NICE Alliance to Launch New Ecosystem of Next Generation Smart Cameras

Posted Mar 12, 2018 by Prerit Tomar

Leading consumer electronics manufacturers Foxconn, Nikon, Scenera, Sony Semiconductor Solutions and Wistron have collaborated to launch a new ecosystem of next generation of smart cameras. The five companies have formed the new NICE Alliance with their respective distinguished industry expertise and market leadership to establish a new standard specification for emerging smart camera products and applications.

In today’s consumer world, the demand for network cameras, Internet of Things (IoT) and personal and home assistance cameras continues to increase. While massive amounts of data are recorded with these types of smart cameras, their systems require more infrastructures to process images for online access of artificial intelligence-based video analytic services.

The increase of camera capabilities including higher resolution image capture and real-time notifications poses a significant need for additional bandwidth and storage. In addition, seamless interoperability using these cameras with the new infrastructure at reasonable cost is anticipated by consumers. Proposing a positive solution to the table, NICE defines well-structured layers and links for image capture processing, allowing users to access clips of key highlights from multiple cameras.

The NICE Alliance will publish a specification for cameras that can capture scene-based images or video streams containing an abundance of specific information, such as image frames, audio, and metadata. Subsequently, the data captured can be properly scene marked, indexed, made thumbnail-searchable, and securely stored in the cloud, ready for instantaneous analytic solutions. The NICE Specification defines a new standard way for camera devices to communicate with each other and establish an effective solution, enabling a new class of utility services for consumers and creating new opportunities and business models for emerging applications.

NICE is designed for forward compatibility—for both hardware and software—providing the future smart camera market with vast flexibility and adaptability that is valuable for camera manufacturers, cloud service providers, and third-party app developers, allowing all parties to fully integrate vertically and interoperate horizontally. Enabling enhanced development for mass-compatible devices to services and third-party, NICE aims to revitalize the market of the smart camera by lowering the entry barriers for camera manufacturers as well as service and third-party app developers.

Representatives from all five founding promoters are now working closely to develop an infrastructure and establish the guidelines for the NICE Specifications. With operations in the U.S. and Japan, the Alliance will be open for all companies and interest groups in the ecosystem who would like to participate in contributing and adopting the specifications. It will soon unveil the development of the Specifications and additional details on how to become a member.