SenseTime is a Chinese artificial intelligence startup company backed by the Alibaba Group that develops facial recognition technology. The company applies computer vision and deep learning technologies to advance image recognition technology. It has established China’s largest and only self-developed deep learning supercomputing center, establishing itself as the largest supplier of AI algorithms in the country. SenseTime has applied for over 500 patents, 90% of which are original inventions, in approximately 10 countries and regions all over the world. And has deployed its technology into various fields.
Xiaolan Xu, Xiaoou Tang and Li Xu founded TimeSense in 2014 in Beijing, China. In 2017, it ranked fifth in the China Money Network's China AI Top 10. The company has about 20 investors including, Alibaba Group, Star VC, IDG Capital and Infore Capital. In April 2018, the company has successfully raised US$600 million in its Series C round of funding from Alibaba.
The company's research and development team combines computer vision technology with deep learning algorithms, voice, natural language understanding and control technologies to create technological advances that can be applied to different industries.
The Chinese government's national surveillance system is using SenseTime's computer vision technology to process data from the country's over 170 million CCTV cameras and smart glasses of the police. Guangzhou Public Security Bureau uses SenseTotem, an intelligent surveillance and video analytics system to compare and match the crime scene facial captures with its database photos to identify persons of interest and aid criminal investigations.
Rong360, an internet and finance company and Focus Media's Huanbei, a balance transfer application operates with SenseID, an identity verification service. SenseID provides face identification, identity verification and ID card and credit card recognition functions.
The National Satellite Meteorological Center, China Meteorological Administration uses SenseRemote, an intelligent remote sensing image solution to help the center's meteorological satellite cloud detection products.
Using its patents for autonomous driving and core technologies, SenseTime has also developed chips and embedded systems for smart AI cars. The partnership between SenseTime and Honda is expected to accelerate the research and development of smart AI cars with autonomous driving solutions. is expected to accelerate the research and development of smart AI cars with autonomous driving solutions.
SenseTime Core Technologies
- Face and Body Detection Technology
- Public and Professional Image Detection
- High Volume Video Comprehension and Mining
- Improving video and image processing
- SLAM and 3D Vision
- Robot Sensing and Control
- Autonomous Driving
Qualcomm, Honda, Weibo, Nvidia, China Merchants Bank, China UnionPay, HNA Group, China Mobile Communication Co., Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd., Oppo, Vivo, JD.com Inc. and Xiaomi Inc. are some of the over 400 companies SenseTime is providing its face recognition, data technology and application services. Its other services are text, vehicle and image recognition to mobile internet companies, smartphones, robotics, automobile, remote sensing, financial technology services and security companies.
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- Artificial intelligenceArtificial intelligence (AI) is intelligence exhibited by machines.
- Facial recognition
- BiometricsMetrics related to human characteristics
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