A Store of the Future: QNAP and IEI to Showcase “Grab & Go” Intelligent Store at WCIT 2017
Taipei, Taiwan, August 30, 2017 – The World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT 2017), also known as the Olympics of the ICT industry, will take place from September 10-13 in Taipei. In line with the theme “Living the Digi+tal Dream”, QNAP® Systems, Inc. and IEI® Integration Corp. will bring together their IoT innovations to demonstrate smart retail solutions - an “Intelligent Store” that integrates business intelligence technologies to fulfill responsive in-store experiences and return business results faster. The demonstrated intelligent store also involves a technical partnership from Gorilla’s intelligent signage and Viscovery’s video AI services.
Meiji Chang, General Manager of QNAP and Chairman of IEI, highlighted how QNAP innovates by capitalizing on industry trends and technology. “Our strength built on solid storage and private cloud enables us to explore all possible IT innovations and practices as QNAP storage solution is where all digital data lands. While cultivating IoT applications, we are excited to collaborate with pioneering video analytic solution partners to unlock the possibility of machine-intelligent shopping environments – where the system recognizes you, knows more about you, and personalizes your shopping experience. We envision our intelligent device - AfoBot - for wider scenarios in our life.”
The intelligent store integrates artificial intelligence, intelligent signage, and AI-powered checkout services for optimizing personalized shopping experiences with savvy in-store marketing implied in every step of the operation flows. QNAP’s AfoBot is tailored for face recognition at the entrance, and is connected with IoT gateway- TANK series from IEI through QIoT Suite Lite, the private IoT cloud platform, to share a face database between all AfoBot devices, demonstrating that AfoBot is flexible to fit different smart retail scenarios. Combined with Gorilla’s intelligent signage that delivers targeted advertising to store customers based on gender and age, interactivity and tailored communication are made possible to realize better understanding of customer needs and improved performance in point of sales.
“The collaboration with QNAP and IEI fully realizes the potential of video analytics applications on powerful, stable NAS and embedded systems across different verticals,” said Dr. Spincer Koh, CEO of Gorilla Technology. “Gorilla’s Video IoT Platform utilizes cloud and edge computing to extract video insights and IoT data from connected devices to provide business intelligence and innovative solutions for both public and private sectors. We are excited to see the growing adoption and range of video analytics applications as it will continue to drive innovation and bring new opportunities for businesses.”
AI and automation replaces cashiers to save costs and help reduce checkout time. By integrating Viscovery’s Video Discovery Service (VDS) for AI object recognition and using IEI’s industrial computer solution as an AI server, items at the checkout counter can be scanned automatically in real-time and transactions can be finished almost instantly, meaning that customers can practically just “Grab & Go”. Customer service is not sacrificed in this unmanned store. QNAP’s AfoBot provides video calling, allowing it to answer calls from remote customers and provide instant responses for customer enquiries.
"Viscovery is a Deep Learning technology company, and our mission is to make Unstructured Video data ‘Searchable’ and ‘Recognizable’,” said Don Hsi, Chairman for Viscovery Group Pte. Ltd. “To accomplish this goal, we analyze 7 major content classes: Face, Image, Text, Audio, Motion, Object, and Scene. Brand it with the acronym FI-TA-MOS, the applicable industries include Contextual Advertising, Video Search Engine, Smart Retail, IoT, and many more. Our customers include most China Online Video Platforms/OTT, and major Retailers."
QNAP’s QVR Pro is a next-generation video surveillance solution that can be easily deployed in the intelligent store. It can also work with QIoT Suite Lite to create customized event-driven recordings or to trigger alarms.
QNAP and IEI marketing and business development personnel will be on-hand to help determine product and marketing strategies for distributors and resellers to grow their business with industry-leading IoT solutions. Accredited members of the worldwide press are also invited to schedule product briefings. Visit IEI x QNAP Intelligent Store at Taipei World Trade Center (TWTC) at stand D618, Hall 1.
First held in 1978 by WITSA (World Information Technology & Services Alliance), the World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT) has become the premier international IT forum. Bringing together over 2,500 visionaries, captains of industry, government leaders and academics from more than 80 countries, it is an event of unparalleled scope and scale. Discussion topics range from emerging markets and technologies to legal and policy issues, user perspectives, new business opportunities and developing political and economic trends. The WCIT consistently attracts high level, internationally recognized leaders from government, industry and academia.
About Gorilla Technology
Gorilla Technology, a privately held company established in 2000, is a global leader in video intelligence and IoT technology. It develops a wide range of video-centric and content management applications including smart retail, smart school, smart enterprise, smart surveillance, and broadcast media. With VeMo technology, Gorilla applies its machine learning and deep learning algorithms, enabling automation of digital streams processing and comprehensive video analytics to create value-added services for expanding business opportunities. Learn more at www.gorilla-technology.com.
Established in 2013, Viscovery is the world’s leading video AI company based on deep learning and computer vision technology. Viscovery’s R&D center is based in Taipei, with branch offices in Shanghai, Beijing, and Singapore. Viscovery’s revolutionary Video Discovery Service (VDS) product, with its core FITAMOS solution, provides digital video image recognition across seven major categories: Face, Image, Text, Audio, Motion, Object, and Scene. We are able to identify valuable information in videos, providing video service solutions for companies that can be applied to digital advertising and brand analysis. Viscovery’s VDS platform provides five major solutions including contextual advertisements, video content interaction, video search engine, IoT service, and customized service. Learn more at www.viscovery.com.
IEI Integration Corp. is a leading industrial computer provider. IEI's products are applied in computer-based applications such as factory automation, computer telephony integration, networking appliances, security, systems, and in fields like IoT (Internet of Things), national defense, police administration, transportation, communication base stations and medical instruments. IEI continues to promote its own-brand products as well as serving ODM vertical markets to offer complete and professional services. Learn more at www.ieiworld.com.
About QNAP Systems, Inc.
QNAP Systems, Inc., headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan, provides a comprehensive range of cutting-edge Network-attached Storage (NAS) and video surveillance solutions based on the principles of usability, high security, and flexible scalability. QNAP offers quality NAS products for home and business users, providing solutions for storage, backup/snapshot, virtualization, teamwork, multimedia, and more. QNAP envisions NAS as being more than "simple storage", and has created many NAS-based innovations to encourage users to host and develop Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, and machine learning solutions on their QNAP NAS.