Smart Speaker

Use of language assistance systems in the value chain of SMEs in the filed of machinery and plant engineering

The Smart Speaker research project focuses on the identification, evaluation and development of beneficial application scenarios for speech assistance systems in SMEs in mechanical and plant engineering.

Initial situation

Intelligent loudspeakers connected to the Internet, including voice recognition and control - so-called "smart speakers" - can be found in more and more private households. With the exception of a few application scenarios in intralogistics (for example with the "Pick by Voice" method), the development from the private user sector described above has not yet arrived in the operational practice of companies.

Solution approach and expected result

The procedure to be developed in the "Smart Speaker" research project will enable SMEs in mechanical and plant engineering to identify and evaluate beneficial application scenarios for speech assistance systems and to exploit their potential.

Benefits for the target group

The benefits for SMEs arise from the following points:

  • Focusing of core activities
  • Cost optimization of the value-added processes
  • Quality optimization of the value-added processes
  • Optimization of reaction times
  • Fast access to information
  • Automation and digitalisation of certain activities
  • Reduction of latency times


  • IT, Software and Internet
  • Machinery and Plant Engineering

Topic Area

  • Production Management

Research Focus

  • Produktionsplanung

FIR Navigator

  • Data-Based Shopfloor Management
  • JRF Guiding Topic

    • Society & Digitization


    Funding no.
    20983 N
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    Funding information

    The IGF project 20983 N of the Research Association FIR e. V. at the RWTH Aachen University is funded via the AiF within the framework of the programme for the funding of cooperative industrial research (IGF) by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) on the basis of a resolution of the German Bundestag.