Adlink brings machine vision AI at the edge with Vizi-AI development kit

Developers can upskill quickly using the open source Node-Red programming tool for the Adlink Vizi-AI development kit. The Node-Red app enables developers to drive action from machine vision artificial intelligence (AI) at the edge, says Adlink.

Vizi-AI can be connected to a variety of image capture devices and then deployed to improve machine learning models. Developers can harness insight from vision data to optimise operational decision-making and automate actions, such as sending an alert when a worker is too close to hazardous machinery or is not wearing the proper safety gear. Vizi-AI includes a range of pre-built Intel Distribution of OpenVINO compatible machine learning models that can be used ‘straight out of the box’ adds Adlink.

Node-Red is an open source user interface (UI) based programming tool for easily wiring together flows of data. The Adlink Edge Vizi-AI Node-Red app enables users to create outcomes from the vision inference such as turn on a light, an alarm, send an email, a tweet or create a dashboard.

The Vizi-AI development kit includes an Intel Atom-based SMARC computer on module (COM) with Intel Movidius Myriad X VPU and 40-pin connector. The Intel Distribution of OpenVINO toolkit optimises deep learning workloads across the Intel architecture, including accelerators, and streamlines deployments from the edge to the cloud.

Adlink Edge software provides enhanced functionality of OpenVINO through the Adlink Data River, which enables data to flow freely and securely. There is also the Adlink Edge Profile Builder, which provides a simple, intuitive user experience to manage devices and applications. Another function is the Adlink Edge Model Manager, which enables users to add their own models to a pre-loaded selection for easy deployment.

Vizi-AI is supported by its own community ( where users can find support, pre-built scenarios and other useful resources.

Vizi-AI is available in the Americas and EMEA regions through Arrow Electronics. “The Vizi-AI devkit differentiates itself in the Edge AI market by doing for industrial developers what Raspberry Pi did for DIY makers,” said Nick Donaldson, senior director of global alliances and marketing for Arrow’s global services. It also provides an easy acquisition path to enable the mass adoption of this simple, affordable machine vision starter device, he added.

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