OneVisage® to present 3D camera support and 3D facial authentication on iOS, Android and Windows platforms at Finovate Fall 2017

by admin on September 7, 2017

PressRelease-BannerOneVisage, the Swiss-based 3D facial authentication solution leader, is first to propose a comprehensive 3D facial authentication solution portfolio for mobile and desktop platforms, supporting both RGB and 3D/depth cameras. OneVisage is well poised to offer bank-grade 3D facial authentication solutions running with the new generation of smartphones, tablets and laptops that will integrate 3D/depth front cameras.


Lausanne, Switzerland, 7th September 2017: OneVisage SA, the award-winning and leading 3D facial authentication company today announces the stable releases of 3DAuth SDK for iOS and Android platforms that will be unveiled at Finovate Fall 2017 event in New York on September 11-14. The company will showcase a first version of its 3D facial authentication solution running on Windows 10 that uses a 3D/depth camera.

September 12th, 2017 will probably be the most important date in the whole history of OneVisage and the mobile cybersecurity world. We are very excited to watch and see Apple’s announcement[i] about the iPhone 8, unveiling a 3D/depth front camera and 3D facial authentication feature. And we hope that Apple will open software interfaces to developers. For OneVisage, this would be fantastic news as it would pave the road of the next cyber revolution!” said Christophe Remillet, CEO and founder of OneVisage.

Key players such as Sony, LG, Xiaomi, Qualcomm, Himax have now confirmed they will integrate 3D camera in mobile devices. These ground-breaking announcements will unlock 3D facial authentication adoption in the mobile space, not to say the whole ICT industry.” said Praveen Gajjala, EMEA Sales Director of OneVisage.

At Finovate Fall 2017 exhibition in New York on Sept 11-14, OneVisage – who has been selected by Venture Leaders to attend the Top 10 Swiss Fintech start-ups program – will showcase its 3DAuth software solutions for iOS, Android and Windows 10 platforms. OneVisage will take the opportunity to explain why and how 3D sensors and 3D facial authentication will impact our digital world.

Assembling 3D front cameras with our unique 3D facial matching solution will offer a great user-experience and bank-grade security level.  The question is what makes us stand out from internal mobile device manufacturer solutions? Key differentiators will be about interoperability, architecture flexibility, solution independency, data protection, legal, compliance and licensing/support models. All these criteria are key factors and are mostly immediate showstoppers for financial services. OneVisage is well poised in the 3D facial biometry market simply because we are the only one to fulfil all these key factors/added values at the same time.” said Christophe Remillet, CEO and founder of OneVisage.

For general information inquiries, please send an email at info@onevisage.com

About OneVisage®

OneVisage® is a leading cyber-security company founded in 2013 headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland, that enables financial services, Identity & Access Management providers and cyber-security integrators to reduce identity theft and transaction abandonments. Our 3DAuth™ solutions provide higher security and greater user’s experience than passwords, security tokens or other biometric modalities at a fraction of their prices by using cutting edge 3D facial authentication technology running on consumer-grade mobile devices. OneVisage® has been awarded Edison Awards 2016 – ICT Security gold medal, Red Herring 2015 Top 100 Europe, CTIA Startup Lab 2015 – Identity Management Winner and selected in the 2017 Top 10 Swiss Fintech Startups by Venture Leaders. OneVisage® is a member of the FIDO alliance and European Association for Biometrics (EAB) associations and has been granted the Swiss Made Software label.

About Finovate Fall 2017

https://finance.knect365.com/finovatefall/

About the Top 10 Swiss Fintech Startups 2017

http://www.venturelab.ch/venture-leaders-fintech

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[i] https://www.apple.com/apple-events/september-2017/

 

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OneVisage Announces First 3D Facial Authentication Solution Running on iOS

by admin on June 22, 2017

OneVisage, the award-winning and leading 3D facial authentication company today announced that it will unveil first 3D facial authentication solution that runs on iOS platform. As of today, there is no 3D facial authentication solutions available on iPhone or iPad mobile devices.

