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ITRI Introduces Three Technologies for Improving: Law Enforcement and Wildfire Surveillance; Distributed Application Management; Cosmetic Product Testing and Reduction of Animal Experiments

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ITRI Introduces Three Technologies for Improving: Law Enforcement and Wildfire Surveillance; Distributed Application Management; Cosmetic Product Testing and Reduction of Animal Experiments

ITRI introduces three technologies: The Automatic Police UAV Patrol System provides fully-automated police patrols and wildfire monitoring for improved law enforcement and wildfire surveillance; Agentless Application Performance Management Software Technology pinpoints the cause of performance problems in large-scale distributed applications without installing any agent or modifying the applications; Handheld Skin Quality Optical Coherence Tomography helps cosmetic companies conduct automatic and objective evaluation of skin quality, revealing the effects of skincare products while reducing the number of laboratory animals sacrificed in cosmetic product development. All three technologies are finalists for the 2018 R&D 100 Awards in the United States.

Automatic Police UAV Patrol System

ITRI’s Automatic Police UAV Patrol System (APUPS) provides fully automated unmanned aerial vehicle police patrols and wildfire monitoring. It significantly boosts efficiency, deployment flexibility and surveillance quality for police and firefighters, minimizing human involvement and risks during regular patrols and rescue missions. The automated system coordinates smart charging and shift changing of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and ensures the entire patrol system runs smoothly. It helps police and firefighters rapidly assess the appropriate level of response when receiving a report. In addition to performing routine patrols in urban and suburban areas, APUPS also works well for patrols in remote or distributed communities with mountainous landscapes and poor road conditions.

APUPS can be applied to emergencies such as wildfires; the patrol system can identify a fire’s starting point, monitor its spread, and display smoothly synced audio and visual signals at the ground control center, allowing firefighters to address the crisis more effectively helping to minimize injuries. APUPS can operate day or night, between zero and 40 degrees Celsius. Field testing with Taiwan’s National Police Agency has been completed, and the agency plans to implement APUPS across Taiwan in 2019.

APUPS, Automatic Police UAV Patrol System video.

Agentless Application Performance Management Software Technology

ITRI’s Agentless Application Performance Management (AAPM) Software Technology determines and resolves the cause of performance problems in large-scale distributed applications without installing any agent or modifying the applications. AAPM requires no deployment effort and is maintenance-free; moreover, it supports application software whose source code is not available. AAPM enables active application performance optimization, supports visualization interfaces, and facilitates flexible analytical tool deployment and update. AAPM supports socket- and message queue-based applications.

Application performance management (APM) is critical for a web-facing business as any performance degradation or instability will impair work efficiency and result in revenue loss. Since cloud infrastructure stability is no longer a big issue, the end-to-end performance of cloud application services has become the main consideration for cloud users and the service operator. For example, Amazon e-commerce found that every second of delay could cost it more than US$1 billion in sales each year. Google found search volume could be reduced by eight million searches per day with each query response delay of four-tenths of a second.

Commercial systems with stringent reliability and availability requirements such as those installed in banks and stock exchanges generally do not allow installation of any agents. The management of agents is also an issue in large-scale cloud data centers, and some of the application performance management systems even require modifying the original code of the application software to plant performance or functional probes, thus resulting in a significant cost increase for deployment. AAPM eliminates these issues by not installing agents or modifying applications.

AAPM’s applications include cloud service performance management, big data platform management, and network performance management.

AAPM is a hypervisor-based solution using an agentless approach, so it can be applied to legacy and current applications as well as future micro-services with thousands of intercommunicated services. It features better monitoring and analysis capabilities than typical APM systems and the following advantages:

  • Free from complexities in transaction ID-based tokens
  • Free from language-dependent instrumentation
  • Minimizes impact to original call-trace performance
  • Performance of real-time calls can be optimally preserved
  • The precision of thread-level causal relationship

AAPM currently supports Open Source KVM and VMware ESX hypervisors, which comprise more than two-thirds of worldwide hypervisor usage. Support is planned for Xen and HyperV hypervisors.

AAPM, Agentless Application Performance Management Software Technology video.