Amazon Web Services brings real-time video analysis tool Rekognition to Sydney

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Amazon Web Services brings real-time video analysis tool Rekognition to Sydney

Amazon Web Services has brought its real-time video analytics services Amazon Rekognition to Asia-Pacific via the Sydney region.

Rekognition is an AI service than can track people, detect activities and recognise objects, faces and inappropriate content in videos stored in Amazon S3. The service also has real-time facial recognition functionality for live video.

The cloud giant announced the service at AWS re:Invent in Las Vegas in November, along with a handful of other services to help partners quickly spin up AI services, such as speech-to-text converter Transcribe, language translation service Translate and rhetoric speech analyser Comprehend.

Partners can add Rekognition to their applications for visual analysis functionality without needing to invest in additional infrastructure, build deep learning algorithms or train machine learning models.

AWS said a number of local partners were already using Rekognition, including Airtasker, Social Soup and Domain.

“Australian customers have played a key role in the evolution of our services over the past five years, providing feedback to help us develop thousands of new features and service updates to meet their needs. These have included innovation in security, compute, analytics, serverless computing, and the internet of things," said Australian managing director Paul Migliorini.

"More recently, Australian customers are using AWS machine learning and artificial intelligence services to further accelerate innovation and competitive advantage, and the availability of Amazon Rekognition in the AWS Sydney region will support this acceleration.”

As a use case, AWS said developers could use Rekognition to measure the likelihood two faces were the same person, or create a collection of multiple faces and to search for similar faces.

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