Ekkono makes machines even smarter

Patterns and the future. They’re not easy to perceive or predict – for a human being. But for the start-up company Ekkono they are an everyday reality. The company makes machines smarter so they can make decisions in real time – without analysis in the cloud.

Ekkono was founded at the start of 2017 and gained its first outside investors about a year ago. Development is happening fast – there is great interest in the technology and perhaps even greater need for it. At Elmia Subcontractor, Ekkono is exhibiting at Pop-up Expo in Hall D.

“This is not new technology but it’s a new approach to use it in traditional industry,” explains Joakim Andersson, VP Solutions Architect at Ekkono.

Basically, the technology involves machine learning for IoT functionality. The machines learn the normal situation and behaviour patterns, which then means that deviations can be discovered and events predicted, and future scenarios can even be simulated. All this is done in real time, in the machine, and no raw data needs to be sent to the cloud for further analysis.

“We want to make the products simpler. Instead of just reading the values, it’s better that the machine learns and adjusts its settings itself,” Andersson says.

The technology is built into the machine and is never visible to the end customer. The value of the technology, though, is highly visible. The primary applications are proactive maintenance work, optimising the production process, and quite simply to make the products smarter. But none of this happens if there is no data to work with. That is always a first step for companies wanting to implement IoT solutions into their business in some way.

“Everyone thinks our technology is interesting but at the same time, they want to place it within a concept that can demonstrate its value to them in particular. It’s not easy, but we’re working with various projects to produce this value for companies. But then there must be data to work with from the start. For a company, it is possible to start with some small steps and at the same time think about how the data could be used,” Joakim Andersson concludes.

Joakim Andersson of Ekkono at Elmia Subcontractor’s Pop-up Expo.