The goal: to find innovative solutions able to enhance the company's data assets and support Terna’s predictive maintenance and monitoring of its electricity infrastructure to deliver a grid that is increasingly secure, efficient, sustainable, and above all resilience to extreme weather events. Terna calls, and the start-ups respond in droves: so say the figures of the Data Science for Resilience call, the first to be launched by Terna on the new Terna Ideas Open Innovation platform.
Launched by Terna on 15 December 2022, the call received 71 applications - a resounding success - each proposing solutions focused on data analytics and artificial intelligence for image recognition. Following the conclusion of the initial screening process on 6 April, Terna has selected the 10 finalists who will have the opportunity to present their projects during demo day, held on 17 May at IDEASpark in Turin, one of the company's dedicated innovation venues.
The projects were assessed against seven evaluation criteria: business opportunity, proposed innovation level, compatibility with Terna processes, consistency and robustness of the solution, effectiveness of presentation, team quality, and project scalability.
Terna will now assess the most suitable start-ups that align with its development strategy, with a view to launching new pilot projects to test the most promising solutions. The next step will involve a testing phase to produce the Proof of Concept, which will be funded by Terna. The innovative companies that earned a place on the podium deployed all their skills and the most innovative tools to promote their solutions: drones, artificial intelligence, sensors, video cameras, telematics platforms, automatic calculation, and analysis systems to monitor the grid and increase its resilience to increasingly extreme and frequent weather events.