SONY and Microsoft develop smart AI cameras

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SONY and Microsoft AI cameras

As reported by SONY (Edited):

TOKYO — May 19, 2020 — Sony Semiconductor Solutions (Sony) and Microsoft Corp. (Microsoft) today announced they are partnering to create solutions that make AI-powered smart cameras and video analytics easier to access and deploy for their mutual customers.

As a result of the partnership, the companies will embed Microsoft Azure AI capabilities on Sony’s intelligent vision sensor IMX500, which extracts useful information out of images in smart cameras and other devices. Sony will also create a smart camera managed app powered by Azure IoT and Cognitive Services that complements the IMX500 sensor and expands the range and capability of video analytics opportunities for enterprise customers. The combination of these two solutions will bring together Sony’s cutting-edge imaging and sensing technologies, including the unique functionality of high-speed edge AI processing, with Microsoft’s cloud expertise and AI platform to uncover new video analytics opportunities for customers and partners across a variety of industries.

This integration will result in smarter, more advanced cameras for use in enterprise scenarios as well as a more efficient allocation of resources between the edge and the cloud to drive cost and power consumption efficiencies.

It will also enable enterprise customers to more easily find, train and deploy AI models for video analytics scenarios.

Microsoft’s AI & IoT Insider Labs program. Microsoft’s AI & IoT Insider Labs offer access and facilities to build, develop, prototype and test customer solutions, working in partnership with Microsoft experts and other solution providers like Sony.

My key thoughts

  • Fantastic prospect of two heavyweights combining skills and talent for something that could potentially be in every device.
  • The smart AI sensors will have to concentrate on processing more locally, being flexible and energy efficient.
  • Directly working on bespoke solutions for industry is key. This way they will not only learn more, but develop the technology further and faster.
  • The strategic partnership was announced last year and looks like it is already coming to fruit.

More information

Sony press release
Sony/Microsoft partnership

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