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Panasonic Introduces AI-Enabled Cameras

by Benchmark

Panasonic offers the i-PRO X-Series of network security cameras with built-in AI capabilities, making them ideal for intelligent applications in business and society. With a Software Development Kit, the camera range is designed for third party application development that can be tailored to a customer’s needs. The range includes six new models, with 5MP and 4K resolutions, and indoor and outdoor vandal resistant dome or box configurations.

The new cameras can support up to three video analytics applications, with two i-PRO applications plus the Software Development Kit included as standard if purchased before the end of March 2021. The two analytics applications are AI Video Motion Detection (AI-VMD) and Privacy Masking.

AI-VMD is capable of detecting any human, vehicle, two-wheel motorcycle or bicycle, and can be used for intrusion detection, identifying loitering, direction detection and other exceptions. The AI engine enables alarm triggers, based upon predefined parameters, at a higher level of accuracy than before.

Privacy Masking detects and recognises human figures in a video scene and pixelates the figures or faces for privacy protection. This application is important for businesses operating in geographies where strict privacy laws are in force, such as Europe with GDPR. It can be used to protect the identities of employees, customers and visitors in a wide range of industries.

The i-PRO X-Series employs an AI engine with on-board analytics to detect suspicious changes in scenes, automatically adjusting image settings of the scene being analysed, and optimising video compression to conserve network bandwidth and server storage capacities.

‘The camera range, with its open Software Development Kit, offers exciting opportunities to tailor a host of next generation AI applications around the specific needs of business customers,’ stated Gerard Figols, European Head of the Panasonic Security Business Unit. ‘Our partners already have a number of innovative additional applications in development for future use with the camera range. We will be announcing more on these applications later in the year but the benefits of the cameras with these new analytics applications are widespread and vary from enhancing security to helping make a change in the post COVID world.’

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