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NVIDIA y Pervasive Technologies, desarrollando soluciones con IA

NVIDIA and the development of solutions with Artificial Intelligence and Big Data

Who is and what do NVIDIA?

Nvidia is the leader in GPU (graphics processing unit) accelerated computing and one of the pioneers and most involved in the development of artificial intelligence to optimize all kinds of processes.

Working with its Jetson devices (integrated graphics cards), allows AI companies to improve the deep learning processes and the automation of their solutions, giving a boost to the growth of IoT and Artificial Intelligence.

These Jetson devices, designed to operate autonomously, are widely used in Pervasive, providing the performance and energy efficiency needed to run our AI modules in an optimal way.

Pervasive Technologies and its relationship with Nvidia

Pervasive Technologies is an innovative company specialized in building predictive solutions through the use of advanced artificial intelligence, machine learning and deep learning technologies for different sectors, seeking to optimize their processes and improve business benefits.

Pervasive and NVIDIA are working closely as partners to develop the future of Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning. Pervasive is a participant in the Nvidia Inception program, a platform that provides resources to exceptional AI companies that are revolutionising the data science industry.

The Inception initiative is a virtual accelerator that helps the development and prototyping of products or solutions and their implementation and start up during their critical stages.

At Pervasive Technologies we use different models of Jetson devices to implement our products and solutions thanks to their high performance and energy efficiency. Jetson devices are an unbeatable ally when it comes to enhancing everything related to Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning.

For example, some of the Jetson used by Pervasive for its business solutions are:

  • Jetson Nano: Thanks to its high performance and energy efficiency, it allows to run multiple neural networks in parallel and process high-resolution sensor data simultaneously. This device is a perfect choice for adding advanced AI to any solution.
  • Jetson TX2: With a superior performance, almost double, that the Nano, we can find it in three versions: Jetson TX2 (8GB), Jetson TX2i, and the new Jetson TX2 of 4GB.
  • Jetson AGX Xavier: The first GPU device designed specifically for standalone machines, it features six processing units to process sensor data and run advanced AI models, delivering high performance and energy efficiency.

Actions of the partnership

Keeping a partner relationship that flows benefiting both companies, both Nvidia and Pervasive Technologies have carried out several joint actions.

In October last year, Pervasive was invited by NVIDIA to the Nvidia GTC Europe event in Munich, the brand’s premier event on Artificial Intelligence and one of the largest in Europe.

In this important meeting we held a conference by our Chief Data Science, Albert Climent, on the uses of Deep Learning in the retail sector to maximize actions that boost profits at the point of sale. In addition, a computer graphic about Pervasive Technologies’ solution was exhibited during all the days of the congress.

AI Solutions with NVIDIA

Thanks to Nvidia’s Jetson, we have been able to create several solutions to improve industrial processes:

  • PPE Detection

This solution allows to analyze in a fast, easy and automated way if the compliance of the use of the Personal Protection Equipment is correct in industries such as construction, energy or pharmaceutical among others.

  • Intelligent Character Recognition

Solution that allows the recognition of texts and codes in industrial environments or of great difficulty for Manufacturing, Logistics, Pharmacy and Chemistry.

  • Object/Subject Detection and Classification

We can locate and count people, vehicles, pallets, products on shelves, industrial parts, all to improve processes in different industries, in Retail or in Smart Cities.

  • Gender and Age Detection

From images or videos we can detect gender, age and even attitude of any individual with high precision.

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Pervasive Technologies participa en NVIDIA GTC Europe

This was Pervasive Technologies’ participation in NVIDIA GTC Europe

How was the NVIDIA event?

On October 9, 10, and 11, Pervasive Technologies had the opportunity to be present at NVIDIA Europe GTC 2018, the most important summit on Artificial Intelligence in Europe, held this year in Munich, Germany.

Pervasive Technologies was selected to actively participate in the event with one of its most outstanding projects last year, focused on the application of Deep Learning in the Retail sector.

Our Chief Data Scientist Albert Climent was there to give a lecture on the project to all the attendees. Likewise, some selected projects were also exposed through a large infographic so that everyone could enjoy a written explanation during the days of the event.

We had the opportunity to hear Albert Climent, Pervasive’s representative at NVIDIA Europe GTC, tell us what it was like to participate in this experience first hand.

