Camera App Integrates PTZs and Perimeter Detection

Author: Brian Rhodes, Published on Dec 11, 2013

One of the biggest risks when deploying PTZs is having them pointed in the wrong direction when bad events occur. Axis and Optex have partnered on an integration claiming to prevent that from happening. Optex has announced an ACAP module that directly connects motion sensors to Axis PTZs and will automatically reposition the camera and prevent missed action. What equipment is required and how much does it cost? We take a closer look in this note.

Overview

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Comments (12)

The fact that their integration image shows a "PoE Hub" is amusing. Other than that it looks pretty cool. I talked to the Optex rep when I was at PSAtek earlier this year and they were showing this off, not this actual integration though.

"Token ring compatible"

Looks like Axis is the only one leading innovation with their ACAP. If other camera manufacturers don't start developing some sort of common application platform for cameras, Axis will have a lead that will make it that much harder to catch up too and could be missed oppurtunities for their competitors.

All for a camera manufacturer that integrators and dealers lament give them small margins.

To play devil's advocate, I think most other camera manufacturers are looking at Axis ACAP program and essentially saying, "They've been doing this 4 years now and yet they really have nothing major to show for it." While I am sure this is a nice incremental step for Optex, it's not a broad market driver. Same for pretty much all the other Axis apps I've seen.

Beyond that, Axis is not even the development muscle behind this app. It's Optex, who at their own development expense wrote the ACAP integration.

Axis offers the ACAP framework, the "app marketplace", and the consistency in camera design that allows it to be applicable to a number of models.

I imagine Axis would smile at your sentiment, because that indeed appears to be the type of differentiation they are trying to cultivate. Do a little work, let your partners do the heavy lifting, reap the reward.

In other news, Axis wants to be Apple.

In fairness, the whole point is for third parties to do the 'development muscle' behind the app, just like it is for Apple. The challenge is that app developers flocked to Apple but the same thing has not happened (yet) for Axis...

I feel like the challenge with ACAP is simple: what's really missing from most cameras that can be added via an app? With an iPhone, I can think of a hundred things that I'd want to have access to in my pocket. With a camera, if the thing is sending video, motion detection works, and I can add it to a VMS, 99% of applications are covered. Pretty much everything on ACAP is an analytic, and analytics have simply not gained acceptance in the majority of installations.

Not to armchair ACAP development, but a [temporary] installation app makes sense.

Axis recently released a 'bells 'n whistles' camera that helps you level it by beeping/Flashing LEDs. Why not make this an app based feature that can be used on many models?

Also why not condense the most critical 'camera setup' adjustments into an app that explains and reveals the importance and consequence of hardware settings (Shutter, Bitrate, Compression, WDR, Focus) in a setup interface?

It doesn't always need to be on the camera, just during setup.

[IPVM NOTE: Patrick is an employee of Optex]

With the Redscan direct ACAP integration, you gain the advantage of not relying on a VMS to drive the PTZ camera’s presets for an alarm event. The Redscan communicates directly to the AXIS camera on the network. This reduces latency from the VMS to perform this function. The camera can be located at a remote location and perform independently. And if you add storage at the edge, in the camera, you receive an additional redundant solution. Also the Redscan has algorithms built into the detector so it does not use up the camera’s processing power when generating alarm events (like video analytics). The detection is autonomous, but integrated simultaneously.

Patrick,

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OK thanks, couldn't you add that to my profile to automatically add my title on a post?

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