Axis Live Privacy Shield Analytics Tested

By: Sean Patton, Published on Jun 25, 2019

Privacy is becoming a bigger factor in video surveillance, driven both by increased public awareness and by GDPR.

Now, Axis has released Live Privacy Shield, a video analytic that Axis claims is "reliable and cost-effective" and is "the only edge-based solution that dependably masks moving people and objects in real time at up to full frame rate".

We tested Live Privacy Shield in multiple scenarios to see how it performs, including:

  • How well does it consistently mask people
  • Does it mask multiple subjects simultaneously
  • How it performs outside
  • How it performs in low light
  • How easy is it to configure
  • Pricing
  • Comparison to Genetec Privacy Protector

******* ** ******** * bigger ****** ** ***** surveillance, ****** **** ** increased ****** ********* ***** ****.

***, **** *** ************ ******* ******, * ***** ******** that **** ****** ** "reliable *** ****-*********" *** is "*** **** ****-***** solution **** ********** ***** moving ****** *** ******* in **** **** ** up ** **** ***** rate".

** ****** **** ******* Shield ** ******** ********* to *** *** ** performs, *********:

  • *** **** **** ** consistently **** ******
  • **** ** **** ******** subjects **************
  • *** ** ******** *******
  • *** ** ******** ** low *****
  • *** **** ** ** to *********
  • *******
  • ********** ** ******* ******* Protector

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*******

** *** *****, **** Privacy ****** *** *** perform ****:

  • *** ******* ** ********** applied ** *** **** than ****** *******, ***** on ********* ***** ******, lighting *******, *** *****. Setting *** *********** ******* to *** ****** ******** setting **** ********* *** time ****** * *********** portion ** *** ***** of **** *** ******.
  • **** ********** ********* *** which ********* ***** ******* and ********* *********.
  • ** ** *********** ******** for ******* ******* ** it ********** ***** **** of *** ***** *** to *** ********* ** ignore / ************* ****, light, ******, ***********, ***.

************, **** ******* ****** is *********, $*** **** per ******, ***** ** the **** ********* ******* *********, ***** ********* **** in *** *****, *** also ***** *********** *** usage.

**** *** ******** ******* can ** ********** **** a ****** *** ******* if *** *** ************ '**** *****', ***** ******** * (or ****) *********** ******* per ****** ********** (*.*. 1 ****** ******, * unmasked ******). ** **** Areas *** *** *********, 2 ****** ******** ***** be ******** *** ******** viewing *** *********. ************, we ***** ** *** that ********** * ****** toggle ******* *** *** streams.

***** *** ************* **** easy, ** ***** *** minimal *******, *** **** ACAP ***** **** ** less **** * *******. It *** **** ** installed ***** **** ****** Manager ****** **** ******* at **** (**** ****** ******* ********).

Live ******* ****** ********

**** ******* ****** ***** any ****** ******* ** obstruct *********** ******* ** protect ******'* *******. **** Privacy ****** ** *** a ************ **** *** does *** ***** ********* sizes ** ***** ** masks, **** * ******/**** mask **** ********** ******** the ****** ******. ******* to ******* *********, ** blurs *** ****** ******, not **** *** ****.

**** ************* ********* ** "***** *****" has *** ********* **********:

  • ** *** * ******** light ******
  • ** ** ******* **** no ******* ***** ****** daylight *** ***** ************

**** ******* * "*****" scene **:

  • ** ** ********
  • ** *** * *** of ********** ********
  • ***** *** * *** of ******** *******
  • ** *** ******* ******* objects (*****)

** ***** **** ** default ********, **** ** "ideal" **********, ****-******* *** common, *** ****** ******** changes *** ******* ******* false **** **********.

Poor - *********** **** ********

*** ** *** ******* issues ** ***** ** testing *** ******** ******** light *** *** ***** conditions ****** ** * mask ******* ** *** majority ** *** ***** of ****. ****'* ***** scene ********** *********** ** a ******** ***** ****** and ** ******* *** restrictive ** *** ***** of *** ***** ******.

