Amazon today announced the general availability of the AWS (Amazon Web Services) Panorama Appliance, a device that allows customers to use existing on-premises cameras and analyze video feeds with AI. Ostensibly designed for use cases like quality checks and supply chain monitoring, Amazon says that the Panorama Appliance is already being used by companies including Accenture, Deloitte, and Sony.
“Customers in industrial, hospitality, logistics, retail, and other industries want to use computer vision to make decisions faster and optimize their operations. These organizations typically have cameras installed onsite to support their businesses, but they often resort to manual processes like watching video feeds in real time to extract value from their network of cameras, which is tedious, expensive, and difficult to scale,” Amazon wrote in a press release. “Most customers are stuck using slow, expensive, error-prone, or manual processes for visual monitoring and inspection tasks that do not scale and can lead to missed defects or operational inefficiencies.”