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Friday, February 19th, 2010

by David McGuinness


                    brave souls weather DC                                   FL: calm & balm

As I look out my window at the snow pack of Washington DC, I think longingly of balmy South Florida and the TechSec conference held earlier this month. For those of you who haven’t attended TechSec Solutions in the past, it is wholly dedicated to IP and network based security and it attracts manufacturers, integrators and consultants alike.  

There is a heavy focus on educational presentations and panels which is both necessary and important to help drive the transition to an IP world within the security and surveillance market.  Could 2010 be the year that IP solutions start to pick-up the pace of adoption?  Amongst a savvy group of attendees, the expectation is “yes” due to new (and imminent) product releases, lessons learned and standards initiatives.

So why is this important to ObjectVideo?  We understand that a technology shift to IP has been a gating factor to embracing new technology (i.e. video analytics) in the space.  That’s been the case dating back to 2003 when I started at ObjectVideo, and it’s still true.  But we’re starting to see a shift in technology adoption rates due to innovation, improvements and benefits afforded by IP offerings throughout the video ecosystem, and that’s laying the groundwork for an interesting 2010.

Improved performance + compelling new capabilities + lowered TCO = a persuasive argument for IP and advanced technology adoption.

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

Hello! It’s been since November that we’ve published on this site, but it’s a new year, and, holding true to our resolutions, ObjectVideo will be posting to this space much more regularly in the weeks and months to come. In fact, look for the latest from Bob Cutting tomorrow.

As always, we welcome your comments and contributions as we continue our quest to answer your questions, educate the market, and clarify the misconceptions some may still have about the real value of video analytics in business today.

Finally, sincerest thanks to those of you who continued to visit this site during our short hiatus. I promise we will come strong with information and commentary that you believe will have made the wait worthwhile.

- Ed Troha

Thursday, September 17th, 2009
by Edward Troha

You know that feeling you get after a long sales campaign that you finally win?  It’s like a combination of euphoria, exhaustion, relief and a realization that now-the-real-fun-starts.  We had such a day today at ObjectVideo, releasing to the wire an announcement of our participation in a major project at The Limited women’s clothing stores.  Our partner DIGIOP Technologies, an ObjectVideo OnBoard OEM and retail provider, deployed a counting solution in some 220 Limited stores nationwide that utilized OV’s Event Counting Suite.

I won’t bore you here with the details of this story finally going public, except to say that it took a long time to get there. Even though the project has been going on for some time, the folks at The Limited didn’t want to go public right away with their innovative approach to serving their customers more effectively. They wanted to be sure they were really as happy as they thought they were.

They are. 

During that time, they gained valuable knowledge about the operation of their stores they didn’t have before.  They are correlating counts from high-performing stores and comparing them to the counts from under-performing stores.  Bottom line is they now have significantly more information with which to make informed decisions about staffing, merchandising, promotions, and the list goes on.

I’m sure DIGIOP will be very busy in their booth (359) at ASIS.  Just today we have a story (possible feature) being written about this in STORES Magazine, interest from media and analyst types (we’ll get to see them next week) and a potential TV news feature on the local Washington, DC CBS affiliate.

Against this sometimes chaotic backdrop, there’s a natural tendency to get overly optimistic about the significance of this accomplishment.  We can think we’ve turned the corner on the acceptance of analytics in the market.  We can think other partners working on big sales of cameras and encoders and DVRs will now magically win sooner with their inclusion of intelligent products in their deals.  And we can think there will be this huge tidal wave of other national retailers knocking on the collective doors of DIGIOP and ObjectVideo to get their hands on this game-changing solution.

But that’s not how it works.  I guess we’ll just keep working to educate prospective end users about the value of analytics placed within their solutions as a high-value ingredient.  Maybe we’ll continue making more positive strides in the market as we support the inclusion of our software in our partners’ products.

Or maybe we’ll just be thankful this was a very good day for video analytics.