Comcast® is one of the best internet providers in the United States. Currently, the cheap internet provider introduced a unique idea that can make a stir in the communication field. The Telco added a pet detection camera to their Xfinity smart home camera. This will enable their customers to keep an eye on their furry friends. Comcast® made it possible for their consumers to detect the movement of their pets utilizing the AI platform. This will let the customers sort through long videos quickly and identify the ones with just their pets. The company decided to incorporate a pet filter to the Xfinity Smart home camera since a recent survey reported that 94% of their internet-enabled camera users tend to check on their pets frequently.
Even though Pet filter is one of the latest AI features, this isn’t the first time that the company is coming up with this type of unique element. Two years ago, Comcast® unveiled certain thumbnails for their customers who tend to use the 24×7 video recording feature of the company. With these thumbnails, the company enhances the ability of their customers to find the relevant motion episodes quickly. After a year, the feature was upgraded by incorporating computer vision models. This allows the Xfinity cameras to automatically detect the motion triggered by vehicles or people.
The vice president and general manager of Comcast’s® Xfinity Home, Dennis Matthew said, “We developed this feature to help our customers quickly filter motion-triggered events by people, vehicles, or pets because we wanted to bring them the video clips that matter most even faster. It’s an intelligent home security solution that enables our customers to easily check in on their loved ones from anywhere, anytime.”
The latest innovative pet filter is developed by the computer experts from the applied AI team of the company in Washington DC along with the engineers from the camera team of the company in Philadelphia. The vision specialists in the company analyzed thousands of home security camera visuals donated to the company by employee testers using machine learning as well to ensure its efficiency. Finally, this trendsetting feature that allows the Comcast® customers to check in on their furry friends throughout the day was introduced on 06-06-2019.
In a press release, a representative of the company said, “The goal was to build an algorithm that could quickly and consistently detect movement from a pet, and clearly distinguish it from a car, or a person, or anything else that might trigger motion detection. Initially, we looked into commercial solutions that might work for our cameras, but we weren’t satisfied with the accuracy we were seeing. Detecting a dog photographed from five feet away, standing still in perfect lighting isn’t the same as detecting one running across the backyard 30 feet away, and we needed an algorithm that could do both – so the cameras could reliably spot … Spot.”