Agent Vi's 4.0 Analytics and Auto Calibration Examined

By: John Honovich, Published on Mar 01, 2011

In this note, we review the key features and positioning of Agent Vi's System 4.0 real time alerting release. It includes 2 key features that are major improvements from the previous 3.3 release: (1) Automatic Scene Learning and (2) Repetitive Movement Auto Masking. Both of these address key concerns we had in our 2010 Agent Vi alerting test. At the end of the note we examine competitive positioning and contrast to VideoIQ and ioimage.

The Automatic Scene Learning functionality provides auto calibration, designed to eliminate the need for having a subject walk through the field of view while an operator configures the analytics. Agent Vi reports a few key aspects to this feature:

  • The system automatically detects if a camera is indoors or outdoors (previously the user had to set)
  • The system automatically detects if the camera is mounted at an angle or overhead position
  • Calibrates based on humans and vehicles in the scene
  • The calibration is done on the server side (the system has an 'agent' on the camera being used and a server side application)

Agent Vi estimates 30 - 90 minutes for performing the auto calibration. While the system is calibrating, alarming is disabled. Agent Vi says that the calibration does not need to be performed each time the camera is rebooted as the calibration configuration is stored on the server.

The Repetive Movement Auto Masking aims to eliminate problems from swaying tree branches, water and other 'noise'. Agent Vi describes this as "based on continuous statistical analysis of movement in various areas of the image and learning of what is “normal” movement in a specific area. It takes about 2-4 minutes to adjust to new areas of repetitive movement. What is exceptional about this feature is that it can still detect moving objects against the background of repetitive movement that is being filtered." Like many analytics we have tested, the previous version of Agent Vi (3.3) experienced significant problems with swaying tree branches.

From a usage standpoint, a few points to note:

  • The new 4.0 version is commercially available
  • Version 3.3 can be upgraded to 4.0 for users with a Software Ugprade Plan
  • Overall camera computing usage increase is estimated to be ~10%
  • The 4.0 server can support cameras running 3.3 and 4.0 agents (backwards compatability for cameras)
  • No change in pricing / licensing cost

Additionally, Agent Vi has released a new version of their search analytics. For details, see the Agent Vi Search Version 1.2 release notes.

Competitive Positioning

We think these 2 new features are important advances for Agent Vi as they address the two most significant weaknesses of the previous version - setup complexity and false alarms for 'noisy' scenes.

Historically, Agent Vi's biggest strength has likely been its ability to run on different manufacturer's cameras (most notably Axis). This allows using existing IP cameras and the specification of 'regular' IP cameras. By contrast, two of the most common 'smart' cameras used (VideoIQ and ioimage) both require the use of their own IP cameras (note: both have encoders for analog cameras).

If Agent Vi can match VideoIQ's auto-calibration performance and reduce their repetitive motion false alerts, Agent Vi could become significantly more attractive. The combination of that plus their support for multiple camera vendors would be a strong combination against VideoIQ. On the other hand, VideoIQ offers analytics across megapixel resolution while Agent Vi is limited to max SD.

We have not tested the new Agent Vi release. However, we do plan a new round of video analytic testing this spring.

3 reports cite this report:

PureTech Video Analytics Examined on Apr 21, 2017
PureTech's analytics were chosen for a US border protection system (see related post), which the company claims no other analytics vendor was able...
Poll Results and Webinar Recorded Video on Apr 20, 2011
On April 20th, nearly 100 IPVM Pro Members participated in a webinar discussing 'Winners and Losers Spring 2011'. Interest from members focused...
New Surveillance Products Spring 2011 Final on Apr 06, 2011
In this report, we provide a single source listing new video surveillance products announced in Spring 2011 and in conjunction with ISC West.For...
Comments : PRO Members only. Login. or Join.

