Computer Vision Uses

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Computer Vision Uses

Three examples of mission-critical uses of computer vision that also publicly collect data include Amazon Go in retail and retail security, Slantrange drone systems in agriculture, and Osprey Informatics for industrial applications and site monitoring.

RESEARCH STRATEGY

Initial research yielded numerous applications or use cases of computer vision published by research firms such as Emerj. Autonomy and malware data collection was excluded with a focus on other examples of computer vision uses.
After thoroughly checking through all the examples found through Emerj, three cases of computer vision use were found, including Amazon Go in retail and retail security, SlantRange in agriculture, and Osprey Informatics for industrial properties. Further research was performed through each of the companies’ websites and news articles to find additional information.

FINDINGS

RETAIL AND RETAIL SECURITY AT AMAZON GO

Amazon opened its Amazon Go store located in Seattle, Washington which has cameras that specialize in computer vision. These cameras collect data of shoppers’ movements and which products they choose, registering when a product is taken from the shelf, which customer is taking/purchasing it, and billing the customer when they leave the store. This system can also determine when an item is returned to the shelf, and then removes the item from the “customer’s virtual basket.”
Through the camera network, customers in the store are tracked at all times, ensuring correct billing for shoppers as they exit the store. This also functions without the use of facial recognition. Human employees also work the Amazon Go store in maintaining and developing computer vision algorithms, correcting errors in product and customer detection.

AGRICULTURE COMPUTER VISION BY SLANTRANGE

Slantrange offers drones with computer vision equipment that monitors crop conditions. This system gathers images of open fields through operation by remote drone pilots. Each drone is connected to a central intelligence network that houses “processors, sensors, storage devices, networks, an artificial intelligence analytics software and other user interfaces.” This takes photographic data of agricultural properties, monitoring the signs of healthy or stressed/unhealthy crops.
SlantView provides an analytics system that stores and interprets drone data and provides farmers with necessary information to make the best methods and treatment decisions for their farms. A large SlantRange contract included drone data collection over Bayer facilities in the United States, collecting vital information for innovative pilot programs, using unique and advanced sensor technology.

INDUSTRIAL USES AT OSPREY REACH

Computer vision technologies through Osprey Reach monitors “the status of critical infrastructure such as industrial facilities, remote wells, work activity and site security.” This system enables on-demand images and live videos of any site where it is deployed.
The Osprey Reach computer vision system is intended to be deployed at high-priority sites, providing time-lapse footage of particular site areas. One Osprey Reach client reported that the need for site visits was reduced by 50%, and the average costs of human site inspections was reduced from $20 to $1.
Osprey Reach sensors information and camera footage is sent to AI software that generates alerts for maintenance departments, allowing for accurate safety operations to be performed at the sign of even the most minimal of stress detections by the system. This computer vision solution provides operators with the ability to remotely manage many types of sites with zoom capabilities for monitoring specified areas in detail.
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  • "Amazon recently opened to the public the Amazon Go store where shoppers need not wait in line at the checkout counter to pay for their purchases. Located in Seattle, Washington, the Go store is fitted with cameras specialized in computer vision. "
  • "As also seen in the video, cameras are placed in the ceiling above the aisles and on shelves, Using computer vision technology, the company website claims that these cameras have the capability to determine when an object is taken from a shelf and who has taken it. "
  • "If an item is returned to the shelf, the system is also able to remove that item from a customer’s virtual basket. The network of cameras allows the app to track people in the store at all times, ensuring it bills the right items to the right shopper when they walk out, without having to use facial recognition."
  • "As the name suggests, shoppers are free to walk out of the store once they have their products. The app will then send them an online receipt and charge the cost of the products to their Amazon account."
  • "An Amazon rep also confirmed to Recode that human employees work behind screens at the Go store to help train the algorithms and correct them if they wrongly detect that items are pulled off the shelf."
  • "Slantrange claims to offer computer vision-equipped drones that are connected to what the company calls an “intelligence system” consisting of sensors, processors, storage devices, networks, an artificial intelligence analytics software and other user interfaces to measure and monitor the condition of crops."
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  • "Based on computer vision technologies and deep learning algorithms that enable shoppers to purchase goods without the need for lines or checkout, the Amazon Go convenience store is now open to the public."
  • "The technology automatically detects when products are taken or returned to shelves and keeps track of them in a virtual cart. When the shopping is finished, users leave the store and their Amazon account is charged shortly thereafter."
  • "As noted in our coverage of the announcement, the Amazon patent filings show that the cameras used in Amazon Go may include RGB cameras, depth sensing cameras, and infrared sensors."
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  • "SlantRange’s patented new technologies for aerial crop measurement enable lower operational costs, crop-specific performance measures, and accurate and immediate results – anywhere."
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  • "SlantRange, a U.S. drone sensor manufacturer and imagery analytics provider using computer vision for agriculture, has won a contract with Bayer CropScience to provide intelligence about the German agribusiness’s crop breeding and research programs in the U.S."
  • "SlantRange will contract drone pilots to fly over Bayer’s facilities in the U.S. and collect data about various pilot programs using its 3p multispectral sensor."
  • "Currently, the start-up’s feature set includes offering customers plant counts, plant size measurements, weed maps, vegetation fractions, and yield potential, but it will also provide Bayer with some custom analytics, according to Matthew Barre, director of strategic development at SlantRange."
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  • "Cut costs and mitigate risk with Osprey Reach - intelligent visual monitoring for the Industrial IoT"
  • "Get actionable insights with computer vision-powered alerts."
  • "Cost-effectively deploy at remote sites over cellular with Osprey's bandwidth-efficient IoT architecture."
  • "Integrate with industrial sensors and systems for alarm validation and enhanced situational awareness."