SKT to Improve Theft Detection Service with Xilinx Accelerators

Vice president of APAC regional sales at Xilinx, Sam Rogen, second from left, poses with chief technology officer at SK Telecom, Park Jin-hyo, center, during a media conference held at the Grand InterContinental Seoul Parnas hotel, Friday. / Courtesy of Xilinx

To improve the performance of the data center for its artificial intelligence (AI) technology-based theft detection service, SK Telecom will use accelerator cards made by U.S. chipmaker Xilinx, the mobile carrier said Friday.

The telecom company adopted an AI interface accelerator (AIX) technology utilizing Xilinx’s Alveo accelerator cards for T-view, its AI-based theft detection, and physical intrusion service. The cards enhance a range of processes, such as data analytics, high-performance computing, and video processing.

The mobile carrier said that the partnership with Xilinx “represents one of our efforts to streamline the cloud system for AI services.”

Chief technology officer of SK Telecom, Park Jin-hyo, announced during a media briefing, “In the era of AI where new services are being deployed at unprecedented rates, we keep seeking to innovate our cloud systems to deliver more value to our customers with more reliable and efficient services across diverse segments.”

ADT Caps, a subsidiary of SK Telecom, will use the T-View system. The country’s No. 2 security service company will run the system on servers in SK Telecom’s data center. T-View monitors its customers’ home and commercial camera systems in real-time and communicates with security guards, dispatching them if needed.

SK Telecom reported that employing Xilinx’s accelerator cards was vital in accurately processing a massive amount of data from thousands of cameras.

Xilinx is a leader in the programmable chip sector, which was established in 1984. SK Telecom and Xilinx have been cooperating for years. The mobile carrier began utilizing the chip maker’s field-programmable gate arrays in 2018 to advance its AI speaker NUGU’s speech recognition.

SK Telecom is also anticipated to lower costs by using the U.S. chip maker’s accelerator cards. “The Alveo accelerators are adaptable to changing algorithms and acceleration requirements, enabling domain-specific architecture that optimizes performance for a range of work processes without changing hardware, and while reducing the overall cost of ownership,” the company said.

Donna Yasay, vice president of Xilinx said, “This represents an important win in the commercial AI services space and builds upon our collaboration with SK Telecom to significantly improve theft detection and prevention, where our leadership in real-time computing and analysis helps to promote AI-based services to the Korean market.”

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