SmartCow launches edge AI camera for smart city applications

AI engineering company SmartCow has announced the launch of Sphinx, an edge AI camera with 5G connectivity, aimed at smart city and smart traffic deployments.

Sphinx is a self-contained, ruggedised AI camera featuring dual image sensors that deliver low-light performance and built-in infrared (IR) illumination. According to SmartCow, the camera offers a reliable solution for AI applications, including automatic number plate recognition (ANPR), public safety, and intelligent traffic management systems (ITMS).

Challenging environments

Its open modular connector enables operators to enhance their capabilities by integrating external sensors, such as air-quality sensors, lidar, and radar. Sphinx has gigabit ethernet and 5G connectivity, ensuring seamless operations even in challenging environments.

Sphinx, which is powered by Nvidia’s Jetson Orin NX and Xavier NX system-on-modules, is being showcased at GITEX Global 2023 at the Dubai World Trade Centre (16-20 October).

“Sphinx is a rugged AI camera for deploying vision-based AI at scale, and scaling the projects will be efficient,” said Ravi Kiran, CEO of SmartCow.

“SmartCow works with several partners, including transportation authorities, private security firms, parking facilities, and smart city initiatives. Sphinx’s advantages promise to enhance public safety, security, and transportation, reduce traffic congestion, and advance urban mobility.”

SmartCow reports the camera is ideal for outdoor deployment due to its robust and durable construction, with an IP65 rating that guarantees protection against dust and rain. In addition, Sphinx incorporates M12 connectors to provide a reliable connection between equipment.

In addition to running the Nvidia Metropolis software stack, SmartCow claims Sphinx includes built-in intuitive software that enables operators to configure and optimise image sensor performance in real time and reference Nvidia DeepStream SDK pipelines. Moreover, it is tightly coupled with FleetTrackr, the edge management solution at scale.

Established in 2016, SmartCow is an end-to-end AI engineering company that builds both hardware and software products for AI applications. Its specialty lies in developing software-defined hardware with field programmability and flexibility, which is optimised by the “most efficient software for elevated performance”, according to SmartCow. The company is located in Malta, India, Taiwan, and France and intends to expand to the US.