Q-SYS Agrees to Acquire Seervision
Q-SYS has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Seervision, a Swiss-based company specializing in artificial intelligence (AI)-driven camera automation software.
The acquisition accelerates the Q-SYS strategy to develop and deliver a scalable and flexible software platform with intelligent audio, video, and control technology that supports integration with leading unified communications and video conferencing applications in the era of post-pandemic hybrid work.
Seervision’s camera automation software combines years of research in multi-camera control with expertise in real-time optimization, machine learning, and predictive motion models to automatically predict and track a person’s movements. Seamlessly integrating into existing AV/IT ecosystems, the company claims the software can control multiple pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) cameras with smooth, broadcast-quality motions that rival the capabilities of human-operated cameras, delivering an immersive collaboration and viewing experience. As with the Q-SYS software-based Platform, Seervision’s software is architected to be hardware agnostic, and delivers many unique capabilities.
Using audio- and vision-based signals, Seervision autonomously triggers specific actions and workflows based on the person’s location in the room. This dynamic scene-understanding technology is unique to Seervision and allows for a truly automated and seamless operation, Q-SYS claims. In addition, Seervision’s advanced auto-tracking recognizes and tracks a subject based on full-body identification, creating a unique visual ID for each detected subject from multiple reference points—increasing reliability and robustness compared to alternative motion-tracking solutions.
“The hybrid work phenomenon, meeting equity requirements, multi-camera control, and workflow automation, along with the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning for AV applications, represent some of most dynamic and exciting opportunities today and into the future,” said Joe Pham, chairman of the board and CEO, QSC. “AI technology leadership will be critical in defining and delivering on the next era of AV experience innovation, and we believe Seervision is a key technology pillar for enabling this future. This acquisition creates tremendous opportunities for Q-SYS and our partners to create and deliver extraordinary in-person, remote, and hybrid collaboration experiences across many different markets and applications, now and in the future. We couldn’t be more excited for the opportunities ahead.”
As part of the transaction, the Seervision founders and team will be joining Q-SYS. “Making AV smarter by innovating at the software layer is part of our DNA,” said Jatan Shah, president and COO, QSC. “The Seervision team are proven innovators and best-in-class technical professionals with industry-leading experience and expertise in many strategic technology areas including video, computer vision and imaging, artificial intelligence/machine learning, motion prediction and real-time control, cloud and virtualization. The combination of Q-SYS and Seervision will bring the industry’s best engineering talent, technology, and resources together to create a new class of high-performance AV solutions that set a new bar for our industry. I am beyond excited this impressive team will become part of Q-SYS, and together we are very well positioned to redefine intelligent video collaboration in multiple applications.”
“We are embarking on a thrilling journey as we unite with the Q-SYS team,” concluded Nikos Kariotoglou, co-founder and CEO, Seervision. “We believe this acquisition signifies a pivotal moment in the AV industry’s evolution towards a future defined by intelligent and scalable AV software platforms. Together with Q-SYS, we envision an open ecosystem fostering innovation and delivering novel capabilities and solutions to our diverse markets and customers. Exciting times lie ahead, and we are ready to shape the future of AV technology.”
The transaction is expected to close within the next 30 days, subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions.