Computer vision and artificial intelligence

Computer vision is a rapidly advancing field of artificial intelligence. The goal of computer vision is to give machines or software the ability to see and recognise objects and actions in images and videos.

Essentially, computer vision is all about enabling machines to "see" the world and extract meaningful information from visual data. This can involve everything from simple image recognition tasks, such as identifying objects in a photo, to more complex tasks like tracking the movements of a person or vehicle in a video stream

Using computer vision to detect, count and classify vehicles which are passing a roadside camera

Computer vision technology has transformed several industries, making tasks faster, more efficient and more accurate. Today, computer vision is used in a wide range of applications, including robotics, security and people & vehicle counting and classification.

Computer vision algorithms must work reliably in a wide range of lighting and weather conditions

In the field of robotics, computer vision is used to enable robots to perceive and interact with their environment. Robots equipped with computer vision can identify objects, navigate through complex environments, and perform complex tasks, making them ideal for applications in manufacturing or agriculture. For example, inspecting products for defects or guiding robotic arms in precise movements.

Computer vision in agriculture
Computer vision in agriculture

A recent application is counting and classifying vehicles. Algorithms analyse camera footage and learn to identify different types of passing vehicle.

Similarly, computer vision is used when counting people. Here it is important to determine which shapes are people, without identifying any individual. The algorithms can learn, for instance, to distinguish between staff and customers, and to detect people even if they are mostly obscured from the camera's vision. The people counts are useful for, amongst other things:

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Counting and classifying vehicles
Counting people