Boeing, Airbus and others to speak at the Paris Air Show
An important event for the aerospace and defence industry, the show is h...
Today, 17 June, saw the opening of the week-long International Paris Air Show.
An important event for the aerospace and defence industry, the show is held at Le Bourget on the outskirts of Paris. As the BBC reports, almost 2,500 companies are to exhibit, attracting an estimated 320,000 visitors over the course of the week.
We took a look at the agenda and selected some events for those hoping to make the most of the fair.
Keynote - Dr. G. Hyslop (Chief Technical Officer, Boeing)
The Boeing Company is the United States’ largest player in the aerospace industry. A defense contractor as well as a civilian manufacturer, the company’s designs range from aircraft to satellites. As CTO, Hyslop oversees the technological side of the business, in terms of vision, strategy and investment. The keynote will take place at the Paris Air Lab on Wednesday, 19 June, from 10:00 - 10:10.
“Supply Chain 2030: Trends and Challengers” - Denzil Lawrence (Supplier Management at Boeing), Alain Frehring (Executive Vice President Purchasing at SAFRAN) and Shauna Gamble (Vice President Procurement at Bombardier)
Boeing, SAFRAN and Bombardier; US, French and Canadian aerospace giants, respectively, are to take part in a roundtable discussion on the future of supply chains, privinding an OEM perspective on their supply chain strategies. The conference will take place at the Conference Center on Wednesday, 19 June, from 10:10 - 11:05.
“Flying cars, really?” - Rémi Cornubert (Consultant and author, expert in mobilities of the future, Advancy) and Eduardo Dominguez Puerta (Head of Urban Air Mobility, Airbus)
Airbus, the multinational European aerospace corporation, is a staple of the show. Its newly appointed Head of Urban Air Mobility is in charge of a number of the company’s projects, including CityAirbus, an electric vertical take-off and landing air vehicle, Vahana, a self-piloted eVTOL small passenger aircraft and VOOM, an on-demand helicopter booking platform. The discussion will take place at the Paris Air Lab on Wednesday, 19 June, from 16:30 - 17:30.
Fluent.ai x BSH: Voice Automating the Assembly Line
Fluent.ai has deployed its voice recognition solutions in one of BSH’s German factories. BSH leads the market in producing connected appliances—its brands include Bosch, Siemens, Gaggenau, NEFF, and Thermador, and with this new partnership, the company intends to cut transition time in its assembly lines.
According to BSH, voice automation will yield 75-100% efficiency gains—but it’s the collaboration between the two companies that stands out. ‘After considering 11 companies for this partnership, we chose Fluent.ai because of their key competitive differentiators’, explained Ion Hauer, Venture Partner at BSH Startup Kitchen.
What Sets Fluent.ai Apart?
After seven years of research, the company developed a wide range of artificial intelligence (AI) software products to help original equipment manufacturers (OEM) expand their services. Three key aspects stood out to BSH, which operates across the world and in unique factory environments.
- Robust noise controls. The system can operate even in loud conditions.
- Low latency. The AI understands commands quickly and accurately.
- Multilingual support. BSH can expand the automation to any of its 50+ country operations.
How Voice Automation Works
Instead of pressing buttons, BSH factory workers will now be able to speak into a headset fitted with Fluent.ai’s voice recognition technology. After uttering a WakeWord, workers can use a command to start assembly line movement. As the technology is hands-free, workers benefit from less physical strain, which will both reduce employee fatigue and boost line production.
‘Implementing Fluent’s technology has already improved efficiencies within our factory, with initial implementation of the solution cutting down the transition time from four seconds to one and a half”, said Markus Maier, Project Lead at the BSH factory. ‘In the long run, the production time savings will be invaluable’.
Future Global Adoption
In the coming years, BSH and Fluent.ai will continue to push for artificial intelligence on factory lines, pursuing efficiency, ergonomics, and a healthy work environment. ‘We started with Fluent.ai on one factory assembly line, moved to three, and [are now] considering rolling the technology out worldwide’, said Maier.
Said Probal Lala, Fluent.ai’s CEO: ‘We are thrilled to be working with BSH, a company at the forefront of innovation. Seeing your solution out in the real world is incredibly rewarding, and we look forward to continuing and growing our collaboration’.