Gabor Nemes, CEO, inventor
Workplace accidents remain a global problem despite companies’ efforts to improve the safety of their employees. The situation is more worsened in the logistics sector. In fact, Eurostat claims that out of 3.1 million workplace accidents in Europe each year, 540 000 are caused by vehicles and 1.77 in every 100 000 workers suffer a fatal accident yearly. The average cost of a fatal injury in the EU is € 770,000. What makes this predicament burgeon into a massive headache is that apart from just creating a safer workplace, the logistics industry needs to increase efficiencies by delivering material from A to B within the factory in the shortest possible time, without injuring the workers, the transported material or the building.
With a comprehensive understanding of this challenge, AX System provides an innovative AI-based, preventive “traffic light” system that monitors dangerous crossroads and sections in warehouses and industrial facilities. Gabor Nemes, the CEO at AX System, believes that the double pressure (efficiency vs safety) was always present, which impact not only the mood of the manager but also his/her colleagues through it. “The fear and sense of security inherent in us cannot be quantified, unless the cost of fluctuation, because where people are afraid they will sooner or later flee or are only willing to work there for a higher premium,” he says.
The AX System is able to recognize two objects heading toward or endangering each other. Based on the data, it computes possible outcomes with the use of artificial intelligence and warns drivers of a potential collision with light and sound signals
With the power of artificial intelligence, the AX SYSTEM predicts dangerous situations or possible accidents and gives a distinct warning to enable a seamless operation of forklifts—making the workplace safer and eliminating the fear of mishap from workers’ mind. “AX SYSTEM analyses and learns the environment thanks to AI and machine learning. With these technologies, the operation of the device can be tailored to the rhythm of a given place,” mentions Aron Agg, CTO (software), AX System. “We call it ‘customized or smart traffic control’. It means one traffic situation, different AX reaction (specified by the customer).”
AX SYSTEM analyses and learns the environment thanks to AI and machine learning
These updates can be done not just in the time of purchase but also at a later point in the future which enables AX System to make it smarter and more customised. Warnings follow the pattern of traffic lights: green means no danger ahead, while red alerts of a possible accident.Besides just collecting traffic data, the company helps create different reports like Near miss report, Traffic load report. “The traffic control functionality helps to manage a compound crossroad to make the traffic situation clear for all of the traffickers. For this, it uses visual and sound signal. But before it alarms, AI analyses and predict the likelihood of an accident and act accordingly,” says Martina Nemes, the CFO of AX System. Further, AX can control the devices in the factory (lamps, industrial doors etc.)
The AX SYSTEM is sturdy enough to resist physical impact and compact for easy handling. A clean, industrial look and functionality were the cornerstones of the design. “The sleek aluminium-polycarbonate casing provides secure protection for the electronics inside the device, making it easy to mount and repair,” elucidates Peter Muranyi, CTO (hardware), AX System. The body has universal connection points to ensure the safe attachment to wires or rods that hold it above the crossings. The body hides the four-way camera system that scans the crossroads through the protective shield. Slimmed-down corners give additional protection from any unforeseen impact. The utilitarian design, with a simple interface, communicates safety and trustworthiness. Further, there is no additional equipment needed to be used on the machines/humans to use the system and subsequently, AX SYSTEM’s price is independent of the numbers of workers and forklift/machines.
Following the lean startup principles, AX System continuously collects customer feedbacks to learn, research, and experiment. “We consider the AX as an always developing, never ready product to which we can add additional tasks. It will able to communicate with more and more vehicles and devices,” says Gabor. The company’s R&D and corporate operation is supported by SzéchenyiIstván University (University of Győr), the Quantum Leap incubator and the biggest Hungarian venture capital investor, the HiventuresZrt. One of its new development is the automatic forklift intervention which is under construction but with this AX SYSTEM will be able to automatically intervene the forklift by slowing down in case of an emergency. Currently, the company’s main target area is the EU countries (primarily Hungary and neighbour countries). In a few years, it will intend for a presence outside the EU markets, mainly in Europe and the U.S.