Talpa takes stake in Camvision | Media Investment | Business
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ITV subsidiary Talpa Network has acquired what it says is a strategic stake in Computer Vision start-up Camvision, a provider of intelligent systems for the fully automatic recording and online streaming of live sports events and sports analysis software.

Camvision 7May2018Founded in 2007 in Brno, Czech Republic, Camvision has a multi-national client including the Swiss Football League, the Portuguese Football Federation, Rapid Wien and Feyenoord Rotterdam. Its software solutions use Computer Vision and artificial intelligence deep-learning technology to analyse live video streams in real-time.

Talpa Network and the Netherlands football governing body, the KNVB will use Camvision’s technology for VoetbalTV, the online social and analysis platform for amateur football in the Netherlands that will go live on 1 September 2018. Some 80,000 amateur matches per year will be broadcast fully automatically on VoetbalTV using smart cameras and smart software.

Camvision will continue to operate as an independent company in, under the leadership of its two co-founders Igor Potúček and Stanislav Sumec. Commenting on the new investment, Potúček said: “Camvision sees a strong partner in Talpa Network, one which has the capability of accelerating our growth. We’re also happy that we’ve been selected as the premier technology partner for the new VoetbalTV platform as this allows us to advance our developments in AI computer vision technology.”

Added Talpa Network CTO Hylke Sprangers: “Talpa Network is a full cross-media company in which technology plays a vital role. Part of our technology strategy is to develop tech IP for new content markets and the investment in Camvision with its innovative AI technology fits perfectly in that strategy.”