Bosch launches platform for third-party AI security apps on IoT cameras

Bosch has launched an app store for artificial intelligence surveillance technologies to be integrated with IoT devices, Forbes reports.

As edge device capabilities have improved, the range of possible use cases and customizations leveraging facial recognition and other computer vision technologies has expanded dramatically. Transparency Market Research forecasts the video analytics market will grow at a 20.6 percent CAGR to more than $9 billion by 2023, and Forbes points out that Axis, Hikvision, and Dahua all have platforms enabling third-party developers to add analytics applications to their cameras.

SAST (Security and Safety Things) has been launched as an independent startup fully owned by Bosch, and intended to provide an IoT platform for developers and integrator partners based on its Android operating system for security cameras. The startup says it is working closely with the Open Security and Safety Alliance, which was founded in 2018 to contribute to the formation of standards and specifications for common security system components.

Partnerships to deploy new biometric and other analytical capabilities to cameras at the edge include a recent agreement between Etron Technology and Kneron to develop a 3D facial recognition using natural light.

Apps are expected to be launched to the SAST market during 2019.

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