Horizon Robotics launches camera with embedded AI for facial recognition

Horizon Robotics launches camera with embedded AI for facial recognition

Artificial intelligence startup Horizon Robotics is launching a new HD smart camera with embedded AI, which the company says delivers facial recognition accuracy up to 99.7 percent for public safety and retail applications.

The HR-IPC2143 performs local capture and recognition simultaneously with deep learning algorithms, according to the announcement. The camera uses a unique system architecture that includes the chip, algorithm, and cloud to enable unstructured video to be converted and processed in-camera for multi-target location detection, tracking, and recognition. It draws on a library of 50,000 features for high-performance real-time facial recognition and can detect, track, and identify 200 objects in each frame, the company says.

“The smart camera is a reflection of Horizon Robotics’ mission—to provide high-performance, low-power and low-cost products utilizing cutting-edge artificial intelligence technology,” said Dr. Kai Yu, CEO and Founder of Horizon Robotics. “Other companies can only deliver a portion of the equation, but we are able to integrate all these form factors to create a complete business solution rather than just a stand-alone camera.”

Horizon’s proprietary Brain Processing Unit (BPU) high-performance AI processor architecture is featured in the camera’s embedded “Sunrise” AI computer vision processor. The BPU architecture was developed by Horizon to combine AI algorithms and hardware design.

The company announced the new camera at ISC West 2018 in Las Vegas.

Yu told the South China Morning Post in February that the company is about to begin a new fundraising round, in which it will seek hundreds of millions of dollars to support its goal of powering more than 100 million smart cameras by 2020.

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