SKT joins hands with Xilinx for theft detection service
SK Telecom will use accelerator cards made by U.S. chip maker Xilinx to improve the performance of the data center for its artificial intelligence (AI) technology-based theft detection service, the mobile carrier said Friday.
For its AI-based physical intrusion and theft detection service T-View, the telecom company has adopted an AI inference accelerator (AIX) technology using Xilinx’s Alveo accelerator cards that enhance a range of processes such as high performance computing, data analytics and video processing.
The mobile carrier said the collaboration with Xilinx “represents one of our efforts to streamline the cloud system for AI services.”
“In the era of AI where new services are being deployed at unprecedented rates, we keep seeking to innovate our cloud systems to deliver more value to our customers with more reliable and efficient services across diverse segments,” Park Jin-hyo, chief technology officer of SK Telecom, said during a press conference.
ADT Caps, the country’s No. 2 security service company and a subsidiary of SK Telecom, will use the T-View system. Running on servers in SK Telecom’s data center, the T-View system monitors its customers’ commercial and home camera systems in real-time and dispatches security guards.
SK Telecom said using Xilinx’s accelerator cards was essential in processing a large volume of data from thousands of cameras accurately.
Established in 1984, Xilinx is a leading company in the programmable chip sector. The two companies have been cooperating for years. In 2018, the mobile carrier began using Xilinx’s field-programmable gate arrays to upgrade the speech recognition feature of its AI speaker NUGU.
The U.S. chip maker said SK Telecom is also expected to reduce costs by using its accelerator cards. “The Alveo accelerators are adaptable to changing algorithms and acceleration requirements, enabling domain specific architecture that optimizes performance for a range of work processes without changing hardware, and while reducing the overall cost of ownership,” the company said.
“This represents an important win in the commercial AI services space and builds upon our collaboration with SK Telecom to significantly improve theft detection and prevention, where our leadership in real-time computing and analysis helps to promote AI-based services to the Korean market,” Donna Yasay, vice president of Xilinx said.