Severin Kezeu is a Cameroonian engineer, Ph.D. in Software Engineering and Robotics and inventor of a unique anti-collision system called N@vigator which is configurable with all types of mobile equipment (cars, planes, cranes, security gates, trains, etc.). Contrary to competition that commercializes electromechanical anti-collision systems, Severin Kezeu’s is essentially computerized to ease the monitoring and control of devices equipped with his system. As a comprehensive system composed of an onboard computer, radars, sensors, etc. the N@vigator can detect possible collisions, as well as be reconfigured from the Internet at anytime.
Profile reviewed: January 25, 2017
First publication: September 2010
The N@vigator system collects information such as the position of the equipment, its speed, the load it carries, its ability or inability to slow down, the speed and direction of the wind, etc. and then processes them to compute the collision risk probability. If the probability is high, the computer warns the equipment operator. However, if it is critical, it is the onboard computer which takes control of the equipment to avoid collisions.
Severin Kezeu’s invention was classified “Key French Technology”, a label reserved to innovations which are considered “strategic” for France. In 1991, he won the National Prize on Invention and Innovation awarded by l’Anvar. All this proved that his technology is ahead of competition. As a result, his company (SK-Group France) started providing services to companies like Liebher, Alstom, Bouygues, etc.
Surprisingly, Severin Kezeu was suspected of not being the inventor of the N@vigator and was even placed in custody with his wife. They were freed because he is the true and only genius behind his anti-collision system. Maybe the skin color of this tall Cameroonian raised racist clichés about Black people who are allegedly incapable of developing highly sensitive technologies! Finally, his genius prompted the French authorities to grant him French citizenship.
Today, N@avigator is used in several countries: United States, United Kingdom, France, China, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, South Africa and Cameroon.