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BPI France supports ACTIA's PROTECH project for advanced safety on special-purpose machinery

BPI France, a key player in the financing of innovation and business growth in France, supports the PROTECH project led by ACTIA. The aim of this 36-month project is to develop a High-Performance Computer (HPC) platform integrating artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms to enhance the safety of construction, mining, airport, agricultural and airport vehicles, using on-board sensors.


PROTECH project: towards "zero" accidents with artificial intelligence


The aim of the PROTECH project is to develop on-board solutions for achieving "zero" accidents on various types of machinery, from construction equipment to agricultural vehicles.


Project contributors include:


  • ACTIA Automotive, working on the the HPC (High Performance Computer) development platform integrating artificial intelligence functionalities.

  • Agreenculture, in charge of collecting data from worksite vehicles and agricultural robots, as well as carrying out demonstrations in real-life situations.

  • LAAS-CNRS laboratory, focusing on the development of AI-based sensory perception algorithms.


This project is part of BPI France's call for projects named "Technological maturation and embedded artificial intelligence solutions demonstration". Its aim is to support hardware and software innovations linked to embedded AI, from design to the demonstration of their effectiveness in real-life situations.


Aerospace Valley, as a renowned competitiveness cluster, has also accredited the PROTECH project, reinforcing its support and recognition in the technological innovation field applied to airport vehicle safety.


Advanced safety for special-purpose vehicles thanks to digital cockpit


With the increasing of machinery safety, whether construction or agricultural, manufacturers are facing a changing business and work environment, leading to a higher need for safety, both for operators and equipment.


Special-purpose vehicles must now be able to proactively perceive and interact with environments shared with humans, in order to anticipate collision hazards. To meet these growing safety requirements, vehicles incorporate a wide range of control and steering functions, accessible directly from the driver's seat.


This technological progress is reflected in the proliferation of on-board sensors, e.g. cameras and/or radars, displays and multi-mode controls (manual and tactile). This devices multiplicity generates an ever-increasing flow of data. It is against this backdrop that the "Digital Cockpit" concept has emerged, offering pilots an advanced interface for managing and monitoring this equipment, thus contributing to enhanced people and property safety.


Artificial intelligence, in particular machine learning techniques, is emerging as a crucial solution for achieving these objectives, enabling special machines to detect, analyze, predict and proactively react to collision risks. Artificial intelligence is an essential element in the advanced safety of operations, bringing about a significant evolution in the management of special-purpose vehicles.


ACTIA's expertise in digital vehicle ecosystems for cutting-edge in-vehicle solutions


Thanks to its skills in vehicle architecture, diagnostics, vehicle connectivity, on-board AI and data management, ACTIA has developed an in-depth understanding of the vehicle digital ecosystem. By participating in innovation projects such as PROTECH, the group is strengthening its development capabilities to offer automakers reliable, high-performance on-board electronic environments.


ACTIA is preparing its systems and services for the new vehicle architecture with its Augmented Architecture approach, aiming to be comprehensive, flexible, robust and resilient. ACTIA's ambition is to maintain its leading position in embedded architecture with commercial and industrial vehicle manufacturers.


About ACTIA


Founded in 1986, the ACTIA Group is a family-owned, international mid-sized company headquartered in France.


This family character guarantees the Group's durability and independence in a constantly renewed entrepreneurial dynamic. ACTIA's business is to design, manufacture and operate electronics for systems management in the particularly demanding fields of automotive, railways, aeronautics, space, defense, energy and telecommunications.


ACTIA's commitments are reflected in the Group's ambitious strategy to meet the challenges facing society: mobility, connectivity, safety and the environment. Mastery of the production and design of ACTIA products is a genuine guarantee of quality. All the Group's employees share this demand for quality in a fully certified environment.


Key figures


  • Consolidated sales 2023: €579.3m

  • Nearly 4,100 employees worldwide

  • 25 companies, including 4 production plants and 6 R&D centers

  • 14 to 18% of annual sales invested in R&D


Press Contact


Hélène DENOEL, Communications Director ACTIA Group: helene.denoel@actia.fr


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