According to market experts, first front 3D cameras and 3D facial verification solutions should be unveiled later, in Fall this year by few major equipment manufacturers.

Today is a special day as we are proud to announce the first full 3D facial authentication solution that runs on iOS mobile devices. Financial services and identity management solution providers are looking to offer the same user-experience and high-level of security to all their customers, regardless if they use an iPhone 6, Samsung Galaxy S8 or Huawei Honor as an example. We can now potentially address more than 60% of mobile device owners in the world – aka more than 1 billion people – which probably positions us as the most universal and strongest authentication solution in the market.” said Praveen Gajjala, Sales Director EMEA of OneVisage.

Omni-channel management is key for financial services to offer the same experience to customers across branch, mobile and on-line channels. According to 2016 North America Consumer Digital Banking Survey made by Accenture Consulting, only 27% of consumers say that omni-channel experience is seamless.

We listened financial services and learnt that omni-channel and universality are key features. Allowing customers to log in their e-banking account on their laptop or mobile device, by only using their mobile device, is now a must-have feature. Our 3DAuth solution is uniquely poised for being the universal solution to address nearly all authentication use cases for banks, payment service providers and card issuers, regardless the user’s mobile device platform.” said Brian Haverty, Vice President of Sales, Americas.

According to analyst Ming Chi-Kuo interviewed by Business Insider UK in February 2017, Apple’s next generation 3D iPhone camera could reinvent user experience.

We are really impatient to see the first smartphones coming with 3D front cameras, which are foreseen to be unveiled in October-November this year. When combined to our unique 3DAuth technology, such devices will allow instantaneous, very strong authentication, users just making single shot selfies in few hundred milliseconds. Security will be seriously reinforced as it will be impossible to spoof such devices with a video, 3D avatar or virtual reality tool. We believe this will announce the beginning of the 3D facial authentication revolution that will supersede any other biometric alternatives, making passwords and pin-codes things of the past. This will be a major change in our everyday digital live.” said Christophe Remillet, CEO of OneVisage.

CEO Christophe Remillet and Praveen Gajjala, OneVisage EMEA Sales Director, will be exhibiting and meeting with financial services partners at Money 20/20 – Europe in Copenhaguen, Denmark. Christophe and Praveen OneVisage SA – Rue de Bourg 25 – 1003 Lausanne – Switzerland www.onevisage.com will provide live demonstrations of the latest OneVisage authentication software developed for financial services, using both iOS and Android mobile devices.

3DAuth SDK for mobile devices is currently available via an exclusive alpha/beta program. Please contact us for further information.

To set up an appointment at Money 20/20 Europe 2017, please visit our website http://onevisage.com/events or send an email at info@onevisage.com or call us: +41 21 566 70 55 (Europe) +1 650 544 4051 (North America).

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The First Swiss National Fintech Startup Team Is Ready For New York

by admin on June 19, 2017

The venture leaders jury has selected the first Fintech Team of the venture leaders history. This new ‘Swiss National Startup Team’ joins the Technology, Life Science and China 2017 selections. The ten high potential Swiss startups will take part in the high-powered business and financing roadshow in New York.

The 10 selected entrepreneurs reflect the acceleration of the Swiss fintech scene in the recent years and the impressive quality of its startups. They will join the intense journey taking place from September 10 – 16 in New York. The roadshow offers an accelerated learning curve and a solid network through exchanges with their peers in the team, as well as market exposure, feedback from investors and experts, and hands-on business development.

The city of unlimited possibilities: for world-class startups. Swiss made.
‘New York is undeniably one of the most economically powerful cities on the planet and definitely the reference in fintech today. It has been the fastest-growing startup technology ecosystem in the US in recent years, attracting more than $3 billion per year of investment today,’ explains Jordi Montserrat, Director of venturelab. ‘We already brought our technology team there for the past two years, and saw there was an amazing potential in taking a Swiss fintech team to this amazing setup to support their global expansion. This was a trigger for the new selection, supporting the path of Switzerland being amongst the leading nations in fintech for the upcoming decade’.