Interview with Albert Climent, Chief Data Scientist of PervasiveTechnologies

Q: What were your impressions of the NVIDIA GTC event?

A: The event was well organized, starting with a talk by NVIDIA CEO and co-founder Jensen Huang showing what’s new, focused on three blocks: Autonomous Drive, Real Time Light Rendering, and a new module aimed at developing Deep Learning and Machine Learning models.

There were many talks, oriented both to people with technical profiles and to more business-oriented profiles. Some talks were very interesting, although attending all of them was impossible.

Q: What theme or trend was the protagonist of the event?

A: The main theme of the event was autonomous vehicles, from children’s coaches to racing cars, including trucks and cars for daily use. Deep Learning technologies will not only allow for autonomous cars, but also add safety systems to existing cars. For example, identifying driver fatigue and warning them to avoid accidents.

Q: What do these types of events contribute to Artificial Intelligence Startups?

A: These types of events provide vision of new technologies, allow you to find business opportunities, seek funding and cooperation for new products and solutions.

Q: Which lecture did you find most interesting and why?

A: At a particular level and knowing the cost for the generation of Datasets, I opt for the talk “Object Detection Training: An Online Learning Pipeline for Humanoid Robots”, where a robot was trained to locate and detect new objects in a very short time.

Q: What was the space for the posters like and what was their function?

A: The space was a little bit reduced and the truth is that not many people stopped there as it was more of a transit area. Even so, on the first day in the afternoon we were invited to be near the posters to resolve doubts or to give talks about the posters in this area.

Pervasive Technologies and the next editions of the event

Q: What did participating in NVIDIA Europe GTC mean to you personally?

A: I think it is an enriching experience on a personal level. To be able to understand the speed at which technology evolves giving solutions that were unimaginable until now and allows the mind to imagine the future. In addition, it is very satisfying to be able to expose and defend the work done by the team.

Q: Do you recommend both attending and participating?

A: I think I would recommend more participation than assisting those who want to expose their solutions to the world. Still, being able to attend also helps to see what others are doing, to learn about jobs and technologies applicable in our sector.

Q: Would you repeat in the next edition?

A: Without hesitation. Having a space to present success stories based on cutting-edge technologies while learning about other approaches and solutions is very enriching.

Q: Any anecdotes?

A: There were two curious points: an ice cream shop and a popcorn shop with flavors (caramel, wasabi, coffee, apple,…), but the surprising thing happened on the last day, when the event closed. There was a truck at the entrance, without a cabin or driver, totally autonomous. To remove it they used a radio control, as if it were a toy. The problem came when they wanted to put it on a trailer of a truck with a driver to take it away: the toy didn’t have enough strength to get on the platform and they needed about a dozen people to push it. A whole odyssey of new technologies.

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Pervasive Technologies opens a new office in Madrid

Pervasive Technologies expands to the capital

Pervasive Technologies, a Spanish Artificial Intelligence company, continues to grow. As an example of this, in the last quarter of 2018, Pervasive Technologies opens an office in Madrid and, in this way, the company whose headquarters are in Barcelona already has physical presence in the two cities with the biggest market in Spain.

Pervasive Technologies’ office in Madrid is located in the central Paseo de la Castellana, at number 200, very close to the Plaza de Castilla area, one of the most outstanding business areas in Spain.

The contact telephone number of Pervasive Technologies in Madrid is (+34) 91 904 71 27.

By public transport:

– Metro: Cuzco (línea 10) o Plaza Castilla (líneas 1, 9, 10)

– Bus: Linea 5: Chamartin, 27: Plaza Castilla
Linea 147: Barrio del Pilar
N22: Barrio del Pilar
N24: Las Tablas

– Cercanías Renfe: Chamartín

Pervasive Technologies is an innovative company specialized in the construction of predictive solutions using advanced systems of Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Deep Learning. These solutions are applicable to companies in sectors such as: Retail, E-commerce, Energy, Industry, Banking and Insurance, Telecommunications or Agriculture, among others. It has Google Cloud Platform among its main technological partners.

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Pervasive Technologies exhibe su infografía

Pervasive Technologies’ infographic will be exhibited at NVIDIA GTC Europe

Pervasive Technologies’ poster on Deep Learning in Retail has been selected for display at the upcoming NVIDIA GTC Europe on October 9, 10, and 11 in Munich, Germany. The Spanish company of Artificial Intelligence has been selected to exhibit a poster about one of its main projects last year together with the company Boira Digital.

