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Neuron Soundware

Always listening in: The "ear" on escalators and elevators

Neuron Soundware equips escalators at train stations with microphones and analyzes the sound generated by the motor. Service technicians use recordings to identify any deviations from normal operating noise, which could indicate a mechanical issue with the escalator. Repair work is then fine-tuned based on the interference pattern. Technicians then have predictive maintenance performed on the escalator to prevent a potential malfunction. For customers, this means that escalators are always in working order.

The start-up behind the idea is from London, and it is one of the winners from 2016's fourth round of the DB Accelerator program. Its Czech-born founders have worked in the field of computer technology and artificial intelligence for several years.