Advanced VMD - Axis / Mobotix Tested

Author: Ethan Ace, Published on Aug 26, 2013

Surveillance professionals prefer motion based recording over continuous but the main weakness of motion detection is its inaccuracy. Sure, it saves a lot of storage over recording continuously but it still can be very inefficient, triggering against leaves, trees, shadows, low light noise and more, requiring time consuming optimization that rarely works completely.

Axis and Mobotix Advanced Offerings

Recently, both Axis and Mobitix have released advanced video motion detection offerings. Axis has VMD 2.1 that it bills as having 'easy setup with few false alarms' while Mobotix promotes MxActivitySensor as offering 'unique motion detection in the camera'.

The IPVM Test

We tested both of these offerings to understand how much of an improvement they made over 'traditional' video motion detection plus how accurate they were.

To do so, we bought 2 Axis cameras (same model) and loaded one with traditional and one with VMD 2.1, running them simultaneously.

We started with a simple conference room and performed tests with moving subjects as well as running the cameras 24/7 to measure false positives:

We then moved on to a more complex, larger area to see how the offerings handled this:

Finally, we went outdoors to a very large area with vegetation to see how they would fare in an adverse environment:

Finally, we ran the Mobotix camera through similar conditions to gauge its performance.

Questions Answered

Our testing answers the following key questions:

  • How much of an advantage did advanced VMD provide over traditional?
  • Where was advanced VMD better than traditional and where was it worse?
  • Is it worth using advanced VMD? If so, where?
  • What barrier or issues are there in using 'advanced' VMD?

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Axis *** ******* ******** *********

********, **** **** *** ******* **** ******** ******** ***** ****** detection *********. **** ****** *.***** ** ***** ** ****** '**** ***** **** *** ***** alarms' ***** ******* ************************** ******** '****** ****** ********* ** *********'.

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** **** ***** ** ** * **** *******, ****** **** to *** *** *** ********* ******* ****:

*******, ** **** ******** ** * **** ***** **** **** vegetation ** *** *** **** ***** **** ** ** ******* environment:

*******, ** *** *** ******* ****** ******* ******* ********** ** gauge *** ***********.

Questions ********

*** ******* ******* *** ********* *** *********:

  • *** **** ** ** ********* *** ******** *** ******* **** traditional?
  • ***** *** ******** *** ****** **** *********** *** ***** *** it *****?
  • ** ** ***** ***** ******** ***? ** **, *****?
  • **** ******* ** ****** *** ***** ** ***** '********' ***?

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Answer *******

  • *********** ********** ***** ***** ****** **** *** ******* ******** *** over ***********. ****** ***** ****** **** ****** **********.
  • *** **** ********** ** ******** *** *** ** *** **** where **** ***** **** *******. *******, *********** *** *** *** more ****** ** ******** **** ******* ** ***** ****** ** the ****.
  • ***** ******** *** ** ***** ** ** ****** **** *** application. ** **** *****, *********** *** ** ****** ******* ****** so ** ***** ** ****** ** *** ************ ** ********* was ********.
  • *** ******* ** *** **** *****. ***** **** **** *** Mobotix ********* *** **** *** *** ** ****** ***** ** most ** ***** *******, *** ******* ** * *******. ******* only ******** ******* (** ********). **** *** *.* ** ************ only ********* ** ***** *** *** *** *** *******.

