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Monday, April 26th, 2010

by Brian Baker

Okay, I admit, I put that in the headline because it is a headline. The name of this Iceland volcano is also a tongue twister of a word that no one with English as a first language could ever imagine being created from the letters of a Latin-based alphabet. It is, however, entrenched in my mind for a long time to come, even if I will never be able to pronounce it properly.

LIVE shot of Eyjafjallajökull at the time of this blogOV post.

As I write this, I should be just getting back from Europe meetings with customers and my team that is based there.  I make this trip from Washington, DC about once every 6-8 weeks.  This time, however, the ash cloud that closed European air space also froze my travel plans.

At some point over the weekend of Apr 18-19, my common sense overcame my hopes that the flight ban would be lifted and I would get out on schedule with a Sunday departure. The more I read and followed the television news stories, the more I realized even if United could get me to London, there was no guarantee Lufthansa would be able to get me to the rest of my destinations. Ultimately both ended up cancelling my flights and I stayed home.

The skies have since reopened and, provided Eyjafjallajökull cooperates, I will be back to Europe beginning May 8th to attend the IFSEC global security trade show in Birmingham, UK. I am looking forward to this show. It is usually a pretty good one and worth attending – even if my wife gets left home alone every year with our kids on Mother’s day.

ObjectVideo will have at least six partners exhibiting at this show in either their own or shared stands. These partners include: Synectics, SeeTec, Canon, Genetec, Brickcom and SAE. Two of those partners, Europe-based Synectics and SeeTec, released their OV-enabled products in Q1 2010. It will be good to see them on display.

Additionally, I have been invited to participate on a panel: “Dataveillance – The New Breed of Surveillance” in the Hall 4 theatre from 13:45 – 14:15 on Tuesday, May 11th.

See you there.

Saturday, September 26th, 2009
by Bob Cutting

I doubt if the best way to track video analytic progress and adoption is by listening to what the analytic vendors are saying and doing.  That’s why I like to visit video management and PSIM booths at shows to see what they are doing with analytics.  I find they have a unique perspective as customers often turn to them to bring video management, storage, analytics and other data together.  So rather than looking just at “what analytics can do,” it’s interesting to see how users want to leverage analytics as part of an overall video system.  And that’s consistent with what OV has been professing for a long time—analytics IS a vital ingredient to video surveillance applications, but not an application in itself. 

At ASIS 2009, after looking around the booths of companies like Milestone, Genetec, ONSSI, VidSys, Synectics, Cisco, Instek, and a few others (some OV partners, others not), and talking with the people there, it’s pleasing to see a much more advanced take on analytics.  More of these companies are making analytics a strategic part of their offering.  What Synectics is doing with their Dataveillance program is spot on.  As well, I saw applications that I have not tracked in the past (e.g., SoleraTec) leveraging analytic data to solve things such as intelligent video storage, search and retention. This is great for the end user as it enhances the usability of analytics and delivers the necessary video + analytic integration—two obstacles that have hindered analytics adoption in the past. 

Unfortunately, I still saw the side-by-side demos; those vendors who just want to “plug in” analytics may find themselves late to the game.  And why would you have a separate analytic search tool from an analytics vendor in addition to your video management platform? Leading VMS’s are building those analytic capabilities into a unified video system, and it’s clear that that is what system integrators and end users want to buy.  Standardization efforts will help in coming months, but it will take more vision and “listen to the customer” activity from analytics vendors to not just deliver functionality, but deliver it in a more usable and scalable way.