Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Forest Watch to participate in semi-finals of CISCO's Innovation Grand Challenge

Last week, the Skolkovo Foundation announced that DiSiKon has been invited to participate in the semi-final round of Cisco's international Innovation Grand Challenge with its Forest Watch project.

The only project of 67 submissions from Russian developers to advance to the semi-finals, Forest Watch was among the top 19 projects selected by Cisco's jury. Forest Watch is a hardware and software system design to provide early detection and monitoring of forest fires.

"The project has been with us since 2012," Skolkovo IT Deputy Director for Education and Research Ekaterina Gaika said. "The system uses a number of unique technologies aimed at detecting forest fires: to increase the reliability of detection, reducing the probability of false detection, optimization of monitoring time, improve accuracy of the coordinates, optimizing the value of start-up and operation of the system. Already the system is used in many regions of Russia."

Forest Watch is already in use by the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations and the Ministry of Natural Resources, and its development was funded early on by a number of federal agencies.

Cisco said it received more than 800 applications for its 2014 Innovation Grand Challenge, a contest created to facilitate the identification, promotion and implementation of advanced technological developments. Of the projects submitted for consideration, 166 were related to technologies surrounding the development of "smart" cities, 123 were healthcare-related, 98 focused on retail and commerce, 80 were educational and 59 addressed transportation infrastructure.

"One of the main motives behind Cisco to develop programs to support innovation in Russia, was the fact that our country is rich in talent," Skolkovo's staff liaison to Cisco Andrey Zyuzin said. "We are able to see this, when the competition was conducted for the award of the Skolkovo Innovation supported by Cisco I-PRIZE. In this case, we are particularly pleased that the team of Russian entrepreneurs advanced to the semifinals of the international competition, developing a project in such a relatively new and extremely promising area."

Submissions from Australia, the U.K., Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Singapore and the U.S. have also been called back to participate in the semi-final round of Cisco's Innovation Grand Challenge.

In late September, Cisco will announce the six projects which are invited to participate final round of the Innovation Grand Challenge. The finalists will travel to Chicago to participate in the World Forum of the Internet of Things from Oct. 14 to 16, when they will present their projects to a jury of leading technology analysts. The jury will select three winning projects which will each receive grants from Cisco in the amount of $250,000.