for credit
  • Each submission must support all formats listed in the section below titled “Supported
    Formats”
  • Solution providers may submit multiple entries barring that they are all unique
  • Solution providers may form teams to compete in this challenge collectively
  • Teams may submit multiple entries, so long as they are unique
  • Challenge participants are responsible for buying the off-the-shelf boards for the prototype; while Zollner recommends the UDOO board, challenge participants are free to choose any board that meets the specifications listed in the envisioned datasheet
  • Solution providers that are part of a team may NOT submit entries as individuals
  • Legal agreements must be fully understood before participating in this challenge
  • If the judges determine that inadequate number of quality submissions have been submitted, they reserve the right to:
    • Modify, extend the dates as deemed fit
    • Modify prize structure
    • Cancel the challenge
  • At the end of Stage 1, the number of prizes awarded is at the discretion of the judges based on the quality of submissions
  • Typically, the language used for coding is expected to be C#, Java or Python 3.0 based on standard (non-proprietary) compilers
  • Working hardware needs to be shipped to Zollner Elektronik AG for testing in Phase 2. A winning entry needs to be certified as “Prototype Pass” to be eligible for award. Participants in this phase will be pro

Duration: 16 Weeks

Phase 1: Protocol Converter Engineering (8 weeks)

Phase 2: Review and Selection (2 weeks) end of STAGE 1

Phase 3: Working Prototype (4 weeks)

Phase 4: Review and Selection (2 weeks) end of STAGE 2

Prize Total: $45,000

Stage 1:

Prize Amount: $5,000

Number of Winners: 5

Top 5 Submission will be chosen by our judges

Prize Amount ($)  # of Winners
$5,000 5

 

Stage 2:

Prize: $20,000

Number of Winners: 1

Top Submission will be chosen by our judge

Prize Amount ($)  # of Winners
$20,000 1

*In case of a tie for Stage 2, the prize amount will be evenly split among the finalist*

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Challenge Details

Problem Statement

On a factory floor in an industrial environment, receiving and sending information to and from machines via various interfaces, protocols and formats is necessary, complex and expensive.

  • Necessary because machines need to talk to each other.
  • Complex due to equipment from various vendors, with different interfaces, following either proprietary or standards or quasi-standards with diverse protocols and formats.
  • Expensive if individual parsers and customized handlers are used.
Submission Criteria

Based on an UDOO board (https://udoo.org/udoo-x86/) build a multi-protocol converter running Windows 10 with the ability to communicate with MES (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manufacturing execution system) and provide protocol conversions and steer messages using Apache Kafka.

If you have already signed up, login to your account for additional details.

If you haven’t signed up for the challenge, sign up for additional details.

Challenge Rules

  • Your submission must be accompanied with a written summary detailing how and why
    your submission meets as many possible requirements and standards for the challenge
  • Files must be submitted in a single zip-file before required deadlines
  • Submissions must be mindful of any potential intellectual property violations or cite the
    source for credit
  • Each submission must support all formats listed in the section below titled “Supported
    Formats”
  • Solution providers may submit multiple entries barring that they are all unique
  • Solution providers may form teams to compete in this challenge collectively
  • Teams may submit multiple entries, so long as they are unique
  • Challenge participants are responsible for buying the off-the-shelf boards for the prototype; while Zollner recommends the UDOO board, challenge participants are free to choose any board that meets the specifications listed in the envisioned datasheet
  • Solution providers that are part of a team may NOT submit entries as individuals
  • Legal agreements must be fully understood before participating in this challenge
  • If the judges determine that inadequate number of quality submissions have been submitted, they reserve the right to:
    • Modify, extend the dates as deemed fit
    • Modify prize structure
    • Cancel the challenge
  • At the end of Stage 1, the number of prizes awarded is at the discretion of the judges based on the quality of submissions
  • Typically, the language used for coding is expected to be C#, Java or Python 3.0 based on standard (non-proprietary) compilers
  • Working hardware needs to be shipped to Zollner Elektronik AG for testing in Phase 2. A winning entry needs to be certified as “Prototype Pass” to be eligible for award. Participants in this phase will be pro

Challenge Roadmap

Duration: 16 Weeks

Phase 1: Protocol Converter Engineering (8 weeks)

Phase 2: Review and Selection (2 weeks) end of STAGE 1

Phase 3: Working Prototype (4 weeks)

Phase 4: Review and Selection (2 weeks) end of STAGE 2

Prize

Prize Total: $45,000

Stage 1:

Prize Amount: $5,000

Number of Winners: 5

Top 5 Submission will be chosen by our judges

Prize Amount ($)  # of Winners
$5,000 5

 

Stage 2:

Prize: $20,000

Number of Winners: 1

Top Submission will be chosen by our judge

Prize Amount ($)  # of Winners
$20,000 1

*In case of a tie for Stage 2, the prize amount will be evenly split among the finalist*

Register for the Challenge