Key **** ********

***** *** ******* *** ******** **** *** *****:

  • **** ***** ****** ********* *.* ******** ****** ** **** ********** than ***** ******* ****** *********, **** ****** ********* ***** *** ranges, *** **** *** ***** ******. 
  • *******, ** *** ***** ****** (~* *** *** ***** ** our *****) *** *.* ****** **** *********** **** *******. *** false ***** **** ******** **** ***.
  • ****' ******* ****** ********* *** ****** ********* ** ******* ** light, **** ** *******, ****** ************, *******, ***., ******** ***** ******* ** ***** ****** *** to ***** *******. 
  • **** ** *** ******** ****** **** *** ****** ***********, ******** VMD ****** ***** ****** ******* ***** *** *.* *** ***.
  • *** *********** *** ********** ***** ******* * *** * ****** cameras, ****** * ****** ******* ********* ** ***** ***** ******, where * ****** ******* ******* *********** ** *****.
  • *** *.* ******** ****** ** *****, **** * ****** ********* included *** ******** ******** **** **** ** *********** *************.
  • ******** *** ****** **** ******* (**** ******** *** *******), ****** zones *** ********** ** ****** *********** ******, ******* ** *********, making ******** ** ***-****** ***** **** *********. ***** **** ********* object **** *** **** *********** ** **** *** ****.
  • ******* **************** (********* ** * ***) *** * **** **** detection **** ** ** ***** **' ** **** *****, ********** direction ** ******* *** * ***** *******, ** ****. *******, the ******'* **** *** ***** *********** ******** ** ****** ***% missed ********** ** * *** ** *****. 
  • ****************'* ******* ***** *** **** ****** **** *** ****** *** moving ****** *** ***, **** ** ****** * ******* ** over ***', **. ~**' **** ****** ******/**** **** *** ******.
  • **************** ** **** ****** ****** ** ****** *** ********** ****** caused ** ********** *******, **** ** **** ******** *** ******. Activation ** ***** ** *********** ****** ****.

**** ***** ****** *.* ** ********* ** ***** ******** ******** **** ****. **************** ** ******** ******** ** *** ******* ******* ******* firmware ******* *.*.* *** *****.

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*** ************* ******* ******, ***** *** **** *** *.* ****** easier ***** *** ****** *********** **** ****' ******* ****** *********, at ** ********** ****. *** ***** ****** ****** *********** ** VMD *.* ****** ****** ********** ***** ******** ****** ********* ********* a *** ** ***** ******. ********** *********(****** + **********) **** ******** ****** ********* ** ****** ** ideal ********.

*** ***** ***** ****' ******** ****** *********, ********** ****** *********** so **** **********, *******, ** *********** ******* *** *** ** the *** ** *** ****** ***** ***********. ***** ****** ** night *** ** ***** ****** *** ****** ********* *** ********* and ******* ******** ** ****** *********. *******, ****** ** *** 2.1 ***** ******* **** ******* *** ************.

**************** ****** **** ***** *** ***** ***********, ********* *********** **********, with **** ***** ***** ********. ***** ****** ******** ****** ******** and ******* ********* ** ******* **** ********* **, *******, ** its ******** ******** ** **** ******* **** ******* ****** ****** *** FOV.

******** **** *** *.* *** **************** **** **** ******** ********** over **** ************'* ******** ****** *********, *** ******* ******* * key ********.

Axis ************* **********

**** ********** ******* ***** ********* *** **** *********** *** *** VMD *.*, ** **** ** *** *********** ** *************, ******* the ******* ******* ** *********** ** ********:

Indoor ********** ****

** *** ****** ********** ****, ** **** *****, ********* ** a ***** ******* *** ******** ** *** ******, **** **' the ******** ****** *****. **** *** *.* *** ******** *** detected *** ******* ***% ** *** ****.

*** *.* *** **** ** ******* **** ***** *********, *******, such ** *** ****** ***** *** ** *** ****** ****** of **** *****. ******** ***, **** ** **** *********** *** 1% ****** ****, ***** ***.


** *** *****, **** *** *.* *** ******** **** ******** in **** *****, ** ****. *** *.* ****** *** ********** out ** ******** *****, ***** ******** *** *** **** ***.

*******, ** *** *****, ******** *** *** ****** ***** ** false ****** **** ******* ** *****, **** ** *******, ****** being ******** ** ** ***, ******** *******, *** ******* ******* as ****** ***** **** *** *******. *** *.* *** ********** immune ** ***** ** **** *****.

Indoor **** ******

****** *** ******* ** ** **** ****** *****, ***** **' long, **** ***** *********** *** ******** *** **** ****, ** to ***** **'.

****** ****, *** *.* ****** **** *** **********, ***** ******** VMD ****** ****** ***.

** *** *****, *** ******* ****** **** *** ***** ********** both, ****** ******** *** *** **** ********, ******* ** **********. VMD *.* ****** ***** *** ** ** ** **** **** (~83% ********).

*******, ****** ****** *** *** **** **** ** ****, *** 2.1 ***** *********. ******** *** *** ****** ***% ******** ** to ~**', *** ****** *** ********** ****** ****.

