Written by Anne Dequeker

26 April 2023


AI to serve infrastructures – INFRAVENIR Round table

04/20/2023 – Second edition of the round tables dedicated to innovation in the infrastructure sector organized by INFRAVENIR (the club for young infrastructure professionals) in partnership with LEONARD, the VINCI innovation and foresight platform.

Speakers: Jean-Christophe Mifsud (ELLONA), Hubert Baya Toda (LEAKLITED) and Bruno Daunay (LEONARD).

Facilitators: Gabrielle Reddé and Kawtar Ziyat (INFRAVENIR)

What is Artificial Intelligence?

AI refers to the current or future ability to simulate human intelligence, i.e. to perform cognitive tasks (perceive, reason, take, solve, create…). The Artificial Intelligence field is extremely vast by nature and is developing in all sectors. This intelligence is beginning to disrupt our daily lives and will do so more and more, whether in the medical sector, in the financial markets, in the legal or even in culture, etc.

According to a study by PWC, Artificial Intelligence will lead to a 14% increase in global GDP by 2030.

Innovation moves faster than ever. AI is seen as one of the innovations that could have the greatest impact or even revolutionize the infrastructure sector. It could have a major role to play in addressing their climate and energy challenges, enabling them to become more resilient. Several studies estimate that the growth in the valuation of AI, applied to the infrastructure sectors, should experience a growth of 30% per year by 2030, with many applications at stake.

Jean-Christophe Mifsud, President and CEO of ELLONA, was invited to present his vision as well as the ELLONA artificial intelligence solutions allowing the real-time quantification and identification of emissions and pollution (vibrations, gas, light, particles, air quality, etc., particularly in the construction sector.

At ELLONA, we do what is referred as situational intelligence, i.e. the ability, for men and women in a professional environment, to contextualize an event linked to a malfunction. Human beings indeed analytical data (gas, vibration, light, dissolved oxygen, particles…) but in the end, they will also act according to their experience.

At ELLONA, we are developing networks of measurement sensors to which sensory data is added. We are thus creating biomimetic databases, which will be able to feel, listen and interpret. We work on outdoor environments, especially on construction sites. For example, we are going to listen to circular saws, pneumatic drills, cries for help from an injured construction worker, we are also going to interpret the types of dust, such as respirable silica by finding the particular the imprint of this one because it’s carcinogenic and it’s not an ordinary dust.

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