Canon and Fujitsu Join Forces to Develop Solutions Using Network Cameras
We saw this alluded to last month at the Canon Expo 2015 exhibition in New York, and last week, both firms made it official, with Canon Inc. and Fujitsu announcing that they’ll jointly develop new imaging solutions using network cameras. By combining Canon’s image-quality enhancing technology and video-content analysis technology with Fujitsu’s services platforms, Canon says the two companies will aim to provide a variety of solutions using network cameras.
Canon says it’s developing technology to enhance the image quality of video captured by network cameras, as well as video-content analysis technology that enables such functions as the determining of the ages and genders of pedestrians, and the visualization of foot-traffic flows. Canon and Fujitsu plan to combine these technologies with Fujitsu Retail Solution Channel Value, which is Fujitsu’s information-utilization business platform, and Fujitsu Intelligent Society Solution SPATIOWL, its positioning-information service, on the Fujitsu Cloud Service, with the aim of bringing the following imaging solutions into practical use in 2016.
Solutions for the Retail Industry
Taking information obtained by analyzing in-store video captured with network cameras, such as customer gender, age ranges, and traffic flows, as well as in-store congestion conditions, and analyzing it with CHANNEL Value, these solutions will enable more efficient and attractive shopping environments, made possible through optimized floor-space layouts, and sales-promotion activities tailored to the customer base.
Solutions for the Public Sector (Tourism Industry)
By combining network cameras installed in tourist destinations with SPATIOWL, users can obtain such tourist information as visitor numbers, traffic flows, and congestion levels. Canon says this will make possible solutions aimed at “invigorating” municipalities and tourist facilities. Additionally, it says high-image-quality live video and still images from tourist destinations could represent an attractive service for tourists.
Delivering solutions through synergies between Canon and Fujitsu