ASTech sells its first software license
Gaimersheim – Premier for ASTech! By inking the contract, on July 15, 2020 ASTech sold its very first software license. The AMNESIA software developed under the leadership of AST-E33 team manager Christian was purchased by Verkehrsunfallforschung an der TU Dresden GmbH, a research and development service provider in the field of vehicle development at Technical University Dresden.
AMNESIA – what is it, what can it do?
AMNESIA (a German acronym for automated methods for numerical, easy, safe and irreversible anonymization) is a software program based on a multistage algorithm that is tasked with recognizing, pixelating and anonymizing faces and license plate numbers found in photographs. The user of the software also has the possibility to modify, delete or add the automatically-generated suggestions.
AMNESIA was created as part of a master’s thesis within the Accident Research/Interior Concepts team. The basic motivation behind the development of this type of software was based on two ideas: adherence to the German Art Copyright Act and data privacy, as well as saving time. Assuming that our colleagues in the area of accident research create between 300 and 600 photographs per accident, which then have to be anonymized to hide faces and license plate numbers, this results in two to three hours of work for each analyzed situation. Taking into account the roughly 80 accidents examined each year by ASTech, the total hours it takes to carry out this task adds up quickly. A software program that automatically performs this step significantly reduces the workload and offers an opportunity to adhere to government requirements and internal guidelines without additional effort.
Recognizing this tremendous potential, Verkehrsunfallforschung an der TU Dresden GmbH was the first to acquire the license. To make sure that VUFO is not alone however, Christian banged the drum a bit and lined up a potential second buyer for the license.
What’s next in store?
Whether AMNESIA should be marketed on a larger scale in the future has yet to be decided. Considering the vast potential however, Christian already has several ideas regarding how the software can be optimized even further. This includes an expansion of the video/moving picture material in order to address a larger target group, such as for use with road-test fleets.
It’s an exciting issue that we will stay on top of!