Related Reports on Video Analytics

Sighthound Transforms Into Enterprise AI Provider on Jun 14, 2019
Sighthound is now rapidly expanding its R&D team, building an enterprise AI service. This may come as a surprise given their origins 6 years...
Embattled $400 Million China Funded Philippines Surveillance System Proceeds on Jun 13, 2019
An embattled 12,000 camera surveillance system project that will cost ~$400 million will proceed.  The project contract was awarded, had its...
Carnegie Mellon AI Startup Zensors Profile on Jun 11, 2019
Zensors is a startup formed by Carnegie Mellon graduates from a Carnegie Mellon research project, offering customized models per camera that they...
Directory of 30+ VSaaS / Cloud Video Surveillance Providers on Jun 07, 2019
This directory provides a list of VSaaS / cloud video surveillance providers to help you see and research what options are available. 2019 State...
Hikvision DeepinMind 2019 Test on Jun 06, 2019
In 2018, Hikvision's DeepinMind AI NVR performed terribly, recognizing vehicles, animals, and other objects as humans, misclassifying demographics,...
Startup Rhombus Systems Says Twice the Features, Half the Price of Verkada on Jun 04, 2019
Closed cloud systems may be the fastest growing segment of video surveillance with Meraki and Verkada. Now another California company is joining...
OWAL Startup Profile - Ex-Googler Cloud AI Video Platform on May 29, 2019
OWAL, a NYC-based startup developing AI video analytics, is aiming to "improve the quality of life" within high-rise apartments, and commercial...
Bank Security Manager Interview on May 15, 2019
Bank security contends with many significant threats - from fraudsters to robbers and more. In this interview, IPVM spoke with bank security...
Hikvision DeepinView Camera Analytics Tested on May 08, 2019
Hikvision is expanding its 'deep learning' offerings with a new camera series called 'DeepinView' claiming false alarm reduction and improved...
Aegis AI Gun Detection Video Analytics Startup on May 07, 2019
Gun detection analytic startups are increasing as the promise of AI and the threats of active shooters grow.  One company, Aegis AI, is being led...

Most Recent Industry Reports

Sighthound Transforms Into Enterprise AI Provider on Jun 14, 2019
Sighthound is now rapidly expanding its R&D team, building an enterprise AI service. This may come as a surprise given their origins 6 years...
ADT Eliminating Acquired Brands, Unifying Under 'Commercial' Brand on Jun 14, 2019
ADT is eliminating the brands of the many integrators it has acquired over the past few years, including Red Hawk, Aronson Security Group (ASG),...
NSA Director Keynoting Dahua and Hikvision Sponsored Cybersecurity Conference on Jun 13, 2019
The technical director for the NSA’s Cybersecurity Threat Operations Center will be keynoting a physical security cybersecurity conference that is...
Farpointe Data Conekt Mobile Access Reader Tested on Jun 13, 2019
California based Farpointe Data has been a significant OEM supplier of conventional access readers for years to companies including DMP, RS2, DSX,...
Embattled $400 Million China Funded Philippines Surveillance System Proceeds on Jun 13, 2019
An embattled 12,000 camera surveillance system project that will cost ~$400 million will proceed.  The project contract was awarded, had its...
False Verkada 'Unrivaled' Low Light Performance Claim Removed on Jun 12, 2019
Verkada falsely claimed that it delivered 'UNRIVALED LOW LIGHT PERFORMANCE' until IPVM questioned. In fact, Verkada's low light performance is...
Manufacturer Favorability Guide 2019 on Jun 12, 2019
The 259 page PDF guide may be downloaded inside by all IPVM members. It includes our manufacturer favorability rankings and individual...
Camera Course Summer 2019 - Register Now on Jun 12, 2019
Register for the Summer 2019 Camera Course.  This is the only independent surveillance camera course, based on in-depth product and technology...
Favorite Wireless Manufacturers 2019 on Jun 12, 2019
Many wireless options exist for video surveillance but how are integrator's overall favorites? 170 integrators answered the question: What is...
Carnegie Mellon AI Startup Zensors Profile on Jun 11, 2019
Zensors is a startup formed by Carnegie Mellon graduates from a Carnegie Mellon research project, offering customized models per camera that they...

The world's leading video surveillance information source, IPVM provides the best reporting, testing and training for 10,000+ members globally. Dedicated to independent and objective information, we uniquely refuse any and all advertisements, sponsorship and consulting from manufacturers.

About | FAQ | Contact