Artificial Intelligence

Development kit comes to aid of AI developers

20th April 2020
Mick Elliott

Vizi-AI is a starter development kit developed by ADLINK Technology with Intel for industrial machine vision artificial intelligence (AI). It is available exclusively from Arrow ElecAtronics in north America and the EMEA region.

The kit includes an Intel Atom based SMARC computer module with Intel Distribution of OpenVINO toolkit and ADLINK Edge software.

Developers can easily connect Vizi-AI to different image capture devices and then deploy and improve machine learning models to harness insight from vision data to optimize operational decision-making. Vizi-AI includes a range of pre-built OpenVINO compatible machine learning models that can be used straight out of the box.

The Vizi-AI devkit includes:

  • Intel Atom based SMARC computer module with Intel Movidius Myriad X VPU and 40 pin connector.
  • Intel Distribution of OpenVINO toolkit, which optimises deep learning workloads across Intel architecture−including accelerators−and streamlines deployments from the edge to the cloud.
  • ADLINK Edge software provides enhanced functionality of OpenVINO through the ADLINK Data River which enables data to flow freely and securely.
  • ADLINK Edge Profile builder which provides a simple, intuitive user experience to manage devices and applications.
  • ADLINK Edge Model Manager which enables users to add their own models to a pre-loaded selection for easy deployment.

Vizi-AI is also supported by its own community, where users can find support, pre-built scenarios and other useful resources.

"At Intel, we are on a mission to enable the Industrial IoT transformation. That's why we are pleased to partner with ADLINK on the Vizi-AI devkit," said Christine Boles, VP at Intel. "The Vizi-AI devkit integrates Intel's leading technologies, coupled with ADLINK Edge software, for faster and easier machine vision AI deployments at the edge. Using an Intel Atom-based SMARC computer module with Intel Movidius Myriad X VPU, which features a dedicated hardware accelerator for deep neural network and computer vision , Vizi-AI is purpose-built for enterprise developers and data scientists. It comes with a range of pre-built machine learning models compatible with the Intel® OpenVINO toolkit, for a good out-of-the-box experience. Vizi-AI can be used as a starting point to extract business value from machine vision AI at the edge; then, using the same software, scaled-up for industrial use cases on more powerful Intel processor based hardware."

"ADLINK is working closely with Intel to apply artificial intelligence to edge computing and our new Vizi-AI devkit releases the potential for developers to deploy vision-based AI applications faster and easier than ever so our industrial customers can optimize operational efficiency and drive business value," said Steve Cammish, VP Edge Solutions at ADLINK. "We have designed the Vizi-AI devkit as an integrated hardware and software solution which provides users with an ideal starting point to find business value from machine vision AI by enabling easy edge deployment of their machine learning models. This approach can then be scaled for industrial requirements using the same software but deployed on more powerful hardware as needed. This gives our customers the ultimate future-proofed flexibility, knowing at deployment time they can make their hardware solution choice, but in development they can start on our low-cost Edge AI Development kit."

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