LeapMind Unveils “Efficiera”, the New Ultra Low Power AI Inference Accelerator IP

The company drives creation of embedded AI products by providing accelerators featuring superior power and area efficiency.

LeapMind Incorporated, the industry leading provider of business solutions built around deep learning technology, demonstrates “Efficiera,” an ultra low power AI inference accelerator IP for companies that design ASIC and FPGA circuits, and other related products. “Efficiera” will enable customers to develop cost-effective, low power edge devices and accelerate go-to-market of custom devices featuring AI capabilities.

“Efficiera” functions as a circuit in an FPGA or ASIC device. Its “Extremely low bit Quantization” technology, which minimizes the number of quantized bits to 1–2 bits, does not require cutting-edge semiconductor manufacturing processes or the use of specialized cell libraries to maximize the power and space efficiency associated with convolution operations, which account for a majority of inference processing.

This product enables the inclusion of deep learning capabilities in various edge devices that are technologically limited by power consumption and cost, such as consumer appliances (household electrical goods), industrial machinery (construction equipment), surveillance cameras, and broadcasting equipment as well as miniature machinery and robots with limited heat dissipation capabilities.

LeapMind is simultaneously launching several related products and services: “Efficiera SDK,” a software development tool providing a dedicated learning and development environment for Efficiera, the “Efficiera Deep Learning Model” for efficient training of deep learning models, and “Efficiera Professional Services,” an application-specific semi-custom model building service based on LeapMind’s expertise that enables customers to build extremely low bit quantized deep learning models applicable to their own unique requirements.

Official product website URL: https://leapmind.io/business/ip/

Target Applications

(1) “Hazard Proximity Detection” using object detection. Helps ensure safety when using industrial vehicles such as construction machinery, by detecting surrounding people and obstacles.

(2)”High quality video streaming” using noise reduction. Improves image quality by eliminating image noise when shooting under low-light conditions and by blocking noise caused by image codecs.

(3)”Higher resolution for video footage” using super-resolution. Converts low-resolution video data into resolutions suitable for display devices.

CyberLink showcases new FaceMe® eKYC and Fintech Solutions

The company will also exhibit the latest updates to its industry-leading FaceMe® SDK, as well as its highly praised pandemic control and access security software solutions FaceMe® Health and FaceMe® Security

CyberLink Corp. (5203.TW), a pioneer in AI and facial recognition technologies, will showcase new applications of its state-of-the-art FaceMe® technology for the banking, financial services and insurance (BFSI) industry. CyberLink will also feature its innovative software solutions, FaceMe® Health for pandemic control, and FaceMe Security for access control, authentication and security.

FaceMe® eKYC and fintech solutions, deployable at the edge, offer the BFSI industries the ability to conduct secure, real-time biometric verification and identity recognition. FaceMe®’s eKYC technology offers financial institutions the ability to match a person’s photo to their ID in person or virtually, protecting customers against identity fraud whether they’re at a branch, or accessing their accounts from home.

The FaceMe® eKYC and fintech solution can be applied for identity verification, or second factor authentication, in opening bank accounts, applying for credit, conducting ATM transactions or mobile banking, buying insurance services, and using remote customer service. FaceMe® facial recognition is one of the most accurate methods of identity verification with up to 99.7% accuracy rate according to the NIST FRVT (Facial Recognition Vendor Test) and with secure built-in anti-spoofing. The cross platform flexibility allows FaceMe® to be integrated into smartphones, computers, ATMs, wall cameras and a variety of other devices.

“In light of COVID-19, financial institutions must digitalize transactions and processes while maintaining the highest level of security,” said Dr. Jau Huang, CEO of CyberLink. “Cutting-edge technologies such as facial recognition are the future of digital identity verification and we’re excited to showcase FaceMe® eKYC and fintech solutions at CES 2021.”

