SAFR from RealNetworks says its SAFR Inside technology has been embedded directly on the AXIS P3255-LVE dome camera.

Utilizing onboard compute functionality to process video and perform face detection eliminates the need for servers dedicated to processing video streams. By eliminating server hardware, SAFR Inside provides a significant reduction in total cost of ownership.

“We are very pleased to bring SAFR Inside to the AXIS Camera Application Platform,” said Reza Rassool, CTO of RealNetworks, “Their worldwide leadership and quality products are a perfect fit for our highly accurate, high performance facial recognition platform. We look forward to expanding our relationship into the future.”

SAFR Inside enables network cameras like the AXIS P3255-LVE to reduce video processing server overhead and achieve new lows in total cost of ownership. By installing cameras with SAFR Inside and pairing them with SAFR’s Cloud Platform, SAFR grocery chain eliminates the need for on-premise servers entirely. A four-camera per location installation would have required a $2,000 server at each store. Without it, the chain saves at least $500 in up-front costs per camera, not including system configuration costs or on-going support requirements.

Large-scale on-premise deployments such as at a casino or stadium would experience similar up-front cost savings. By choosing cameras with SAFR Inside instead of traditional IP camera, a 100-camera installation can now be run on a single on-premise SAFR recognition server — achieving an estimated savings of $500,000 or $500 per camera.

“Our customers are always looking for ways to reduce the total cost of ownership when deploying SAFR,” says Kaitlyn Shin, ANZ head of sales and business development at RealNetworks.. “By bringing our world-leading AI into the camera, we are delivering lower costs and more flexible deployment options for our end users.”

SAFR Inside performs face detection and tracking in real time on live video streams, rapidly detecting and cropping face images in the field of view. These key image processing tasks are performed directly on the camera running SAFR Inside. Individual face images are then encrypted and sent for analysis and optional recognition to the SAFR Server, which can be deployed in the Cloud or on premises in a corporate data center.

The SAFR Inside app supports some of the SAFR Platform’s most requested features for fighting Covid-19.

* Improve public health safety by automatically playing an audio reminder when someone is, or is not, wearing a protective face mask.

* Reduce opportunities for viral transmission by introducing touchless access control systems using SAFR’s world-leading facial recognition on live video. SAFR can both ensure employees are wearing masks and recognize them with the mask on.

“SAFR Inside is the first Axis Application Development Partner (ADP) application to take full advantage of the new AI capabilities of our AXIS Camera Application Platform,” said Robert Muehlbauer, senior manager, business development, at Axis Communications.

“With advanced computer vision technology like SAFR combined with the AI enabled AXIS P3255-LVE, we see many use cases, including integrated solutions that utilize our IP audio and IP intercom technologies. We look forward to SAFR Inside running on more Axis cameras and intercoms in the future.”

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