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Nvidia smart city platform adds Alibaba, Huawei as partners

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By Rich Pell


Unveiled in May, the Metropolis intelligent edge-to-cloud video platform applies deep learning to video streams for applications such as public safety, traffic management, and resource optimization. In its latest announcement, the company also announced that Metropolis now includes the DeepStream SDK for real-time video categorization.

The DeepStream SDK is designed to simplify the development of scalable intelligent video analytics, enabling developers to process, understand, and categorize video frames in real time. It includes sample code and pre-trained deep learning models as examples to perform classification and object detection on video streams.

According to Nvidia, more than 50 partner companies are already using its Metropolis platform “to put AI behind every video stream to create smarter cities.” By 2020, says the company, the cumulative number of cameras in cities worldwide is expected to reach approximately 1 billion.

Alibaba will be using Metropolis as part of its “ET Brain” – a proprietary AI program in the Alibaba Cloud designed to help government planners and companies in various industries become more productive and cost-effective. For example, Alibaba Cloud’s City Brain helps urban planners upgrade their city governance, such as real-time traffic management and prediction, city services, and smarter drainage systems.

In Huawei’s case, its video content management product uses Nvidia technology to provide intelligent algorithms for accurate face recognition, pedestrian-vehicle structuring, and reverse image search. According to Tingyong Liu, general manager of the video surveillance domain at Huawei, “Huawei video surveillance cooperates with Nvidia and teams up with the Shenzhen Police for joint innovation, making cities more intelligent in the future.”

Nvidia just last week announced its Metropolis Software Partner Program, which is designed to speed up the development of new products on Metropolis. It brings together a dozen software partners to offer a curated list of applications that make it easy for systems integrators and hardware vendors to build new products.

NVIDIA Metropolis

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