Julian Nordt: Allowing Industrial Sweeping Machines to Independently Clean Large in and Outdoor Areas, for Example, Factories or Warehouses

ENWAY developed the technology platform for high-precision autonomous machines. The technology allows industrial sweeping machines to independently clean large in- and outdoor areas, for example, factories or warehouses.

In the field of municipal sweeping, ENWAY pursues the approach to support street cleaners with the help of self-driving machines that react dynamically to obstacles. The autonomous cleaning, battery charging, and emptying of the swept-up materials make sweeping safer, more sustainable, and more efficient.

What is the inspiration behind your business?

ENWAY’s aim is to optimize the collaboration between humans and machines so that the sweeping robots take over the physically difficult and sometimes dangerous work from the cleaning staff and make the work more efficient. The three ENWAY founders lived in Zurich during their studies. In this Swiss city, which is one of the cleanest in the world, the idea arose to make cities and private spaces cleaner and more livable with the help of autonomous machines.

What is your magic sauce?

As a technology provider, ENWAY focuses on software, robotics, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. The company cooperates with various partners and integrates the technology as well as various sensors into vehicles from established machine manufacturers. Sweepers from experienced manufacturers – like Stolzenberg or Bucher Municipal – form the basis for ENWAY’s sweeping robots.

Where do you see your company going in 5 years time?

ENWAY is planning further collaborations with other machine manufacturers and to export the self-driving sweepers worldwide. We are also curious to see the development of autonomous driving with special vehicles in public spaces in the EU in terms of the legal situation. Here we see great potential in the next few years.

What has been your biggest setback so far?

A big challenge remains poor LTE network in rural areas. Also, hardware can be really hard sometimes.

What is the next big challenge for your business?

The faster and easier setup of the product at the customers’ site is one of the biggest goals in the near future. In addition, ENWAY is also expanding into new markets.

How do people get involved/buy into your vision?

ENWAY is currently building a distributor network. Especially in the USA, we see great interest and potential. We are currently looking for reliable partners who will support us with the distribution and deployment of the autonomous sweepers.

ENWAY’s team of autonomous service vehicles specialists will provide tele-operations and regular updates for the high-precision autonomous software stack. If you want to lead the customer interaction for high-quality autonomous cleaning operations outside of Germany, please contact us at [email protected]

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