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viasys Smart Analytics integrated with Milestone IP video platform

Edge-based analytics can be combined with server-based in a unified interface

COPENHAGEN – 7th May 2009.  Milestone Systems, the leading global provider of open platform IP video management software, and viasys announce integration of the Smart Analytics solution that works both at the server and at the edge.  This double capacity addresses the industry’s questions about which approach is best - the answer is having the option of both: together in one unified interface.

Video content analysis (VCA) is an exciting area of innovation in security surveillance and viasys is an advanced player with offerings in next-generation motion detection that handles intruder detection, perimeter protection and alarms.  These intelligent capabilities help to reduce false alarms in video surveillance, adding value to security monitoring in more relevant and faster responses to incidences.

“viasys has a strong focus delivering well-defined analytics solutions at very reasonable prices,” says Martin Kaufmann, MSP Program Manager at Milestone Systems. “As a valuable long-term MSP partner, this collaboration clearly demonstrates the strengths of the Milestone open platform for allowing value-added functionality and innovations for customers worldwide.”

Analytics at the server vs. analytics at the edge

Hosting video content analysis in a centralized way on a dedicated server traditionally has been necessary because most of the analytics algorithms used consumed huge amounts of resources.  Although this method provides capabilities for forensic post-analysis and multiple device input with flexible camera choices, it does so with heavy memory resources and extensive network bandwidth consumption.

When analytics run at the edge - on cameras or video encoders – the network traffic is zero as long as no analytics alert happens. Not until an alarm is triggered is there any need to send these IP signals with data to the video management system (VMS).  This will then – in any desired frame rate and resolution as set up in the VMS – monitor the event and archive it. 

The viasys solution is also able to send in ‘push mode’ a complete alarm sequence, including pre- and post-alarm images, via network to any receiver. Here, the bandwidth consumption is so low that even ISDN or UMTS connections are sufficient.

“The core competence from viasys is providing the smallest and fastest field-proven Intelligent Video algorithms. We are focused on intruder detection, perimeter protection and alarms, which comprise 70% of the security market. Comparable solutions in this segment require 5-20 times more memory capacity and CPU power,” states Dirk Owerfeldt, VP Business Development of viasys.

A drawback of edge analytics is the fact that there are only a few algorithms worldwide that can run on standard IP cameras. A miniature “server” may be included in a camera - and some high-end models have such a DSP (digital signal processing) chip and lots of memory already integrated in the device – but the price levels are beyond mass market reach. Such solutions are typically much more expensive than a centralized server approach.

Multiple source integration gives the best of all worlds

Integration with the Milestone XProtect VMS provides the viasys analytics meta data to be used in a platform that functions with the advantages of server-based analytics. For example, a viasys analytics red alert box around the intruder (and additional information) can be displayed together with the video stream in the easy-to-manage XProtect Smart Client interface.

The Milestone XProtect Analytics framework also allows handling alerts from multiple sources in one unified interface.  This means no conflict between the different hosting forms of various analytics: customers may choose server and edge analytics according to different needs – even combine an affordable edge analytics for intrusion detection on the majority of cameras with a server-based behavior recognition solution from another vendor on other cameras.  All alert data from the algorithms can be available and configurable under the unified user interface of the Milestone video management open platform.

The viasys Smart Analytics solution integrated with the Milestone XProtect Analytics framework for IP video management will be demonstrated at the Milestone booth F-140 in Hall 4 at IFSEC in Birmingham UK, 11-14 May 2009.

See also this white paper by viasys: 'The Future of Analytics'.

viasys intelligent video GmbH is a software company focused on edge analytics solutions for the mass market. Deployed in thousands of cameras and edge devices in Europe and the USA, the fully embedded plug-in integrates with existing IP cameras, edge devices and video management platforms, making video analytics affordable for thousands of cameras. Founded in 2004, viasys headquarters is based in Frankfurt, Germany and has offices in the USA.  With over 8,500 intelligent motion detection channels installed, viasys is one of the most experienced developers of edge analytics. viasys bridges the gap between built-in motion detection and heavy server-based enterprise-class analytics. Most viasys analytical channels directly connect to alarm centres. The viasys plug-in triggers alarms and integrates smoothly with leading video management software providers such as Milestone. www.viasys-iv.com 

About Milestone
Founded in 1998, Milestone Systems is a leading global developer of open platform IP video management software. XProtect™ gives users a powerful surveillance solution that is easy to manage, reliable and proven in more than 50,000 customer installations.  With support for the industry’s widest choice in network hardware and integration with other systems, XProtect provides best-of-breed solutions to “video enable” organizations - reducing costs, optimizing processes, and protecting assets. Milestone software is sold through authorized partners in 90 countries.