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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

Setting up the VIA Fleet Cloud Management Portal in Five Easy Steps

fleet cloud management portal

Cloud-connected dash cams like the VIA Mobile360 D700 enable centralized data collection and provide a comprehensive overview of the status of a vehicle fleet from any location with an internet connection. This connectedness gives fleet managers the tools they need to monitor vehicles and drivers on the road, as well as the data to analyze routes and driver behavior. The combination of these tools allows fleet managers to deploy their vehicles more efficiently, improve safety, and reduce liability.

One of the main goals of the VIA Fleet Cloud Management Portal is to make capturing, compiling, and accessing mission-critical vehicle and driver data generated by the D700 as convenient and fast as possible. Its features include live tracking of both vehicles and drivers, a dashboard that displays key fleet, vehicle, and driver statistics, and trip histories of vehicles and drivers. Continue reading Setting up the VIA Fleet Cloud Management Portal in Five Easy Steps

Combating distracted driving with the VIA Mobile360 D700 AI Dash Cam

Driver Monitoring System

Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of traffic accidents. Even with the best of intentions, not everyone is immune to the siren call of their smart phone during a long and boring drive or the temptation of a quick snack to keep their energy levels up. After all, nothing much generally happens in the space of a few seconds – unless of course a car unexpectedly cuts in front of the vehicle or a pedestrian steps out onto the road. Then all hell can break loose with potential consequences that can last a lifetime for both the driver and the victims.

Preventing accidents caused by inattentive or careless drivers is of particular concern to fleet managers with multiple vehicles carrying valuable cargoes operating to demanding schedules in their charge – not just because of the risk to life and limb but also the potential insurance and repair costs that may be incurred. Continue reading Combating distracted driving with the VIA Mobile360 D700 AI Dash Cam

notes from the field: taking the AI upgrade path

AI upgrade path

The single most important benefit of building an AI-enabled system is that you can upgrade its functionality without having to make any modifications to the hardware.

As we recently demonstrated with the VIA Mobile360 AI dash cam, such upgrades can be a lot more substantial than minor software tweaks and bug fixes. In response to customer feedback, we added three major features to the device to boost driver safety and provide fleet managers with deeper insights into vehicle usage. Continue reading notes from the field: taking the AI upgrade path