Software libraries, security applications and open platforms: '5 Minutes With' Video Interview with Fabio Marti from Azena

Software libraries, security applications and open platforms: '5 Minutes With' Video Interview with Fabio Marti from Azena (SSc): Tell us about Azena, and its impact on the security industry.

Fabio Marti (FM): We're a startup owned 100 percent by Bosch, and what we're trying to do to the security and safety industry is do for security cameras what android has done for smartphones, so basically turn security cameras into multi-purpose IoT devices that you can flexibly equip with apps from an application store that features lots of apps from many different developers.

SSc: What would you say is the impact of having an open platform that runs on multiple cameras the vast software library? How does this benefit end users?

FM: I think it benefits end users in multiple ways. First of all it provides end users with more innovation because, by providing that open platform, we distribute the burden of innovation to a worldwide community of developers that can develop apps for cameras that run our open operating system for security cameras.

By distributing that burden, we allow a worldwide group of experienced developers to create new apps, create new ways of using security cameras and using video to provide value beyond just the security and safety domain, and providing end customers with operational intelligence in a variety of fields.

So, on top of that, this gives customers then the versatility to use their devices for lots of new use cases that you can't even think of today. Use cases are not restricted anymore to the security and safety domain, like intrusion detection or damage detection or these sort of things, but they go beyond and you can now use security cameras or surveillance cameras to, for instance, optimise your shop, analyse customer flow, understand stock levels within your shop so you can direct people to the right places, direct your stuff to the right places to fix things for you.

And even beyond that you can think about, today, rather exotic sounding use cases like in the agriculture field where you might want to use security cameras to detect mould on plants or other damage to your crop. So this really isn't restricted in any way shape or form and there's countless ways that you can benefit from that in the future.

Because you can flexibly equip and re-equip your cameras with applications, you're not locked into your hardware investment but you're really flexible in such a way that you can repurpose cameras that you have purchased at some point over a lot their lifetime to do different jobs for you, than those that you have envisioned from the very start.

SSc: What elements of the open platform do you think can change the industry?

FM: I think the very nature of a platform is that it only works in its entirety, so there's not really one thing that you can that you can pinpoint to be the value generator for the industry. But if we just go through them very quickly, I think first of all the open camera operating system that we provide to camera manufacturers free of charge, it creates a level playing field for everyone to contribute value on.

On top of that then we provide a development environment to software developers that makes it very easy for them to develop applications for all the cameras that run our operating system. And right now we already have camera manufacturers such as Bosch or Hanwha on board, who will go with us with this approach.

Then, in addition to that, we provide an application store where app developers can offer their apps. This takes away from them the burden of marketing their application, and we also take care of the administrative work and the logistics such as export control of them, so they can focus even more on innovation.

In the end that application store is also where end users can go and source the latest and greatest applications, using the latest department advancements and computer vision and AI, to equip their cameras with new capabilities and drive the use cases I just mentioned before.

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