Sony Semiconductor has announced it is partnering with Microsoft to develop AI-driven smart cameras for enterprise customers.
The two companies will embed Microsoft’s Azure AI on the IMX500, an intelligent vision sensor that analyzes images taken with smart cameras. Azure IoT and Cognitive Services will also power an app that works in conjunction with the IMX500.
“By linking Sony’s innovative imaging and sensing technology with Microsoft’s excellent cloud AI services, we will deliver a powerful and convenient platform to the smart camera market. Through this platform, we hope to support the creativity of our partners and contribute to overcoming challenges in various industries,” said Terushi Shimizu, Representative Director and President, Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation.
“Video analytics and smart cameras can drive better business insights and outcomes across a wide range of scenarios for businesses,” said Takeshi Numoto, corporate vice president and commercial chief marketing officer at Microsoft. “Through this partnership, we’re combining Microsoft’s expertise in providing trusted, enterprise-grade AI and analytics solutions with Sony’s established leadership in the imaging sensors market to help uncover new opportunities for our mutual customers and partners.”
The two companies will also provide a way for partners to use their own AI models if they choose. The combination of vision sensor and AI is a significant step forward in the enterprise smart camera market.