Published 21st February 2018

Cisco and Cortexica collaborate in AI project to help combat safety risks in the work place

Cisco and Cortexica Vision Systems have announced their partnership in an Innovate UK-funded proof-of-concept project, AI-SAFE (Autonomous Intelligent System for Assuring Safe working Environments).

The project was 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 and security, as well as 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.

Nick Chrissos, Director of Innovation, Cisco Europe said:

“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.”

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