All attendees will be able to enjoy conferences, learning and networking with professionals from all over the world in the field of Artificial Intelligence. Pervasive Technologies, as a partner of this company, did not want to miss the meeting and the event of NVIDIA GTC Europe . The company, based in Barcelona, was one of the companies selected with one of its most outstanding success stories of the past year to be exhibited at the event.

The poster explains through a computer graphic how Pervasive Technologies, together with Boira Digital, implemented Deep Learning technology to make a check out process equipped with Artificial Intelligence in the restaurants of the Nostrum chain. In this way, a real need of the establishment was solved, speeding up the payment process by means of an intelligent automatic box, capable of recognizing the products and their price. Furthermore, as it is connected to a mobile App, payment can be made directly with the Smartphone.

Pervasive Technologies is an innovative company specialized in the construction of predictive solutions using advanced systems of Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Deep Learning. These solutions are applicable to companies in sectors such as: Retail, e-commerce, energy, manufacturing, banking and insurance, telecommunications and agriculture, among others.

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Heureka CPG Analytics solucion Pervasive Technologies

Pervasive Technologies develops the analytical use of planograms in retail sector

The Spanish company of Artificial Intelligence Pervasive Technologies has applied Artificial Intelligence to perform a really useful image recognition in Planogram analysis. These work as a fundamental analytical tool to understand what happens in the shelf and make decisions that improve it and increase the purchase profitability.

Pervasive Technologies is clear that the analytical use of planograms is still the weak point in the implementation strategies of a Planogramming Plan and intends to end with this statement. By applying Artificial Intelligence, the company, based in Barcelona, is able to extract all the analytical power from the point of sale with reports and graphs that enable informed decisions to be made.

In this way, through image recognition, the brand will be able to know what is really happening with its products inserted in a shelf, about the products to be exhibited, or the necessary stock not to have losses. A good planogram study can mean the difference between having losses or gains.

The planogram is a visual representation that indicates and establishes the positioning of the products in a store, line or display. It is a scheme that establishes the “layout” of the categories at the point of sale and of the individual products within each category.

The aim is to be able to present the customer with the products in the right place, in the right quantity, at the right price at the best time in the purchasing process. Additionally, planograms allow for the establishment of a uniform style for different points of sale, something fundamental for chains with multiple locations.

To develop this project, Pervasive Technologies has the Cloud technology infrastructure and uses Google Cloud Platform with all its capabilities and Opensource Tensorflow technology, among others.

Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning technology has demonstrated high performance in vision tasks such as image classification, object detection and semantic segmentation. In particular, recent advances in deep learning techniques bring encouraging performance to fine-grained image classification that aims to distinguish subordinate level categories, such as bird species or dog breeds.

Through image recognition, we are able to identify all the information we need the point of sale to provide. In this way, through something as simple as a photograph taken by the Point of Sale (POS) Manager with his own mobile phone, all the information necessary to carry out the analysis can be extracted.

Lack of price labels, incorrect location of products or an incorrect number of facings are some of the situations to avoid and check when complying with the planogram. When executed correctly, the planogram allows to reduce the distortions of inventory on display, to align customer preferences with the customers on display and to increase sales at the point of sale by up to 9%. On average, a display receives customer attention for only 3-8 seconds, so a planogram executed with 100% compliance can mean the difference between making or losing a sale.

The Planogram Analysis solution is in the Beta phase and has been tested by two Pervasive Technologies clients, one in Spain and the other in Argentina, although tests with clients in the United States will begin shortly and the commercial launch is planned for the end of October this year.

Pervasive Technologies is an innovative company specialized in the construction of predictive solutions using advanced systems of Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Deep Learning. These solutions are applicable to companies in sectors such as: Retail, e-commerce, energy, manufacturing, banking and insurance, telecommunications and agriculture, among others.

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Pervasive Technologies patrocina Software Crafters

Pervasive Technologies, sponsor of the third edition of Software Crafters Barcelona

¿What is Software Crafters Barcelona?

A new edition of Software Crafters will take place in Barcelona on September 29th and 30th. An event that gathers software development professionals in a learning and networking conference in which Pervasive Technologies collaborates with its sponsorship.

