Workplace accidents, food and pharmaceutical contamination, as well as other incidents in precision industries, along with the costs associated with adhering to Personal Protective Equipment regulations, exert a substantial influence on the manufacturing sector. According to the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work, the annual cost of workplace accidents in the EU alone was as high as EUR 476 billion in 2017.
“To decrease the risks and the costs associated in manufacturing, we have designed FORXAI Mirror, a solution which can bring several significant advantages to our clients” says Dr. Francesco Puja, Head of AI Safety & Security Solution Development in the Solutions Development Centre team of Konica Minolta.
“Following Konica Minolta’s historical expertise in solutions for imaging and video analysis, the FORXAI Mirror is an access control device that automatically scans all the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) required at the entrance of production facilities. With AI-based technologies, FORXAI Mirror can not only recognize if the PPE are worn, but if they are worn correctly, and check other possibly risky conditions for staff and product quality, for example, exposed skin on the arm or neck. In this way, it reduces the risk of injury or illness, optimising business continuity and decreasing the risk of contamination of products.”
HOW DID KONICA MINOLTA DEVELOP FORXAI MIRROR?
“Image and Video Solutions are deeply rooted in our history and competencies”, says Francesco Puja, “We have distilled the knowledge in Computer Vision and AI and the solutions developed in recent years, condensing them into a product that was not present on the market, in line with Konica Minolta’s innovation strategy and above all respond to the increasingly needs of our customers. Our operating method uses expertise in certain areas and feeds on the requests of our customers, in a co-creation modality, in order to produce solutions for real needs that can be replicated on the market. We’ve had a substantial presence in this field, which naturally led us to harness our existing strengths and knowledge. Our strategy involved also acquiring companies as such as Mobotix, Eines (telecamera for VQI in automotive), and Specim (hyperspectral images), expanding our solid foundations in Video Solutions. Additionally, we’ve entered into valuable partnerships with other companies to enrich our offerings, ultimately paving the way for advanced and integrated video solutions.
WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES THAT FORXAI MIRROR OFFERS TO CLIENTS?
“FORXAI MIRROR brings several significant advantages to our clients. Firstly, it’s a plug-and-play solution, requiring minimal setup and configuration. The system is robust, capable of functioning effectively under various lighting and environmental conditions. While it’s user-friendly as a standalone solution, our team of experts is always at our clients’ disposal to ensure the optimal positioning and operation of FORXAI MIRROR. Moreover, the ability to seamlessly integrate this system with other access and control tool grants clients a comprehensive access control solution.”
WHAT KIND OF RETURN ON INVESTMENT (ROI) CAN CLIENTS EXPECT FROM FORXAI MIRROR?
“FORXAI MIRROR is a cost-effective solution that encompasses both hardware and software components. Additionally, clients may have the flexibility to opt for a rental arrangement, making it accessible to a wide spectrum of businesses. The ROI primarily stems from cost avoidance. By preventing potential expenses related to food contamination, legal trials, and accidents, FORXAI MIRROR becomes a fiscally prudent choice for businesses.”
WHAT SETS FORXAI MIRROR APART FROM OTHER ACCESS CONTROL SYSTEMS, AND WHAT MAKES IT UNIQUE?
“The standout feature of FORXAI MIRROR lies in its speed and comprehensiveness. It can inspect all personal protective equipment (PPE) in a mere 1.3 seconds, ensuring strict compliance with requirements and immediate detection of issues like exposed skin or damaged gloves. The system supports a wide range of PPEs and can be tailored to meet specific client needs. What truly distinguishes FORXAI MIRROR is its all-in-one design. Unlike most systems in the market, it seamlessly integrates multiple functions within a single device, offering a holistic access control solution.”
COULD YOU PROVIDE AN EXAMPLE OF A REAL-WORLD APPLICATION FOR FORXAI MIRROR?
“Currently, FORXAI MIRROR is actively deployed in Malaysia at a prominent semiconductor company”, explain Dr. Francesco Puja. “Its primary role is to ensure the proper use of PPE and to conduct safety checks. The system’s adaptability allows for customization based on the diverse requirements of various access points and security levels. It serves as a versatile solution that can be tailored to different industries. For instance, in the food industry, it serves as the central access point, accommodating employees based on their specific security clearance levels. The potential applications and use cases for FORXAI MIRROR are extensive, making it a valuable asset across various sectors.”
FORXAI MIRROR is another example of Konica Minolta’s engagement in Video Solutions. It’s evident that this innovative system has the potential to revolutionize access control and safety compliance in multiple industries. Get in contact with our team to learn more about it.