QNAP announced a new partnership with Hailo, a company specializing in the design and production of AI-powered processors. The goal of this new venture is to bring cutting-edge AI facial recognition and people counting to QNAP’s own surveillance offerings with enhanced performance using the Hailo-8 M.2 AI acceleration module. Those who are seeking more advanced security systems should be interested in this news.
When installed, this technology will play a part in QNAP’s QVR Face and QVR Human for facial recognition and people counting, respectively. This enhanced AI-driven performance boosts video recognition efficiency and capabilities, making the overall QNAP security solution more suited to larger deployments with more sophisticated requirements.
The M.2 module, available for specific QNAP NAS, is powered by the Halo-8 AI processor with excellent power efficiency. QNAP states this is about four times the performance of a Tensor Processing Unit (TPU). As part of the partnership, QNAP itself will become a distributor of the Hailo-8 M.2 2280 B+M module for NAS owners.
The goal is to provide a cost-effective solution that negates the need for more expensive AI-driven cameras or cloud computing. Simply installing the accelerated M.2 module is all that’s required to activate such features. It also means existing cameras should be supported. QNAP states that over 6,7000 IP cameras from 190 brands should work just fine with the module and its NAS.