Meet the venture leaders Fintech 2017 & see them pitch at the startup space in Zurich on June 19
Mark the date of June 19, 2017, for the Swiss Fintech Night at the startup space in Zurich co-organized by Swiss Finance Startups. Starting at 6:15PM, the event will showcase the 10 winners of venture leaders Fintech 2017, who are forming the Swiss National Fintech Team.The team comprises a startup ranked in the TOP100 Swiss startups, and a recent winner of 130,000 Swiss francs at the Venture Kick finale. Following the startup pitching there will be the SFS Summer Party. Full program and registration.

About venture leaders: the home of the Swiss national startup teams
venture leaders offers one-week roadshows in Boston (Life Science), Silicon Valley (Technology), New York (Fintech) and China (all domains). This includes presentations to local investors, partners and industry experts as well as business workshops and company visits. Further to getting a unique visibility in Switzerland and abroad, as well as building a strong network, the participants are part of a team of entrepreneurs sharing the same objectives and challenges. They are unique ambassadors of the thriving Swiss startup scene and Switzerland’s innovation power.

Next call for Swiss startups with global potential

The AIT program aims to support scientists in transforming their high-level applied research into market application and discovering their entrepreneurial potential. By connecting scientists from top institutions in Switzerland and India/Brazil, the program promotes an international network and enables access to one of the most promising markets and intellectual capitals in applied research.

About venture leaders: The home of the Swiss national startup teams
Created in 2001, venture leaders offers one-week roadshows in Boston (Life Science), Silicon Valley (Technology), New York (Fintech) and China (all domains). This includes presentations to local investors, partners and industry experts as well as business workshops and company visits. Further to getting a unique visibility in Switzerland and abroad, as well as building a strong network, the participants are part of a team of entrepreneurs sharing the same objectives and challenges. They are unique Ambassadors of the thriving Swiss startup scene and our country’s innovation power. So far, more than 300 startups participated in the program today. Some were acquired by Apple or Intel. In total, 42 venture leaders are listed in the actual TOP100 Swiss Startups ranking such as L.E.S.S., Bcomp, Knip, Flyability, Ava, Amal Therapeutics, Gamaya and Lunaphore.

Partners
This year the venture leaders Fintech program is supported by Canton of Vaud, digitalswitzerland, EPF Lausanne, ETH Zurich, IMMOMIG, PostFinance and Swiss Finance Startups.

Read full article herehttp://www.venturelab.ch/index.cfm?CFID=573238662&CFTOKEN=34844622&page=132995&article_id=2749

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OneVisage® sets foot in the US with new offices in Silicon Valley

by admin on March 29, 2017

PressRelease-BannerOneVisage, the Swiss-based 3D facial authentication solution pioneer, announces its expansion into North America with a new office in Sunnyvale, CA.


Lausanne, Switzerland, 29th March 2017: OneVisage SA, the award-winning and leading 3D facial authentication company today announces the nomination of Brian Haverty as Vice President Sales Americas.

The market is now accelerating and there is a clear shift in the industry with facial authentication. Banking and financial firms are facing urgent needs to replace their expensive, complex and unsafe password schemes. I am really excited to have appointed Brian Haverty to unleash our 3D facial authentication solution in North America and stay close to our customers and partners.” said Christophe Remillet, CEO and the founder of OneVisage.

The new offices in Sunnyvale will be run by Brian Haverty, formerly VP Sales of Americas. Brian is a proven Senior Executive with an impressive track record of driving revenue and market share for both start-up and Fortune 500 companies. A results-driven leader with a distinguished career building scalable sales and business development organizations. An accomplished professional with strong leadership skills, proven success in surpassing goals, operating under budget and a solid reputation for exceeding expectations. Brian’s career spans over 25 years leading sales and business development teams at Office Depot, American Express, Ebay, Global Address, Exact Software and Strands Finance.

