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Intelligent always-on vision sensor for IoT

It is targeted at a range of markets including smart buildings and smart infrastructures as well as wearables

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The sensor can help to make buildings more contextually aware
The sensor can help to make buildings more contextually aware

WiseEye claims to be the first intelligent always-on visual sensor specifically designed to overcome the power and cost constraints of vision-processing for Internet of Things (IoT) applications.


Target applications include smart buildings systems and smart city infrastructure as well as virtual assistants, wearable devices, connected home sensors and residential security.


The sensor has been jointly developed by CEVA, a licensor of signal processing IP for smart, connected devices, with semi-conductor company Himax Imaging and emza Visual Sense, which develops integrated, autonomous, miniature machine-vision devices for automatic scene interpretation of the visual world around us.


The WiseEye IoT sensor solution is purpose-built from the ground up with always-on, low power visual sensing in mind. By integrating Himax’s unique low power CMOS Imager Sensor, CEVA’s low power vision DSP technology and emza’s unique machine vision algorithms, the solution is capable of detecting, tracking and recognising its environment in an extremely efficient manner using a few milliwatts of power.


It allows low-cost IoT systems to employ advanced always-on intelligence which can, among other things, detect, track and identify objects, people and animals. This intelligence is applied locally on the device, passing only relevant information up to the network. This is fundamental to reducing the bandwidth and cost of deploying visual sensing networks.


"At CEVA, low power intelligent vision processing is a key component of our strategy to enable a smarter, connected world, and we’re excited to work with emza and Himax to introduce a unique and revolutionary solution for always-on intelligent visual sensing," said Ilan Yona, vice president and general manager of the Vision Business Unit at CEVA.


"A purpose-built solution such as the WiseEye IoT will help to truly realise the potential of machine vision in IoT by delivering the performance and battery life at a price point that supports mass deployment."


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