i-PRO announced the launch of its i-PRO mini network camera. With a pocket-size form factor and full complement of artificial intelligence (AI) analytics functionality, the i-PRO mini represents the next generation of smaller, discreet smart cameras that not only protect retail and other businesses, but also provide operational and business insights.

The Mini is part of the i-PRO S-series line. The completely new compact design blends seamlessly into any environment. Although the i-PRO mini is exceptionally small, powerful AI processing on the edge enables the camera to quickly process large amounts of data, running up to three simultaneous AI analytic applications. AI-based object detection provides enhanced surveillance and reduces false positives while also delivering valuable operations and marketing intelligence. Free AI-based analytics include people and vehicle detection with unique attribute extraction, such as color, upper/lower garment, face detection and nonmask detection. The camera also supports occupancy monitoring or counting and a privacy guard feature that pixelates individual faces or entire bodies to maintain GDPR compliance.

“The i-PRO mini is disrupting the traditional compact camera segment by combining sleek, unobtrusive design with powerful AI analytics. Business owners can easily leverage their surveillance footage to unlock valuable marketing analysis to gain shopper insights,” says Adam Lowenstein, director of product management at i-PRO Americas. “i-PRO mini is truly leading the next generation of security surveillance in retail by offering a powerful and comprehensive AI-based smart camera in the smallest package in our industry.”

At 4 inches wide, 1-57/64 inches high and only fifty-three-sixty-fourths inches deep, the i-PRO mini is only the height of a credit card and was designed specifically for applications where a camera that has AI analytics is desired but shouldn’t stand out and impede an otherwise sleek and clean environmental design. The i-PRO mini is NDAA- and TAA-compliant and its 2-megapixel (HD 1080p) 30fps sensor provides clear and accurate images for the powerful onboard Ambarella AI processor and sets a standard for an AI-powered smart sensor that almost disappears from view in most environments.

A microphone enables additional sound classification analytics, such as glass-break detection, saving the cost of stand-alone sound sensors. The i-PRO mini also supports third-party application plugins that can perform specialized tasks, such as monitoring inventory status on product shelves.

Setup is made easy by using a smartphone or tablet and optional Wi-Fi USB adapter to view the live image during installation. The camera remembers the angle at which it was installed. If tampering changes the camera angle, a red LED will glow, and an email can be sent to notify operators of the change. The i-PRO mini can be powered by either Power over Ethernet or a USB-C connection.

“i-PRO is leading the industry in providing solutions that require powerful, discreet edge computing hardware, with no need to compromise between camera size, performance and next-generation business insights,” Lowenstein says. “The new i-PRO mini illustrates our commitment to constant innovation and our mission to make AI capabilities universally available across the surveillance market.”

For more information, visit https://i-pro.com//global/en/surveillance/featured-products/compact-ai-network-camera-beyond-security.

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