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Pure Storage Powers NavInfo with Real-Time AI Analytics

Pure Storage AIRI (AI Ready Infrastructure) is selected to provide high-performance infrastructure, enabling real-time data analysis

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Pure Storage has announced that NavInfo (Europe) BV, the European R&D labs of NavInfo, provider of solutions for autonomous driving, simulations and advanced AI solutions, has deployed the integrated AIRI: AI Ready Infrastructure based on NVIDIA DGX-1 and Pure Storage FlashBlade, a unified fast file and object storage platform. NavInfo Europe incorporates the Advanced Research Lab for NavInfo Co., Ltd., and provides efficient simulation solutions which aim to promote safety, security and cost efficiency for the automotive industry.

NavInfo needed to run complex AI models to produce accurate, up-to-date navigation maps. Vehicle manufacturers around the world rely on these maps for navigation and for autonomous driving, so it is essential for NavInfo to be able to process very large data sets in real-time, 24/7. Accurately interpreting camera images for autonomous driving and keeping costs under control were two major challenges. NavInfo Europe selected AIRI as it provides the high-performance infrastructure that is capable of real-time analysis of complex data sets and to train artificial intelligence.

According to Frank Geujen, Program Management Office Director, Advanced Research Lab, NavInfo (Europe) BV, by using FlashBlade and AIRI, the company was able to offer clients in the automotive, smart cities and asset management industries with advanced and customised solutions.

He added, “The NVIDIA DGX processors in AIRI support highly complex calculations, but that capability must be supported by a storage system that can read and write large volumes of data very quickly. Pure Storage’s data centric design takes away many of the headaches we faced in terms of infrastructure and potential bottlenecks.”

For autonomous driving, the entire environment around the vehicle must be recognised, interpreted, and included in navigation, preferably in real time. NavInfo uses AI and deep learning to increase the quality of its products and services and uses the data from the many sensors that are part of every modern car. By using this data to train AI models, accuracy is significantly increased.

“When designing and implementing an effective AI infrastructure, organisations often face challenges in integrating the various components,” said Theo van Teylingen, Managing Director Netherlands at Pure Storage. “It was clear that NavInfo needed fast time to insight: real-time analysis is essential to providing customers with highly accurate map information and navigation systems. In quickly and efficiently bringing together and analysing large disparate data sets, AIRI enables accelerated performance and provides peace of mind. In addition, it helps NavInfo keep costs under control, which has resulted in a high ROI.”

The models and large datasets used by NavInfo Europe place very high demands on data storage. Analytics tasks must be able to run on different servers and sometimes even need to be moved between servers during the analysis process. Pure’s technology is essential to keep the entire AI system performing smoothly. The next step is to provide AI-as-a-Service to automotive customers and customers from other sectors around the world. With this in mind, NavInfo is looking to expand its current AIRI system.

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