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A Voice Assistant to combat falls on the same level

Today, digitalization affects all levels of industry. This digital transformation brings with it new uses, new ways of working, and new ways of getting around. Light-weight digital equipment (tablets, smartphones, smartglasses) provides seamless access to information, even on the move.

At the same time, the number of accidents qualifying as “falls from same level” is rising sharply in industry. Falls on the same level are responsible for almost 20% of workplace accidents in France.

The coincidence of these two pieces of information begs the question!

Couldn’t we see a correlation between the increase in falls on the same level and the use of mobile digital technology?

Let’s take a look at how the SPIX voice assistant could help QSE managers in their quest to reduce the number of accidents in the workplace.

Fall on the same level: definition and facts

Same level falls are slips, trips, stumbles and other losses of balance on a flat surface[1]. These falls can occur inside an office or workshop, as well as outside on a building site or a site under inspection. Falls due to changes in level (steps, sidewalks, slopes) are not considered to be on the same level.

Falls on the same level accounted for 17% of workplace accidents recognized by the French health insurance system in 2020. This makes them the second leading cause of accidents, behind manual handling (50%) but ahead of falls from height (12%).[2].

Falls, such as those on the same level, occur when employees are moving around the workplace. Most of these falls are the result of a combination of several risk factors linked to technical or organizational arrangements within the company. The ever-increasing use of digital tools by employees in the workplace adds another risk factor to the risk of falls on the same level.

This use of digital technology in the workplace should be seen in the same light as the evolution of consumer use. In 2019, 65% of pedestrians surveyed admit to consulting their phone while walking on the sidewalk or crossing a crosswalk. This figure is up sharply on the automaker’s previous survey in 2015, when the figure was 50%.[3]. The consequences of such behavior have a major impact on road accidents in France, where 6,000 pedestrian accidents can be attributed to the use of cell phones while crossing the road. This represents 6% of all accidents involving pedestrians.

A simple comparison shows that 4,500 accidents linked to falls on the work floor in France in 2022 could be the result of the improper use of mobile digital tools.

Yet falls are often seen as an inevitability of the industrial world. So, to reduce the number of falls on the same level, we first need to change the way we think about this type of accident, and then develop a prevention approach that includes the new uses of digital technology in the industrial environment.

Falls on the same level: SPIX as a prevention agent!

To develop an effective prevention strategy, we need to take into account the specificities of falls on the same level. Factors likely to cause a fall on the same level are often poorly identified by employees, and not very noticeable: dirty or cluttered floor, fast movement, carrying an object, insufficient lighting, attention focused on a task other than moving[1]. The element that causes the fall may seem benign, but the accident is often the result of a combination of factors.

Industrial organizations have the capacity to act effectively to eliminate the risks associated with the first causes: dirty or cluttered floors, rapid movement, transport of objects. The actions of QSE[2] coordinators on industrial sites have a major impact on these primary sources of risk.

The difficulty of identifying and combating risks linked to ” attention focused on a task other than move” is amplified by the use of mobile digital technology, as this risk is also linked to employees’ personal habits.

We need to come back to the parallel between the use of digital technology in business and the use of digital technology in everyday life. Indeed, there is ” a divide between the customer experience /the general public/ and the employee experience /in companies/. Customers have access to intuitive, pleasant, high-performance applications, while employees often use ERP systems (MES, CMMS, FSM) that are relatively cumbersome and slow[1]. The stress of using unintuitive industrial applications contributes to employees’ need for concentration, and therefore to their lack of attention to the environment when on the move.

With this in mind, there are two strategies available to manufacturers to reduce the number of falls on the same level as a result of employees diverting their attention when moving around the company:

  • Make employees aware of the dangers of using digital devices while on the move. The strategy is to encourage employees “not to consult their phones and tablets while on the move [2]. While this action may reduce the number of falls on the same level, it will come up against the expectations of operational management. It can actually have a negative impact on the efficiency of employees in their monitoring and reporting tasks using the applications on offer.
  • Reduce or eliminate the source of the risk by enabling employees to continue using their digital tools while maintaining their ability to pay attention to their environment. SPIX industry ‘s proposal is to reduce this risk by using a voice assistant to manage the digital interactions of mobile employees on industrial sites.

SPIX industry offers an intelligent voice assistant adapted to the constraints of industry, enabling employees to keep their hands and eyes free to concentrate on their tasks, while allowing complex interactions with their digital tools.

Let’s take two emblematic examples from industrial life: quality control and site inspection. The quality control employee is often at a fixed workstation, but moves around a lot in his or her work area. The site inspector walks a lot in a changing environment.

