COVID-19: Canon Software For Counting People And Crowds In Real Time

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Not photography related but never the less an interesting news concerning Canon. A software to keep up with social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Press release:

Canon U.S.A. Announces Crowd People Counter Software to Capture Crowd Sizes in Real Time

Software Aids in Social Distance Monitoring, City Planning and Crowd Control at Stadiums, Airports, Train Stations, Houses of Worship and Other Large Venues

MELVILLE, NY, June 1, 2020Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today introduced the Crowd People Counter, a video content analysis software which can quickly provide event management teams and law enforcement agencies the ability to gather crowd size data in real-time. The gathering and analysis of this data can help detect overcrowding and potentially prevent accidents at a variety of locations, including stadiums, airports, train stations, houses of worship, and other venues. An additional application of the software is the ability to support city planning projects.

“Now more than ever, cities and venues are extremely conscious about crowd control and social distancing,” said Tatsuro “Tony” Kano, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Canon U.S.A.’s Imaging Technologies and Communications Group. “With the current COVID-19 pandemic, it has become extremely important to be able to monitor the density of crowds. Our new Crowd People Counter software can help to manage crowds in real time and will provide valuable data to help keep people safe once large gatherings and events return.”

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Canon And Other Companies Free Patent Rights To Fight COVID-19 Pandemic

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Canon, Toyota, and other Japanese companies are freeing their patents in a common effort to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nikkei Asian Review reports:

TOKYO — About 20 Japanese companies, including Toyota Motor and Canon, will release patents and other intellectual property held in Japan and overseas for free to help fight the new coronavirus, Nikkei has learned.

The goal is to make it easier for businesses and research organizations to develop medical devices as well as testing and treatment technologies. The hope is that it will lead to a faster resolution of the crisis, which threatens to seriously affect the global economy.

The idea was initially proposed by Professor Fumihiko Matsuda, head of the Center for Genomic Medicine at the Graduate School of Medicine at Kyoto University. Nissan Motor, Honda Motor, Shimadzu, Ajinomoto Group and Tokyo-based SRL, a member of the Miraca Group, will also participate.

Canon patent applications are something we cover extensively.

Canon EOS R5 And EOS R6 Shipments Might Get Delayed (COVID-19 impact)

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The global COVID-19 impact might well delay shipments of both the Canon EOS R5 and EOS R6. It was already murmured that it might happen (here and here).

First thing first, shipment of the EOS R5 and R6 will not begin earlier than July 2020, if not later. Next, and unfortunately, there are reasons to believe Canon will not be able to produce the number of cameras they planned and that means low quantities of both cameras to ship. At least for the next months. Consider that the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the production and supply chains of Canon and also of other manufacturers that Canon’s chains build on.

However, all rumors suggest the official announcement of the EOS R5 and EOS R6 will not be delayed and is still scheduled for May 2020.

As for the Canon EOS R5, 45MP resolution have indirectly been confirmed through the revealed specifications. Canon says the R5 will shoot DCI 8192 x 4320. That means the sensor has a width of 8192 pixels. Given the 3:2 ratio the height is 5461 pixels. All sums up to a 44.7MP sensor.

During Canon’s live-streamed announcement (you can watch it again here) Canon revealed the second teaser after the development announcement and a subsequent reveal of more specifications. All R5 coverage is listed here.

Source: Canon Rumors