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Oosto’s Latest Software Pushes Real-Time Identification and Threat Detection to the Edge

Oosto announced the latest release of its Vision AI software platform, which includes video analytics enhancements for video surveillance hardware and access control systems. The version release is accompanied by the company’s introduction of its proprietary edge device, the new OnPoint touchless reader tablet. This output allows security teams to further reduce organizational risks associated with outdated physical security systems, better manage controlled access, and identify safety threats.

Oosto is harnessing the power of edge computing, facial recognition, and Vision AI to bring physical security into the modern age. Edge computing in smart video surveillance offers many advantages including improved response times, a smaller physical footprint (because fewer servers are required for video processing), improved scalability, and even built-in failover so that if a network failure occurs, edge devices continue operating without pause.

With Oosto’s latest edge enhancement, the Vision AI platform offers a “no-compromise” solution that de-risks video analytics at the edge while maintaining high performance and accuracy. Oosto leverages state-of-the-art Kubernetes technologies to protect its algorithms by containerizing the application (versus running the neural networks directly on edge devices).

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Performance-wise, Oosto’s neural networks have been optimized to support low-power edge devices while still offering superior performance and recognition accuracy. Based on internal benchmarks, Oosto’s algorithms are now seven times more efficient in terms of watts-per-video streams than the company’s next nearest rival.

“It was only a matter of time before real-time video surveillance and access control systems would harness the power of the edge,” said Dieter Joecker, chief technology officer, Oosto. “With our recent enhancements to our Vision AI platform, Oosto is transferring compute workloads from expensive on-premise servers to the edge but, perhaps more significantly, we’re doing this without sacrificing recognition accuracy, security, and performance in real-world scenarios or expanding the physical footprint of the system.”

Many organizations are increasingly moving critical processes from central servers to a variety of edge devices and its adoption is growing across industries, use cases, and geographies. In fact, the global edge computing market is expected to grow to $155.9 billion by 2030, a compound annual growth rate of 38.9 percent. This shift enables edge devices such as smart cameras, gates, and access control systems with local decision making to open gates for authorized employees or send real-time alerts to security teams when a person-of-interest enters a commercial space.

A few of the key enhancements offered in Oosto’s version 2.6 release include:

  • Optimized Neural Networks: Oosto’s neural networks have been optimized to operate on a wide variety of edge and near-edge devices. Historically, video images required compute-intensive GPU servers. Today, Oosto’s neural networks for watchlist alerting can support very large datasets (which are often required for smart cities and other related use cases) and enable image-rich watchlists to be automatically pushed to mobile personnel in the field.
  • OnPoint Reader: The new Oosto OnPoint reader is an edge device that can function autonomously and can grant or deny access to employees and visitors even during a network failure. OnPoint readers leverage facial biometrics and edge computing to quickly and accurately recognize authorized personnel, even with obscured faces. The OnPoint touchless reader eliminates surface contact and incorporates 3D liveness detection to prevent spoofing (where a visitor uses a picture or video of an authorized employee to circumvent security).
  • Near-Edge Processing: Oosto is launching an updated near-edge device (e.g., NVIDIA Jetson) that operates on a much smaller physical footprint and is equipped with Oosto’s neural network models for video analytics. While the latest version of the Vision AI platform still requires a central server, it can now interoperate with a number of leading GPU-less mini-servers. 
  • Smart Camera Integration: Oosto is pioneering the concept of “camera as a sensor” by embedding its neural networks (SDK) into AI-enabled CCTV cameras. Because the image processing and face vectoring happens on the camera, these smart cameras reduce the need for computing requirements on the server side and enable powerful capabilities such as watchlist alerting, frictionless access control, tailgating detection and prevention, and other video analytics capabilities.
  • Genetec VMS Integration: Oosto’s latest release also provides Genetec VMS customers with a single pane of glass to view real-time alerts of security threats by accurately identifying persons of interest in real-time, even under adverse conditions. Oosto’s integration enables surveillance operators with a complete history of all POI detections (video playbacks) within Genetec Omnicast VMS to facilitate and expedite investigations.

Learn more about Oosto’s latest release here.

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