Limiting the movements of quality controllers to eliminate falls on the same level Quality control tasks often involve a large number of measurements or visual inspections, and their transfer to a digital quality monitoring tool: MES, DLS, QMS, etc. The operator is therefore constantly moving back and forth between the part to be inspected and a computer workstation. These movements in a limited space can be a source of falls if the floor becomes temporarily cluttered. The SPIX voice assistant enables quality control operators to transfer all the digital measurements and visual inspections they carry out into a digital tool by voice. He no longer needs to move to a computer workstation: the risk of falling while moving is effectively eliminated.Free inspectors’ hands and eyes in mobile situations to reduce falls Inspecting industrial sites or construction sites involves moving an operator over long distances, in a potentially changing environment. All field observations and findings made by the inspector must be entered into a monitoring software package: CMMS, FSM, etc. The operator must therefore carry a mobile computer, and enter the desired values as he goes along. So his hands are busy carrying his equipment (he can’t catch himself if he loses his balance), and his eyes are glued to his screen. With SPIX, the industrial inspection operator can keep his tablet or smartphone in his pocket, and generate his inspection report by voice, fully guided by the voice assistant. He keeps his eyes and hands free: the risk of falling is greatly reduced.
Two examples of how the SPIX intelligent voice assistant for industry has reduced or eliminated the risk of falls to the ground.

SPIX industry‘s intelligent industrial voice assistant[1] is dedicated to industrial operators, to simplify and maximize their use of digital technology, without compromising safety. The SPIX industrial voice assistant operates off-grid, in embedded mode, and is robust to noise.

The proposal Voice Experience from SPIX industry helps develop the use of voice and voice assistance in industry, by involving field operators very early on in the process and in understanding the use of voice, and by guaranteeing the performance of the delivered solution over a defined perimeter.


Today, occupational health and safety issues are of paramount importance in the governance of industrial companies in Europe. Initiatives to raise awareness among the teams in charge of implementing QSE processes are reaching their limit, due to changing practices and employees’ personal habits.

This is particularly true when it comes to initiatives aimed at combating the sources of accidents such as falls to the ground. Because of the increase in mobile digital use linked to the quest for performance, the desire for real-time information feedback, and personal use, efforts to raise employee awareness on this subject are coming up against a number of obstacles.

In these deadlocked situations, it becomes necessary to introduce a break in usage. SPIX industry proposes the use of an Intelligent Voice Assistant to enable the use of digital resources on the move within the company, while reducing the risk of falls from the ground.

With or without visual feedback for the operator, the SPIX Intelligent Voice Assistant can be used to guide the operator through technical tasks, or to transmit measurement or observation values by voice to an information system. The operator’s hands and eyes remain free and focused on the task in hand. It limits or controls its movements, thereby greatly reducing the risk of falls to the ground.

SPIX industry is committed to using voice and voice assistance as an industrial work tool. The Voice Experience approach makes it possible to offer this breakthrough usage for all industrial processes.


Reference PDF file: A Voice Assistant to combat falls on the same level

[1 ] https://www.inrs.fr/risques/chutes-de-plain-pied/definition-et-caracteristiques.html

[2] https://www.altersecurite.org/prevenir-les-chutes-de-plain-pied/

[3] https://www.mercipourlinfo.fr/actualites/securite-routiere-de-plus-en-plus-de-pietons-smartphone-a-la-main

[1 ] https://spix-industry.com

[1] https://www.focusrh.com/

[2] https://www.altersecurite.org/prevenir-les-chutes-de-plain-pied/

[1] https://www.inrs.fr/risques/chutes-de-plain-pied/ce-qu-il-faut-retenir.html

[2] QSE: Quality Safety Environment

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Voice Experience by SPIX industry

SPIX industry introduces “Voice Experience” to unleash the use of voice in the industry

In today’s digital era, where technology plays a central role in every aspect of our lives, the concept of voice experience is reshaping the industrial landscape. Voice experience refers to the seamless and intuitive interaction between humans and machines through voice commands and responses (also named human-machine smart dialog). This transformative technology is revolutionizing the way we engage with industry processes, equipment, and systems.

In the industrial sector, voice experience is being leveraged to enhance worker productivity, safety, and operational efficiency. Through voice-enabled devices and applications, workers can perform tasks, access information, and control equipment using natural language commands. This hands-free and intuitive approach reduces the need for manual input, streamlines workflows, and minimizes errors.

The integration of voice experience technology in the industry offers numerous advantages. Firstly, it enables workers to access critical information, such as equipment manuals, safety procedures, or inventory data, simply by speaking their queries. This instant and contextual retrieval of information saves time and increases accuracy, empowering workers to make informed decisions on the spot.

Moreover, voice experience promotes worker safety by providing a hands-free environment. In hazardous or high-risk settings, workers can execute commands, report incidents, or request assistance without physical interaction. This not only minimizes distractions but also ensures that workers can maintain focus on their tasks while staying connected to the necessary support systems.

