BrainChip Holdings Limited, the neuromorphic computing company, has announced the availability of the Akida Development Environment. The Akida Development Environment is a machine learning framework for the creation, training and testing of spiking neural networks (SNNs), supporting the development of systems for edge and enterprise products on the company’s Akida Neuromorphic System-on-Chip (NSoC). Akida is the flagship product in BrainChip’s mission to become the leading neuromorphic computing company that solves complex problems to make worldwide industry more productive and improve the human condition. Applications that benefit from the Akida solution include public safety, transportation, agricultural productivity, financial security, cyber security and healthcare. These large growth markets represent a $4.5B opportunity by 2025. The framework leverages the Python scripting language and its associated tools and libraries, including Jupyter notebooks, NumPy and Matplotlib Commercialisation of neuromorphic computing The Akida Development Environment includes the Akida Execution Engine, data-to-spike converters and a model zoo of pre-created spiking neural network (SNN) models. The framework leverages the Python scripting language and its associated tools and libraries, including Jupyter notebooks, NumPy and Matplotlib. "This development environment is the first phase in the commercialisation of neuromorphic computing based on BrainChip’s ground-breaking Akida neuron design," said Bob Beachler, SVP of Marketing and Business Development. "It provides everything a user needs to develop, train and run inference for spiking neural networks. Akida is targeted at high-growth markets that provide a multi-billion dollar opportunity and we are already engaged with companies in major market segments." Akida Execution Engine The Akida Execution Engine is at the center of the framework and contains a software simulation of the Akida neuron, synapses and the multiple supported training methodologies. Easily accessed through API calls in a Python script, users can specify their neural network topologies, training method and datasets for execution. Based on the structure of the Akida neuron, the execution engine supports multiple training methods, including unsupervised training and unsupervised training with a labelled final layer. The Akida Development Environment includes pre-created SNN models Data-to-spike converters Spiking neural networks work on spike patterns. The development environment natively accepts spiking data created by Dynamic Vision Sensors (DVS). However, there are many other types of data that can be used with SNNs. Embedded in the Akida Execution Engine are data-to-spike converters, which convert common data formats such as image information (pixels) into the spikes required for an SNN. The development environment will initially ship with a pixel-to-spike data converter, to be followed by converters for audio and big data requirements in cybersecurity, financial information and the Internet-of-Things data. Users are also able to create their own proprietary data to spike converters to be used within the development environment. Akida model zoo The Akida Development Environment includes pre-created SNN models. Currently available models include a multi-layer perceptron implementation for MNIST in DVS format, a 7-layer network optimised for the CIFAR-10 dataset and a 22-layer network optimised for the ImageNet dataset. These models can be the basis for users to modify or to create their own custom SNN models. Akida Neuromorphic System-on-Chip "Akida is the Greek word for ‘spike’. The Akida NSoC is the culmination of over a decade of development and is the first spiking neural network acceleration device for production environments," said Peter van der Made, Founder and CTO of BrainChip. Additional information on the Akida NSoC will be made available in the third quarter of 2018.
BrainChip Holdings Ltd. (‘BrainChip’ or the ‘Company’), a developer of software and hardware accelerated solutions for advanced artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning applications, announced that it has signed an agreement with Veritone, Inc. to integrate its AI-powered BrainChip Studio with the Veritone aiWARE platform. aiWARE is an operating system for AI that integrates an ecosystem of cognitive engines, which can be orchestrated together to uniquely reveal actionable insights from multimedia sources with unprecedented accuracy. These sources include radio and TV broadcasts, surveillance footage, as well as other public and private content. BrainChip Studio uses an artificial intelligence technology called a spiking neural network to simulates the functionality of the human visual tract AI-powered object recognition and facial classification BrainChip is developing the integration with aiWARE as a member of the Veritone Developer program. Members of the Veritone Developer community are able to quickly integrate their own cognitive engines or build complete applications on top of Veritone’s open and extensible SaaS-based platform. Upon completion of the BrainChip Studio integration with aiWARE, customers will be able to access the unique capabilities of BrainChip Studio’s AI-powered object recognition and facial classification technology. BrainChip Studio is the result of more than ten years’ development. It uses an artificial intelligence technology called a spiking neural network, a type of neuromorphic computing that simulates the functionality of the human visual tract. Unique to BrainChip’s spiking neural network is the ability to be instantaneously trained with a single image – called ‘one-shot’ training. Using this technology, BrainChip Studio aids organisations to rapidly search vast amounts of video footage for objects or faces. The Veritone aiWARE platform is essentially future proofing AI, with a complementary and continuously-growing portfolio of cognitive engines and applications" Robust solution for customers “BrainChip’s one-shot training for object search and facial classification provides a capability not found in the other cognitive engines in the aiWARE portfolio.” Mike Morper, VP Product Marketing at Veritone, commented. “We anticipate this capability will be vital for many of our SaaS and on-premise customers in the media, government, and law enforcement markets.” “Through our collaboration with Veritone we are adding a new distribution channel for BrainChip’s spiking neural network technology,” Bob Beachler, BrainChip’s Senior Vice President of Marketing and Business Development, said. “In addition, the Veritone aiWARE platform is essentially future proofing AI, with a complementary and continuously-growing portfolio of cognitive engines and applications that can serve as a robust solution to our mutual customers.”