FaceMe’s® edge-based architecture empowers powerful, efficient processing, and higher levels of security compared to cloud-based solutions. FaceMe® can run on low-power CPUs to enable facial recognition on cost-effective IoT/AIoT devices, as well as being integrated with high-end servers, workstations and personal computers equipped with GPU to provide highly efficient performance. The result is a fast, flexible, and precise facial recognition SDK solution applicable for a wide range of scenarios, including: smart banking, security, access control, public safety, smart retail and more.

Swann puts commercial-grade security within reach of home consumers

Swann, a global leader in do-it-yourself security, announces its latest Swann 4K Enforcer™ Kit is a CES 2021 Innovation Award Honoree. The Swann 4K NVR Enforcer™ Kit (model number SONVK-889804B2D) includes a 8-Channel NVR Wired Security System with 4 Bullet and 2 Dome Enforcer™ cameras with patent-pending red and blue flashing lights.

The Swann Wired Enforcer™ Security System reimagines the features of a commercial grade, wired surveillance system in a consumer-friendly form that’s within reach for everyday home consumers.

The Swann NVR Enforcer™ Kit is the complete package, offering 4K video, Night2Day™ color night vison, True Detect™ heat and motion-sensing, two-way talk, face recognition, vehicle detection, free recording and the ability to integrate with other products in the Swann Security family via the Swann Security app. It’s all delivered at an affordable price, with no ongoing subscription fees unless the consumer wants to upgrade to an optional Swann Secure+ service plan, which offers longer cloud recording, rich notifications, extended warranty, insurance protection and more.

This kit includes Swann’s new industry-first Enforcer™ dome cameras. It also is the first Networking (NVR) Power-over-Ethernet kit with Enforcer™ cameras. Previously, the Enforcer™ kits were DVR-only; a critical difference which provides for more advanced features.

This feature-rich system offers many unique and professional-level surveillance attributes to the everyday consumer. Below is a summary of this product’s innovative features:

  • Standout crime-prevention capabilities. The Enforcer™’s patent-pending crime deterrent technology means each camera senses heat, movement and/or people to trigger red and blue flashing lights, bright spotlights, sirens, push notifications, two-way talk and 4K video recording locally and to the cloud.
  • See everything in true color. The cameras have Night2Day™ technology that generate 4K color video at night and in ambient light up to 115ft (30m). Black and white infrared night vision is now a thing of the past. With color night vision consumers are better able to see what’s really happening at night, both live and when playing back recorded video.
  • Smile, you’re on camera. Know the people you care about are safe with face recognition technology. Choose who you wish to be alerted about and you will be sent a mobile alert and/or trigger video recording when they are identified on site. Face recognition provides peace of mind that your loved ones are home safely, specific tradespeople are on site, or that an unidentified person has arrived etc. It’s all free and easy to setup.

The new product will be available at leading retailers and distributors such as Best Buy, Sam’s Club, Lowe’s Home Improvement, Menards, Costco Wholesale, Amazon, Dixons Carphone, Currys PC World, Screwfix, Exertis, JB Hi-Fi, Harvey Norman, Bunnings Warehouse, Jaycar Electronics, Officeworks, Ingram Micro and more. Stay updated with Swann via social media to learn of the latest product releases Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube.

Introducing Distraction-Free Distance Learning

COVID-19 has caused American children’s screen time to skyrocket 500%. With the majority of students participating in some form of online schooling, screen time — and parents’ frustration managing online school work — continues to grow.

Circle’s new Focus Time setting — which was officially announced today — is the feature parents have been waiting for.

Circle CEO Anne Bryan says, “After hearing about our customers’ struggles to be both parent and teacher while trying to work remotely, we built this new essential tool.”

With Focus Time, it’s easy for parents to specify designated “school hours,” during which children can only access the websites, online tools and apps they need for schoolwork, while blocking everything else.

Says one Circle user, “My daughter needs to use the Internet to do her homework … I wish I could pause certain apps without pausing all access (to the Internet).”

Wish granted.

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