Hailo, the pioneering chipmaker of edge artificial intelligence (AI) processors, today announced its groundbreaking new Hailo-15™ family of high-performance vision processors, designed for integration directly into intelligent cameras used in transportation centers to deliver unprecedented video processing and analytics at the edge.
With Hailo-15, transportation authorities can more quickly detect and respond to incidents and recognize everything from lost children to mishandled luggage – the latter of which is an ongoing problem for airlines which, in the US alone, reported more than 1.9 million mishandled bags in 2021, according to data from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics.
With the launch of Hailo-15, the company is redefining the smart camera category by setting a new standard in computer vision and deep learning video processing, capable of delivering unprecedented AI performance in a wide range of applications for the transportation industry.
“Hailo-15 represents a significant step forward in making AI at the edge more scalable and affordable,” stated Orr Danon, CEO of Hailo. “With this launch, we are leveraging our leadership in edge solutions, which are already deployed by hundreds of transportation authorities and other customers worldwide; the maturity of our AI technology; and our comprehensive software suite to enable high-performance AI in a camera form-factor used in transportation and other smart city environments.”
The Hailo-15 VPU family includes three variants — the Hailo-15H, Hailo-15M, and Hailo-15L — to meet the varying processing needs and price points of smart camera makers and AI application providers. Ranging from 7 TOPS (Tera Operation per Second) up to an astounding 20 TOPS, this VPU family enables over 5x higher performance than currently available solutions in the market, at a comparable price point. All Hailo-15 VPUs support multiple input streams at 4K resolution and combine a powerful CPU and DSP subsystems with Hailo’s field-proven AI core.
By introducing superior AI capabilities into the camera, Hailo is addressing the growing demand in the transportation market for enhanced video processing and analytic capabilities at the edge. With this unparalleled AI capacity, Hailo-15-empowered cameras can carry out significantly more video analytics, running several AI tasks in parallel including faster detection at high resolution to enable the identification of smaller and more distant objects with higher accuracy and less false alarms.
With this family of high-performance AI vision processors, Hailo is also pioneering the use of vision-based transformers in cameras for real-time object detection. The added AI capacity can also be utilized for video enhancement and much better video quality in low-light environments, for video stabilization, and high dynamic range performance.
Hailo-15-empowered cameras lower the total cost of ownership in massive transportation camera deployments by offloading cloud analytics to save video bandwidth and processing while improving overall privacy due to data anonymization at the edge. The result is an ultra-high-quality AI-based video analytics solution that keeps people safer while ensuring their privacy and allows organizations to operate more efficiently at a lower cost and complexity of network infrastructure.
The Hailo-15 vision processors family, like the Hailo-8TM AI accelerator, which is already widely deployed, are engineered to consume very little power, making them suitable for every type of IP camera and enabling the design of fanless edge devices. The small power envelope means camera designers can develop lower-cost products by leaving out an active cooling component. Fanless cameras are also better suited for outdoor transportation applications where dirt or dust can otherwise impact reliability.
“By creating vision processors that offer high performance and low power consumption directly in cameras, Hailo has pushed the limits of AI processing at the edge,” said KS Park, Head of R&D for Truen, specialists in edge AI and video platforms. “Truen welcomes the Hailo-15 family of vision processors, embraces their potential, and plans to incorporate the Hailo-15 in the future generation of Truen smart cameras.”
“With Hailo-15, we’re offering a unique, complete and scalable suite of edge AI solutions for transportation authorities and other commercial customers,” Danon concluded. “With a single software stack for all our product families, camera designers, application developers, and integrators can now benefit from an easy and cost-effective deployment supporting more AI, more video analytics, higher accuracy, and faster inference time, exactly where they’re needed.”