Israeli AI-based construction tech startup, Ception, has unveiled its new product MineCept, a real-time 3D visual mapping system to address heavy equipment challenges in the construction and development sector.
The system utilises precise positioning technology based on visual feeds rather than GPS, to provide full situational awareness for operators of heavy vehicles at construction sites, mines, quarries, and industrial plants.
The system cross-references information from individual sensors, a range of image processing algorithms, and deep learning to provide an accurate picture of the vehicle or machine’s surrounding environment.
Doing so reduces the frequencies of collisions and vehicle overturning accidents thus avoiding unexpected costs and project delays, the company said.
Tal Israel, CEO and co-founder of Ception, said: “The construction, building materials, mining, and quarrying industries are huge markets that suffer from acute safety, efficiency, and sustainability problems and are always looking for innovative solutions.
“There is currently a gap in technological solutions in this discipline. Some of the solutions are geared towards a high level of automation but suffer from various barriers, including technological limitations, high prices, and regulatory restrictions.
“Conversely, solutions that rely on basic technologies do not offer an adequate response and suffer from serious reliability problems.
“The automation and Industry 4.0 revolutions have brought immense technological advances in edge computing, sensing technologies, artificial intelligence, deep learning, and other fields.
“Ception is not waiting for the automation revolution to be complete and is applying these innovative technologies to provide precise and reliable solutions at good prices.”
Ception has thus far received $7m (c.£5.3m) in funding from investment firm MoreVC, and a grant from the Israel Innovation Authority.
Image: Ception team. (Credit: Eyal Toueg)
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