The Artificial Intelligence company Pervasive Technologies did not want to miss the opportunity to be part of Software Crafters Barcelona, a meeting for professionals and enthusiasts of the software sector.

For this reason, Pervasive Technologies is one of the sponsors of the event, which can be enjoyed in Barcelona during the 29th and 30th of September. The place chosen to host the conference is the Center of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona, located in the neighborhood of El Raval.

Timeline of Software Crafters Barcelona

During the two days of the event, you will be able to enjoy numerous and varied conferences given by experts in the field of software. The conferences will start, both days, at 09:00 in the morning and will end at 19:00.

The conferences will be given in Spanish with the exception of Track 2 on the last day, which will be in English. Those interested can download the program with schedules of the talks on the website of Software Crafters Barcelona.

In this edition, as in all the previous ones, Software Crafters Barcelona emphasizes the inclusion of all those people interested in the subject of the event. With a totally open character, they invite everyone to participate in this weekend for software lovers supporting the idea that the more open and heterogeneous the groups are, the better the results will be.

Pervasive Technologies is an innovative company specialized in the construction of predictive solutions using advanced systems of Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Deep Learning. These solutions are applicable to companies in sectors such as: Retail, e-commerce, energy, manufacturing, banking and insurance, telecommunications and agriculture, among others. It also has the prestige of being a partner of Google Cloud Platform.

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Pervasive Technologies participará en NVIDIA GTC Europe

Pervasive Technologies will participate in the next edition of NVIDIA GTC Europe

Pervasive Technologies Conference at NVIDIA GTC Europe

The Artificial Intelligence company Pervasive Technologies has been the only Spanish company selected by NVIDIA to offer a conference on one of its main projects last year together with the company Boira Digital.

NVIDIA will hold its European Artificial Intelligence Applications Summit on October 9, 10, and 11. The venue for this year’s summit is Germany, in the city of Munich.

All attendees will be able to enjoy conferences, learning and networking with professionals from all over the world in the field of Artificial Intelligence, thus constituting one of the most important events worldwide within this sector.

Pervasive Technologies, based in Barcelona, has been selected with one of its most outstanding success stories to be exhibited at the event.

The project under study deals with how Pervasive Technologies, together with Boira Digital, has implemented Deep Learning technology to transform the check out process in the restaurants of the Nostrum chain, providing it with Artificial Intelligence.

In this way, a real need of the establishment is solved, speeding up the payment process by means of an intelligent automatic box, capable of recognizing the products and their price. Furthermore, as it is connected to an App (FastPay), payment is made directly with the Smartphone.

The conference will be given by Albert Climent, Chief Data Scientist at Pervasive Technologies. Within the event, Pervasive Technologies has also been selected to expose a computer graphics of the same project, which will be enjoyed by all attendees. 

The process of solutions with Artifical Intelligence

For the training process of the predictive module, Pervasive Technologies has used the Google Cloud ML Engine infrastructure with NVIDIA GPUs, due to the self scaling and intuitive configuration. To make inferences, the trained model has been embedded inside an NVIDIA Jetson TX2, a device equipped with 256 GPU cores providing optimal response times for this solution.

Those who are interested in attending the event in Munich and have not yet purchased their tickets, please contact Pervasive Technologies via email: marketing@pervasive-tech.com and will have a 20% discount on the price through Pervasive Technologies.

Pervasive Technologies is an innovative company specialized in the construction of predictive solutions using advanced systems of Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Deep Learning. These solutions are applicable to companies in sectors such as: Retail, e-commerce, energy, industry, banking and insurance, telecommunications and agriculture, among others.

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Pervasive Technologies parte de Máster en Big Data Science

The UIC presents a new edition of its Master in Big Data Science

Pervasive Technologies parte del Máster en Big Data Science

Pervasive Technologies bets on training in Big Data Science

New times require professionals who are experts in new areas of knowledge, which are becoming more and more widespread and necessary. Among the so-called “professions of the future”, the one of Big Data Scientist should be highlighted. This is why the International University of Catalonia, in collaboration with Pervasive Technologies, is committed to training in this area, presenting a new edition of the Executive Master’s Degree in Big Data Science.

