On June 25, the Baidu Brain Open Day with the theme of “AI enabled hardware and software product innovation” was officially held in Xi ‘an. Baidu product architect shared the practical path of helping software and hardware solution enterprises to achieve AI model development and application deployment with lower cost and higher efficiency. Through EasyDL zero-threshold AI development platform and EdgeBoard edge end-to-side software-hardware integrated AI solution, As well as Baidu AI market that connects the demand side and service provider of the AI industry chain, it will help enterprises to upgrade their intelligence and expand market opportunities.

Baidu Brain is the integration of Baidu AI technology accumulation and industrial practice for many years. Through Baidu Intelligent Cloud, it enables all walks of life to realize intelligent upgrading. Baidu Brain Open Day has been held since 2019, and has become a platform for Baidu to have close communication with many AI developers and partners. In 2021, Baidu Brain Open Day will launch a nationwide tour of lectures. Each session will go deep into regional cities, focusing on local industrial characteristics and intelligent needs, combining Baidu’s cutting-edge AI technology and industry scenario solutions, to empower local enterprises to accelerate the process of intelligence.

EasyDL whole process customized AI model zero threshold to achieve AI application

The threshold and cost of the development and application deployment of AI technology in many industries have been high. However, the demand for intelligent applications has exploded in an all-round way. The survey shows that 86% of the market needs to customize and develop the AI model under business scenarios. The high cost and long cycle of customizing the model through the traditional way result in the project effect not reaching the expectation. Baidu thus launched the EasyDL zero-threshold AI development platform, developers can get customized high-precision AI models in as little as 15 minutes.

Specifically, EasyDL has three characteristics:

  • First, AI customized training needs are realized in the whole scene, supporting 17 AI training tasks in seven directions.
  • Second, the core link of zero-threshold starting AI development helps zero-based algorithm personnel to achieve high-precision model customization, and the labor cost can be reduced by 80%.
  • Third, it is widely suitable for multi-form model deployment services, which are suitable for more than 15 chip types and 4 major operating systems.

Up to now, easyDL has more than 900,000 enterprise users, in the industry, agriculture, retail, medical, logistics and other dozens of industries are widely landed, help many enterprises to complete the intelligent transformation of business, greatly improve the business efficiency of enterprises, reduce technology and labor costs.

EdgeBoard’s embedded AI solution makes building smart hardware easy

According to IDC’s prediction, about 75% of data will be generated and processed at the edge in 2025. However, intelligent edge computing is faced with challenges such as difficulty in algorithm training, hardware selection, secondary development and integration. In order to eliminate the pain points of intelligent edge computing and embedded scenarios, Baidu launched the EdgeBoard embedded AI solution, which provides full-stack AI technology services. From model building to hardware selection and adaptation to application integration, EdgeBoard makes AI application development less worry and effort.

Based on a series of embedded AI computing cards and edge AI computing boxes with low power consumption, high quality and high performance, EdgeBoard can seamlessly integrate the rich algorithm resources and model development platform of Baidu brain, and closely integrate the algorithm model, basic hardware and basic software services to facilitate direct purchase and secondary development. The cost is 1/20 of the GPU server, and the performance can be tens of times higher than that of the CPU. EdgeBoard also built-in visual management system, development and integration is simple, can achieve “plug and play”.

Taking the intelligent settlement fruit and vegetable scale in the retail scene as an example, the weighing equipment combined with the software and hardware integrated scheme of EdgeBoard realizes intelligent detection and identification. As long as the fresh fruits and vegetables are placed on the electronic scale, the varieties can be automatically identified and weighed. The accuracy rate of the model is over 99%. Compared with the traditional manual cashier efficiency 10-20 times, it has been used in many large chain stores. In addition, EdgeBoard has been widely used in environmental hygiene, industrial quality inspection, medical diagnosis, traffic inspection, education and teaching, etc.

AI market to build industrial chain service platform to accelerate the commercialization

At present, the AI industry is in the early stage of vigorous development. Due to problems such as information asymmetry, long chain of supply and demand docking, and weak brand influence in the early stage of development, hardware and software manufacturers have encountered many difficulties in the actual docking. Baidu AI Market is the first commercial platform in China that focuses on serving the AI industry chain, aiming to link the AI demander and the AI service provider, connect the supply and demand, gather the upstream and downstream products of AI, and promote the implementation of AI applications.

Baidu AI Market has gathered more than 1,200 service providers, providing more than 10,000 AI products for demanders, including multi-dimensional software capabilities, hardware products, solutions, data services, etc., making it the preferred platform for enterprises to purchase AI services and realize one-stop AI enabling business.

In 2018, VisiPil, a company in the field of digital images, became the first group of companies to enter the Baidu AI market. Only half a year after entering the market, VisiPil’s number of customers in the Baidu AI market has exceeded 1/4 of those in the general channel. By the end of 2019, VisiPil has gained 36% new customers and 45% new sales. The low customer acquisition cost of Baidu AI market provides enterprises with a more accurate market orientation and a more vertical commercial market. Visipil has also launched a series of new products through the deep adaptation with Baidu Brain AI technology, which has achieved more market development space.

The intelligent era has arrived. In the process of artificial intelligence to promote a new round of industrial upgrading, Baidu Brain is becoming the “AI new infrastructure” of the intelligent era. Currently, Baidu Brain has the world’s leading voice, vision, NLP, knowledge mapping, deep learning and other core technologies, and has opened more than 270 core AI technology capabilities. Baidu Brain will continue to output the most cutting-edge AI technology and the most core product capabilities for enterprises and developers around through Baidu Intelligent Cloud, provide innovative ideas for more technical developers and enterprise managers, support AI application production and innovation more efficiently, and accelerate the intelligent upgrading of all walks of life.

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