** *** *** **** ** *** ********** ****, ******** *** once ***** *** * **** ***** ***** ****, ****** ** changes ** *****.

*******

********, ** ********, ****** ****** (* ****** ***** ** ******** alarms ** *** *** *********) ********* ******** ****** ****** ** both ******** *** *** *.*. ** ******** ***** ***** **** both, ** ** **** ****** ** **** ********* *********.

**** ***** ** ***** **' **** **** ******** *******, *** ***** ***' *** ****** ****. **** * ******* walking ******* *** ***, **** ******* *********. *******, *** *.* picked ** *** ******* ** ~**-**' **** **** *** ******, while ******** *** ********* **** ****** **'.

****** ******** ****** ** ****** ******** ****** ****** ** **** from *** ****** **** ~**', **** ******* **** **** ** detect *** ******* ** ** ****** ****** *** ***** ** view ** ************* **'.

*** *.* ******** **** ** *** ****** **** ****** *** day. ******** *** ******** **** ***** *% ** *** ******** on *** **** ****.

*** *.* *** **** **** ** ****** ****** ** *** distant *******, **** ***' **** *** ******.

** *** *****, ******** ***'* *********** *** ******* ** *******, though***** *** ******** *******, ***** **'. *** *.* *** ****** to ****** *** ******* ** **** ***** ** ***, ******* all ***********.

** *****, *** *.* ******** ***** **% ** ********, ***** standard ******** **** ***** **%.

*************, *** *.* *** ****** **** ** ****** ******** ** the ******* ******* ** *****, ********** *** **** ** ***** trucks, *** **** ** ****.

** *** *** ****, ***** ******* ***'* ************* ** ****. VMD *.* ********* ******, ********* ***** **% ** ******, ********* even * ********* ****** ********** *** *****.

Sensitivity ***********

** ******** ****' ******* *** *********** ******** ** *** ** there *** * "***** ****" ** ***** ***** ****** **** reduced, ******* ********* ********* *****. ** ***** **** *** ******* setting, **%, ********* **** ** *** ****** ** ******. ******** sensitivity ** **% ******** ** ******* ********* ***********, ******* *** decrease ** ***** ******. ***** ****, ****** ********** ****** **** common, ****** ******* ** ***** ***** ****** ***** ******. **********, increasing *********** **** **% **** ********** ******** *********, *** ***** motion *** ** ******* ***** *** ********* ****** ********. 

M ****** ***********

** ***** ** **** *********** ** ***** **** ****** ******, we ********* *** *.* ** *** * ****** **** *********, the ***** *** *****. ** ***** **** *********** ** **** light *** ********** ** *** *****, *** ********* ** *** light *** ********, ***** *** * ****** ******** ****** ** image ** *** ***** ******.

Mobotix *************

******* ************* ** ********** *******, ****** ******** *** ** *******'* standards:

Mobotix ******** ******

** ****** *****, **************** ******** *** ******* ** **' ***** 100% ** *** **** ** **** *****. **** *** ******** of ****** ********* (*** ****) *** ******** ***** (****** ****).

******** *** ********* ********** ** ******* *** ******* ***** ****** the *** ** ****** *** ******. ** **** **** ********* began ** ***** **', **** *** ******* *********** *** ******.

** *** *****, *******, *** ** *** ***'* **** ********* performance, ** *** ****** ** ******* *** ******* ** ***. It *** ********** ****** ** ***** ****** **** *******, *******, and ***** ******* ** *****, *******.

******* ***********

********, **************** ********* ********* ** *******, **** ******** ********* *** to ***** **' **** *** ******* ****** ****** *** ******. Also, *******, *** ***** ********** **** ** *** ***** ** the *** ***** *** ****** ** *** ******, *** *** excluded **** *** ****** ****, *** ** ***** ****** **** triggered.

****** ****** *** ***, *******, ***** *** **** *******. *** camera *** **** ** ****** *** ******* ** **** ***', as ***** ****:

Comments (31)

**'* ********* ** *** ************ ** ***** ****** *********. **'* clearly *** ** *** **** ************* ********* ******* ** ********* (as **** ** ****** ** **** ******** ******* ** **** motion ******).

