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Jul 30, 2019

Kneron Scores Highest Among Lightweight AI Algorithms

NIST's facial recognition test shows Kneron pioneering on-device edge AI

San Diego, California - July 30th, 2019 - The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) made public their Face Recognition Vendor Test (FRVT) for 2019. Among those being tested, there were only six lightweight models that were under 64MB with Kneron’s facial recognition algorithm - Kneron-003 - scoring the best aggregate rating among all the lightweight models.  

These results show that Kneron is pioneering lightweight AI models that enable mass adoption of on-device edge AI. While their algorithms work on cloud-based platforms as well, their technology really stands out when applied on-device.

Founded in 1901, NIST is the official lab of the US Department of Commerce. It’s testing results serve as standards and benchmarks for many industries and especially for sourcing and procurement teams when making purchasing decisions. The FRVT has been around since 2000 and is the most authoritative global test in the industry.

The test focuses on a few different imaging scenarios: VISA, VISAMC, Mugshot, Wild, Child EXP. Kneron scored higher in sections of the test than many more renowned AI companies who have algorithm models higher than 1GB.

Kneron-003’s model measured in at 57MB. Within lightweight models, it ranked number one. Within all models under 100MB, Kneron-003’s results placed #5 in the VISA category, and #2 in Mugshot.

Kneron has been focused on developing technology and lightweight algorithm models under 64MB balancing fast computing speeds and low power consumption. Applied in small, mobile form factors such as security cameras, drones, smart locks, etc, Kneron’s technology enables high performance on-device edge AI when size and power have limits.

About Kneron
Kneron, established in San Diego in 2015, is a leading provider of edge AI solutions. It is dedicated to the design and development of integrated software and hardware solutions for the smart home, smart surveillance, smartphones, robots, drones, and various IoT devices. Their corporate mission is to enable AI everywhere through simplifying and making affordable the adoption of on-device AI. Kneron's investors include Horizons Ventures, Alibaba Entrepreneurs Fund, CDIB, Himax Technologies, Inc, Qualcomm, Thundersoft, Sequoia Capital, and CYZONE. To date, Kneron has received financing of more than US$33 million.

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Kneron scores highest among lightweight models in NIST Face Recognition Vendor Test | Kneron - Leading the Way in Edge AI
Kneron scores highest among lightweight models in NIST Face Recognition Vendor Test | Kneron - Leading the Way in Edge AI