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The evolution of Percepto AIM: meet AIM 2022

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In 2020, we at Percepto introduced a game changer in the visual inspection market. We did this with the introduction of Percepto AIM – Autonomous Inspection and Monitoring. Percepto AIM is the first-ever enterprise solution enabling truly autonomous management of a fleet of robots residing on-site, and automatic generation of business insights relevant for various stakeholders within organizations.

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AIM has evolved. AIM 2022. So, what are the upgrades, and how do they add value for your industrial site?

Wouldn’t it be great if

Wouldn’t it be great if you always knew the status of your maintenance? How has construction progressed in the last week, and how is it compared to plans? What are the variations in pile volume, and are we meeting production targets? How can we respond to security, emergency or other situations swiftly and effectively as they arise?

Well, that’s Percepto AIM, which is designed to deliver business intelligence and actionable insights. Based on AI-powered change detection, AIM leverages both ongoing and historical data collection to better detect anomalies, identify trends and focus stakeholder attention. Our continuous monitoring and data feed allows AIM to “learn” about site assets, getting to know them as well as any employee or stakeholder. This enables the system’s AI-powered analytics to derive insights from repetitiveness – detecting changes over time.

And now, one year later

Over the past year, our familiarity and experience with various industrial sites continued to grow. This enables us to better our AI and product experience. Consider, since AIM was launched, we’ve worked closely with some of the leading industrial companies and most complex sites. By being engaged in actual everyday operations, we’ve gained data from thousands of hours of flights and missions. This data feeds the AI/machine learning so that the derived insights are accurate. Our engagement also enables us to build the product experience our clients need specifically for their operations and stakeholders.

We’ve taken that data and insight and put it into AIM 2022. This advance is sure to provide actionable insights from site inspections that can help you keep your site operating optimally, minimize downtime, and prevent large-scale failure and catastrophe.

Next-gen change detection and Insight Manager

Our clients come from multiple industries, including electric utilities, solar energy, mining, oil and gas, ports and terminals and heavy industrial sites. While every site is looking for actionable insights, their specific needs may be different.

To meet those needs, AIM 2022 includes Insight Manager – packing customized solutions for each industry. These solutions are powered by our new change detection framework and provide highly reliable and accurate analytics. This is crucial not only to deliver the insights needed to keep facilities in top shape, but also empowers any stakeholder to request the information they need – removing experts such as drone pilots and data analysts from the loop. With Insights Manager, it’s easy for any stakeholder to get the insights they need – it’s just one click away.

Our expertise and AI-based solution can filter information based on requests/interests. Each stakeholder can subscribe to the asset(s) that is of interest and relevance to them and receive automatic notifications on important changes.

Consider the inspection of a refinery. Our oil & gas solution identifies structural and thermal anomalies for previously collected visual data. Further capabilities include detecting gas leaks and spills, pipe insulation anomalies, and structural faults in tanks, pipelines or other infrastructure.

Then, there’s the solution for power grid inspection and monitoring. The solution uses semantic segmentation to place and classify components of these very structurally complex assets. And then, the change detection framework identifies structural faults and hot points in the grid as predictors of potential failures.

The change detection framework is helpful for monitoring construction as well. The solution identifies different components and their location to review the progress and stages of construction. The monitoring can also assist in ensuring employee safety standards, construction quality and timelines are met.

Each new solution includes reports and insights that are automatically generated and disseminated to relevant stakeholders.

More robots, more visual data

Alongside AIM 2022, we introduced a brand new drone-in-a-box, Percepto Air Mobile – joining our flagship drone-in-a-box the Percepto Air Max.

Both Percepto Air drones are integrated with AIM, and we’ve leveraged our thousands of flight hours of repetitive data collected by our fleet of robots. This high-quality data allows our machine learning networks to be trained and ultimately deliver highly reliable and accurate analytics. Our cutting-edge technology continues to progress as, over the past year, we’ve gained even more visual data sources.

There are even more ways to make use of our cutting-edge software and AI platform. Because our customers request that Percepto be their “everything visual data” solution, we are integrating new drones and visual data capture devices. Now, DJI drones and fixed cameras can be fully managed from the new Percepto Mobile App. The app can launch flight inspections of DJI drones and provide automatic visual data upload. Another benefit is having all the information gained from the inspection done by DJI drones stored in one place making it easier to gain valuable insights.

Enhanced user experience removing information bottlenecks

When developing AIM 2022, we also focused on the user experience to help ensure any user can access data and get the insights they need. Our new Insight Manager provides packaged solutions for industry-specific use cases, making it even easier to get the insights you need. With insights more easily gained and shared, data is no longer siloed. It also encourages collaboration and removes bottlenecks.

There are multiple features available that enable AIM 2022 to deliver a superior user experience. Features include a mobile interface that is accessible anywhere through a smartphone. This means remote operations – an inspection can be initiated anywhere you have your phone and the insights gained can be viewed/delivered right to your phone.

Other user experience features include:

  • Collaborative tools that make sharing and acting upon insights simple. This encourages problem-solving, leads to greater productivity, and fosters communication.
  • Automatic notifications that present information in real-time. Problems are not left to fester and can be handled as soon as possible.
  • Delivery of information in a user-friendly way that can be filtered based on area of interest. Who wants another email/notification with excess information when everyone is already busy? Get the information you need and use your time wisely.
  • A map timeline with integrated CAD overlays to better manage construction issues found by our AI engine.

Since its launch in November 2020, AIM has grown into an even more advanced, inclusive and collaborative solution. It packages the most cutting-edge AI, into a user-friendly, easy to collaborate solution. The insights provided – both positive changes and fault detection – empower companies to maintain their sites, prevent outages, spills, leaks, etc. To put it simply, optimize productivity and minimize downtime.

And we are not finished. We continue to evolve AIM by integrating more visual sensors, customizing additional AI solutions and more. It’s our vision that every industrial site can automate and optimize their visual inspections. And we aim to do just that.

Udi Zohar, VP Product

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Udi heads Percepto’s product team and defines the company’s strategic roadmap. Prior to joining Percepto, Udi managed R&D for Fanzone, a real-time trip management platform. Previously, he co-founded Hoozin, a unique mobile app for peer interactions. Prior to this, he was a chip designer at PMC-Sierra, later acquired by Microsemi. Earlier, Udi served in an elite unit of the Israeli Air Force (IAF), where he led multidisciplinary special operations, while accompanying the development of new cutting-edge technologies. Udi holds a B.Sc in Electrical Engineering from Tel-Aviv University.

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