Telecoms giant BT will begin work with a new visual artificial intelligence company to create products across the retail and the public sector.

London-based Cortexica Vision Systems, which won at this year’s BT Infinity Awards competition, will bring its AI video analysis technology and expertise to the company.

"Cortexica's core technology, strong academic pedigree and track record of delivering applications for the real-world meant our decision was a simple one," said Colm O’Neill, MD Major Business and Public Sector for BT.

"The BT Infinity Awards aim not only to showcase transformational tech for tomorrow's world, but to connect BT's customers with it and stimulate adoption in a range of sectors.

"Past winners of the award have gone on to become trusted partners for many of our customers, and we hope Cortexica will do the same."

Cortexica provides visual search and image recognition software to global retailers, brands, app developers and digital publishers.

The AI start-up previously won a grant from government agency 'Innovate UK' for its AI-Safe system, which uses cameras to monitors employee safety in the workplace.

Cortexica's vision AI technology is also being rolled-out in CCTV monitoring of urban environments for security purposes.

"While image recognition is a widely-acknowledged AI capability, real-time video analysis is the next step in true vision AI,” said Alastair Harvey, chief solutions officer at Cortexica.

"This award win will accelerate the understanding and adoption of vision AI for BT's customers and partners, as we widen access to our world-leading technology for critical business operations."