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Notes from the field: accelerating edge-to-cloud fleet deployments

edge-to-cloud fleet deployments

Choosing the appropriate cloud platform for your Edge AI device deployments is a major strategic decision for any company. Do you invest in building your own private cloud? Or do you adopt one from AWS, Microsoft, Google, and a host of other third-party providers? Each path has its own advantages and disadvantages. Only you can decide which one provides the best fit for your organization.

Our objective with the VIA Mobile360 family is to make edge-to-cloud fleet deployments as simple and convenient as possible, no matter which cloud platform you decide on. At the most basic level, this means that we have enabled support for all the most popular cloud interfaces and protocols in the SDKs that we provide with each VIA Mobile360 system or device. Continue reading Notes from the field: accelerating edge-to-cloud fleet deployments

Notes from the field: integrating Edge AI devices with the cloud

integrating Edge AI devices with the cloud

No Edge AI device is an island. To maximize the value of the data every device collects, events it records, and alerts it issues, you will need to integrate them with the cloud so that you can build up a complete picture of what is happening across your operations and identify usage and behavioral patterns that need to be addressed.

We have been given a glimpse of the potential benefits that you can reap from integrating Edge AI devices with the cloud with the development of our demonstration VIA Fleet Cloud Management Portal for the VIA Mobile360 D700 AI Dash Cam.

As this article explains, even with fairly limited baseline functionality the portal enables you to monitor the status of your vehicles in real-time, access and tabulate relevant statistics such as total hours driven, distance driven, and fuel consumption, and take a deep dive into the details of a particular trip. And that’s just for starters – the potential features and applications that can be built on top of it to meet the specific needs of your business are simply enormous. Continue reading Notes from the field: integrating Edge AI devices with the cloud

Notes from the field: emerging Edge AI market trends

2021 Edge AI market

The term Edge AI has slipped seamlessly into the high-tech marketing lexicon over the past couple of years thanks to the convergence of a number of trends. The most notable ones are the integration of cameras into just about every new electronics device and the development of increasingly sophisticated algorithms that give these devices the intelligence to recognize a person or object and issue a call to action whenever they are triggered by a particular image or type of behavior. Continue reading Notes from the field: emerging Edge AI market trends

5 Ways the VIA Mobile360 AI Forklift Safety Kit Averts Forklift Accidents

Accidents can easily happen in busy warehouses where it’s impossible for operators to see everything that’s happening around them. With the VIA Mobile360 AI Forklift Safety Kit, you can give your operators an extra set of eyes to identify potential hazards in time to take preventative action. Here are five ways that the kit averts forklift accidents.

Driver Authorization

Basic forklift operation might seem simple enough for a “helpful” colleague to try to use one to help out in busy periods, but the proper and safe operation of a forklift requires professional training and experience with using the equipment. To prevent unauthorized personnel from operating the vehicle, the VIA Mobile360 DMS (Driver Monitoring System) can be set up to authorize the driver using facial recognition technology. This eliminates any chance of someone borrowing an ID card to operate the vehicle and ensures that only authorized personnel can use the equipment. Continue reading 5 Ways the VIA Mobile360 AI Forklift Safety Kit Averts Forklift Accidents

Notes from the field: preventing forklift accidents with the VIA Mobile360 AI Forklift Safety Kit

preventing forklift accidents

We’ve had a very positive response to our recent launch of the VIA Mobile360 AI Forklift Safety Kit. Interest has been strong from customers throughout the world – a clear sign of the high priority that the industry is placing on using new technologies like Computer Vision and AI to preventing accidents involving these indispensable but heavy and unwieldy machines that can weigh up to three times as much as most cars.

According to OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration), forklift accidents result in 85 fatalities, 34,900 serious injuries, and 61,800 minor injuries a year in the US alone. Remarkably, the organization estimates that 70% of all these forklift accidents could have been prevented if more stringent training policies had been implemented. Continue reading Notes from the field: preventing forklift accidents with the VIA Mobile360 AI Forklift Safety Kit

Notes from the field: analyzing the autonomous vehicle market

analyzing the autonomous vehicle market

When analyzing the autonomous vehicle market, it’s useful to divide it into two key segments. The first and by far the biggest of these is vehicle safety. This is where most of the growth has been over the last decade as auto makers have added more and more ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance) features such as Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) to their vehicles either as standard or an optional add-on.

During the current decade, the integration of smart assisted and autonomous driving features in new vehicles will continue to accelerate as a result of combination of factors, including fierce market competition, rapid technology development, and stricter government regulations. By 2030, most new vehicles will have the ability to drive autonomously even though they likely will still have a driver – much like jet planes fly today. While autonomous driving will be possible on most major highways, it will still be severely limited in cities and towns because of the complexity of urban environments. Continue reading Notes from the field: analyzing the autonomous vehicle market

Notes from the field: bringing AI to life with the VIA Pixetto vision sensor

As Artificial Intelligence becomes increasingly embedded in our daily lives, it’s never been more important for schools worldwide to equip their students with a theoretical and practical knowledge of how the technology works and how it can be applied.

Our goal with VIA Pixetto, which we officially launched yesterday, is to make it easy for teachers to bring AI to life and fun for students to learn about the subject. To give you an idea of the possibilities the platform enables for teaching and learning AI, we’ve already posted a number of sample tutorials on the VIA Pixetto website and will continue to add to them in the future. Continue reading Notes from the field: bringing AI to life with the VIA Pixetto vision sensor

Notes from the field: AI summer camp Qinxian Junior High School in Jiufen

AI summer camp

How to inspire interest in AI among school students? My visit this morning to Qinxian Junior High School in Jiufen to attend the opening of an AI summer camp being held there provided some interesting answers to this question.

Thanks to the outstanding work of Professor Zhang Yushan of National Taiwan Normal University and his team, students were given the opportunity to gain practical hands-on experience in AI by participating in a number of awesome projects combining the computer vision and machine learning capabilities of VIA Pixetto with the interactive digital smarts of Arduino. Continue reading Notes from the field: AI summer camp Qinxian Junior High School in Jiufen

Introducing the VIA Mobile360 AI Forklift Safety Kit

Warehouses and logistics hubs have never been busier as they scramble to meet accelerating demand for home and office deliveries as a result of Covid19. Ensuring the safety of staff amid the relentless pressure to fulfill the avalanche of orders can be a huge challenge. It only takes a momentary loss of concentration by someone inadvertently stepping in front of a forklift to cause a serious injury and thousands of dollars of damage to the goods it’s transporting.

Our aim with the new VIA Mobile360 AI Forklift Safety Kit is to harness the power of Computer Vision and AI technologies is to enable warehouse managers to prevent such accidents from happening. With real-time 360° SVS (Surround View System) video and DMOD (Dynamic Moving Object Detection) capabilities, the kit enables forklift operators to identify potential safety threats such as the unexpected arrival of another person or vehicle within a close range in time to take appropriate action to avert a collision. Continue reading Introducing the VIA Mobile360 AI Forklift Safety Kit

Accelerating AI education in schools with VIA Pixetto

Accelerating AI learning

There can be little doubt that computer programming, Artificial Intelligence, and Machine Learning are becoming more important than ever in education, and a crucial form of literacy for the next generation of school children. But inspiring young people to engage with this complex world of often daunting technology can be far from easy.

To meet this challenge, VIA is bringing the VIA Pixetto vision sensor to market. With a host of in-built vision sensor features, support for visual block programming, and an easy-to-use Machine Learning Accelerator, it provides the ideal platform for accelerating AI education in schools. Continue reading Accelerating AI education in schools with VIA Pixetto