Taiwan's Altek bringing vision AI to the edge

Altek's new technologies are designed to enhance AI-based smart surveillance capabilities (Image imaginima / iStockPhoto)

Taiwan-based digital imaging company Altek Corp is introducing three new technologies with the theme of “Bringing Vision AI to The Edge.” The new technologies include vision AI chips, AI commercial surveillance cameras, and 3D depth image sensing modules

The company’s vision AI chip and AI commercial surveillance cameras enable high-resolution smart surveillance by supporting AI human/object detection, event detection and behavior recognition.

The entire AI process is conducted in the camera and corresponding alerts are sent out according to the detection results. It reduces the network bandwidth for data transmission to the cloud and improves the AI detection speed. This technology can be utilized in multiple use cases, including in retail, restaurants and hospitals.

“Being dedicated to more than 20 years in digital imaging, Altek believes that edge vision AI will unleash remarkable market demands.” Alex Hsia, Chairman of Altek Corporation said. “Recently Altek also has collaborated with global tech leaders in providing commercial/home use surveillance system with edge vision AI capability, aiming to bring the surveillance environment in retail, manufacturing, factory and home to new level of experience.”

In partnership with CyberLink, Altek’s 3D sensing solution has been integrated with CyberLink’s AI facial recognition engine FaceMe. The new integration strives to enhance the anti-spoofing capabilities of smart security systems, enabling them to accurately detect facial images and videos apart from live human faces.

“Anti-spoofing is vital for smart security and other AIoT applications. CyberLink’s FaceMe® engine is capable of accurate anti-spoofing by utilizing an array of inputs including 2D & 3D cameras, human head motions, voice, and mainstream 3D imaging technologies including Altek’s active stereo technology. This allows FaceMe to achieve highly accurate human face pairing with faultless anti-spoofing results,” said Dr. Jau Huang, CEO of CyberLink. “Through our collaboration with Altek Corp., we hope to implement FaceMe’s high-accuracy facial recognition technology into 3D camera solutions to deliver safer and more reliable facial recognition capabilities to hardware manufacturers of mobile phones, door access control systems, and a number of other applications.”

Altek has also co-developed products with other global tech leaders to demonstrate its commitment to commercializing edge vision AI technology.

With Qualcomm, the company has co-developed a commercial AI surveillance IP camera. This camera is powered by QCS603 platform with distributed edge AI computing power to enable AI detection of humans and objects within the recognition area in the camera. It also supports Amazon KVS so that users can leverage the AWS cloud platform to access, process and store streaming video with ease for further analysis by deep learning.

With Microsoft and Qualcomm, Altek also co-developed a Visions AI Developer Kit. By supporting Microsoft Azure IoT Edge and using Qualcomm AI Engine, it strengthens Azure’s deep learning service and delivers ultra-high resolution video quality, creating optimal capability for processing vision AI at the edge for various markets and applications.

First published in Enterprise Innovation

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