Activity slowed on the last day of ISC West in Las Vegas, but there was plenty of momentum remaining and plenty more to see. In the end, Reed Exhibitions declared 2018 the biggest and most successful year to date for the show. There were an additional 4,000 square feet of exhibit space compared to last year and a 6 percent growth in overall attendance, according to Reed. The cloud, biometrics, deep learning and other technologies were among the big topics at the show, and even smaller exhibitors were pleased with the results. In particular, emerging technologies were successfully highlighted. Cloud-based video systems Cloud video company Eagle Eye Networks announced multiple new offerings at ISC West. One was the first cloud-based video system that accommodates HD-over-coax cameras using the HD-TVI protocol to operate over existing coaxial cabling. In effect, cameras connect with an HD-TVI recorder, which plugs into Eagle Eye Networks’ on-site hardware “bridge” connecting to the Internet. Eagle Eye Networks has also integrated Hikvision body-worn cameras into their cloud system; transmitting video using the Eagle Eye Bridge ensures end-to-end encryption and the evidentiary integrity of the video. Analytics in the cloud can be turned on and off at will for each camera, and could be deployed over a weekend and switched off the following week “A few years ago, fewer customers were ready to adopt the cloud,” says Ken Francis, President of Eagle Eye Networks. “Now market adoption is changing, and customers don’t want on-site hardware. End-users are driving the move to cloud systems.” He estimates the evolution is about halfway complete, and Eagle Eye Networks continues to sign up new dealers every month because their customers are asking for the cloud. Eagle Eye Networks’ third new offering at ISC West is “analytics in the cloud,” including familiar analytics such as intrusion, people counting and loitering. Francis says the economics of the cloud make implementation of analytics much more affordable – about $4 per camera. Analytics in the cloud can be turned on and off at will for each camera. For example, analytics could be deployed over a weekend and then switched off the following week. “It’s a far more economically attractive and cost-effective service than on-site,” says Francis. the economics of the cloud make implementation of analytics much more affordable Augmented identity: biometrics in security Biometrics continue to make their way into the mainstream of the security market, and IDEMIA brought its message of “augmented identity” to ISC West. IDEMIA (formerly OT-Morpho) provides systems to the largest biometrics users in the world, including big customers such as the FBI and Interpol, and large-scale government projects around the globe. “If you can handle projects that big, enterprise applications are no problem,” says Gary Jones, Vice President, Global Channel & Marketing, Biometric Access & Time Solutions. He says that the company’s technologies apply to any vertical market, and they are especially common in major airports and big financial institutions, in addition to government. The company’s MorphoWave product allows users to wave their hand, and the system captures a three-dimensional shape of fingerprints. The touchless system is also “frictionless” -- it enables fast decision-making that promotes high throughput rates. Artificial intelligence applications AI and deep learning have been big topics of conversation at ISC West, and I saw a company on the last day of the show with a different take on the subject. BrainChip uses a type of AI called “spiking neural networking” that models the operation of neurons in the human brain - in contrast to “convolutional neural networks,” which use a series of math functions to train from pre-labelled data sets. The BrainChip Studio software can search vast amounts of video footage rapidly to identify either faces, patterns or objects. Applications are in law enforcement, counter-terrorism and intelligence agencies.The BrainChip Studio software can search vast amounts of video footage rapidly to identify either faces, patterns or objects “We search for specific things,” said Bob Beachler, Senior Vice President, Marketing and Business Development. The software can search hundreds of live or recorded camera feeds for a unique graphic pattern on an item of clothing or on a bag carried by a person, for example. The technology only requires modest processing power and consumes little energy, so it can be used with legacy systems without requiring hardware or infrastructure upgrades. Emerging Technology Zone A new Emerging Technology Zone at ISC West included participation by around 40 companies that are startups and/or new to the security industry. The section opened an hour before the main show floor and was located near the registration area, which increased traffic. “Generally speaking some people said it was hard to find, but I think it’s better for us as someone new to the market, rather than being on the main floor where you can get lost in the shuffle,” said Jeffrey Weiner, Vice President, Networks & Business Solutions, at Mersoft. “It was really smart that they opened this an hour earlier.” Mersoft, one of the Emerging Technology Zone exhibitors, has developed a software product to help the security industry do a better job of streaming live video. The software eliminates the startup delay and lag in live video. With dedicated software, video can be consumed by a browser or mobile app more easily Live video streaming “We accomplish that in two ways,” says Weiner. “One, we don’t trans-code the video into another format. Instead, we convert a security camera’s video from RTSP (real time streaming