Aug 27, 2019
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Every 13 seconds. That’s how often a burglary or break-in occurs in the U.S.
The migration of security cameras from analog CCTV to IP-based digital cameras has opened up newer possibilities to an enhanced user experience through advanced connectivity and smarter computing. Big strides in edge computing and on-device processing are expanding the role of cameras in securing large buildings and industrial installations. For consumers, that same IP camera technology is leading to affordable access to home security systems that were unavailable just a few years ago.
Those IP cameras have improved and evolved with security systems through several steps:
Our approach, based on the Qualcomm Vision intelligence Platform, consists of 3 phases:
Phase 1: Perceive
The Qualcomm Vision Intelligence Platform has highly programmable dual ISPs (up to 16MP + 16MP sensor support) and can capture, play back and stream premium 4K video at up to 60 frames per second (fps) with high-efficiency video coding (HEVC). The platform supports staggered high dynamic range (sHDR), electronic image stabilization (EIS), low-light noise reduction, lens distortion correction (LDC) and chromatic aberration correction (CAC).
The Qualcomm Connected Camera SDK provides APIs for designing advanced camera applications and optimizing access to the rich ISP. An ecosystem of ISVs and ODMs is ready to support and tune MIPI-enabled sensors.
Phase 2: Analyze
The Qualcomm Snapdragon processor powers AI through its heterogenous compute architecture: CPU, Qualcomm Adreno GPU and Qualcomm Hexagon DSP with dual Hexagon Vector Extensions (HVX). The combination is designed to provide up to 2.1 teraOPS with low power consumption. The Qualcomm Neural Processing SDK for AI offers the flexibility to port deep neural networks (DNN) with support for Caffé/Caffe2 and TensorFlow. An ecosystem of AI video analytics companies can implement end-to-end security use cases, including face detection/recognition, object detection and license plate recognition.
Phase 3: Act
The Qualcomm Vision Intelligence Platform provides multiple integrated and system-on-module (SOM)-based connectivity options, including cellular (4G/5G), 2x2 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, integrated Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS), audio and RGMII for reliable, low-cost communication. Security features include a trusted execution environment, hardware crypto engines, wireless protocol security and secure boot from a hardware root of trust.
Smart security systems depend on AI, high-resolution video, network connections and powerful yet power-efficient mobile processors.
Ready to start building your own security solution? We have multiple reference designs and development kits available through our ecosystem that provide a quick way to start developing AI video analytics or designing smart security cameras.
Here are a few ways to get started:
Looking for inspiration? The Cisco Meraki MV family of cloud-managed smart cameras is based on the Qualcomm Vision Intelligence 100/200 Platform. They can eliminate the need for NVRs and offer advanced DNN video analytics on the edge, sending only metadata to the cloud. The Bosch Open Safety and Security Alliance is enabling an ecosystem of developers, OEMs, ODMs and SoC vendors to define a framework of standards and specifications for common components and drive improved levels of performance for security systems. The Qualcomm Vision Intelligence 300/400 Platform is an Android-based platform to run advanced applications for a differentiated enterprise security solution with shorter time to market.
Multiple OEMs, ODMs and ecosystem players are building our technology into their inventions and you can, too. Learn more about the Qualcomm Vision Intelligence 100/200 Platform and the Qualcomm Vision Intelligence 300/400 Platform.
And keep an eye on this blog. You’ll soon see more news about use cases for our camera technology, in applications like smart fleet management, retail and industrial.