The independent report from leading research and consulting firm Gartner evaluates suppliers and their products and services. Neuron soundware’s technology supports predictive maintenance and servicing of machinery, motors and equipment. The software analyzes recorded audio signals to identify malfunctions in mechanical systems.
The NeuronBox IoT device is a standalone edge computing device that is installed next to a machine to be monitored. It has acoustic sensors, a sound card and an amplifier that can record up to six audio channels simultaneously. Audio is preprocessed and denoted locally, file formats are converted, and then the data is transferred to the cloud via LAN, Wi-Fi, or Long Term Evolution (LTE) (or stored on a microSD card). Using machine-learning models trained to understand audio, the data is analyzed in the cloud and the results are delivered to customers via a customizable dashboard. Being standalone, the NeuronBox can monitor multiple machines simultaneously, unlike other acoustic measurement products that need to be mounted on or integrated with individual machines. The Neuron soundware technology is especially interesting for large companies, which have a corresponding number of complex mechanical systems. For them, to “sensorize” those assets may be worthwhile to optimize their predictive maintenance.
Neuron soundware co-founder and CEO Pavel Konečný is proud of the recognition: “We are delighted to be listed as Cool Vendor in the Gartner Cool Vendors Report. This further motivates us in our vision to create a standardized AI platform optimized for audio diagnostics of machines in every industry. ”
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About Neuron soundware:
Neuron soundware develops a detection system that discovers machine problems in real time. By recording noise data via sensors and the subsequent automatic evaluation, damage and abrasion are detected close to real time and machine or production breakdowns are prevented. The technology is suitable for use with car engines, wind turbines, point machines and other machines and systems. Neuron soundware was named “Idea of the Year 2016” for this combination of Artificial Intelligence (Neuron soundware’s self-learning software) and IoT (the external IoT systems and acoustic sensors used). Founded 2016 by Pavel Konečný and Pavel Klinger in Prague the company received EUR 600,000 in financing by J & T Ventures in 2017.
For our potential customers, to make it easier for them to understand how our technology works, we designed a brand new product demo unit.
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Made from two small electric engines (one okay, the other damaged), NeuronBox 6 IoT device, one acoustic piezzo sensor, the demo demonstrates how we use pre-trained neural network models to assess health of machines in just seconds.
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Are you excited like us? We are able to pack the demo in a compact case, so it’s easy to travel with. Starting April, we will be showcasing at all major events and exhibitions. Come see the demo live in Hall 11 / booth C59 at Hannover Messe.
The Czech startup will present a demo of its intelligent detection system for machine problems at Hannover Messe (April 23 – 27th)
From Prague to worldwide success: Neuron soundware’s technology has been already tested by Siemens Mobility, E.ON, Deutsche Bahn or Airbus
Hanover / Prague, March 12, 2018: Visitors will see two major topics at Hannover Messe this year: Industry 4.0 and Artificial Intelligence (AI) will dominate discussions at the world’s most important industrial trade fair. In addition to presentations of large corporations, new, previously unknown companies are presenting their innovative solutions. One of them is Neuron soundware (https://www.neuronsw.com/), a Czech startup whose sound detection system is already being tested by Siemens Mobility, E.ON, Deutsche Bahn, Volkswagen or Airbus.
The IoT- and AI-based system detects and predicts machine problems
Neuron soundware builds and trains an AI-powered software that understands audio signals. Based on this technology, the company offers its industrial customers a smart detection system that detects mechanical problems of machines at an early stage and warns the customer if necessary. For this purpose, the Prague-based start-up uses IoT devices and acoustic sensors that collect even the smallest noise data and evaluate it in real time. The algorithms can be integrated directly into the respective IoT device or work externally in the cloud. By using this technology, industrial customers can continuously monitor their machines, motors and other equipment remotely. This enables them to reduce maintenance costs by identifying problems before they occur. Alternatively, companies can use the system to prevent quality issues during the production cycle.
From a car breakdown to the business idea
The idea for Neuron soundware came to the founders Pavel Konečný and Pavel Klinger through bad luck in everyday life: A friend told them his story of a car breakdown. During the ride, the friend had been wondering about the strange engine noise. Worried, he stopped at a car repair shop along the way, but the mechanics there did not detect the problem correctly and sent him back on the road. However, after a few kilometers, the car broke down eventually – the human gut feeling seemed to have been proving the trained specialists wrong. When the friend later discussed his story with Pavel Konečný and Pavel Klinger, these two came up with the idea for Neuron soundware. The startup has already been named “Idea of the Year 2016” by Vodafone for the combination of practical industrial use and artificial intelligence and was also included in the 2017 Airbus BizLab Accelerator Program. Since the first customer success, Neuron soundware has already won over several dozen other customers.
German companies see great potential
The Neuron soundware technology is suitable for a multitude of industries. It was tested with car engines, point machines, wind turbines, escalators and power generation. For example, Neuron soundware monitored escalators at Deutsche Bahn stations with regard to the condition of their propulsion engine. Neuron soundware software and hardware was also tested by Siemens Mobility to analyze the condition of point machines, which could prevent train delays and traffic closures.
Journalists and other interested visitors at Hannover Messe are cordially invited to see a demo of the Neuron soundware system. The startup and its founders will welcome visitors on all days of the trade fair in hall 17, booth B68 (C59).
“Besides staying in touch with the latest technology trends in the industry, we treat Hannover Messe as a unique business development opportunity throughout the entire year. We will showcase our technology to potential customers, but also actively seek potential partners and distributors,“ explains CEO Pavel Konečný Neuron soundware’s mission at the fair.
About Neuron soundware:
Neuron soundware develops a detection system that discovers machine problems in real time. By recording noise data via sensors and the subsequent automatic evaluation, damage and abrasion are detected and machine or production breakdowns are prevented. The technology is suitable for use with car engines, wind turbines, point machines and other machines and systems. Neuron soundware was named “Idea of the Year 2016” for this combination of Artificial Intelligence (Neuron soundware’s self-learning software) and IoT (the external IoT systems and acoustic sensors used). Founded in 2016 by Pavel Konečný and Pavel Klinger in Prague, the company received EUR 600,000 investment by J&T Ventures in 2017.
We are delighted to announce we chose emerging Prague Startup Market office hub in Prague 7 – Holesovice. It is a creative place that yields big ideas, hosts interesting events, and is home to several other innovative start-ups as well.
Furnishing our offices is still work-in-progress.
However, we can already accommodate a team of 17 people, have enough place to test and store all our equipment and enjoy cozy meeting rooms for meetings and calls with our clients.
Expect more great ideas and solutions coming out in 2018.
It was hold in September 2017 in Prague. We have created a demo with two electric engines to present our technology. The embedded computer is analysing the audio signal from a piezo sensor, so it can recognise the new and the damaged engine.
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