protocol) to WebRTC (Web Real-Time Communication), an open-source technology that has been used extensively in video conferencing, but not so much in security. The video can be consumed by a browser or mobile app more easily, and we don’t need a player on the client, which is another way we reduce lag.” Another advantage is that WebRTC is natively encrypted; every packet is encrypted. In contrast, applications that transmit RTSP have to be wrapped in a VPN (virtual private network) tunnel, which takes some effort to maintain and is a battery hog on a mobile device. Also, multi-casting of video is easier, even using streams of various resolutions. Mersoft works through partnerships, offering a cloud-hosted service on Amazon and a version that can be installed on a local server. They have worked with several DIY camera sellers (who use cloud services), and with some major commercial service providers. “A new partnership strategy we are exploring is with systems integrators, who can incorporate Mersoft and provide a differentiator by improving their video performance,” says Weiner. The 22-year-old company is new to security, and ISC West provides opportunities for in-depth conversations preparing for a future in the security sector. Customisable turnstile solutions Delta highlighted their new designer series turnstiles, whose colourful appearance led booth visitors to ask about customisation Even the smaller companies, located toward the back of the hall, were enthusiastic about ISC West this year. “The show has been great,” says Vanessa Howell, project manager of Delta Turnstiles. “We did get a lot of traffic. I am a niche product, so it’s not so much about quantity as quality [of leads]. I had great quality at the show.” Being away from competitors, which are grouped next to each other in the front of the hall, was an upside of the turnstile company’s booth location toward the back. Delta highlighted their new designer series turnstiles, whose colourful appearance led booth visitors to ask about customisation. “They ask: ‘Why are turnstiles only sold in basic models?’” says Howell. “’Why can’t they look like a piece of art since they are the first thing people see when they enter a building?’ People are very open to making them prettier.” Delta Turnstiles has been coming to ISC West since 2006. “I have manufacturer’s reps, and this is one of two times I get to see them in one place, and they bring a lot of customers to me at the booth,” says Howell. “This is my only face-to-face meetings with some customers. I speak mostly over the phone.” Valuable face-to-face engagement was a benefit of ISC West, and many of those meetings will likely set the stage for continuing successes in our vibrant market. Until next year.
BrainChip Holdings Ltd., global developer of software and hardware accelerated solutions for advanced artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning applications, has announced an upgraded release of BrainChip Studio, version 2018.1. BrainChip Studio is an AI-powered video analysis software suite delivering high-speed object search and facial classification for law enforcement, counter terrorism and intelligence agencies. New features of the 2018.1 release make it easier to find objects from a variety of camera views, enable large-scale Linux deployments, and add an API that simplifies integration with other applications. The streamlined nature of the Linux OS provides a 10 percent performance improvement for BrainChip Studio, compared to Windows"BrainChip Studio AI software BrainChip Studio 2018.1 auto-generates rotated models. The software’s one-shot object training, a unique characteristic of spiking neural networks, creates a spiking neural network model of an object in its initial captured orientation. With the new auto-rotation feature, BrainChip Studio will automatically create multiple rotated models, improving the ability to locate the object in other camera views, where the orientation may vary depending on the installation. In addition, BrainChip Studio 2018.1 now runs on Linux, enabling cost-effective, large-scale server installations. “Linux is prized by some of our customers because of its cost-effectiveness in larger installations,” said Bob Beachler, BrainChip’s Senior Vice President of Marketing and Business Development. “As an added benefit, the streamlined nature of the Linux OS provides a 10 percent performance improvement for BrainChip Studio, compared to Windows.” Based on customer feedback, we will continue to enhance our products to expand their applications and capabilities" BrainChip Accelerator video analytics tool The 2018.1 release also includes a version of BrainChip Studio that can be controlled with an API-level interface. This enables the functionality of BrainChip Studio to be integrated into third party applications, either off-the-shelf video surveillance software or end-users’ custom software. This version of BrainChip Studio can be re-sold by OEM customers or integrated into cloud-based SaaS frameworks. “In only the past 6 months, BrainChip Studio and BrainChip Accelerator have been recognised internationally as one of the most advanced video analytic offerings for law enforcement, winning awards from Security Today Magazine in the United States, the Milipol Innovation Award in France, and commendation at the Security and Counterterrorism Expo in the United Kingdom,” noted Mr. Beachler. “Based on customer feedback, we will continue to enhance our products to expand their applications and capabilities.” BrainChip Studio 2018.1 and BrainChip Accelerator are available immediately and will be demonstrated during the ISC West tradeshow in Las Vegas, Nevada, April 11-13, 2018 at the BrainChip booth 33107.