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Thursday, October 25th, 2012

by Warren Brown

I have spent the better part of the last 10 years working with integrators and end users around the world and have seen the value analytics can provide by helping make sense of an overwhelming volume of video. I have also seen the confusion, chaos and frustration that video analytics can create when the software is confusing, doesn’t work or just doesn’t make sense.

The vast majority of these failures I attribute to one of two fundamental problems:

  1. Great expectations:  as an industry, manufacturers, systems integrators, end users: we have done a poor job of really understanding what problems analytics CAN and CAN’T solve and communicating that effectively (more on this topic in a future blog post.)
  2. Integrator unfriendly: as manufacturers with teams of smart engineers and computer vision scientists, we have too often been guilty of putting technology ahead of people. We have failed to understand the real-world environments in which installers operate and have designed products that are simply too hard and confusing to get up-and-running.

It’s this second point that I want to blog about today…what does it take to deliver Integrator-friendly analytics? And what are we at ObjectVideo doing to try to live up to an “Integrator-friendly” mission?

For us, Integrator-friendly starts by understanding the end-to-end process that our Systems Integrator partners go through in specifying, ordering, procuring, installing, configuring and maintaining a system. We will only have achieved true integrator-friendly status when each of these steps is as simple, fast and as repeatable as possible.

A few examples of the Integrator-friendly changes you will see in upcoming releases of OV6:

  1. Self-calibration
    Calibrating an analytics system is an important tool to improve accuracy (watch out for uncalibrated systems!) but how about we let the system automatically calibrate instead of asking an installer to do it manually? Check out the self-calibration capability coming later this year in our version 6.2.
  2. Diagnostic mode
    As much as we continue to strive for perfect accuracy, we all know that there will still be times when there are false alarms or problems with the system. Too often, more time is spent just trying to get the right information back to the manufacturer so that they can see and solve the issue. Rather than hundreds of emails, phone calls and tons of frustration, how about a “Troubleshoot” button that captures up all the info needed to properly diagnose an issue and makes it easy to share with OV? We think of this as the “Easy” button for analytics.
  3. Online Training
    OK, so we certainly can’t claim to be inventors on this one, but we do think the interactive online training modules we are developing are a cut above anything we’ve seen out there. They will be more detailed, and thus more effective. Look for the first batch later this year as a part of version 6.2.

These three items are really just a drop in the bucket – so don’t think we will stop there! We have a lot more ideas on how to make our analytics easy to sell, easy to quote, easy to install, easy to configure and easy to maintain…watch this space for more details about future releases!

AND, if you have an idea on what else we can do to make things more Integrator-friendly – let us know at support@objectvideo.com.

 
Thursday, September 6th, 2012

by Warren Brown

Welcome to my first post on blogOV.

Since taking over as President in July, there has been strong interest from many customers, partners and connections for more information about all aspects of OV’s business. I’ve never been accused of being at a loss for words, so I thought we’d reinvigorate blogOV as part of an expanded reach-out to everyone in the market. Over the coming weeks and months, stay tuned to this space for a variety of updates – from the innovative work we are doing with cutting-edge analytics for a number of government agencies to the latest updates to our software and recent news from our patent licensing program. It is a very exciting time here at OV and I have the privilege of working with a very talented, motivated team.

To start off the conversation, I want to share some more information about our patent licensing program. My hope is that this post and the additional content I reference will help to clarify any misunderstandings that may exist and make it clearer what the program is all about. OV has been working on creating great video analytics for more than 10 years. As a result, our team of PhDs and computer vision scientists has come up with a number of key innovations to help improve the accuracy and efficiency of video analytics; we have patented many of these technologies. We are now working with most of the major analytics manufacturers in the security industry to license these technologies, ensuring that OV is compensated for their use of our intellectual property and, for patent licensees, give them the ability to build new and innovative products that take advantage of those patented – and licensed – technologies.

We have five existing licensees and expect to announce several more soon. To help explain the program and address many of the questions I have received, we have put together an FAQ (download a copy HERE) that gives a more detailed status update.

In summary, our patent licensing program is adding new licensees all the time and we’ve recently added a new set of benefits for our licensees to further help them build their business. We expect this momentum to continue. (learn more HERE)

Please have a read of the FAQ doc and let us know if it answers your questions. If not, feel free to comment below, give us a call or drop us a line and we will continue the dialogue.

Cheers,

Warren

 

 
Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

by David McGuinness, Gary Myers and Edward Troha

Optimism. It was encouraging to hear manufacturers, integrators, a few end-users/customers and even industry analysts talking about positive plans and expectations for the year.  The adoption rate for IP solutions is gaining speed.  Although 2009 was a year of recession, IP video still grew in the 20-25% range and the promotion of IP was clearly the headline from big traditional players such as Pelco and Tyco.  Major manufacturers spoke about more new IP and analytics-enabled products in the 2010 pipeline.  Good for our industry.

Walking around, it is always interesting to see what companies are doing to draw people into their booths. Outside of the obvious, there was a car giveaway, a “game-show” which faced off attendees to see who could install an alarm panel first, former NFL players signing autographs, a Kindle giveaway, and quite a few soon-to-be-released iPad giveaways. Overall, the traffic at the show seemed to be pretty good and these approaches did draw in the people for at least a look-see. It was easy to get sucked into the booth run by a local company (non-industry) that was doing golf club fitting. They had a golf net and launch monitor with lots of clubs to try out… a certain OV golf nut came very close to going home with a new driver!

Even though there were fewer exhibitors this year, ISC West was as busy as ever.  Thinking Friday would be quiet all day, it turned out traffic didn’t thin until about 12:30.  Keeping with the ”intelligent ingredient” theme, ObjectVideo demos of several varieties were hosted by a number of solution partners, including Pelco, Genetec and DIGIOP.  In addition, it’s encouraging to see the growing opportunities the combination of ObjectVideo and Intel technologies brings to the security and business intelligence markets.  Analytics is not the solution, it just helps to bring much greater value to the solution.