Software-defined intelligent vision platform provides 180º field of view

Altia Systems’ PanaCast 2s is a software-defined panoramic 5K video camera system that produces 78% higher resolution than panoramic 4K and provides a 180º field of view and real-time stitching for use in medium-to-large conference rooms for video collaboration applications.

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Altia Systems’ PanaCast 2s is a software-defined panoramic 5K video camera system that produces 78% higher resolution than panoramic 4K and provides a 180º field of view and real-time stitching for use in medium-to-large conference rooms for video collaboration applications.

PanaCast 2s, which was recognized as a CES 2017 Innovation Awards Honoree, implements the PanaCast video processor as a PanaCast Computer Vision Engine (PCVE), which the company calls an industry-first, software-scalable implementation with an OpenCL pipeline. The PCVE uses CPU and GPU processing to achieve high performance, low latency video and reportedly delivers 4x lossless digital zoom up to 16 ft. at 720p and 30 fps. Additionally, the platform enables the integration of artificial intelligence technologies such as machine vision using convolutional neural networks for video collaboration and distances learning applications.

The camera itself features a 7.4 MPixel CMOS image sensor and a frame rate of up to 30 fps and can be used for "intelligent vision capabilities" including people counting and facial recognition, according to Altia Systems. PanaCast 2s is recommended to be used with an Intel Core i7 processor-based NUC mini-PC. With Intel’s initial guidance on the OpenCL pipeline, Altia Systems noted that it developed the PCVE software for PanaCast 2s on such a device.

"Intel and Altia Systems have collaborated to optimize and deliver an industry leading OpenCL based real-time, scalable, ultra-high definition panoramic camera pipeline for PanaCast 2s on the Intel Core i-series processor family to enable more immersive collaboration and computer vision usages," said Praveen Vishakantaiah, VP and GM of Intel Client Computing Group R&D division.

PanaCast 2 s supports Altia Systems’ software products, including Intelligent Zoom and PanaCast Vivid. Soon, the device will support PanaCast Whiteboard, people recognition and API for artificial intelligence and machine learning-based applications. The platform is available as a bundled offering through the company’s Authorized Intelligent Vision Partners.

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