I am looking forward to the opportunity to introduce OneVisage’s breakthrough 3D Facial Authentication software into the North American market and beyond. I’m thrilled to help financial services, identity management providers and cyber-security solution providers seriously reduce identity frauds and improve on-boarding processes.” said Brian Haverty, VP Sales of Americas.

For general information inquiries, please send an email at info@onevisage.com

About OneVisage®

OneVisage® is a leading cyber-security company founded in 2013 headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland, that enables financial services, Identity & Access Management providers and cyber-security integrators to reduce identity theft and transaction abandonments. Our 3DAuth™ solutions provide higher security and greater user’s experience than passwords, security tokens or other biometric modalities at a fraction of their prices by using cutting edge 3D facial authentication technology running on consumer-grade mobile devices. OneVisage® has been awarded Edison Awards 2016 – ICT Security gold medal, Red Herring 2015 Top 100 Europe and CTIA Startup Lab 2015 – Identity Management Winner. OneVisage® is a member of the FIDO alliance and European Association for Biometrics (EAB) associations.

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OneVisage to Join Silicon Valley Plug & Play Accelerator by Startupticker

by admin on March 24, 2017

OneVisage, a Lausanne based startup specialising in cyber security solutions, has been selected among the companies that will join the Silicon Valley accelerator Plug and Play in the 2017 FinTech Accelerator Batch. OneVisage is the only Swiss startup participating in the program.

OneVisage is a cyber-security company developing biometric solutions for financial services integrators and identity management providers. The startup developed a 3D facial authentication technology, which will allow financial services, cybersecurity, identity & access management and healthcare providers to offer simple, secure, universal and cost-effective authentication to their end users.

Having convinced the Silicon Valley Plug and Play Ventures team, the OneVisage was selected among the 175 startups to join Silicon Valley Plug & Play Accelerator in the Fintech Accelerator Batch this spring.

With 175 startups out of the 8,500 submissions, the Silicon Valley accelerator Plug and play is taking in the largest cohort ever. The startups including the OneVisage make up the fifth batch which will begin this spring through June in nine separate programs based on each company’s focus. Each program comprises of different weekly educational sessions with mentors, experts, partners and investors, as well as larger, program-wide networking activities ahead of the cohort’s demo day in June. The startups will also be introduced to the ecosystem of 180 corporate partners, 200 VCs, and 583 alumni.

“We look forward to the arrival of brilliant minds to our headquarters. We foresee our corporate partners more involved than ever. The startups can expect to run more pilots, diversify their business offerings, and raise additional funding to build their dream,” comments our Founder and CEO, Saeed Amidi.

The Accelerator Plug and Place takes no equity from its participants, spokeswoman Allison Romero said to the Silicon Valley Business Journal. Startups get free desk space in Sunnyvale and free meals through the duration of the program. Between now and June, Plug and Play’s goal will be to identify the most promising startups in the program, and invest in those. Plug and Play runs a total of 11 accelerator programs, in partnership with large corporations.

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Press article: http://www.startupticker.ch/en/news/march-2017/onevisage-to-join-silicon-valley-plug-play-accelerator

 

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OneVisage Selected by Silicon Valley Plug & Play to Join FinTech Accelerator Batch

by admin on March 23, 2017

March 22nd, 2017 –  Meet the 175 Startups Joining Our Programs by Plug & Play

We are accepting the largest cohort to date, running nine of our program simultaneously. These 175 startups have been hand-selected by our Ventures Team to be introduced to our ecosystem of 180 corporate partners, 200 VCs, and 583 alumni. “We look forward to the arrival of brilliant minds to our headquarters. We foresee our corporate […]

We are accepting the largest cohort to date, running nine of our program simultaneously. These 175 startups have been hand-selected by our Ventures Team to be introduced to our ecosystem of 180 corporate partners, 200 VCs, and 583 alumni.

