Pact Group eyes AI for workplace safety boost


ASX-listed packaging manufacturer Pact Group is examining the potential of cloud-based AI services to boost workplace safety.

The company is preparing to stage an on-site trial of a system built using Microsoft’s Computer Vision API — one of Microsoft’s cognitive services delivered through Azure.

Group chief information officer Michael Ross told Computerworld on the sidelines of a Microsoft event in Sydney dedicated to AI that Pact’s interest in the object recognition technology had been sparked by a demonstration at the technology company’s Build conference.

“We sent a note to Microsoft to say, ‘Is this real or is it a kind of canned demo.? They came back and said no — it’s very, very real.’”

Pact has used the service to build a proof of concept kiosk that demonstrates a safe on-boarding process for employees at its manufacturing sites.



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