At the third Huawei Eco-connect Europe conference, Huawei launched HiAI 2.0, an open platform designed to facilitate the development of On-Device Artificial Intelligence (AI).
The latest iteration of the platform provides developers with an open ecosystem that lets them tap into the capabilities of Huawei’s chipsets, devices and cloud via HiAI Foundation, HiAI Engine and HiAI Service.
In April 2018, Huawei announced HiAI 1.0, a mobile AI computing platform.
Lu Wenyu, Chief AI Expert of Product Management Department, Huawei Consumer Business Group, said that by providing developers with operators and APIs, the inaugural platform helped cut down the time and complexity of app development.
He added, “HiAI 2.0 will bring with it even greater computing power, richer APIs and better support across a wider range of devices. It’ll significantly lower the barrier to entry of AI development, allowing even more developers to join in and create exciting new apps for consumers.”
The new HiAI platform offers developers greater access to the capabilities of Huawei’s chipsets, devices and cloud.
HiAI Foundation provides developers access to chipset capabilities such as support for multiple frameworks and operators, as well as high computational capabilities.
The HiAI platform leverages the capabilities of Kirin 980 and its Dual-NPU to realize double image recognition speed compared to its predecessor, or up to 4,500 images per minute.
It also supports a greater number of developer models and operators, creating an environment whereby AI apps can run smoother and deliver a better user experience.
HiAI Engine provides apps engineers on the market with more choices.
The APIs provided on the platform let developers quickly integrate key features into their projects and focus their efforts on delivering a truly compelling product.
One of the most recent examples of HiAI Engine at work can be found on the recently launched Huawei Mate 20 Series.
Using the flagship devices’ AI Spotlight Reel, a feature that can identify clips that all feature a character and auto-generate a 10-second montage.
This feature is using face recognition and aesthetic scores provided by AI Engine. The benefit from the improvement of HiAI computing power is enabling AI Engine to complete automatic editing on the mobile phone.
HiAI Service establishes a bridge between users’ needs and services. By connecting the two, developers can push services to consumers in a timely and proactive manner.
To date, there are more than 1,000 partners and 450,000 developers actively working within the Huawei HiAI ecosystem and empowering more than 300 million users with AI capabilities.
Under the HiAI programme, Huawei operates 13 R&D centres and 2 Open Labs around the world to collaborate with local developers on app development.
These Labs also perform the role of a springboard for successful developers to launch their projects globally.
Huawei remains committed to working with partners to build the AI ecosystem and perfect the AI app experience.
Christened Ada, the app focuses on improving the availability and delivery of primary care in underserved populations worldwide
The Artificial Intelligence-powered health platform promotes self-testing and being in Swahili, its health assessment technology is available to more than 100 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa.
A new report released during the AfriCom summit in South Africa projects that the adoption of Artificial Intelligence by African telcos will grow significantly over time.
However, the rollout of these solutions in the region will be relatively slow compared to other regions in the world as countries in the region battle to NFV, SDN, and 5G networks.