Archive for August, 2009

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009
by Edward Troha

For the life of me I cannot remember a busier summer – at ObjectVideo or anywhere, for that matter. 

Right now I’m on the west coast producing a video with our friends at Cisco.  It’s an educational video that will cover all the salient points about intelligent video technology, then talk in more detail about product efforts underway.  It will be made available on-demand to their thousands of sales people and channels worldwide.  Then I’m back out west, a little further south, for ASIS next month.  There we’ll catch up with many of our partners and prospects and friends from the media – in person – which is always great.

At OV this has been a summer of partner success.  We’ve signed on 3 video management providers into the OV Ready Network since ISC West, and have additionally inked 2 new OEM deals, with 2 more we hope to announce soon.

Incoming traffic on our web site has increased significantly.  Logons to our partner information portal is up as well.  ObjectVideo has recently earned some of its best press coverage in recent memory.  (BTW, check out a bunch of new content and coverage on our News & Events page.)  And, various experts from ObjectVideo will be speaking at 4 more conferences and symposiums around the world between now and the end of the year.

I’d take a vacation but then might miss something.

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009
by Paul Brewer

At least that’s how it goes in academia.

ObjectVideo researchers are offered the opportunity to publish their outstanding works in the proceedings of top computer vision conferences such as the IEEE Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition Conference (CVPR) and the IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV).

The team’s latest publications describe some of the latest work that our research team has performed under funding from the US Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) and the Office of Naval Research (ONR).

In the first paper [Geoffrey Taylor, Atul Kanaujia, Krishnan Ramnath, Niels Haering: “A Portable Geo-Aware Visual Surveillance System for Vehicles", in conjunction with the ICCV, Kyoto, Japan 2009] we see the benefit of integrating video analytics with an intuitive map-based interface to the camera systems that are increasingly being deployed on military vehicles.

The second paper [from Asaad Hakeem, Mun Wai Lee, Omar Javed, Niels Haering: "Semantic Video Search using Natural Language Queries", ACM International Conference on Multimedia, Beijing, 2009] explores the work that we are doing to develop the next-generation of video search applications, something that has tremendous potential in the commercial world.

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009
by Bob Cutting

On a very recent trip to China I experienced one of those very cool moments when you see a lot of engineering investment, business strategy and hard work all come together. 

I was in Guangzhou at the Global Digital Surveillance Forum, and one of our OV Ready partners that is based there hosted a demonstration of this open standard analytics integration with a Pelco Sarix camera embedded with ObjectVideo software.  The demonstration went well, but it was during the impromptu reception afterward in a cramped conference room when I had this epiphany.

Eight companies were represented, small and large, each from various areas within the video surveillance market.  With my Mandarin ranging from rusty to non-existent, I sat back and tried to take it all in.  Drawings were sketched; ideas were shared; solutions were crafted.  And while I could only understand the occasional “OnBoard” and “ObjectVideo” and “OV Ready”, the flow of the discussion was clear:

Software companies AND device manufacturers were sharing experiences of their independent OV Ready integrations.  Together, these companies were collectively showing what they can accomplish together as a collaborative network of intelligent solution providers.

Most importantly, ObjectVideo didn’t lead the discussion.  Rather, I sat back with a satisfied smile on my face.

The point: Open standards and a clear path to interoperability gets companies to talk together.  This is no longer the finger-pointing “I’m-not-going-to-build-it.” SDK days.  Published standards transcend project-specific integrations and shift the discussion from engineering cost to strategic investment, meeting a dramatically greater number of customer solution requirements.