Security & Safety Things announces winners of App Challenge for innovation in AI-enabled smart camera applications
● Winning applications include hand pose detection, parcel detection and privacy masking solutions
● Three winners will receive a cash prize of 10,000€ each and can showcase their solution at an upcoming Security & Safety Things event
● As a result of the challenge, 21 new applications will be added to the Security & Safety Things Application Store
September 2nd, 2020 — Security and Safety Things GmbH is pleased to announce the three winners of its App Challenge, a contest designed to promote the development of innovative applications for smart cameras in the retail, manufacturing and transportation sectors. The winning apps provided a variety of solutions to help these vertical markets overcome new challenges as a result of COVID-19 conditions.
“With our open IoT platform as the foundation, these developers have proven that innovation can solve a host of problems that no one could have anticipated just a few months ago,” said Hartmut Schaper, chief operating officer, Security & Safety Things. “Provided with the right tools and framework, developers can continue to innovate on our platform and devise flexible solutions for one market that can be easily adapted to another. This App Challenge has served as an excellent representation of the Security & Safety Things approach."
TNG Technology Consulting GmbH, based in Munich, received the highest rating in the retail/commercial building category for its Hand Pose Detection - Visual Feedback application. This application provides a way for retailers to discern customer satisfaction through the use of hand gestures and facial expression emojis. As facial protection is required for many retail stores, this app enables retailers to glean important customer satisfaction data in a different and customer-engaging way.
TNG also received the highest rating in the transportation and smart city category for its Dynamic Privacy Mask, which will anonymize sensitive data and can mask PIN pads, phones, laptops and humans to provide a greater level of privacy. This application offers relevant compliance to different data regulations and its ability to mask laptops, using object segmentation, will be particularly relevant in the future as data privacy laws are adjusted by region or country.
In the manufacturing and logistics category, Pittsburgh-based Sparkline, Inc. received the highest rating for its Parcel Detection application. This solution will inform building owners when a package is left unattended in an undesirable location. This seeks to solve a pain point brought on by the lack of onsite staff in a variety of verticals, due to COVID-19. This application will also be useful to homeowners, as well as residents of multi-tenant facilities.
"We feel that the platform is a major improvement for customers. They can use apps matching their business case, without getting locked in to a vendor who provides software only for a limited number of use cases. In addition, moving video analytics from a central location to the cameras themselves saves resources and provides enormous scalability,” said Moritz Prinz, Partner at TNG Technology Consulting GmbH.
“From a developer’s perspective, what we liked in particular was how easy it was to get set up with their system and to develop apps that scale well with the number of cameras,” added Mathias Burger, Principal Consultant at TNG.
These winners were chosen by a jury of experts including Securitas, G4S, Kings Secure Technologies, Bosch, Ateksis, Convergint Technologies, Vision Technologies, Prosegur and Security & Safety Things. At the start of the challenge, this jury reviewed submitted proposals and the best and most innovative proposals were selected to enter the App Challenge. The final and uploaded app results were then presented and demonstrated to the jury by each developer company, so that the jury was able to choose the best in each vertical.
As part of the App Challenge, 21 new AI-powered analytic apps will be loaded onto the company’s open Application Store, which already features more than 60 different applications from which integrators and end users can choose to suit their particular application for live projects. Using the Security & Safety Things OS, multiple applications are capable of running simultaneously on individual smart cameras so retailers, manufacturing facilities and transportation venues can accomplish several different functions with a single camera.
Learn more about Security & Safety Things and its Application Store here: https://www.securityandsafetythings.com/for-developers .
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Security & Safety Things is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Robert Bosch GmbH and is part of Bosch’s strategic development of new digital growth markets. In the future, Security & Safety Things wants to attract further investors and accelerate the expansion of its global ecosystem through external partners
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Security and Safety Things operates an open IoT ecosystem that connects camera manufacturers, SoC providers, application developers, VMS providers, and systems integrators on an open IoT platform. Its goal is to accelerate the speed of innovation for security cameras and applications that make use of AI and computer vision. To achieve this the company offers a free and open operating system for security cameras, a development tool kit for app developers and a device management portal as well as an application store for integrators. Security and Safety Things GmbH is based in Munich, Germany and has been on the market since September 2018..
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As a leading IoT company, the Bosch Group offers innovative solutions for smart homes, smart cities, connected mobility, and connected manufacturing. It uses its expertise in sensor technology, software, and services, as well as its own IoT cloud, to offer its customers connected, cross-domain solutions from a single source. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to deliver innovations for a connected life. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiary and regional companies in 60 countries.