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January 27, 2022

NEXCOM AIEdge-X100-VPU — The AI-Capable Smart Engine for Precision Market

Introduction

The AIEdge-X®100-VPU is the new edge AI embedded computer media player from NEXCOM that takes a unique approach to combine a multimedia player with edge computing and AI processing. Unlike many other players on the market that use Intel® Core™ CPUs, the AIEdge-X®100-VPU utilizes a power-saving Intel® Celeron® J3455 CPU and AIBooster® addon card with Intel® Movidius™ Myriad™ X to achieve similar performance to an Intel® Core™ i5 with 35% lower cost. Now, retailers can cost-effectively install media players around their stores while enticing advertisers with detailed customer insights from an AI computer vision solution. All in one device.

 

NEXCOM AIEdge-X®100-VPU—The AI-Capable Smart Engine for Precision Market

Precision Marketing Solution for Stores

Simple retail signage is no longer enough to capture the attention of advertisers who are increasingly discerning on how they spend their advertising dollars. The AIEdge-X®100-VPU allows stores to display advertising and capture critical data points to provide advertisers with the hard data they need to make an informed decision and gives stores a concrete method to determine the ideal store layout.

 

So far, 300+ systems have been rolled out in 70+ supermarkets, with an average of five per store. The AIEdge-X®100-VPU multi-display computer is connected to two 4K displays and placed in the store to display advertising. The IP cameras are then connected to collect data from those locations. Captured images are then processed to determine the number of customers, the gender and age of customers, viewer rate per screen, how long they looked at the screen, and the overall value of each advertising location. The results so far are impressive, with an overall sales increase of 20%.

 

Easy implementation is a critical component. Typically, rolling out an AI inference system to collect this data would take nine months with a custom solution. Now, with the power of multiple models available through OpenVINO™, development time has been slashed to only five months. Finally, remote management allows all updates to happen automatically and data to pass effortlessly to a central management system.

Performance + Power-Savings

The AIEdge-X®100-VPU has an Intel® Celeron® J3455 CPU that operates at 1.5 GHz and has a TDP of only 10W. This power profile is perfect for day-to-day operations and allows it to remain as a fanless computer. To add the extra power needed for deep neural network inference, the system accepts an AIBooster® addon card with one or two Intel® Movidius™ Myriad™ X VPUs explicitly designed for computer vision applications. Additionally, by utilizing Intel® hardware, the
AIEdge-X®100-VPU can leverage OpenVINO™ libraries with pre-trained models for many different applications.

Other applications

Stores are not the only locations where the AIEdge-X®100-VPU slim computer shines. Facial recognition in boutiques, malls, subways, and other public areas are all within its capabilities. A few specific examples include,


• License plate recognition: As license plate recognition makes its way into all areas of traffic management, having a cost-effective slim computer option makes integrating computer vision easy.

• Automated checkout: One bakery used the AIEdge-X®100-VPU as a retail transaction system for self-ordering that provided automated checkout, reducing overall waiting time and allowing a single staff member to oversee many checkout counters.

• Body temperature checking: With continued COVID vigilance, regular temperature checks continue as a first-line defense in preventing social spread, so this cost-effective choice reduces the barrier to implementation.

Conclusion

Remote management, media display, and computer vision processing prowess make the AIEdge-X®100-VPU the ideal choice for discerning organizations that want to maximize their ROI and reap the benefits of a media player that not only provides beautiful display capabilities but valuable customer insights as well.

Main Features

  • Intel® Celeron® J3455 processor
  • AIBooster® with one/two Intel® Movidius™ Myriad™ X
  • 1 x SO-DMM (DDR3L up to 8GB)
  • 1 x M.2 2242 Key M for storage
  • 2 x HDMI 2.0 (4K@60Hz)
  • 2 x Intel® GbE LAN
  • 2 x USB 3.0
  • 1 x RS-232
  • 1 x RS-232/422/485
  • 1 x Line out
  • Optional TPM
  • Operating temp: -5 to 50℃
  • Includes 19 Vdc power adapter
  • Size: 179.5 x 106 x 37 mm (W x D x H)

Ordering Information

AIEdge-X®100-VPU-1 (P/N: 10W20X10002X0)

Intel® Celeron® J3455 processor slim and fanless system with Intel® Movidius™ Myriad™ X AIBooster® x 1

AIEdge-X®100-VPU (P/N: 10W20X10001X0)

Intel® Celeron® J3455 processor slim and fanless system with Intel® Movidius™ Myriad™ X AIBooster® x 2

 

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