Yokogawa acquires specialists in AI for image analytics

30 March 2020

Yokogawa Electric Corporation has acquired Denmark-based Grazper Technologies ApS (Grazper), which develops advanced artificial intelligence (AI) technologies for analysing images.

The goal for Yokogawa is to leverage these technologies within its various existing businesses and to develop new industrial AI solutions.
It is expected that, as image identification and data forecasting accuracy continue to improve, the use of AI will expand within the industrial sector expand. In particular, by improving the recognition accuracy for moving imagery, it becomes possible to observe the overall environment and context of the whole image, opening up new applications in the security field and for image analysis and robot operations on production lines.
Grazper possesses advanced AI-based technologies for image analysis, and one notable strength is a solution that allows AI software to run efficiently on a field-programmable gate array (FPGA). The software employs image recognition methodologies that have been theorised using algorithms and 3D modelling, and it can be operated with limited computing resources.
Yokogawa is developing and providing AI-based solutions for plants and public infrastructure projects. Acquiring Grazper’s technology will enable the company to provide solutions that use AI for image analysis, such as capturing image information for robots, detecting abnormalities at plants, and monitoring security using cameras. 

As a first step, Yokogawa’s subsidiary, amnimo Inc., will embed Grazper's FPGA IP core into its Edge Gateway industrial LTE gateway, which is currently under development. This will make possible solutions for smart city projects and security applications targeting airports and railways.

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