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Video Analytics, Intelligent Video, Biometrics: 15 Companies

Overview: Video analytic software automatically identifies threats or information of use to operators.


3VR offers hybrid DVR appliances with built-in facial recognition and video analytics software. The company primarily targets banking, retail and government applications. Founded in 2002, the company has received $50 Million in VC funding, most notably from Kleiner Perkins (one of the world's most well respected VCs) and In-Q-Tel (the VC funded by the CIA and other US intelligent agencies). 3VR's main competitors are Verint and March Networks.

Detailed Information on 3VR from IP Video Market Info
Facial Surveillance Deployment Complexity Examined published on Oct 11, 2009
What Does 3VR Face Recognition Test Results Mean? published on May 06, 2009
3VR Stays Alive With $8 Million Financing published on Jan 23, 2015
3VR Stays Small [Debt] Funding Round published on Oct 07, 2013
3VR Significant Layoffs published on Jun 28, 2013
3VR Demographic Analytics (Gender / Age) published on Oct 11, 2012
3VR's Financial Results and Competitive Positioning Examined published on Aug 21, 2011

Agent Vi

Agent Vi offers video analytics for both security and retail applications. Agent Vi offers a unique hybrid approach that splits the analysis between the camera/encoder and the server. This allows Agent Vi to run on a wide variety of cameras with lower processing power required. Additionally, though a server is required, Agent Vi can run dozens or hundreds of cameras on a server. Agent Vi's main competitors include Objectvideo and ioimage(both of which are pure smart cameras).

Detailed Information on Agent Vi from IP Video Market Info
Testing Video Analytic Alerting (Agent Vi System) published on Jun 06, 2010
Video Analytic Search from AgentVi Examined (Vi-Search) published on Sep 19, 2009
Agent Vi's 4.0 Analytics and Auto Calibration Examined published on Mar 01, 2011
AgentVi Says They Can Prevent Airport Terminal Shutdowns published on Jan 06, 2010
Reports Significant 2009 Growth published on Jan 06, 2010
AgentVi i-LIDs Certified published on Jun 01, 2009


Aimetis offers IP video surveillance software and tightly integrated video analytics. While Aimetis offers its software without analytics (its standard series that MSRPs for $99 per channel), Aimetis is strongest where customers choose to use analytics. Key markets for Aimetis include outdoor focused applications and retail. Aimetis competes with a variety of leading IP Video surveillance software providers who generally offer 3rd party analytics to match Aimetis' offerings.

Detailed Information on Aimetis from IP Video Market Info
HD Decoder / Thin Clients published on Mar 31, 2014
Aimetis Edge Recording Reviewed published on Mar 25, 2012
Aimetis NVR Appliance E3200 Examined published on Mar 29, 2011
Aimetis LPR Offering Examined published on Mar 29, 2011
Aimetis's Video Analytic Optimization Examined published on Mar 28, 2010


BiKal offers a complete line of IP video surveillance products including IP cameras, surveillance software and bundled analytics. BiKal focuses on making IP video inexpensive and easy for the broader market to use. Watch demonstration videos of Bikal's products. Though Bikal manufacturers their own IP cameras, their surveillance software supports a wide variety of third party cameras.

BRS Labs

BRS Labs is one of the most controversial companies in all of video surveillance. Though claiming to revolutionize video analytics with their behavioral recognition technology, the company has struggled to meet the company's own grandiose expectations. In 2014, the company shift / expanded their focus from the government / critical infrastructure market to the home / SMB / commercial space.

Detailed Information on BRS Labs from IP Video Market Info
BRS Labs Layoffs and Skepticism Mount published on Dec 04, 2009
BRS Labs Gets $12 Million More for Video Analytics published on Jun 28, 2009
Will BRS Labs Revolutionize Video Analytics? published on Aug 09, 2008
BRS Labs Gets New CEO published on Feb 03, 2015
The BRS Labs IPO published on Aug 06, 2014
BRS Layoffs and New Strategic Direction published on Jul 18, 2013
BRS Labs Financials and Future Examined 2013 published on Jun 26, 2013
Responding to BRS Labs Demands published on Jun 20, 2013


Cernium changed strategies multiple times and finally was bought out by a US service provider / integrator Kastle Systems.

Detailed Information on Cernium from IP Video Market Info
Testing Archerfish Solo Smart Camera / DVR / VSaas (Cernium) published on Aug 08, 2010
Kastle / Cernium CheckVideo Acquisition published on May 04, 2013
Cernium Shifts Strategy Again (CheckVideo) published on Aug 30, 2012
Cernium Layoffs and Restructuring published on May 02, 2011
Problems Remain with Cernium's Archerfish Cameras published on Apr 14, 2011
Archerfish's Video Analytic Setup Examined published on Jun 14, 2010


ClickIt offers hybrid DVRs with built-in video analytics. ClickIt targets retailers.


