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Xailient the company

Xailient is a Computer Vision company specializing in putting incredibly accurate AI onto impossibly small Edge devices.

We’ve built the world’s smallest and fastest object detector to fit on extremely tiny devices running on exceptionally low power.

Specializing in TinyML computer vision for Edge devices, Xailient uses its patented technology to radically improve efficiency compared to other available solutions. By optimizing focus on the pixels that matter, we can retain high accuracy within the extremely constrained environments of these devices.

The result is accurate, low-power, real-time computer vision that’s cost-effective to deploy.

Xailient solves the hardest problems in
bringing AI to IoT.

Continuing our path in solving hard, real-world CV problems for tiny Edge devices, we are proud to announce our first product solution, OrchestraitFRTM, a Face Recognition solution that’s deployed via software on most camera platforms today.

With Xailient, you can add Face Recognition to your cameras in days.

Our team

Lars Oleson

CEO and Co-Founder
  • 22 years in Enterprise Software.
  • Serial entrepreneur.
  • Experienced CEO with 100+ employees at exit.
  • Alipay, Symantec, Oracle.
  • MIT electrical engineering.

Shivy Yohanandan

Strategic Advisor and Co-Founder
  • RMIT PhD in AI and Computer Vision.
  • Built Australia’s first bionic eye.
  • Honors degree in neuroscience and bioengineering.
  • IMB research.

Andy Atkinson

VP of Engineering
  • 20+ years in high-tech, new product development.
  • 200+ projects from start-ups to multinational companies.
  • Loves the creative power that disruptive technology and high-quality engineering brings to the table.

Jim Meyer

Chief Architect
  • Works closely with Andy and Shivy.
  • Technical leader with 100s of millions of installs.
  • 4 Greefield SaaS programs.
  • Teams of 80+ engineers.
  • Deeply technical; Compilers, C/C++, ML, CI/CD.

Mark Crosling

Director of Marketing
  • Previous head of preferred agency to SE Asia VC.
  • Growth marketer to multiple B2B startups.
  • Award winning Marketing Influencer.
  • MBA.

Bec Smith

Director of Operations
  • Operator who scaled 2 billion-dollar global biz.
  • Simultaneously scaled investee startups.
  • Startmate fellow.
  • Masters in technology.

Herman Yau

VP of Strategic Partnerships
  • 14+ years in the consumer IoT, Camera, Video Services, and Computer Vision Industry.
  • Deep end-to-end operational experience and market knowledge of the consumer IoT business.
  • Built and sold a consumer IoT product and services business to the market share leader in access control in North America.
  • 4 CES Innovation Awards for Products.

Founder’s Story

Our story begins in 2016 with one of Xailient’s co-founders, Shivy Yohanandan. While researching for his PhD in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Computer Vision (CV) at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Shivy had a profound insight – existing AI CV was based around trying to process data through brute strength.

By contrast, visual data is processed on a selective basis in the human brain by focusing on the most relevant regions of interest and concentrating resources. Visual data processed this way is more efficient and accurate.

Shivy used his PhD to develop an algorithm that replicated the human brain for CV, producing a technique that is an order of magnitude faster than the alternative approaches.

Following his PhD, in mid-2019, Shivy joined the Antler start-up incubator program to help commercialize his algorithm. It was there that he met Lars Oleson, his co-founder and Xailient CEO.

They worked together to develop a business plan for commercialization, began hiring staff, and officially formed the company in August 2019. In September & October, they conducted three proofs of concept in diverse markets and raised USD 1.2 million seed capital.

In February 2020, Xailient launched their MVP and used it to work with two customers as pilot projects, one in retail automation and the other in agriculture monitoring technology.

Xailient’s backstory

Xailient’s genesis came from Shivy Yohanandan’s research mapping biological neural networks into artificial neural networks (NNs). By replicating how to create selective attention in computer vision through NNs, Detectum was born.

Detectum is a NN algorithm that can run on very low power. The algorithm proved itself in the field numerous times, including our multi-award-winning Purple Hive Project.

In becoming more efficient at managing Detectum, we built a suite of tools to help our internal CSE team support various partner POCs.

We soon realized that in order to empower Edge CV at scale, the suite of tools we created was directing the path to a more automated, repeatable, and observable way of doing things. We realized that the new suite of tools provided a valuable alternative to what most of our partner companies were doing (namely, manually managing their Edge CV operations).

As we looked deeper and talked with our partners, we realized that a lot of value could be created in building out a better management platform for Edge CV operations. In particular, we wanted to provide an operational management toolkit that took a holistic approach.

This is how Xailient arrived at the exciting new chapter of Orchestrait.

Orchestrait is a management tool for engineers and developers working in the HomeCam space to better manage information about Edge Face Recognition models running on their cameras.

At Xailient, we found a way to efficiently take care of AI management issues with Orchestrait so that engineers and developers don’t have to.

Strategy going forward

Xailient’s vision is to transform its algorithmic efficiency into a process that empowers companies to bring AI products and features to market faster, easier, and with less investment to compete in the emerging AI-IoT world.

Xailient has commercial partnerships with

Sony [Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation]

Xailient announced the world’s most power-efficient Face Recognition AI, which runs on the IMX500, the world’s first intelligent vision sensor with Edge AI processing capability from Sony. Xailient’s Face Recognition enables high-speed Edge AI processing with low-power consumption using Sony’s IMX500 – a chip so small it can fit on the tip of your finger. On the IMX500, Xailient provides the world’s most power-efficient Face Recognition AI.

Maxim Integrated

Maxim teamed with Xailient to provide the world’s fastest and lowest-power loT Face Detection. Maxim Integrated’s MAX78000 ultra-low-power neural-network microcontroller detects and localizes faces in video and images using Xailient’s proprietary Detectum neural network. Maxim Integrated’s microcontroller paired with Xailient’s neural network improves overall power efficiency and battery life of hybrid Edge/cloud applications that employ a low-power ‘listening’ mode, which awakens more complex systems when a face is detected.

Intel OpenVINO

Together, Xailient and OpenVINO deliver every inference of Computer Vision on all configurations of Intel hardware, from microwatts to Gigawatts, efficiently and super fast. Intel OpenVINO improved Xailient FPS 9.5x on Intel hardware – to an eye-watering 448 FPS. No camera needs 448 FPS, but what this means for customers is the ability to drive 15 cameras through a single Intel system, with room to spare for other applications.

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