When artifical intelligence first hit the scene, enterprises commonly went to the cloud to leverage the technology. Recently, there’s been a paradigm shift in AI implementation, as companies develop AI-enabled devices that reside at the edge of computing. One company that’s positioned itself squarely as a provider of edge AI solutions is Altek. The company has developed three new edge technologies, including Vision AI chips, AI commercial surveillance cameras, and 3D depth image sensing modules.
It’s a move that makes a lot of sense. According to ABI Research, shipments of devices with edge AI capabilities will grow fifteenfold by 2023, to 1.2B units. Additionally, the share of AI tasks that take place on edge devices instead of in the cloud will grow more than sevenfold, from 6% in 2017 to 43% in 2023.
Vision AI Chip & AI Surveillance Cameras
Altek’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.
3D Sensing Solution for Facial Recognition Applications
In partnership with CyberLink Corp, 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,” says 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.