“We look forward to the arrival of brilliant minds to our headquarters. We foresee our corporate partners more involved than ever. The startups can expect to run more pilots, diversify their business offerings, and raise additional funding to build their dream,” comments our Founder and CEO, Saeed Amidi.

Get a first look of the startups below and get your tickets to meet them at our Summer Summit June 6th-8th at our HQ.

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OneVisage unveils First Passwordless Biometric Solution at SIBOS 2016

by admin on September 28, 2016

OneVisage unveiled at SIBOS 2016 in Geneva its 3DAuth PaaS platform. This is the first biometric authentification solution for mobile devices that is totally password-free for customers, co-workers and IT administrators. The solution opens new perspectives in fast growing industries such as fintech.

OneVisage, one of the leading 3D facial authentication companies developing breakthrough digital identity solutions for financial services and Identity and Access Management (IAM) providers, announced that its 3DAuth digital identity verification platform now provides a complete passwordless experience to users and IT administrators. The solution was unveiled Monday at SIBOS 2016 exhibition in Geneva.

“According to a PwC information security 2015 survey, current and former employees in financial services organizations still represent nearly two third (64%) of security incidents. As most of, not to say all, financial services companies rely on passwords or pin codes for handling their core application systems – even when biometric alternatives are in place – we realized how dangerous and inconsistent this situation is from a security angle.” said Christophe Remillet, CEO, OneVisage.

“As everybody knows, password systems are now broken. We are proud to unveil at SIBOS 2016 what seems to be the first authentication solution that totally eliminates passwords and pin-codes. Upon discussing with bank security managers and IT administrators, we realized the difficulty and pain for them to manage tens, even hundreds of passwords. But beside painful administrative tasks, “what you have” solutions such as passwords or security tokens create weak security points as well as non-repudiation issues that are very difficult to detect and overcome. Thanks to 3DAuth facial authentication platform, financial services can now protect themselves against internal threats while making important security cost savings.” said Christophe Remillet, CEO, OneVisage.

OneVisage is a leading cyber-security company founded in 2013 with offices in Lausanne and Zurich. The startup enables financial services, Identity and Access Management providers and mobile operators to reduce identity theft and transaction abandonments. OneVisage was among the Red Herring 2015 Top 100 Europe startups, CTIA Startup Lab 2015 – Identity Management Winner and Edison Awards 2016 – Gold winner in category “ICT security”. The company is also a member of the FIDO alliance and European Association for Biometrics (EAB)

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Full article: http://www.startupticker.ch/en/news/september-2016/onevisage-announces-first-passwordless-biometric-solution-at-sibos-2016

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La fin des mots de passe dans les banques?

by admin on September 26, 2016

Onevisage. La startup basée à Lausanne lance un système d’authentification biométrique en trois dimensions. Conçu pour être intégré directement dans les systèmes IT bancaires.

La société OneVisage profite du salon Sibos, qui s’ouvre aujourd’hui à Genève, pour dévoiler un système d’authentification biométrique permettant de franchir une étape de plus dans la sécurité. Créée en 2013, elle avait communiqué l’an dernier sur son système de «selfie 3D», …

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20 Minutes: Identification faciale sous la menace d’usurpateurs

by admin on August 23, 2016

Des chercheurs ont mis en évidence les lacunes de logiciels s’appuyant sur des images en deux dimensions.

La protection de données ou le déverrouillage de son smartphone via la présentation de son visage n’est pas sans faille. Une équipe de l’Université de Caroline du Nord l’a démontré au détriment de cinq services spécialisés disponibles sur les boutiques Google Play et App Store. Pour leur expérience, ils se sont servis des photos disponibles en ligne de vingt volontaires. Ils les ont ensuite fait passer dans leurs modèles de rendus 3D. Ils ont réussi à déjouer la vigilance de quatre applications, avec des taux de réussite allant de 55 à 85%. Aucun service n’a même résisté en recourant aux photos portraits originales prises avec les volontaires, rapporte le site Wired.

