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Meet SmartCow – An End-To-End AI Engineering Company That Builds Hardware And Software Products For AI Applications

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Below is our recent interview with Alice Lai, from SmartCow:

Q: Alice, can you tell us something more about the company?

A: Established in 2016, SmartCow is an end-to-end AI engineering company that builds hardware and software products for AI applications used by the defense industry, in smart cities and industry 4.0. Strategic partners include NVIDIA and PNY. We offer vertical solutions for complex problems, ranging from underlying technologies for building and accelerating video analytics, to complete turnkey software systems for data-centric initiatives. The company is located in Malta, India, Taiwan, Italy and Singapore and is expanding to France and the US.

Q: Any highlights on your recent announcement?

A: We recently announced our partnership with PNY Technologies EU, a global supplier of components and solutions for the artificial intelligence, HPC, data center and professional visualization markets. SmartCow and PNY announced a strategic partnership to bring AI smart city solutions and support development throughout Europe, the Middle East, Africa and India. PNY gained access to streamlined, comprehensive smart city infrastructure and AI applications and hardware from SmartCow, enabling PNY to strengthen its position as a global provider of artificial intelligence solutions and accelerate the digital transformation of cities globally.

We also released FleetTrackr, an AIOT device management platform. Fleet management software is crucial for effective device management and large-scale AI deployments, whether that be for retailers building intelligent stores, or hospitals using AI to improve patient care and administrative workflow. Fleets of IoT devices need to be capable of running unattended with the ability to be reprogrammed with newer versions of device kernels or security updates. SmartCow’s FleetTrackr offers simplified deployment and centralized management of edge AI systems through a hybrid-cloud service. The platform allows administrators to provision, manage, monitor, and update thousands of IoT devices, securely, and entirely over the air. Key applications include smart cities using city surveillance and traffic management with thousands of AIoT devices connected simultaneously; smart manufacturing using AI for inventory management; large-scale surveillance and security deployments; and smart retail edge deployments.

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Q: Can you give us more insights into your offering?

A: SmartCow makes both hardware and software to meet customer needs in their vertical scenarios. We specialize in building Software -Defined Hardware (SDH), which provides field programmability and flexibility in-hardware allowing the implementation of time-sensitive features to avoid potential system latency. Alongside these cutting-edge products, the team at SmartCow have vast experience in building highly optimized software.

Our product line includes edge node series; the edge AI box for general AI deployment; AI camera series that combine bleeding-edge sensors and processing power, enabling the highest grade of performance including an all-in-one, plug & play camera at the edge; and specialized engineering kits that enable developers to build applications with image, conversation and audio AI capabilities.

We also offer a comprehensive smart city solution called CityStation, an AIoT platform for data acquisition and control system for monitoring and managing city traffic and air quality. With 4G/5G capabilities, CityStation allows cities to collect data from its sensors in real time to precisely measure atmospheric conditions. It also has a video analytics processor, which uses powerful AI models to analyze traffic data from live video streams fed in by network cameras.

Q: What can we expect from your company in the next 6 months? What are your plans?

A: In the next 6 months, we will continue to develop our ever-growing AIoT ecosystem to simplify and improve living and working conditions for individuals and organizations across the world. We are currently handling one of the largest smart city projects and in the next 6 months, expect to deploy more smart cities across the globe. Additionally, we will soon introduce a new product for next-generation smart factories, traffic and building management and innovations that will set the standard for the future of autonomous infrastructure.

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Q: What is the best thing about your company that people might not know about?

A: We firmly believe in the power of technology to create a world that is better, and more focused on retaining beauty, boosting quality of life, and one that prioritizes the efficiency of mobility, community management, and urban growth. Our AI algorithms, intelligence systems, and resulting insights assist individuals and teams in making informed decisions. Our pursuit is to build systems that enable productive, meaningful, safe, and healthy lifestyles.

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