Microsoft’s Azure Percept aims to make AI at the edge more accessible

Microsoft has announced the launch of Azure Percept, a platform of hardware and services which looks to give customers an easier on-ramp to edge.

The platform, announced at Microsoft Ignite earlier this week, aims to give customers a 'single, end-to-end system, from hardware to AI capabilities, that 'just works' without requiring a lot of technical know-how', according to Roanne Sones, CVP of Microsoft's edge and platform group.

The Azure Percept platform includes a...

Intel’s new RealSense ID system uses on-device AI for facial authentication

Intel has debuted a new camera system called RealSense ID which uses on-device AI for facial authentication.

RealSense ID is designed for a range of applications including smart locks, access control, point-of-sale, ATMs, kiosks, and more.

An on-device active depth sensor is combined with a neural network to perform secure facial authentication at the edge.

Sagi Ben Moshe, Corporate Vice President and General Manager of Emerging Growth and Incubation at...

Altran’s new 5G ‘Lab-as-a-Service’ provides an edge testing ground

Altran, a subsidiary of Capgemini, has opened a new 5G lab and is offering access “as-a-Service” for testing edge solutions.

The lab is physically based in Fundão, Portugal and enables telcos, enterprises, and OEMs to test edge solutions in a controlled environment.

Hardware and software are often used from a number of different vendors in any one network. Altran’s lab helps with testing interoperability and performance between equipment alongside experienced...

Eurotech is bringing its edge solutions to Arm’s Project Cassini

Eurotech, a provider of edge computing platforms and IoT enablement solutions, has joined Arm’s Project Cassini.

Project Cassini is an open, collaborative, and standards-based initiative which aims to deliver a cloud-native software experience across a secure Arm edge ecosystem.

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Eurotech will bring its vast experience in edge computing to Project Cassini.

Giuseppe Surace, CP&MO of Eurotech,...

AI chipmaker Hailo releases new form factors to fit more edge devices

Hailo wants to bring its groundbreaking AI chips to more edge devices with the release of new form factors.

The company’s AI modules offer unparalleled performance with up to 26 tera operations per second (TOPS).

In common neural network benchmarks, the Hailo-8 AI Acceleration Module outperforms Intel's Myriad-X by 26x and Google's Edge TPUs by 13x Frames Per Second (FPS) on average:

Hailo’s M.2 and PCI Express Mini Card modules now include the Hailo-8...

Maxim Integrated enables AI at the edge on battery-powered IoT devices

The latest chip from Maxim Integrated provides support for AI at the edge on battery-powered IoT devices.

Maxim Integrated’s new MAX78000 chip promises support for executing AI inferences at less than 1/100th the energy of software solutions. Such power-efficiency is vital for IoT devices which may have to last years before their batteries are replaced.

Kris Ardis, Executive Director for the Micros, Security, and Software Business Unit at Maxim Integrated,...

Schneider Electric, StorMagic and HPE team up for ‘edge in a box’ data centre

Schneider Electric, alongside partners StorMagic and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), have announced the launch of an 'edge in a box' offering for systems specifically designed for edge computing environments.

The joint solution utilises Schneider Electric's 6U Wall Mount EcoStruxure Micro Data Center, StorMagic's SvSAN software and HPE's ProLiant servers, and can be customised through a global network of channel partners.

Potential use cases include supermarkets and...

Duckietown offers free edge AI course using NVIDIA’s Jetson Nano

The Duckietown Foundation is offering a free course using the latest addition to NVIDIA’s Jetson AI at the Edge platform.

Duckietown first started as an MIT class in 2016 before evolving into an open-source platform for robotics and AI education, research, and outreach.

Jetson is a series of embedded computing boards from Nvidia which brings accelerated AI performance to the edge in a power-efficient and compact form factor.

Earlier this week, NVIDIA...