Today, Microsoft announced that it has reached a new cooperation agreement with Sony. Microsoft will comply with the agreement to integrate its Azure AI system into Sony’s intelligent vision sensor IMX500 for smartphones.
As another party to this collaboration, Sony will also develop a smart camera management application based on Microsoft Azure AI, Azure IoT, and Cognitive Services. This application can improve the capabilities of smartphone camera sensor systems to achieve more powerful functions than before.
“Video analytics and smart cameras can drive better business insights and outcomes across a wide range of scenarios for businesses,” said Takeshi Numoto, corporate vice president and commercial chief marketing officer at Microsoft.
“Through this partnership, we’re combining Microsoft’s expertise in providing trusted, enterprise-grade AI and analytics solutions with Sony’s established leadership in the imaging sensors market to help uncover new opportunities for our mutual customers and partners.”
The smart camera management application developed by Sony for this purpose will be provided to software developers in the field of computer vision and video analysis, and the latter will develop software for Sony and Microsoft customers that can be used to quickly perform video analysis and give results. At the same time, mobile phone OEMs can also use this system to create more competitive selling points for their mobile phones.
In addition, Microsoft and Sony will also help companies use computer vision and video analysis technology to expand their business scope or deepen their current business.