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Horizon Robotics’ AI camera recognizes human faces with near complete accuracy

Horizon Robotics’ AI camera recognizes human faces with near complete accuracy
Horizon Robotics, a Chinese artificial intelligence (AI) startup, has released a new HD smart camera claimed to be equipped with superior facial recognition capability.

According to the company, the new HR-IPC2143 smart camera can identify faces with a 99.7-percent accuracy, allowing it to even outperform real human beings.

With its deep-learning algorithms, the device is able to extract facial features and process facial comparison too.

Leveraging its “algorithm + chip + cloud” system, Horizon Robotics claims that the camera can turn raw video data quickly into actionable insights with its multi-target location detection, multi-target tracking, multi-target recognition and pedestrian attribute classification.

The camera’s video processing can reach 1920x1080p at 30 frames per second in real time, said the company. And it can detect, track and identify up to 200 objects simultaneously, all in one single frame.

In other words, the camera’s application is not limited to the home security context. It can be used in crowded environments such as packed hallways, entries and exits and larger events. It is also ideal for retailers who want to analyze customer visits and identify VIP shoppers for further customer services.

The camera’s technology is based on the company’s embedded AI computer vision processor, code named “Sunrise.” By adopting the Brain Processing Unit (BPU) architecture, the processor is able to combine AI algorithms with hardware design, allowing a small device to perform complex computing.

“The smart camera is a reflection of Horizon Robotics’ mission – to provide high-performance, low-power, and low-cost products utilizing cutting-edge artificial intelligence technology,” said Dr. Kai Yu, CEO and founder of Horizon Robotics.

Founded in 2015, the company has introduced two artificial intelligence processors – “Journey 1.0” for smart driving systems and “Sunrise 1.0” for smart cameras. It raised nearly US$100 million in Series A funding, led by Intel Capital, in 2017.

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