Demonstration follows on the heels of the launch of PanaCast 3 camera system at CES 2019 and ISE 2019
CUPERTINO, CALIFORNIA, February 20, 2019 — Altia Systems, creators of the world’s first 180° Panoramic-4K Plug-and-Play video camera system, today announced that, by invitation of the ISSCC Technical Program Committee, it demonstrated its real-time 180° intelligent video system at the ISSCC 2019 Industry Showcase Evening Session that took place on February 18th at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis Hotel.
The International Solid-State Circuits Conference is the foremost global forum for presentation of advances in solid-state circuits and systems-on-a-chip. The Conference offers a unique opportunity for engineers working at the cutting edge of IC design and application to maintain technical currency, and to network with leading experts. As part of the 2019 program, ISSCC 2019 hosted an Industry Showcase Evening Session on Monday, February 18th with the goal of highlighting the role of solid-state circuits and systems-on-chip (SoCs) in the creation of novel products. The showcase featured short presentations, as well as interactive demonstrations, where attendees could have a hands-on experience with each featured innovation.
Altia Systems CEO Aurangzeb Khan and Senior Media Architect Dr. Shahab Baqai and colleagues demonstrated Altia Systems’ real-time 180° intelligent vision system, producing 2D Panoramic-4K and 3D 4K video, which includes AI-based people and object detection capabilities.
“We were honored to participate in this Industry Showcase,” Khan said. “We appreciate the recognition our peers have accorded PanaCast in our delivery of industry-leading, real-time, immersive intelligent vision systems.”
Introduced at CES 2019 in Las Vegas and at Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) 2019 in Amsterdam, the PanaCast 3 integrates three 13-megapixel cameras, stereo microphones and advanced software to deliver 100% video coverage, 100% audio capture and 100% data sensing.
The camera easily mounts on top of any digital display or on a wall with available mounting hardware. The USB-C connection allows connection to any compatible device or display for instant setup and mobile meeting capability. PanaCast 3 is compatible with all of today’s leading collaboration software providers, including Microsoft Teams, Skype, Zoom, Cisco WebEx, Slack, Google Hangouts, GoToMeeting, join.me and more.
“From huddle rooms to Fortune 500 board rooms and auditoriums, PanaCast 3 provides the ultimate video collaboration experience to help teams communicate better, build trust and accelerate business,” said Khan. “In addition to enhanced video and audio performance, the PanaCast 3 system provides accurate AI data, which is critical for companies to improve participants’ experience autonomously, automate workflows, and generate data lakes of valid information.”
Launching at an unprecedented industry price point of (US) $895, PanaCast 3 uses three 13-megapixel cameras working as one via the PanaCast Vision Processor to capture the entire room on video, a digital signal processor and two omnidirectional microphones with 40% better separation for enhanced audio and an advanced multi-sensor AI array that has built-in capabilities to detect people. PanaCast 3 delivers crystal clear video over a 180-degree field of view at Panoramic-4K resolution (3840×1080), without the distortion of ultra-wide angle or fisheye lens cameras. PanaCast 3 lets users include all team members in their conversations and utilize every seat in their rooms or collaboration spaces, with lossless zoom up to 6x and real-time video stitching just 18 inches from the camera.
Representing an outstanding value, PanaCast 3 is the company’s first model to come standard with Intelligent Zoom™, which autonomously adjusts the field of view to include everyone in the conversation, and the PanaCast API, which enables developers and partners to query the system for real-time information, such as people count data. PanaCast Vivid™, which maximizes video performance from rooms with widely varying light conditions, will also be delivered at no additional cost for PanaCast 3 customers in an upcoming release. Intelligent Zoom, PanaCast Vivid and PanaCast API are part of PanaCast’s Intelligent Vision 2.0 suite of edge AI software products for the PanaCast line of camera systems.
In addition to the real-time video enhancing features of Intelligent Vision, PanaCast 3’s built-in people detection technologies enable system-wide data analytics by capturing accurate usage and occupancy information that can be used to automate workflows. “As AV and IT become more and more integrated, the need for accurate data and metrics increases,” Khan added. “Our customers value the fact that – in addition to top-tier video and audio – we uniquely provide wall-to-wall data coverage, making PanaCast the ideal device for modern video communications.”
To deliver the most accurate data, Altia Systems partnered with Intel to develop Advanced People Detection and Counting technology, and provides data free of cost via the PanaCast API, or with built-in capabilities in the latest version of the PanaCast Vision app. The AI software utilizes a Convolutional Neural Network (CNN) to count the number of people on camera, up to 40 feet away, and provide searchable data which organizations can use to inform decisions on calendar management, room utilization and resource management, or to automate facility assets such as TV monitors, lights, videoconferencing equipment and more. The CNN inference engine is highly optimized for Intel® Core™ processor-based PCs and the Panoramic-4K video of PanaCast cameras. The technology is available through the PanaCast API built for the Windows operating system and can be used for large areas like classrooms, auditoriums and general gatherings.