Cisco and Cortexica collaborate in Govt. funded AI project to help combat safety risks in the work place and improve productivity
Innovation, Manufacturing, Energy/Utilities
Innovate UK funded initiative, AI Safe, to highlight the potential of AI in physical safety environments
London, UK – 16th January, 2018 - Today, Cisco and Cortexica Vision Systems Ltd, a world leading Artificial Intelligence (AI) start-up, announce their partnership in an Innovate UK funded proof of concept, AI-SAFE (Autonomous Intelligent System for Assuring Safe working Environments).
Initiated to solve a challenge set out by the UK Government’s Innovation agency, the collaboration aims to reduce human error in physical safety and improve productivity.
Example use cases include real-time video analysis and applied AI to help validate that correct equipment is worn in a physical work environment for both safety, security and to avoid additional cost associated with contamination. Using real-time video analysis provided by Cisco, the advanced algorithms and machine learning from Cortexica match an employee’s equipment, including headwear, eyewear and footwear, against a client’s inventory, known as a Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) detection. If non-compliant equipment is detected, it will alert, advise and restrict access to the environment.
Mounted above entrances and exits to working environments, the AI driven technology, replaces the manual error-prone spot checking system and can be used across medicals labs, operating theatres and IT labs.
Nick Chrissos, Director of Innovation, Cisco Europe commented: “In any environment with increased risk, safety becomes paramount – whether physical or virtual. The application of digital technologies and applied artificial intelligence has the potential to impact the welfare and productivity of workers across many industries, whether in laboratories, construction or for critical infrastructure providers. We are thrilled that the UK Government is funding this exciting project through Innovate UK; with Cortexica we can solve real challenges facing businesses in the UK.”
SP Johnston, Senior Business Development Director of Cortexica, commented: “We are excited to be partnering with Cisco in an exemplary showcase of open innovation being supported by the UK Government. AI Safe brings together an IT powerhouse with a pioneering disruptor to provide a targeted solution to solve real world problems.”
Cortexica Vision Systems Ltd. is a London based, leading global provider of B2B AI solutions for Digital Transformation. Providing clarity and insight from within the noise around AI, Cortexica works with the world’s leading brands providing Computer Vision, Machine Learning and Video Analysis Software Systems, supported by industry specific professional services.
Cortexica’s proprietary Vision AI technology has been utilised by a growing list of global companies across the retail and manufacturing sectors. Cortexica’s technology is robust and flexible and can be integrated to any requirements on any system or platform, including on device.
Cortexica seeks to visually empower its clients by supporting them in using its technology to drive both increased sales through customer engagement and to improve internal operations through simplifying and automating existing processes.
Cortexica was spun-out from the Bioengineering Department of Imperial College London, originating from a research project to reverse-engineer the human visual cortex. Cortexica’s major shareholder is Touchstone Innovations.
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