Security & Safety Things Reveals First Batch of Commercially Available Cameras
Bosch subsidiary S&ST’s open IoT platform enables users to download AI-enabled applications from its app store and run them directly on smart cameras.
MUNICH, Germany — Security & Safety Things (S&ST), a start-up founded by Bosch in November 2017, announces the commercial availability of a number of new smart IP security cameras, from a variety of vendors, that leverage’s the company’s open and secure IoT platform.
This new generation of security cameras will operate using the free S&ST camera operating system, which enables the cameras to run multiple AI-enabled applications in parallel.
The apps automate the analysis of video data to produce valuable operational intelligence for business optimization as well as provide easy to deploy tools that can aid in re-opening measures from the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the company.
“Organizations of all sizes around the world need flexible, easy to deploy solutions that enable compliance with constantly changing pandemic health and safety mandates and provide future value to ramp up and optimize their ongoing business operations,” says Hartmut Schaper, chief executive officer, Security & Safety Things. “Companies can now deploy cameras, running the S&ST OS and using a selection of apps from our application store, to detect the absence of facial coverings in a retail environment. Tomorrow, the same camera can help that same retailer to optimize merchandise placement based on store foot traffic, in one store or throughout the enterprise, along with further optimizations.”
Qisda/Topview will be the first camera manufacturer to launch a camera running the S&ST OS this month, followed by AndroVideo, who will also start shipping their S&ST enabled cameras in Q2.
Bosch is making its INTEOX camera line available as of July followed by camera firms Vivotek and BSTsecurity, who plan to ship a bit later in Q3. The first devices from Hanwha Techwin that run the S&ST OS are expected to be commercially available in Q4.
Security & Safety Things, Hanwha, Vivotek, Bosch, Qisda/Topview, and AndroVideo are also all members of the OpenSecurity and Safety Alliance (OSSA).
The free Security & Safety Things OS is built on the Android Open Source Project (AOSP). It leverages the expanding processing and analytic power of modern IP cameras to exponentially increase the amount of operational intelligence that can be mined from traditional IP-based surveillance footage, according to the company.
The applications that can be installed on these cameras, both in an on-premise as well as a remote setting, are created by third-party developers and are available through the platform’s open application store. It already features more than 50 applications from more than 35 developer partners, with more than 30 additional apps expected to hit the store soon. You can give the store a browse here.
In addition to pandemic applications, use cases include detection of weapons, behavioral analysis, payment systems for parking garages, drone threat detection and even identifying objects presented for purchase in a cash register transaction for cashier-free retail environments.
S&ST, together with some of its camera and system integration partners are already running projects in a live setting. These projects use, for example, heat mapping and queue analysis in retail stores and automated payment processing and license plate recognition for barrier free traffic. These types of applications are running in pilots with the parking management solutions provider Peter Park as well as with the leading mobility provider SIXT, the company explains.
Integrators can see examples of application implementation in the video below.
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