Altia Systems, creators of PanaCast 2, the world’s first Panoramic-4K plug-and-play video camera system, recently launched PanaCast 2s, the first software-defined Panoramic-5K (5120 x 1440 pixels per frame) video camera system that produces 78% higher resolution than Panoramic-4K video. PanaCast 2s is a software-scalable intelligent vision end-point platform designed for use in medium to large conference rooms, compatible with any video collaboration service.

PanaCast 2s complements PanaCast 2 and extends the range of the PanaCast family of products to address all collaboration spaces.

PanaCast 2s, recognized as a CES 2017 Innovation Awards Honoree, implements the PanaCast video processor as a PanaCast Computer Vision Engine (PCVE), an industry first implementation with an OpenCL pipeline, which uses CPU and GPU processing to achieve high performance, low latency video. It delivers 4x lossless digital zoom up to 16 feet at 720p and 30 frames per second.

The platform enables easy integration of artificial intelligence technologies such as machine vision for video collaboration and distance learning applications.

The 180º field of view combined with intelligent vision capabilities such as ‘people counting’ and ‘facial recognition’ improve range and accuracy of object recognition and tracking. The low latency flow-through software delivers an immersive experience in applications such as video collaboration, education, telemedicine and virtual/augmented reality.

PanaCast 2s is recommended to be used with an Intel® Core™ i7 processor based NUC mini PC. With Intel’s initial guidance on the OpenCL pipeline, Altia Systems developed the PCVE software for PanaCast 2s on Intel Core™ i7 processor based NUC.

“Intel and Altia Systems have collaborated to optimize and deliver an industry leading OpenCL based real-time, scalable, ultra-high definition panoramic camera pipeline for PanaCast 2s on the Intel Core™ i-series processor family to enable more immersive collaboration and computer vision usages,” said Praveen Vishakantaiah, VP and GM of Intel Client Computing Group R&D division.

“The PanaCast 2s camera system breaks new ground with its technology capabilities for the enterprise, industrial and consumer markets. The ultra-high definition real-time immersive video of PanaCast 2s combined with the processing powers of Intel Core™ i7 processor based NUC platform enables intelligent vision capabilities that transform the conference room experience allowing participants to have a more natural meeting,” said Naveed Alam, VP of Software Engineering. “Products like Intelligent Zoom allow the camera to autonomously zoom in and out depending on the number of participants, enabling smoother and more effective meetings.”

The PanaCast 2s intelligent vision platform supports Altia Systems’ software products, including Intelligent Zoom and PanaCast Vivid. Soon it will support PanaCast Whiteboard, people recognition and API for artificial intelligence and machine learning based applications.

The PanaCast 2s intelligent vision platform is available as a bundled offering through the company’s Authorized Intelligent Vision Providers (AIVP), including Synnex Corporation, Starin Marketing Inc., NEC Networks & System Integration Corporation (NESIC).

“The PanaCast 2s Intelligent Vision platform enables us to deliver 180° immersive video solutions with exceptional Panoramic-5K quality and built-in artificial intelligence capabilities for our enterprise customers. It aligns very well with our EmpoweredOffice vision,” said Osamu Kikuchi, Senior Manager at NESIC. “We are excited to work with Altia Systems as an Authorized Intelligent Vision Provider to deliver industry-first solutions to our customers.”