Poor - ****** ******* *** ********* *******

******* ***** ** ***** was ********* ******* ** the ***** ** **** (e.g. **** **** *****) would ** "******" *** semi-permanently ******. ***** ** a ******* *** "********** merge ****" *** ****** settings ******* **** ********** masking. *******, ** ************ with * *** ** constant ******** (*.*. *********, terminals, ****** ********), ******* settings *** *********** ** avoid ***** ***** ** artifacts:

Poor - ******* ***********

**** ******* ****** ********* poorly ** ******* ************, masking ******* ******, *** reflections ** ***********. **** when ********** ** *** lowest *********** *****, ******* was ********* ** ***** as ******* ***** ****** detection ** *** **** conditions. ******* ***** **** used ** ****** ***** of *** ***** ** view (*.*. *****, ***), identified ** *** ****** trapezoid *******:

Masking ****** *********** *********

*******, **** ******* ****** effectively ****** ****** ******* the ***** ** **** without ******* * ******, whether *******, ******* ** partially ********** ****** ***** or ********. *******, **** video ****** ********* *************, Live ******* ****** ** not *** *********** ********* method, *** ******** ** changing ***** *** ****** in **** *****.

** **** **** ** adjust *********** *** ********** merge ******** ** *********** to *** **** ******** results **** **** ********, however, **** *** ******* were **** ** ********, the **** ****** *** limitations **** *****.

Dual ****** ********* ******** *** *********

** ***** ** *** capability ** ****** ******* masked *** ******** *****, which ***** ** *** most *************** ***** (*.*., Gentec **** ** **** way).

. **** **** ******* Shield ** *******, *** primary ***** **** *** camera **** ** ******. Axis **** ***** *** used *** *******/********* *** unmasked *****. **** **** it ***** **** ** any *** **** ******** Axis **** *****. ** found **** ****** ******* any ******* ************* ** Genetec *** ********* *** not **** ******* *****.

Camera ******* *******

*** ******** ** **** available ** * ******* number ** **** *******, generally ***** * *** Q ****** **** **** ARTEC-6 ** ******:

Region ************ ******* ** ****** - ******** ****** ****

**** ******* ****** ** only ********* ** ******** Europe ** ******, **** said:

** ******* ** ****** the ******** ****** ** region. ** ******** ** Northern ******, **** ** Europe **** ** *** next *****. *** **** for *** ** *** decided ***.

Comments (9)

**** ********** ***** ********* regularly ********* *****-********* ***.

**** ** *****. **'* bad *** **** ****** a ******* *** **. Axis, **** **.

**'* ***

** * *** ******* through **** ******, * was ******** "***** ***** like *** **** ******** video ********* *** ** years ***". ******** ***** are (******) ****** **** some ****** ************ ** DNNs ***** ****. **** of ********* *** **** couldn't ** ************* ******.

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

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

********* ****** ** ********** objects

** ***** ******** ***** be * *** ** a ****** *****, "*********" some ****** **** *****'* meant ** ** ********, but ****** ** ***** be **** ** ****** shadows, ***.

**, *'* **** ******* missing **** ****'** ****** to ********** ****.

* ******** ********** ******* they **** ***** **** learning *** **** (** is ****) *** **** confirmed **** *** ***. I ***'* **** ****** about *** **** ****** chips ** ********** **** they *** ** *** I ** ******** **** cannot ** ****** ************** or **** **** *****.

* ***** ***'* ********** why **** ***** ******* this, ** **. *** one ***** * ***** is ****, *** ******* protection, **'* ****** ** err ** *** **** of ******** *** **** than **** ***, **** this *****, ** ***** our *** *** ****. I ***** *** **** offering **** *** ****, given *** ******.

** **** ****** ** basic *** ********* ** the ****** ****, ** seems **** **** ****** be ****** ***** **** Ambarella ******* ** ****** to **** ***** ***.

**** ********* ****** **** can ** ********* ********* but ** *** ******* of ******** ***** ******* a ****** *** ******** them:

** ***** ** ****** classification *** *** **** use **** (****) ** would *** ** ******** even ** ***** * powerful ******. ****** ** later *** ************** **** be ****** *** ****** someone’s ********.

** **** *** ** such ***************, **** *** the ********* *** (** reduce ***** *********) *** I ***** ******* **** would ***** ** ****** than **** ********** *** approach.

