Category Archives: VIA

Notes from the field: transitioning to the vehicle safety market

5:00am at the Days Inn in Fremont, California. I always get terrible jetlag flying this way over the Pacific no matter how late I stay up on the evening I arrive. At least I’ll only be here a couple of days before flying back to Taiwan for the Lunar New Year holiday.

A couple of intense days, that is, as we finalize our plans for the US market this year. Transitioning to the vehicle safety market promises to be a huge (but fun) challenge. Having the right technologies and products in place is just the first step in a long process of learning about the needs and culture of this new market. Continue reading Notes from the field: transitioning to the vehicle safety market

Notes from the field: heralding the lunar new year at the VIA weiya

VIA company weiya

I never feel that the new year has truly started until we have our company “weiya” (尾牙) to herald the imminent arrival of the Chinese Lunar New Year. It’s always fun to catch up with colleagues from throughout the world that I haven’t seen in a while, not to mention celebrate major career milestones with ones who have completed ten or even twenty years with the company.

We held our Taipei weiya last night. The China grand tour begins on Friday with a banquet in Shenzhen followed by events in Shanghai and Beijing next week. After that I will go on to our office in Fremont for a few days before finally returning to Taiwan for the actual Chinese New Year Holiday, which takes place from January 23 to January 29. By that time, I’m sure that even the loudest firecrackers won’t be able to wake me from my slumber! Continue reading Notes from the field: heralding the lunar new year at the VIA weiya

Notes from the field: VIA Mobile360 D700 AI Dash Cam conquers Monza

Earlier this month, VIA put the VIA Mobile360 D700 AI Dash Cam through its paces at the “Temple of Speed” at Monza in Italy together with the E20 Project Motorsport team – giving a group of local journalists the opportunity to experience the thrill of a test drive in a Fiat Abarth 124 sports car equipped with the device around this world-famous racing circuit.

After an hour of driving instruction with an expert from the E20 Project Motorsport driving school, the journalists were able to see the device perform in considerably more demanding conditions in terms of vibration stress than on a motorway. Continue reading Notes from the field: VIA Mobile360 D700 AI Dash Cam conquers Monza

Notes from the field: VIA at ISC East 2019

ISC East 2019

Last week VIA returned to New York for one of the most important events on our calendar – International Security Conference East (ISC East). As a showcase for the latest advances in security technology, ISC East is the place to be for the latest trends in video monitoring and access control, smart home, smart city, and other security solutions. It was a great opportunity for us to share our own latest cutting-edge security solutions and have conversations with our customers other leading industry players.

The highlight of the VIA booth was our live VIA Smart Access Control AI System demo, which gave visitors the opportunity to see our facial recognition algorithms hard at work, add themselves to the whitelist or blacklist, and watch our solution easily differentiate new friends from foes. Managing security checkpoints and tracking visitors can be a challenge for any team, and our demo showed just how easy this can be when you let the technology handle the mundane work. Continue reading Notes from the field: VIA at ISC East 2019

Notes from the field: VIA Mobile360 D700 tested for mini challenge racing

mini challenge racing

When bringing a new device to market it’s crucial to conduct a series of validation tests to ensure the product meets all design expectations. With the VIA Mobile360 D700 Drive Recorder, however, we were given the chance to take product testing to another level entirely – installing the device inside a competitive race car!

The story begins at the ACI Vallelunga racing circuit just twenty miles North of Rome, Italy where VIA is sponsoring a Mini Challenge racing team. The Progetto E20 team were competing in the MINI Challenge Italy Championship, a racing format where drivers compete in super-charged, modified Austin Mini racing cars. Continue reading Notes from the field: VIA Mobile360 D700 tested for mini challenge racing

Notes from the field: AI-IoT at VIA Focus Day in Tokyo

kyoto

It’s great to be back in Kyoto for my third visit to the STS Forum! I came down from Tokyo on the Bullet Train this morning after attending our VIA Focus Day for our Japan channel partners yesterday.

One of the key messages delivered by our GM, Epan Wu, at the event was the focus we are placing on delivering solutions that use AI-IoT, computer vision, and edge-to cloud technologies to boost vehicle and operational safety. Two of the most recent platforms we have created this year are the VIA Mobile360 Forklift Safety Kit for logistics and warehouse deployments and the VIA Mobile360 Mining Kit for harsh environments. Continue reading Notes from the field: AI-IoT at VIA Focus Day in Tokyo

Notes from the field: VIA showcases safety solutions at CIIF 2019

CIIF 2019

VIA recently returned to Shanghai for the China International Industry Fair 2019 (CIIF 2019), where we showcased our latest transportation, industrial, and smart city solutions. The headline act was the VIA Mobile360 Forklift Safety Kit – a highly-customizable computer vision system designed to reduce accidents and fatalities in warehouses and shop floors. Other highlights included the VIA Mobile360 D700 Drive Recorder and the latest VIA Smart Facial Recognition system. Continue reading Notes from the field: VIA showcases safety solutions at CIIF 2019

Notes from the field: promoting AI learning in Taiwan

AI learning

It’s great to see the government in Taiwan step up its efforts to promote the teaching of AI in its elementary and high schools through its latest educational policy initiatives. At the 2019 Start! event held last Saturday at the Jiangcui Junior High School in New Taipei City, I had the privilege of witnessing some of the early results of these efforts when sixty-seven teams from schools throughout the island came together to put their driverless vehicles through their paces and compete with each other in various autonomous driving tasks.

Talking with the Commissioner of the Education Department of New Taipei City and the school principal, I was deeply impressed by their enthusiasm for giving students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in AI development from an early age. The sooner students become familiar with technologies like computer vision and deep learning, the more comfortable they will be in using them in the years ahead and the more likely they will be to come up with new AI applications of their own. Continue reading Notes from the field: promoting AI learning in Taiwan

Preventing workplace accidents with the VIA Mobile360 Forklift Safety Kit

preventing workplace accidents

We recently had the opportunity to work with the Xingchen Hongye Technology Development Company in China, who enlisted our help to upgrade the safety of their existing forklift fleet using our VIA Mobile360 solutions.

Forklifts in industrial warehouse environments can be a safety hazard not only for the drivers, but also to other members of staff working on the same shop floor. In the US, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that as many as 20,000 workers are injured in forklift accidents each year. Of that number, approximately 100 are fatalities. These shocking figures are indicative of the situation globally, which is why companies like Xingchen Hongye are willing to invest in advanced in-vehicle safety technologies that can help drastically reduce the number of potential forklift-related accidents. Continue reading Preventing workplace accidents with the VIA Mobile360 Forklift Safety Kit

Eliminating Blind Spots on Buses & Coaches with ADAS and SVS

eliminating blind spots

It’s tough for drivers of the largest vehicles to see everything around them, but the consequences of missing something could be unthinkable. As bus, coach and truck fleets operate on increasingly crowded roads, drivers need help eliminating blind spots and highlighting potential collisions before they happen.

Happily, vehicles now have access to practical technologies designed to do just that. Let’s take a look at how advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) can save costs for fleet operators and reduce accidents on the roads. Continue reading Eliminating Blind Spots on Buses & Coaches with ADAS and SVS