Cela ne surprend pas Christophe Remillet.«Il faut faire face à la réalité, commente le patron de OneVisage. On arrivera toujours à déjouer facilement la technologie basée sur la 2D». L’étude américaine fait plutôt les affaires de la start-up lausannoise qui développe une technologie de reconnaissance faciale basée sur la 3D. «Nous avons 1oo% de résistance en présence de photos 2D ou de masques 3D», met en avant Christophe Remillet. Sa solution, à vocation universelle et basée sur la 3D, a notamment l’avantage de pouvoir fonctionner avec des caméras frontales basiques de smartphones.

Article rédigé par Laurent Favre, 20Minutes

Lien vers l’article: http://www.20min.ch/ro/multimedia/stories/story/12928242

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NZZ: ETH bringt Computern das Sehen bei

by admin on June 19, 2016

Smartphones lernen, die Welt zu erkennen und dreidimensional zu vermessen. Google will damit die nächste digitale Revolution auslösen. Schweizer Hochschulen und Startups sind ganz vorne mit dabei.

Ein Smartphone mit Google Tango zaubert digitale Dinosaurier auf die reale Bühne. (Mountain View, 19. Mai 2016) (Bild: Youtube)

Ein Smartphone mit Google Tango zaubert digitale Dinosaurier auf die reale Bühne. (Mountain View, 19. Mai 2016) (Bild: Youtube)

Computer sind nicht mehr blind: Im Herbst kommt in der Schweiz das erste sehende Smartphone auf den Markt. 499 $ soll das Lenovo Phab 2 Pro kosten. Es ist nicht einfach ein neues Gadget, sondern der Beginn einer technologischen Revolution. Denn im Telefon steckt die hochkomplexe Technologie Google Tango. Die ETH Zürich ist dank einer Partnerschaft mit Google massgeblich an der Entwicklung beteiligt (siehe Artikel unten).

Smartphone Lenovo Phab 2 Pro: Die drei Kameras auf der Rückseite vermessen den Raum in Echtzeit. (Bild: PD)

Smartphone Lenovo Phab 2 Pro: Die drei Kameras auf der Rückseite vermessen den Raum in Echtzeit. (Bild: PD)

Heute braucht Navigation Satelliten und GPS. Doch sie ist ungenau und funktioniert in Innenräumen nicht. Tango benötigt keine Satelliten, sondern nur drei Kameras: Das Phab 2 Pro hat eine Videokamera als Auge sowie Bewegungs- und Tiefensensoren, die den Raum vermessen. Das Gerät weiss anhand spezieller Referenzpunkte jederzeit exakt, wo es sich im Raum befindet und in welche Richtung es sich orientiert. Es vermisst die Umgebung in Echtzeit und generiert eine dreidimensionale Karte. So kann der Nutzer durch Bahnhöfe und Museen navigieren – ohne GPS-Signal.

Viele Anwendungen, die der Chef-Ingenieur von Google Tango, Johnny Lee, Anfang Juni an der Lenovo Tech World mit dem neuen Smartphone vorführte, sind Spielereien (siehe Video). So lassen sich etwa Dinosaurier in den realen Raum stellen und von allen Seiten betrachten. In einem Spiel verteidigt man sein Wohnzimmer gegen Aliens.

Doch es gibt auch nützlichere Apps, die Dinge vermessen. Weil das Telefon beim Gang durch die eigene Wohnung ein 3-D-Modell erstellt, lassen sich digitale Möbel in den Raum stellen oder Bodenbeläge ändern. Durch das Telefon hindurch lässt sich das Resultat von allen Seiten begutachten. «Wer einen Möbel-Fehlkauf verhindert, spart Zeit und Geld», sagt Lee am Telefon. Künftig werde ein «Ökosystem» von Tango-Apps entstehen, das zur Verbreitung beitragen werde. «Am Anfang war auch GPS eine Nische. Wer es einmal hat, für den ist es unverzichtbar. Auf dieser Grundlage sind dann völlig neue Dienste wie etwa Uber entstanden», sagt Lee.