Emza offers low-cost, rugged, video analytic appliances. These appliances generate alarms for perimeter violation and send images of the alert. However, these appliances are not cameras and, therefore, do not stream video. The appliances, which look similar to a motion detector, cost 1/2 the price of an ioimage smart camera. While the lack of video streaming is a disqualifier for many applications, the lower cost may provide a good fit for only alerting is critical or were megapixel cameras are being used for general surveillance. Read a review and test results of Emza.

Detailed Information on Emza from IP Video Market Info
Emza Video Analytics for Remote Site Monitoring published on Mar 05, 2009

NICE Systems

NICE Systems provides video management systems and PSIM software targeted at large end users at high pricing. The company is increasingly a niche player as newer entrants (e.g., Genetec and Milestone) have expanded into the mid and high end markets.

Detailed Information on NICE Systems from IP Video Market Info
Examining NICE's NiceVision VMS published on Dec 08, 2010
NICE Acquires Orsus - Confirms Weak PSIM Market published on Nov 22, 2009
NICE Suspect Search - The Most Audacious New Release at ASIS 2014 published on Sep 25, 2014
NICE - Verint Merger Talks published on Jan 13, 2013
NiceVision Net 2.5 published on Dec 06, 2011
NICE to Acquire Orsus Rumors True published on Nov 21, 2009


ObjectVideo offers video analytics for security and business intelligence applications. One of the earliest entrants into the video analytics market, ObjectVideo partners with video surveillance manufacturers to embed their software in other's products. After years or struggling to build a viable large-scale software business, in April 2011, ObjectVideo launched an industry wide lawsuit campaign to 'defend' their intellectual property.

Detailed Information on ObjectVideo from IP Video Market Info
Are ObjectVideo's Patents Invalid? published on May 02, 2011
ObjectVideo Sues Bosch, Samsung and Sony published on Apr 06, 2011
ObjectVideo's Poor Reputation and Blaming Others published on Feb 17, 2010
ObjectVideo Company Update and Analysis published on Jan 14, 2010
ObjectVideo Revenue Breakdown published on Aug 25, 2013
Object Video Gets Sued, Then Settles published on Jul 24, 2013
Samsung Beats ObjectVideo published on Jul 20, 2012
Pelco Sued by ObjectVideo published on May 13, 2012
The Crazy ObjectVideo CEO Interview published on May 05, 2012


SightLogix offers advances outdoor video analytics in a smart camera, offering color and thermal options. SightLogix offers a geotracking feature and claims to cover 3x the distance of competing products. SightLogix's main competitors include ObjectVideo, ioimage and Agent Vi. Read a review of SightLogix's products.

Detailed Information on SightLogix from IP Video Market Info
SightLogix Thermal SightSensor published on Mar 23, 2013
SightLogix Video Analytics Examined published on Aug 03, 2008
The Most Misleading Announcement of ASIS 2014 published on Oct 02, 2014
100% Video Analytics Accuracy? published on Feb 01, 2012
SightLogix's Second Generation SightSensors published on Nov 17, 2011
SightLogix Clear24 Thermal Camera Examined published on Sep 25, 2011


via:sys offers video alarm software that can be loaded onto mainstream IP cameras including Axis and IQinvision products. They are offering an inexpensive (pricing under $300 USD for the software) and simple way to add perimeter violation and advanced motion detection to IP cameras. Companies should verify that via:sys accuracy is sufficient to meet your needs and that false alerts will not be a problem. This is especially important as via:sys is claiming to operate at much lower CPU levels than their main competitors such as Agent Vi and ObjectVideo.


VideoIQ integrates video analytics, cameras and storage to create all-in-one surveillance appliances. While traditionally, all 3 elements were run in separate devices (a camera, a recorder and a server for analysis), VideoIQ bundles all of them inside their camera (which they call iCVRs). Read our test results of VideoIQ's video analytics.

Detailed Information on VideoIQ from IP Video Market Info
Testing Avigilon / VideoIQ Rialto published on Jan 22, 2014
Testing VideoIQ's Video Analytics (iCVR) published on Jul 30, 2009
A Postmortem of VideoIQ and the Future of Video Analytics published on Jan 02, 2014
VideoIQ Rialto R Series published on Apr 29, 2013
VideoIQ Analytic Bridge Reviewed published on Mar 20, 2012
VideoIQ / FLIR Thermal Analytics Processor published on Sep 14, 2011
VideoIQ Funding, CEO Change and Progress Examined published on Sep 12, 2011



Detailed Information on VideoMining from IP Video Market Info
Patent Filed for Analyzing Retail Behavior published on Sep 04, 2009


Vidient was a manufacturer of video analytics specializing in high end solutions for the government and transportation markets. The company shut down operations in 2010. The assets of the company were sold.

Detailed Information on Vidient from IP Video Market Info
Vidient Out of Business - Analytics Market Examined published on Nov 04, 2010
Autonomy Partners with Vidient published on Jan 26, 2010
Examining Transit Video Analytics published on Jul 08, 2009
Company Update published on Jun 24, 2009
Red Herring Award published on Feb 09, 2009