Additionally, voice experience enhances collaboration and communication on the shop floor. Workers can engage in real-time voice conversations with colleagues, supervisors, or remote experts, enabling efficient problem-solving and knowledge sharing. This seamless communication fosters teamwork, accelerates decision-making processes, and ultimately improves overall productivity.

The future of voice experience in the industry holds even more potential. As advancements in natural language processing, machine learning, and artificial intelligence continue to evolve, voice assistants will become even more intelligent and adaptable. They will understand complex commands, learn from user interactions, and offer personalized recommendations, further enhancing the user experience and driving operational excellence.

The limits of the digital transformation

In the wake of the digital transformation of Industry 4.0, industry decision-makers are now able to list the main problem and bottlenecks that are reducing their return on investment and preventing them from achieving their financial goals.

The main problems mentioned by digital managers and plant managers are the following:

  • The digital transformation of my production plant suffers from resistance from the workers,
  • The software already deployed (MES, CMMS, FSM) is not used to its full potential,
  • I don’t get enough data from the field, the data collected from my installations is too weak,
  • I do not get enough feedback to use the Digital Twin of my factory at the maximum of its capacity,
  • My workers waste too much time with their business software, interfaces lead to manual interventions and hand-over of data, information is lost or erroneous, non-conformities are the result. Finally, time for value creation is lost.

The introduction of digital solutions on the shop floor not only creates frustrations but may also introduce safety breaches as the workers may lose the focus on their tasks, remove their gloves, and look at a screen instead at their surrounding environment.

The introduction of voice interfaces for field operators is identified as a key solution to solve the problem, generate trust in digital systems, restore safety conditions at work, and generate more digital data from the field. SPIX industry already proved this fact with the development and adoption of its Spix.SKILLS.

SPIX is a voice assistant 100% dedicated to the field and shop floor workers of the industry. This voice assistant closes the gap between the workers (on the right) and their digital tools (on the left). It provides robust to noise voice interactions, natural language dialog functions, and private by design data management. The Spix.SKILLS are embedded, operate offline, and interface with the business software of the industrials.

Voice Experience: for what purpose?

The challenge to solve now is to give the industrials the knowhow and the confidence for them to massively deploy voice technologies on the shop floor. Nevertheless, the deployment of voice-first solutions in the industry requires to resolve a multidimensional system of constraints: coherence of the semantic, performance in the noise, data privacy, user acceptability, audio hardware, utility and usability, and the interface to the already deployed shop-floor software.

To successfully introduce the use of voice on the shop floor, “Voice Experience by SPIX industry” proposes the equivalent of the GAFAM eco-system for voice assistance, but 100% dedicated to the industry.

The “Voice Experience by SPIX industry” focuses on:

  • Industrial data management: ex. type of data needed to describe the users’ expectations, validation of the privacy of the data,
  • Assembly and validation of voice interactions: ex. assembly of the Spix.SKILLS, validation under constraints of the expected performances,
  • Interface to business software: ex. interface protocols generation for business software applications (Apriso, Maximo, SAP, QDA, SiteFlow, …).

The ambition of the “Voice Experience” is to build an eco-system, supported by on-premises solutions, to configure and validate custom voice assistants for the blue collars of the industry.

Thanks to the introduction of Voice Experience and Spix.SKILLS voice interactions on the field the European industry may restore its competitivity with the respective benefits.

  • Reduction of non-quality

Complex, critical, and rare tasks

  • Time saving

Access to information, data entry

  • Better traceability of field operation

Real-time data reports, observations, Retex

  • Increased safety of people and assets

Reminder of PPEs, alerts, reduction of security breaches

  • Improved working comfort

Reduce walking, avoid removing PPE, learning HMIs


In conclusion, voice experience is transforming the industry by revolutionizing the way workers interact with machines, systems, and processes. It empowers workers with hands-free, intuitive, and contextually relevant interactions, improving productivity, safety, and collaboration. As the technology continues to advance, embracing voice experience in the industrial setting becomes increasingly crucial for staying competitive and unlocking the full potential of human-machine interactions.

At SPIX industry, we are convinced by the development of intelligent voice assistance solutions in business verticals for the industry. On production, inspection, quality control or maintenance jobs, it is possible to assemble the necessary components of SPIX.SKILLS to ensure the usefulness, usability and acceptability of the voice services rendered to the workers. The development the “Voice Experience by SPIX industry” will help the industrials to satisfying the expected return on investment on their digital transformation.

Press contacts
André JOLY – Managing Director
Phone. : +33 (0)6 25 17 27 94
Email: andre.joly@spix-industry.com

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“Voice Experience”, “SPIX” and “SPIX industry” are registered trademarks of Simsoft3D SAS.