ETH-Professor für Computer-Vision arbeitet bald für die Microsoft-Computer-Brille Hololens. (Bild: PD)

ETH-Professor für Computer-Vision arbeitet bald für die Microsoft-Computer-Brille Hololens. (Bild: PD)

Auch die an Tango beteiligten ETH-Professoren Marc Pollefeys und Roland Siegwart glauben, dass die Entwicklung völlig am Anfang steht. Die Zahl der Anwendungen, die daraus entstehen können, sei riesig. Die Technologie ist etwa eine Grundlage für viele Anwendungen von Computer-Brillen, die digital erweiterte und virtuelle Realität ermöglichen.

«Die digitale Welt verschmilzt so mit der realen», sagt Marc Pollefeys, Professor für Computer-Vision. Wenn Bauarbeiter heute den Boden aufreissen, müssen sie einen Plan lesen können, um zu wissen, wo Gasleitungen verlaufen. «Mit Tango und 3-D-Karten werden sie durch ein Tablet auf den Boden schauen und genau sehen, wo die Leitungen verlaufen», sagt Pollefeys. «Viele Aufgaben werden dadurch einfacher.» In der Industrie kann die erweiterte Realität künftig Arbeiter anleiten, indem sie ein digitales Bild über die realen Dinge projiziert.

Dass die ETH hier weltweit Spitze ist, zeigt, dass Pollefeys ab Juli für zwei Jahre zu Microsoft nach Redmond geht, wo er an der Entwicklung der aufsehenerregenden Computer-Brille Hololens mitarbeiten wird. Daneben wird er weiterhin Teilzeit für die ETH tätig sein. Auch Google könnte eine ähnliche Brille planen: Die Filme, die die erweiterte Realität des Google-Startups Magic Leap zeigen, ähneln denen von Tango stark. «Eine Brille ist aufregend. Vielleicht wird es das künftig geben», sagt Lee lediglich.

Aus Pollefeys’ Forschung sind hierzulande bereits mehrere Startups hervorgegangen: So hat etwa OneVisage aus Lausanne eine Lösung für eine biometrische Authentifizierung entwickelt, die das Gesicht des Nutzers dreidimensional scannt. Zwei von Pollefeys’ Studenten haben in Zürich den Spin-off Astrivis gegründet, der eine App entwickelt, die wie Google Tango ein 3-D-Modell der Umgebung erstellt – aber dafür nur ein normales Smartphone benötigt. Mit der App kann man um ein Gebäude laufen und es sofort als Modell rekonstruieren.

Google Tango ist fast dieselbe Technologie, die auch in selbstfahrenden Autos oder Drohnen steckt. «In einem Projekt haben wir vier Kameras an einem Auto angebracht, die beim Fahren sofort ein dreidimensionales Modell der Umwelt erstellt haben», sagt Pollefeys. Solche exakten Karten bilden die Grundlage für selbstfahrende Autos. «Von wirklich autonomen Autos, die ihre Umwelt in Echtzeit erkennen, sind wir aber noch weiter weg, als die Leute denken. Die Autos können vielleicht 99,9% der Situationen richtig erkennen. Bis das entscheidende letzte 0,1% gelöst ist, wird es mindestens noch ein Jahrzehnt dauern.»

«In der ersten Phase der Digitalisierung hat vor allem das Silicon Valley profitiert. Nun wird es viel komplexer, da kann die Schweiz die Chance nutzen.»