*** ******** ******* *** **** ** *** *******. ******* ** understandable, ***** ***** ******** ******** **** ****** ***** ** ******* **** *** **** **** their *** ******** ** *** *** ***** *******.

*******, **** ** *** ***** ** ** ******* ****** ** tests ** **** ** ***** ** ****** ********* *** ********* from '*******' ******* ** '*****' *******.

*** *** *********** ******** ***** * ****** ***?

**** *** *** *** *** *****'* ******* **, **** **** mean *** ***'* ********* ** **** *** ***, ** **** it ***'* **** *** *** ****** ****** ****** ** ***?

*** *****, **** ********. *'** ***** **** ****.

** *** **** ** ****, "*** *********" ***** **** *** VMS ****** *** ********* ****** ****** **** *** *.*. **** use * ********* ***. **'* ******** ********** **** **** *****'* integrated **.

*************** *** ** **** ** ******* *** *.*.

*** *********** ** ******** **** **** **** ********.

(** ********** *** ************** ** *** ****).

* *** **** **** *** *** **** *** **** *** 3.0

**** ************ *** *** *** **** ****?

***, ** *** **** * **** ** **** ****.*? * do *** ****** *** ****** ************ ** **.

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****, ** ** *** ***** ****** ** ***** ***** ** those *** ***** ******. ***** *** **** ******* **** **** a ****** *** ** *** ************ *** ******** **** **** trouble **** **************. **** ** *** **** **** *** *** doing **** **** ******** *** ***** * ******** *****.

****, *** **** ****** ** ****** *** ** **** * '***********' ******, ***** ** *** ** *** **** *** *****, non ** ******* ** *** ******, ** **** ****** ********** the ************.

**'** **** *********** ******* ***** ***** ************** ** **** **** 10 *******. ** ***** *** ** ** ********* *********.

** ******* **** *** ******** ** ***** ********* ***** *** much **** *********** **** *** ***-**** ****** *********** **** ******* it ******** ******* ******* ******* ******. **** ******** *** ******** non-real-time ********* **** * **** ********** ** "*****" ****** ******, this ********* **** ****** ***** ******* **** *** **** ** the ****** *** ** ******* *********.

****** *** ******* *********** ****** **** ** ******** ** *** immediate *****.

**** ** * **** *****, *** ****** **** ****** *** much ****** ****' ******** *** ** **** ***** ***** ***, I'd ****** *** *** ****' ******** *** **** *** ******* Sony's ****, ** *******'* ***, ** **** ***'* ******** *** looking ** *** **** *****.

*** *** ******* **** ******* *** ******* ** ******* ******* at *** **** *****.

****, **** ******* *** ******** ******** ***? ** *** ****** test ******* ****** *** *** ***** ******** ****** **** *** known (*** ****/***** ***********) ** ** ****** ****** ******* ***** positive ****** ******?

**** *** ***** ** **, ****** * *** ** *****, the **** *** ****** **** ********* **** ***** ** ********** to ****'* ****, ***** * ******** ** ** * **** up **** ***** ******** *********, *** ***** ***** ********* (***** actually ***** ** ******** ******* *** ****** **********), ***** * don't **** *** ********** **** *** ** ** *** **** level. **** *** **** ******* *******. ******** **** *** ********, sizable ***** **** **** ******* **** **** **** *** *********** alerting * ******** * **** ** **** ******** *********.

**** ****.* **** *** ******* *** ***** ** *****. **'* meant ** ** ****** ****** *********, ******.

**** *** ****** *** ******** ***********, **** *****/******. *******, *** key ******** ** *** **** *** ********** ********* *****. * have *** ***** ******** ******** ***** ****, **** **** ***** manufacturers.

**** ******** **** ************** ** ****** **** ********** ** **** ****. ** *** testing **** ***** **** *** *** *** ** ******* **** (Ethan/Derek)

**** **** ***** ******* **** ** *** *? * ******* it *** *** "***" ** ********* **** ****. ** ***** like ** ******** ***** **** ** **** ** ****** "****** detected" *********,********* ** *** ****** (**** **).