On May 3rd, we attended the 1st presentation of the Executive Master in Big Data Science at the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya. During a day of round table discussions, delving into the impact of Big Data in the world of logistics, the heads of this master were responsible for explaining what will be the fundamental focus of these studies, as well as solving all the doubts of those present.

Among the speakers were: Carlos Cosials, Director of the Master; Camilo Defoin, co-founder of Deliberry; Alfonso Romagosa, former manager of Port 2000, and Ignasi Sayol, CEO and shareholder of Inprous and President of the ICIL Foundation.

The Master of Science in Big Data Science is aimed at students who intend to pursue disciplines in Big Data and Advanced Analytics, which are growing trends. During the course, which will begin in October, subjects such as Machine Learning, Data Mining and programming languages, among others, will be covered.

The aim is to train professionals capable of making decisions by working with a large volume of data, using advanced analytical techniques, both predictive and prescriptive.

The presentation of the UIC Executive Master in Big Data Science

During the session, the importance of the changes taking place in the field of logistics was very much in evidence. This field constitutes an opportunity for constant improvement thanks, precisely, to the Big Data. Automation, greater efficiency, robotization, all this implies an improvement of quality in the services thanks to a good handling of the data.

It was also noted that, for the first time, such advanced technology is within the reach of SMEs. “Entrepreneurs who do not join technology die,” predicted Ignasi Sayol during his speech, encouraging future students with phrases like: “We have an opportunity and we must take advantage of it.

Finally, the speakers highlighted as another challenge the reduction of CO2 and everything that has to do with the care of the environment in these processes, indicating that “for the planet there is no plan B”.

Pervasive Technologies is an innovative company specialized in the construction of predictive solutions using advanced systems of Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Deep Learning. It works in collaboration with the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya in the teaching of this Master, supporting the training of high level professionals in our country. 

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Nostrum y FastPay sistema que reconoce producto precio y cobra

Nostrum – FastPay: recognizes product, price and payment

Artificial Intelligence reduces waiting time in restaurants

No one likes waiting in queues to be charged, although there are times of day when for certain businesses a build-up of customers is inevitable. Lunchtime is one of those times and especially in fast food outlets, where customers must flow in a permanent and constant manner.

Nostrum (130 establishments in Spain) is a chain of restaurants founded in Barcelona in 1998, with a lot of creativity and innovative solutions for fast, healthy and traditional food to be consumed on the establishment itself or to take away.

Some of Nostrum’s restaurants, especially those located in office areas or with a high density of students, have a large number of people at midday, at specific times, and this sometimes leads to queues to pay.

Based on the idea of speeding up Nostrum’s own checkout, Boira Digital and Pervasive Technologies have developed a rapid automated payment solution for their restaurants, based on Artificial Intelligence.

Boira Digital is a company dedicated to developing retail solutions to improve the shopping experience and Pervasive Technologies is a company specialized in developing predictive models based on Machine Learning and Deep Learning, especially in vision and images.

The Artificial Intelligence system

The AI system developed consists of capturing images of food trays inside an automatic box, processing the images through a module composed of several neural networks and extracting the list of products present in the tray.

This system simultaneously performs the location of the elements present in the tray and their recognition. The process consists of two steps. First, the location is made from a model based on a class activation map and its corresponding location boxes. In a second phase, for each location box the product is predicted by a classification model.

Execution mode

The module, a set of models, can be executed in Google Cloud, on a computer connected to the restaurant network or even at the checkout itself by using a smart camera that combines image capture and processing in a compact device.

For cloud processing we use Google Cloud (GCP) where we have virtualized or docked machine environments, or even Google Cloud AI for mass execution and model training.

For local execution in the restaurant’s management computer we used Tensorflow that runs in a docked environment, with the same functionalities as if it were in the cloud.

If you want to run the integrated model on a smart camera device, we have a camera that combines image capture and processing on a specialized NVIDIA Jetson TX1 device. This card is a small supercomputer, with 256 CUDA cores, 64 bit CPU, processing power of more than 1 TeraFLOP with an interface for cameras up to 1400 MPix/s.

Future evolution

The system will incorporate Nostrum’s entire range of products in the coming months and is expected to be in production in the new restaurants in Spain and abroad.

FastPay can be used in restaurants of other chains and even in other sectors, especially in retail, and can be adapted to the recognition of other types of products.

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