Offline AI device protects confidential conversations

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An AI-enabled device transforms sensitive meetings into secure and organised reports, while keeping the information safely within the room.

Artificial intelligence is everywhere. From image generators and omniscient oracles to help desk staff and report writers, AI is taking on more and more tasks in our daily lives. But almost all models have one thing in common: they rely on the computing power of the cloud, giving compliance and privacy experts a headache.

Keeping conversations structured and private

When it comes to sensitive data, such as medical records or board meetings, people are very careful about what ends up where. The solution from, an EPFL spin-off founded in Lausanne in 2022, offers a remedy with its local AI solution. Called ClearMind, the start-up's private assistant featuring a smart microphone turns confidential conversations into private, structured and legally compliant documents. This appeals to companies, banks and medical professionals that want to keep their conversations private while benefiting from AI-powered transcripts and summaries.

The power of on-device AI

ClearMind's private, personalised and proactive functions are powered by Edge AI technology, transforming how personal data is processed on mobile devices. By reducing reliance on cloud services, Edge AI gives data ownership back to the user.

Never heard of Edge AI? Running deep learning models requires significant computing power, often necessitating cloud processing. Edge AI, also known as on-device AI, localises deep learning algorithms and data processing to devices at the network's edge, for example in the room or on a nearby server.

Edge AI gaining momentum

This type of AI technology is particularly useful when applied to autonomous cars and industrial robots, which require high-speed processing with minimal latency while maintaining high accuracy. Gartner predicts that by 2025, more than 55% of all deep neural network data analysis will take place in an edge system, up from less than 10% in 2021.

Digital trust is becoming increasingly important's ClearMind is a consumer device and has already been tested in a psychiatrist's office and presented at various international events such as the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas and VivaTech in Paris. is part of Trust Valley, a centre of excellence for digital trust and cybersecurity in the Lake Geneva region, and the Center for Digital Trust, an alliance that facilitates innovation in digital trust services and products.

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