AI on the edge and cloud


Managing Editor Rebecca Spayne seeks expert advice from David Henderson of Micron and Tijmen Vos of Eagle Eye Networks to determine AI capabilities on the edge and in the cloud 

In the rapidly evolving landscape of video surveillance, the integration of AI (Artificial Intelligence) at both the edge and in the cloud is reshaping the industry. This dynamic convergence empowers video security applications with advanced capabilities, ushering in a new era of efficiency, reliability, and scalability. We delve into this transformative trend, featuring insights from David Henderson, Director Industrial Segment at Micron, on the significance of AI at the edge, and Tijmen Vos, VP Products at Eagle Eye Networks, shedding light on the role of AI in the cloud. 

AI at the Edge: Enhancing Threat Detection and Efficiency 

In the rapidly evolving landscape of video surveillance, the integration of AI (Artificial Intelligence) at the edge is a transformative trend that promises to redefine the way we approach security and surveillance. David Henderson, Director Industrial Segment at Micron, highlights the pivotal role of AI at the edge in video security applications and sheds light on the myriad benefits it brings to the forefront. 

Henderson begins by underscoring the paramount importance of AI at the edge in video security. He asserts, “By enabling AI functionality in the camera, it ensures quicker alerts, which are important in the case of threat detection.” This succinctly captures the essence of AI at the edge – the ability to rapidly identify and respond to potential security threats. 

One of the most compelling advantages of AI at the edge is its ability to expedite threat identification, thus minimising response times during security incidents. Henderson elaborates on this, emphasising that “this speed is crucial in safeguarding assets and lives.” In scenarios where every second counts, such as critical infrastructure protection or public safety applications, the ability to detect and respond swiftly can make all the difference. 

Beyond its speed, AI at the edge also offers a critical advantage in terms of efficiency. Henderson explains, “AI at the edge reduces transmission bandwidth, ensuring that data is sent to the cloud only as necessary.” This optimisation of data transfer not only reduces network congestion but also conserves precious bandwidth resources for other essential functions. It’s a win-win situation where both the efficiency of the system and the associated costs are positively impacted. 

Moreover, Henderson underscores the economic benefits of edge-based analytics. He notes, “Edge-based analytics also come with lower hardware and deployment costs, as there are fewer on-premise server resources needed for this solution.” In a world where cost-effectiveness is a top priority for businesses, this aspect of AI at the edge cannot be overstated. It presents an attractive investment opportunity for organisations looking to enhance their security infrastructure while managing expenses effectively. 

AI at the edge is not just a theoretical concept but a practical solution that is reshaping the video security market. Its real-world applications are diverse and impactful. Imagine a smart city surveillance system where cameras equipped with AI at the edge can identify potential threats in real-time, enabling authorities to respond proactively. Think about a retail environment where loitering detection features help business owners improve store management and security. These are just a couple of examples of how AI at the edge is changing the game. 

AI at the edge is ushering in a new era of threat detection and security efficiency. It provides the speed, intelligence, and cost-effectiveness that modern surveillance systems demand. As the world becomes more interconnected, the integration of AI at the edge is poised to be a game-changer, ensuring that our security systems remain agile, responsive, and cost-effective in the face of evolving threats. As David Henderson aptly puts it, “This is a critical portion of threat detection,” and it’s a portion that is increasingly defining the future of video security…

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