By Cheng Yu | China Daily  Updated: Oct 30, 2018

A company is using the gait recognition system developed by Chinese computer vision startup Watrix AI. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

Chinese computer vision startup Watrix recently unveiled its gait recognition product which will enable security departments to quickly search and recognize identities, making it one of the world’s first commercialized products for gait recognition.

Gait recognition is a technique that integrates computer vision, pattern recognition and video processing to identify people by analyzing their body shape and walking posture.

The latest product is highly effective when targets walk from a long distance or in weak light, cover their faces or wear different clothes, and will be a great supplement to current computer vision products.

“The product will greatly improve efficiency in security-related areas including police, customs and ports as it is able to scan a one-hour video and identify objects within 10 minutes, with the accuracy rate reaching 94 percent,” said Huang Yongzhen, CEO of Watrix.

It has been tested by public security officials for more than 1,000 hours and has been involved in the detection of more than 20 cases.

Huang disclosed that the company has already obtained intent orders totaling more than 135 million yuan ($19 million).

Watrix, which was founded in 2016, was incubated by the Institute of Automation of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. The startup, focusing on computer vision, can provide solutions for sectors including security, transportation and manufacturing.

It raised 100 million yuan in its initial round of fundraising earlier this month, with Shenzhen Hang Bong Investment and Development Co Ltd and Hua He Capital leading the investment.

“The technology has been commercialized in an array of fields including safety and security, as well as transportation. It is a promising market that is able to nurture companies valued at some 10 billion yuan or even 100 billion yuan,” said Zhou Shuhua, founding partner of Hua He Capital.

The startup also launched an intelligent searching machine to help railway staff detect flaws in railways as well as other abnormalities, which can help reduce maintenance costs by around 60 million yuan from each machine.

全球首款步态识别产品-步态检索智能一体机、中国首台轨道交通智能检测车问世

10月26日,全球步态识别领导者、新锐人工智能企业——银河水滴在北京召开发布会,发布了多款拥有独立自主知识产权的重磅产品:

通过步态识别技术在海量视频中快速进行目标人物检索和身份识别的银河水滴步态检索智能一体机“水滴神鉴”,这是全球首款步态识别商用产品。

可替代工人对地铁轨道与隧道等完成智能化巡检的银河水滴轨道交通综合智能检测车“水滴智检”,这是中国首台小型化轨道交通综合智能检测车。

银河水滴智能安检仪也同时发布;黄永祯还宣布,银河水滴工业视觉平台“IndustryAI”的工业视觉检测算法将面向工业用户三年免费开放,大幅降低智能工业检测算法门槛,提升中国工业检测的智能化水平。

当天,银河水滴创始人兼CEO黄永祯与12个省市的合作伙伴签署了金额高达1.35亿元的意向性订单。

业内人士认为,银河水滴多款商用产品的推出和商业应用的落地,意味着步态识别进入商用发展的快速通道,步态识别或将迎来比肩人脸识别的新风口,银河水滴作为步态识别领域的领军企业,有望发展成为新一代独角兽。

黄永祯表示:“银河水滴致力于以全球领先的步态识别技术为平安城市护航,以先进的视频大数据分析技术为智慧交通提速,以独特的小样本视觉检测技术为工业互联网赋能,将充分释放人工智能的技术优势,不断打磨更多优秀的产品服务社会。”

全球首款步态识别商用产品:银河水滴步态检索智能一体机

当天,银河水滴发布了全球首款步态识别商用产品——银河水滴步态检索智能一体机“水滴神鉴”,集算法、软件和硬件为一体的便携式安防专用设备,以人的步态特征作为注册对象、通过步态识别技术在海量视频中快速进行人物检索和身份识别、快速实现目标人物查找。

该产品依托于银河水滴全球领先的步态识别技术:全球最高的步态识别精度94%、全球最大的步态数据库、可实现普通2K摄像机下最远50米的远距离、跨视角识别,且无需识别对象主动配合。

水滴神鉴可替代人工从海量监控视频中快速查找目标人物,并且大幅提升了检索的效率和准确度;当出现远距离、非配合、全视角(如只有侧面和背面身形)、弱光线、人脸隐蔽/遮挡、目标人物多次换装等一种或多种情况时,用步态识别技术搜检目标人物,则成了最优或唯一的选择。

据介绍,水滴神鉴可支持多段视频同时检索,也可支持对一个视频分段同时检索,最快支持六倍速度检索,1小时视频最快可用10分钟检索完毕,水滴神鉴的推出,将大大提升全球公共安全系统信息化水平,加快各类案件侦破速度。目前该产品已在全球公安系统累计试用超过1000小时,试验/参与了20多个案件的侦破,累计检索了2000G公安视频,得到广泛好评。

据悉,银河水滴步态检索智能一体机“水滴神鉴”已累计获得1.35亿元的意向性订单。当天,来自12个省市的合作伙伴,与银河水滴创始人兼CEO黄永祯共同签署了合作协议。

中国首台小型化轨道交通综合智能检测车:水滴智检以AI变革地铁检修模式

银河水滴发布的第二款重磅产品为中国首台小型化轨道交通综合智能检测车——银河水滴轨道交通智能检测车“水滴智检”。该检测车可对地铁轨道、隧道等完成智能化巡检。该检测车以AI为核心,基于中科院自动化所二十年的技术积累,打破国外技术垄断,拥有完全自主知识产权,集成钢轨及锁扣缺陷检测、钢轨内部缺陷检测、车辆限界检测、隧道环境异常检测、接触网缺陷检测、轨距检测六大功能模块。该检测车采用灵活的产品设计方案,既可整车售卖,也可分功能按模块售卖。

据介绍,银河水滴轨道交通智能检测车“水滴智检”的研发历时16个月,检测速度每小时可达15公里,可以为每条地铁线路节省专业维护人员30人左右,一台设备全生命周期可节省约6000万元运维成本

水滴智检的推出将改变国内地铁巡检主要依靠人力的现状,大大提高检测速度及检测精度,提升地铁运营的智能化水平,为公众安全出行保驾护航。

黄永祯在发布会上透露,银河水滴将在轨道交通领域深入探索,未来还将在列车自动驾驶、列车智能运行综合平台等领域布局。当天,银河水滴智能安检仪也首次亮相,该安检仪基于银河水滴自主研发的深度结构表达模型,通过大量的样本学习、训练,自动识别液体、管制刀具、枪支等违禁品并报警,辅助安检人员进行快速准确的违禁品识别,提升旅客安检速度,保障地铁运行安全。

银河水滴工业视觉平台“IndustryAI”:算法三年免费  赋能工业互联网

发布会现场黄永祯宣布,银河水滴工业视觉平台“IndustryAI”的工业视觉检测算法将面向工业用户三年免费开放。算法将全面涵盖工业视觉应用的四大类别——定位引导、尺寸测量、异常检测和识别分类,将工业数据采集与标注、模型训练、部署应用等算法相关环节标准化。

业内人士认为,银河水滴此举将改变智能工业检测的现有市场格局,大幅降低智能工业检测算法门槛,提升中国工业检测的智能化水平。

另据了解,银河水滴已开发工业视觉开放平台(IndustryAI)配套的线下检测生产线,集成各种常用的成像设备和自动化执行机构,配合开放的视觉检测算法,为制造行业提供先进的软硬件一体化视觉检测方案。

全球步态识别领导者、新锐人工智能企业银河水滴完成1亿元Pre-A轮融资,由恒邦资本与华和资本领投,南山创赛基金跟投。