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The winners of the 2022 Irish Times Innovation Awards have been announced. As the sponsor of the IT & Fintech category, we are delighted to congratulate the category winners, Protex AI.

Protex AI offers technology that seeks to improve safety in the workplace and reduce workplace accidents. Its AI-powered technology enables businesses to gain greater visibility of unsafe behaviours in their facilities. It tracks near misses using AI vision, so that customers have more reliable data to identify when things are starting to slip.

The platform plugs into existing CCTV infrastructure and uses its computer vision technologies to capture unsafe events autonomously in settings such as warehouses, manufacturing facilities and ports.

Partner Sarah Cloonan pictured with Dan Hobbs (CEO) and Ciaran O’Mara (CTO) of Protex AI

The company has raised €18 million in seed and Series A funding and employs 20 people in Ireland, with plans to hire an additional 30 people in 2023.

The Innovation of the Year award was won by Class Medical. The company, which was spun out of the University of Limerick, has designed and implemented a quality safety tool for urinary catheterisation to prevent injury.

Class Medical also won the first-time founder category at the awards, which are now in their 13th year.

The Irish Times Innovation Awards recognise the best in business ideas through which public or private sector organisations in Ireland can showcase winning service, product, operational, or social innovations.

For more information, including the full list of category winners, please visit the Irish Times website.

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