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Megvii partners with ARB to explore biometrics and IoT tech in Malaysia

Megvii partners with ARB to explore biometrics and IoT tech in Malaysia

Malaysian software development company ARB has partnered with Megvii to dive into AI biometric facial recognition applications and IoT technology in Malaysia amid COVID-19, writes The Edge Markets.

“Amid the ongoing global pandemic crisis, COVID-19, the parties are planning their first collaboration in intelligent body temperature detection and analysis system named as ‘MegVii Ming Ji’ in Malaysia,” said ARB, in a prepared statement.

“MegVii Ming Ji is based on face detection technology and dual sensing via infrared cameras and visible light powered by MegVii’s deep learning AI platform Brain++. MegVii is capable of swiftly identifying individuals with elevated body temperature and locating them in the crowd using available body and facial information,” reads a filing with Bursa Malaysia.

Megvii has a large client portfolio which includes Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, Ant Small and Micro Financial Services Group Co Ltd and Huawei Technologies Co Ltd.

According to ARB, the Ming Ji model can be deployed in high-traffic public locations such as airports, hospitals, and shopping malls, because it can detect the body temperature of up to 15 people per second from at least 3 meters away.

By rolling out Megvii Ming Ji in Malaysia, the two companies hope to lower the number of COVID-19 cases and reduce the spread of the virus through AI technology.

“This collaboration marks the first step for ARB towards creating more synergistic business opportunities with MegVii in the technology field whereby it will provide both parties with opportunities to explore and tap into respective parties’ strengths in the technology industry,” the group added.

Megvii has been exploring IPO possibilities, but a planned $500 million launch to Hong Kong’s exchange lapsed earlier this year amid concerns including its inclusion on a U.S. blacklist and the COVID-19 outbreak.

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