Avigilon Announces RADAR-Based Presence Detector

By: Brian Karas, Published on Jun 22, 2017

RADAR is gaining momentum within physical security. Two months after Axis announced a network radar detector, Avigilon has announced a RADAR-Based Presence Detector.

We analyze Avigilon's latest product, and compare it to Axis' Network Radar Detector, basic VMD, and burglar alarm motion detectors in this report.

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Comments (12)

I don't see 30ft as being very useful at all. Depends on reliability, but it's not groundbreaking. Problem with these microwave and radar type products is they either cover a lot of area for a very lot of money, or they cover very little to be practical for what I think most people are looking for: parking lot sized areas.

But prices are coming down and some of the product manufacturers seem to be releasing smaller range products that are closer to practical budgets.

Keep in mind it is an indoor-only unit, so 30ft distance can cover a lot of area in that application. For outdoor applications, I agree that longer range / better pricing, is needed to make these radar units practical

Keep in mind it is an indoor-only unit, so 30ft distance can cover a lot of area in that application.

Yes, then it's a matter of how much is the cost and then how does it compare performance wise to similar priced products like PIR and microwave technologies.

The issue Avigilon faces is getting people to understand how this sensor is different then PIR and Microwave sensors.

PIR and Microwave will detect when someone moves in the space but don't do well when a person stands still or lays down. This is what the Avigilon sensor is designed to do. To detect when a person is present even if they are not moving. Obviously, this will be popular for banks and I see a lot of uses for this unit in health care.

As I mentioned at the end of the report, it is different than PIR or microwave motion detectors. Those are good, and probably more than adequate, if you want alerts on macro activity in an area. But if a person enters and area and stops moving, those sensors will stop alerting. This Avigilon sensor had the claimed ability to know if a person is present even if they stop moving, which PIRs, and even most video analytics, cannot deliver.

Thanks for the clarification, that was a misunderstanding on my part, and re-affirms Micheal Miller's point.

It could also detect persons trying to get locked in to a premises by hiding somewhere like a toilet cubicle, it could detect persons in fitting rooms or anywhere where deploying a camera is unethical yet the presence of persons whether moving or stationary is required. During IFSEC 2017 a lot of other suggestions from very reputable SI's and Consultants etc were made. This little product will have a great future.

It could also detect persons trying to get locked in to a premises by hiding somewhere like a toilet cubicle, it could detect persons in fitting rooms or anywhere where deploying a camera is unethical yet the presence of persons whether moving or stationary is required.

Much of the applicability there will depend on how well you can define the coverage area of the unit. Because it goes through walls, unlike a traditional motion detector, and also has no way to define specific coverage areas, like a video analytics tripwire or region, it could be difficult to ensure you don't get false alarms outside of your intended coverage zone.

There are several ways in which the radar 'cone' can be adjusted to reduce the chance of false positives. It is still early days but i'm sure we will find out first hand where it works and where it proves more of a challenge to make it work.

Well, I believe that motion detection with image analytics should be the solution. I have done some tests with images captured by ip camera and the clarifai service can detect human body on grayscale pictures. I have tried other services and they are not that good they are ok if the human body is clearly on the foreground but they are not recognizing human shapes on the background Clarifai does. More pilot test should be done to evaluate the success rate since the server is also learning. Best regards. Guy Fauquembergue.

This product is especially introduced to detect a person or persons where no video can be deployed. Although it currently cannot differentiate between one or multiple persons present I am sure that further development will address this.

UPDATE - Avigilon has released pricing:

Pricing

MSRP for the Presence Detector is $850. Standard Avigilon dealer discounts apply.

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