Agência para o Investimento e Comércio Externo de Portugal


a start The winner of the 2021 Web Summit wants to end waste in the textile industry with a system of cameras, lights and algorithms that monitor the manufacturing process for defects.

a smartex It is the first Portuguese company to win the annual Web Summit competition since the tech summit moved to Lisbon in 2016. The California-based project uses computer vision and artificial intelligence to monitor the textile manufacturing process. “We want to solve one of the biggest problems in the textile industry, which is the production of textile waste,” Antonio Rocha explained on stage. He stressed that “textile waste accounts for 10% of the production of the textile industry, which is the second most polluting industry in the world.”


Smartex’s cameras and micro-sensors are installed inside machines in factories and lock the system when a defect is detected. Although the current focus is on the textile industry, Antonio Rocha explained that the goal is to expand the system to detect defects in the plastics and paper industry.