Himax to Reveal Ultralow Power WiseEye AI Solution for Battery-Powered Home Security at ISC West
WiseEye Enhances Pre-roll and Context-Aware AI Essentials in Doorbell and Surveillance
Himax Technologies, a leading supplier and fabless manufacturer of display drivers and other semiconductor products, announced that the Company will exhibit at ISC West 2023, a leading comprehensive and converged security industry trade show in the U.S., from March 28 – 31, 2023 in Las Vegas. Himax will unveil the industry-leading ultralow power WiseEye smart image sensing (“WiseEye”) with ecosystem partners in a range of battery-operated home security applications, including doorbell, door lock, surveillance camera and smart office.
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At the event, Himax will unite with its ecosystem partners in a live demonstration of its WiseEye solution, featuring ultralow power pre-roll AI for battery-operated smart doorbell and surveillance camera. The smart doorbell demonstration, equipped with Himax WE1 AI processor and SoC from iCatch, one of the world-leading intelligent image processing chip design companies, drives advancement of machine vision AI for everyday living. The WE1 AI processor offers “negative time” pre-roll recording, which continuously records full-color images, up to five seconds long, ahead of a classified event. Himax WiseEye AI solution intelligently identifies and distinguishes humans from other objects which reduces excessive false triggers that are often generated by conventional PIR sensors and in turn avoids unnecessary or irrelevant recording for SoC providing savings up to 50% of power consumption when compared to the existing solution. This is a critical characteristic that may appeal to broad adoption for battery-operated devices. In addition, with Himax WiseEye pre-roll AI, the doorbell device can efficiently deploy a single full-color image sensor recording, greatly reducing cost compared to prevailing solutions, which use two sets of image sensors; one for black-and-white pre-record and the other for motion events.
“We are excited to cooperate with Himax in targeting the next-generation battery-powered home security camera applications with pre-roll AI, made possible by Himax WiseEye solution. This new solution makes significant strides compared to current solutions in terms of cost and features that are limited with only two black-and-white sensors,” said Weber Hsu, President at iCatch Technology. “The pre-roll color video is seamlessly combined with the motion event stream presenting users with a full picture of the entire event. This is truly innovative and a great advancement in security camera pre-roll technology.”
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Additionally, during ISC West 2023 Himax will feature its WiseEye-inside PIR (“Passive Infrared”) camera in a joint display with Everspring, a company renowned for the production of surveillance devices, home automation appliances, and security lighting. The PIR camera is a widely adopted camera solution for security monitoring, especially for outdoor and low-lit areas. However, conventional PIR can be easily tricked by surroundings triggering numerous false alarms. With WiseEye context-aware AI, the PIR camera can reduce false detections to provide timely and accurate responses, and more importantly significantly improve power consumption. The immense power-saving consumption provided by WiseEye-inside PIR camera makes possible battery powered implementation, offering simple and flexible installation for a wide scope of use case adoption for everyday life. In addition, Himax WiseEye incorporates house-keeping functions, such as battery management, field of view adjustment of camera lens, PIR and IR bulb fill light control, all of which are important to the camera system.
“Adoption of WiseEye in surveillance areas is quickly proliferating demonstrating the flexibility and agility of the technology. We are committed to ongoing strengthening of our WiseEye product roadmap, targeting even lower power consumption and higher AI inference performance, moreover, leveraging broad ecosystem partners to capture the vast endpoint AI opportunities presented ahead,” concluded Jordan Wu, CEO at Himax.
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