ETH-Professor für autonome Systeme, Co-Direktor des Wyss-Institut von Uni und ETH sowie Verwaltungsrat der NZZ-Gruppe. (Bild: PD)

ETH-Professor für autonome Systeme, Co-Direktor des Wyss-Institut von Uni und ETH sowie Verwaltungsrat der NZZ-Gruppe. (Bild: PD)

An visueller Navigation von Robotern arbeitet auch Roland Siegwart, ETH-Professor für autonome Systeme und Co-Direktor am Wyss-Institut von Uni und ETH, wo das Projekt Zurich Eye entsteht. Es will Roboter, Drohnen oder Autos ermöglichen, ohne Informationen von externen Quellen zu navigieren. Dafür wird ein Modul entwickelt, das das menschliche Auge mit Kameras und den Gleichgewichtssinn mit Beschleunigungssensoren imitiert. «Die Welt zu erkennen und darin einen Weg zu planen, das machen wir Menschen automatisch. Obwohl wir dafür viel Gehirnkapazität brauchen, merken wir
es nicht. Für Computer hingegen ist das sehr komplex und schwierig», sagt Siegwart.

Drohnen werden dank dem Modul Hindernisse, Menschen oder Fenster und Türen erkennen, um selbständig landen zu können. «Das macht Amazons Lieferdrohnen erst möglich», sagt Siegwart. Zurich Eye soll hochpräzise Karten der Umwelt erstellen, die andere Maschinen nutzen können. Das ermöglicht es, Roboter künftig in unsicheren Umgebungen arbeiten zu lassen, Produktionsprozesse zu automatisieren oder etwa automatische Putzmaschinen steuern.

Zurich Eye will ein Google Tango für professionelle Anwendungen werden, indem es zuverlässigere, höher auflösende Karten-Daten liefert. «Es sollen schnell erste Prototypen entstehen. In ein bis zwei Jahren gibt es hoffentlich einen Spin-off», sagt Siegwart. Google sieht er mehr als Partner und weniger als Konkurrenten: «Der Konzern kann und wird nicht alles abdecken – etwa Vermessungsdienste für Architekten.» Drohnen können um Baustellen fliegen und täglich den entstehenden Rohbau mit den Plänen der Architekten vergleichen, um Abweichungen festzustellen. Gewisse Dinge im Tango-Projekt seien mit offenem Quellcode entwickelt worden. Wo man als ETH Chancen für Spin-offs gesehen habe, sei der Code aber nicht freigegeben worden.

Im letzten Jahrzehnt ist in dem Bereich eine hohe Dichte an Startups entstanden. Siegwart nennt etwa Sensefly aus Genf oder Pix4D aus Lausanne, die mit autonomen Drohnen Landschaften vermessen. Im Dezember hat Go Pro den ETH-Spin-off Skybotix übernommen und baut nun weitere Arbeitsplätze in Zürich auf.

«In dem Bereich sind ETH und EPFL Weltspitze», sagt Siegwart. Weitere Startups werden entstehen mit Ideen, die man sich heute gar nicht vorstellen kann: «In der ersten Phase der Digitalisierung hat vor allem das Silicon Valley profitiert. Nun wird es viel komplexer, da kann die Schweiz die Chance nutzen, da wir in den Bereichen Hochpräzision, künstliche Intelligenz und Computervision stark sind», sagt Siegwart. «Grosse Firmen besuchen ständig unser Labor und rekrutieren unsere Leute.» Kürzlich sei Frank Wang zu Besuch gewesen. Er ist Chef des weltweit grössten Drohnen-Herstellers DJI aus China, der mit 10 Mrd. $ bewertet ist. Sie seien an einer Zusammenarbeit mit der ETH interessiert.

Die Preise für Technologien wie Google Tango werden schnell fallen. Lenovo hat die Komponenten für das Smartphone bereits stark geschrumpft und verbilligt. Mit der Massenproduktion werden die Computer-Augen künftig noch viel günstiger werden.

Article written by Marco Metzler, NZZ am Sonntag

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