Macnica ATD Europe and Prophesee Sign Agreement to Jointly Market Event-Based Vision Technology
Metavision Sensor Platform Delivers Disruptive Technology to improve Power, Performance and Efficiency for Machine Vision Applications
Chatou, France, 08 July 2021 – Macnica ATD Europe and Prophesee SA announced an agreement that will see Macnica serve as an authorized distribution partner for Prophesee’s innovative Metavision® event-based sensor platform throughout Europe. Inspired by the human retina and combined with advanced AI-based processing, Prophesee’s patented Event-Based Vision sensor technology and intelligence software truly represents a paradigm shift in machine vision. It enables machine system developers to significantly reduce energy consumption and computational power requirements while reaching new levels of performance in a wide range of applications.
“We are thrilled to start a partnership with this highly innovative company that has many synergies with our business ecosystem and customer base, including collaboration with our long-term partner Sony. Prophesee’s ground-breaking event-based technology offers valuable benefits to machine vision system developers with the capability to reduce power consumption and processing requirements, while improving overall performance. The solution has been production proven and the Prophesee Metavision platform is now conquering significant industry applications. Macnica ATD Europe is happy to pave that way for event-based vision in the industry,” said Antoine Hide, CEO of Macnica ATD Europe upon contract signing.
“Macnica ATD Europe is the right partner to further accelerate the commercialization of our Event-Based Metavision sensor platform in the machine vision world. By leveraging their relationships, Macnica provides in-depth knowledge of customer needs and can offer the most suitable and advanced technology. Through this partnership we can address a wide range of industries and use cases to improve performance in application fields such as high-speed counting, vibration monitoring, spatter monitoring, calibration, and machine learning” said Luca Verre, Co-founder and CEO of Prophesee.
The Metavision platform is built on Prophesee’s pioneering Event-Based Vision, which uses neuromorphic sensing and computing techniques to mimic the human eye and brain. With each pixel activating itself if it senses a change in the scene, a movement – an event, Prophesee’s proprietary Event-Based approach allows for major reductions of power, latency and data processing requirements imposed by traditional vision systems. The Metavision sensor and accompanying Metavision Intelligence software suite can be used by system developers to create entire new industrial uses, including accelerating quality assessment on production lines; positioning, sensing and movement guidance for robots to enable better human collaboration; and equipment monitoring for predictive maintenance and reduced machine downtime.
Prophesee is the inventor of the world’s most advanced neuromorphic vision systems.
The company developed a breakthrough Event-Based Vision approach to machine vision. This new vision category allows for significant reductions of power, latency and data processing requirements to reveal what was invisible to traditional frame-based sensors until now. Prophesee’s patented Metavision® sensors and algorithms mimic how the human eye and brain work to dramatically improve efficiency in areas such as autonomous vehicles, industrial automation, IoT, mobile and AR/VR.
Prophesee is based in Paris, with local offices in Grenoble, Shanghai, Tokyo and Silicon Valley. The company is driven by a team of more than 100 visionary engineers, holds more than 50 international patents and is backed by leading international equity and corporate investors including 360 Capital Partners, European Investment Bank, iBionext, Inno-Chip, Intel Capital, Renault Group, Robert Bosch Venture Capital, Sinovation, Supernova Invest, Xiaomi.