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November 3, 2021

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AnyVision changes its name to Oosto and sets sights on improving organisational safety and productivity

Alongside the name change from AnyVision to Oosto, the company has also announced a new research partnership with Carnegie Mellon University to fuel innovation in safety use cases and next generation recognition technologies, including object and behavioural recognition.

AnyVision has announced it will change its name to Oosto. The new name is said to “reflect the company’s evolution and vision for the future” which is shaped, in part, by a new collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University’s (CMU) CyLab Biometric Research Center. The CMU partnership will focus on early-stage research in object, body, and behavior recognition.

Oosto CEO, Avi Golan remarks: “Historically, the company has focused on security-related use cases for our watchlist alerting and touchless access control solutions. With the launch of Oosto, we’re looking beyond the lens of security to include ways our solutions can positively impact an organisation’s safety, productivity and customer experience.”

AnyVision pioneered Vision AI to automate watchlist alerting, identifying security risks as well as valuable customers in real-time to personalise customer experiences and enhance physical security. The rebranded Oosto will leverage the power of Vision AI to enhance the safety of customers, guests, and employees, says the company. Solutions include touchless access control, video analytics, and new flavours of video-based recognition (object, body, and behavioural recognition), which deliver the insights and alerts to protect these stakeholders from bad actors and security threats.

The company’s research partnership with Carnegie Mellon University’s (CMU) CyLab Biometric Research Center will focus on advanced object classification and behaviour recognition algorithms for commercial use cases. This collaboration will help Oosto address a broad range of safety-related use cases, including object detection (e.g., weapons on school grounds) and behavioural analysis (e.g., when someone falls down), it says. As part of the partnership, Marios Savvides, a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) and founder and director of the Biometrics Center at CMU, will join Oosto as the Chief AI Scientist to expand Oosto’s AI team led by CTO, Dieter Joecker.

“We were impressed by Oosto’s commitment to the fair and ethical use of the technology, preserving user privacy, and creating safer spaces for everyone,” said Professor Marios Savvides. “These shared values make Oosto an ideal research partner for CMU to advance object, body, and behavioral recognition and to positively impact our collective safety.”

As part of these corporate rebranding efforts, the company is also renaming its products to OnWatch (formerly A Better Tomorrow), OnAccess (formerly Abraxas), and OnPatrol.

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