New AI Vision Solution Kit with Cloud Connectivity
Shortly before the start of embedded World 2020 in Nuremberg, Germany, we are introducing our new AI Vision Solution Kit with cloud connectivity, expanding our embedded vision development kits with software components that enable flexible access to cloud services. Together with the AI accelerator of the processing board, they form the basis for lean prototyping of AI-based IoT applications for powerful, integrated vision systems.
The AI Vision Solution Kit enables developers to use, train and deploy machine learning models provided in the cloud on the edge device. For this purpose, pre-trained neural networks, which are designed for direct use, are provided in the cloud. Users also have the option of expanding these networks as required.
The software containers with the selected machine learning models can be loaded onto the edge device, the embedded system, for prototyping of application examples. The inference and actual image processing is thus performed on the edge device. In this way, cloud-specific application examples can be tested easily and with little programming effort and metadata can be generated. In the next step, users can send the metadata to the cloud via a defined interface and store it in a database or visualize it with the help of a dashboard using the appropriate tools.
New software architecture in collaboration with cloud provider Amazon Web Services (AWS)
In cooperation with Amazon Web Services (AWS) we have developed an optimized software environment for this purpose. With Basler container management, we offer developers a new software module on the edge device that includes a direct connection to the cloud. This makes it easier for users of embedded vision systems to use selected machine learning models and cloud-specific tools.
The Basler Cloud Server is used to provide the various software modules in the cloud. Machine learning models and cloud-specific tools are converted and made available here for download to the edge device. Using Basler container management and the Basler cloud server, software containers can be easily loaded from the cloud to the embedded vision system and used for image processing applications.
Powerful hardware in the AI Vision Solution Kit
The kit's embedded hardware consists of the robust and industry-proven Basler dart BCON for MIPI camera with a resolution of 13 MP. The Jetson Nano from NVIDIA serves as the processing board. The developer board is equipped with a particularly powerful GPU, which enables simplified handling of complex AI tasks. Together, they form the basis for maximum performance.