**** **** ********** **** they **** ***** *** limitations ** *** *************, e.g.:

*** ****** ***** **** good, ****** ********

** **** ** *** online ******, ****** *** testing ***** ****** ******** with *** ****** ****** lighting *****. ** *** other ****, ** ***** are ** **** ***** random ****** *****, ** be **.

**** **** ******** ** potential ************:

** **** ********* ** is *** ******* ** do *** ***** ************ at **** ****** *** union *********** (*** **** is *** ****** **** to ** **********). *** example ** *** ********** use **** *** **** interest ** ** ******* the ********** ******* (******** or ******** ****) *** not *** *********.

**** ** *** ******* of *** ******** **** that *** ******** **** masking:

** ******* ***** ** that ** * ****** walked ** ***** ** the ******** **** **** they ***** ** *****. It's * ***** ***** with **** *** ************ analytics ***** ****.

**** ********* ****** **** can ** ********* ********* but ** *** ******* of ******** ***** ******* a ****** *** ******** them:

*** **** ************ ** NOT **** **** ******** in *** ******* *******?

* **** * **** time ********* **** *** would *** * *********** risk ** ***** **** to ** * ****** that *** ****** **** a ******* ****** ****** DNN ******** **** *** set ******** *********. * do ******* **** **** an ******** ***** ************ ignore *** ******** ** the ******** **** ****** found, ***** *** ********** the **** ** ******* a ******* ************ ****** relative ** *** ******* version.

**** ** *** ******* of *** ******** **** that *** ******** **** masking:

** **** *****, *** not **** ***** * privacy **** **** *** rest ** *** ***** and ** ****?

** ******* ***** ** that ** * ****** walked ** ***** ** the ******** **** **** they ***** ** *****. It's * ***** ***** with **** *** ************ analytics ***** ****.

* *****. * **** don't *** *** **** sloppy ******* **** *** is ****** ****** "******". It's *** *** *********, does *** **** ** be ********** ** ***** ALL ******, *** ********** in *** *********. ** top ** ****, ** costs *****.

** **** ** ********** for *******, **** ****** have **** *** ** a ******** **** ** something.

**** *********** ** ********* like **** ****** ***? It ***** **** ** would **** *** ****** almost ******* ******** *** the ****** ******. * would ***** **** ******** out **** ******** **** so *** *** ** least ****** *** **** a ****** ** *****.

******** *** ** ********.... Completely *******. *** **** waste ********* **** ** this. **** *** **** reason ** **** ******* promoting ****. ***** **** will ****** * ******** that *****'* **** *** person's ****....

** ********** ** *** TV **** ****, *** video ** ****** ** protect *** ********.

***** *** * ****** of ********** ***** *** motion ******* ******* ** useful.

******* ********** **** ** be **** ** *** and **** * ****** of ****** ******** *** leaving ***** ********, ***** maintaining ******* ******* ******.

******* **** *** ********* of ******* ** ******* areas **** ******* *** other ***** ***** **** want ** *** ******** while *********** ****** ******* and *********** ** **** male *** ****** ****** who *** ** ********** the **** **** *****.

******** *** ********* ***** where ********* **** ** document ******** ** ******** shipments ***** *********** ******** privacy.

* ** **** ***** are ***** ********, *** these *** **** ** the **** ****** ***** we *** ******** ***.

**** * ******** ********** and ******** ****** ******* feature ******** *** ** monitored ***** *********** *******. If ** ***** ****** that ***** ** ** reviewed ** ********* **** actually ******** *** *** the ******** **** **** were ******** ** ** incident *** ***** *** be "********" ** ****** dual ************** ** ************* credentials.

********** (*** * **** for) *** *** *** motion ******* ******* *** a ****** ** ***** and ** ***** ***** well ** *** ********** described *****. ** ** sure, ******* ***** *** shadows *** *********** **********. Hopefully, **** ******** ** AI ***** ********** *** be ********* ** *** resolved ** *** ******.

* ** *** **** familiar **** *******'* ** Axis' "******* ******". *** you **** "******" ***** video ** ********** ***** you **** ** *** what ******* ******** ** there ** ** ******** that ***** *** **?

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