CES 2020 | Asus and AnyConnect partner up to push Smarter Cameras to the Edge

AnyConnect has developed the Smarter Camera platform. (Source: AnyConnect)
AnyConnect has developed the Smarter Camera platform. (Source: AnyConnect)
The Smarter Camera platform is an AI-powered solution for the future of industries such as security, logistics and retail. It has been developed by the company AnyConnect, which has just announced a partnership with Asus to deliver it to the market. This will be done using the Taiwanese OEM's Tinker Edge hardware.
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The market research firm Gartner currently estimates that smart (as in, AI-enhanced) cameras will form the largest 5G-connected internet-of-things (IoT) market in 3 years: in fact, these imaging modules may make up as much as 70% of all 5G IoT sensors over that time-frame.

This hardware is most likely to be involved in security-, tracking- or transportation-related applications. However, it won't get far without the software and solutions to support it. This is where AnyConnect comes in with its Smarter Camera platform. It has announced a partnership with the OEM Asus at CES 2020 to get this product where it is needed.

To this end, Smarter Camera is now compatible with Asus' Tinker Edge T single-board computers. This should enable the platform's aim of providing connectivity to the sensors in question using its own dedicated AI. It should be able to do so over Wi-Fi, 4G or 5G.

AnyConnect's new offering also includes OTA update containers for the same AI, so that it can adapt to its user's needs, networks or use-cases over time. Tinker Edge, meanwhile, can support this on its end as it does for Google's Coral and mini-PC platforms. Therefore, this new relationship may drive a future monitored by lots and lots of little 5G cameras, in certain workplaces at least.


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Deirdre O Donnell, 2020-01-10 (Update: 2020-01-10)
Deirdre O'Donnell
I became a professional writer and editor shortly after graduation. My degrees are in biomedical sciences; however, they led to some experience in the biotech area, which convinced me of its potential to revolutionize our health, environment and lives in general. This developed into an all-consuming interest in more aspects of tech over time: I can never write enough on the latest electronics, gadgets and innovations. My other interests include imaging, astronomy, and streaming all the things. Oh, and coffee.