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Add it to the previous news on the Chinese companies and their interest to the latest artificial neural network solutions.

A year ago I started writing here at IPVM regarding the artificial neural networks, Deep Learning and facial recognition. One of the the first posts was:

This year there was a huge progress in a facial recognition - we have got solutions that are based on the Deep Learning. You can check current tests results (more than 30 developers) of scientific versions on the Labeled Faces in the Wild dataset. They are very impressive. And our own tests of a current and a new generation FR versions confirm it. Big angles, large and dark sunglasses, now it works with it. Of course, it will take time to create commercial versions. For now, these solutions are way too heavy. But I am sure that within next year we will see them on the market and within 1-3 years the current statement of Mr. Fernandes will not be funny. It won't be like on TV shows but it will be.

In many articles and discussions here at IPVM there is a message: video surveillance needs something new, something that will add value, something that will help to compete with Asian manufacturers, something that will push need in a high-end hardware and qualified installations. Biometrics, facial recognition in connection with the video analytics is probably the best way to make it.

It won't be easy and it won't be fast but anyway, we need to start working with data not only with a raw video. And it will be the worst mistake to ignore it.

It is sad, that one year later, we see Chinese manufacturers with teams and solutions and still arrogance and rejection from western manufacturers (WM).

Here are some ideas I have heard from WM in 2016:

  • It will never work - No comment
  • We will wait until it will mature - Innovations? No thanks.
  • Somebody will make SoC and we will use it - Somebody has made SoC but do not you think that Chinese products with the same SoC will still be cheaper? And SoC is a SoC - it has many limitations that are crucial when you try to apply it for complex and constantly changing operations.
  • Big deal, we will hire a couple of guys and they will make for us everything in-house - Good luck. Talk a couple of millions and years later when you start taking it seriously.

Asian manufacturers:

  • We have our own team working on it. / We partner with XYZ university research center in this area.
  • We are interested, let's discuss it. (Many of them do not have an enough budget for it but they are actively looking for options anyway.)

Artificial neural networks, it is much more than facial recognition or simple video analytics. A security system that can control security hardware, analyze a situation in a real-time and provide only valuable information to the operator, possibility to find any object or situation described in words, speech interaction with the system and so on. This is a future of using ANN. Will it be easy to make? - Sure, it will not be easy. Do not believe, want etc? - Just wait and you will be able to OEM it from Asian manufacturers (probably it won't be the tier one product but there will always be options).

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