Milestone Systems, the open platform video management software (VMS) company, named Canscan Inc. from Canada, the winner of the Milestone Community Kickstarter Contest 2020 during Milestone Community Days (MIPS) in Dallas, Texas.
Innovators from around the world submitted their ideas to the contest and three made it to the final round at MIPS in Dallas, Texas. Here, they presented their ideas and prototypes. A judging committee and the partner community present voted for their favourite idea via an app.
The winning project is Canscan Inc., a technology company that offers automated container inspection services. Canscan Inc. has developed a patent pending system, based on artificial intelligence, machine vision and data analytics that uses existing cameras and infrastructure to automatically inspect shipping containers transiting into or through terminals. Potential use cases are port authorities, container terminal operators, trucking companies, rail-lines, container and trucking depots.
“Jennifer and the Canscan team represent the innovative start-ups that see a need in the market and apply technology and vision to address it. This winning solution not only provides port authorities, trucking companies, rail lines and others in the transportation industry with an efficient tool to check containers but also demonstrates a powerful use of AI. This is exactly what is at the heart of the Milestone Community Kickstarter Contest; to support upcoming technology partners with the platform and community that can push video management to the next level,” says Chief Technology Officer, Bjørn Skou Eilertsen, Milestone Systems.
Milestone Systems awarded the Canscan Inc. team a US$10,000 cash prize and US$55,000 in development and marketing resources. Canscan Inc. will be working closely with Milestone Systems to finalise the winning project in the coming year. This includes completing the integration with the Milestone Integration Platform Software Development Kit (MIP SDK), getting the integration certified by Milestone Systems and bringing the solution to market.
“It’s an incredible feeling to be recognised by the Milestone Systems community. We were looking for a partner to help us grow and scale up and since most of our customers are existing customers of Milestone Systems, it’s a very organic way for us to grow. We’re very happy to have the support of Milestone Systems and the community,” says Jennifer Ivens, Founder of Canscan Inc.