* ***** *'* *** **** ****** ** **** ***. (**** in *** *)

***** - **** ****-*, ****-* *** ****-* ****** *** **** both *** *** ***. (*** ***** ******* **** ***, *** not *** *** ****.) *********, *** *** ***** * ***** Motion ****** (***) ****** *** *** ****. **** ** *** DEPA ******** ******** *** ***** ** *** ****** ****. **** recording ********* *** *** *** ***/** *** ** ***** ********.

******* ****** ** *** ******** ** ******* ********* ** *** light ******. ***** **** ***** ** * *********** *** **** lighting!

* ** ******* ** ********* ******* **** *** **** *** and ******** ********. **** * **** ***** ******* ***** ******* is **** **** ** ********* ***** ********** *** *** ******** performance?!

*** ***** *** **** ********* ***** **** ****** ****** ******* - ******* * ****** ******** ********* ***** ******** '*****' ********** would ** ****.

****, ***** *******, ********* *** ** ******** ** ***********. *'* like ** ********** **** ****. **** ***** ******, *** **** exact *****?

** * **** **** *** *** ********** ****** **** ** .3 *** ** ***** ********* *** ****** ** *** ****** with ** ******* ***** *** *** *** ****** ******* *******. Detection ** **** *******. ** **** ** ********* ***** *** the ***** ***** ********** ******** ** **** ******* *** *** detection *** ************* **** **** ** **** **** **** ****** off ***** ***** ***** ***** ******** ******* **** ********* **** detectors. **** **** ** **** **** **** **** ********* ** false ***** *****. *** **** ***** *** ***** ***** *** Q24 ** *** **** ******* ** ** *** **** ** 180 **** ***** ** * ****** *********** *** *** *********. Also ** ******** ** * ******* *** *** *** *** much ****** *** ***** *********** **** *** ***.

*** ** *** **** ****** **** *** ******* / ********* cameras, **** *** **** *****.

**** ****, **'* ****** ***** **** **** ********* ****** ************ so **** ** *** ****** *** ********** ********. ******* **'* a ********* ***** ****'* ****** ** *** ***** ** ***** IR, **** ****** ** ***** ***.

****,

**** ** *********! * **** ****** *** *** *** *******. 1 ***** ****, * *&* ****.

*** *** ******* *** '*****' **** ******* *** ***** ******? So **** *** * *********** ********* **** ********* ******? * looked ** **** *** **** *********** *********

***** *******, * ***** **** **** ** *** * *** 2.1 **** ** *** **** ***** ******, *********** ***** *** plus *** ***** ************

******, *** ****** ** **** *** ****** ***********. ****'** *** WDR **** *** *****, *** **** ******* ********* ** *** light. *'** *** **** ** *** ****, ****** *** ******** it ***.

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******* *** *** "*******" *** ** *** *** ********** ** we ****** *** * ****** *** **** **********, *** *****..

** ***** ***** *** **.

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****,

****** *** **** *****, *** ** *** **** **** ** these ******* *** ***** ** *** ** **** ***. **** of *** ********* ****** *** *** **** **** *** *** view, *** ************** ******* ** *** **** ***** ************. ** do ******* *** *** *** ** ****** *** *** **** map ********. * ** **** ** ******* * ****** ** innacuracies ** *** ***** *****. *. ** ***** ******** *** event **** **** ** *** * *** **** ** ***** for *** ***** ** ****, *** ****** *** **** ** will **** *** ** ***** ** *********. *. *** ******** sensor ********* ** * **** ** ** *** *** **** seconds ** ****** ****** **********, *** ****** *** **** ******** in *** ***** ** ***** ** ******* ** *****.

* **** ** ***, ***** *** ** ****** **** ** the ****** ****. ***** ** ******* *** *** *** ** VMD ****** ******** *** *** ** ** *** ********* ** motion ****. *** *******, ***** *** ******* *** ********** ********* to ****** ********** ********** *****, **** ****** *** ****** ** the ******** *********** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** post **** ******* ** ****** **** ** *********. **** ** you **** ***** ***** ******* ********* ** ****, *** *** a ******** ****** **** *** ** **** **** ***** **** it ** ********.

*** *** *** *** ****** **** ****** ********* - * lot ** ****** **. *** ********* ** ****** **** ****** ************ **** *** ****.

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