Camera Analytics Tested: Axis vs. Bosch vs. Sony

Author: Ethan Ace, Published on Sep 17, 2013

With the move to IP and HD now commonplace, companies are looking for new ways to compete. While analytics has long disappointed, many still hold out hope for it being the next big thing.

Many major camera manufacturers offer analytics built-in or for a minimal additional charge. However, skepticism of their performance is commonplace.

The Test

In this report, we tested 3 camera manufacturers analytics - Axis cross line detection, Bosch's Intelligent Video Analytics and Sony's Video Motion Filter (VMF).

The test focuses on tripwire / perimeter violation analytics as this is most common type used in security to alert against intruders entering into a restricted area.

We tested in 3 different scenes.

To start, we did a simple indoor tripwire at an entrance:

Then we progressed to an outdoor scene of moderate complexity and distance:

Finally, we tried a very long area with vegetation and shadows to maximize the challenge:

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Configuration

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Outdoor ************

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

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**** ** *** ** *** *** ***** ***-**** ****** *******, with *** ****** **** ***** ******, ******* *** *******'* ***** and *****. ** *** ***** *****, *** *******'* **** ****** never ******* *** ****. ****** ** ******* ** *** *******, Bosch ***-**** ******** ********, ** **** **** ***** . *******, depending ** *** ***** ************ ********, **** **** ******** *** cause ***** ******** ** ****** ****** ******* *** ****. ***** should ** ******* ** ***** ****.

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

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**** ******** ** ** ***** ****** *** ****, ** ****.

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Test **********

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Comments (19)

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

** ** **** ** **** **** ***** ********* - **** from '*******' ****** ************ ** **** ** ***** ******** *********** (VideoIQ, *******, ***.). ** ********, ** **** ** **** ***** aspects ** *****'* *** (**** ***** *********) ** * ******** report.

**** *** *** **** ** **** ***** ******-***** ********?

**** ******* ** *********** *********** **** ** *** ** *** common ********** ** ***** *********: ******** *** ***** ******* ******* probability ** ********* *** *** ***** ***** ****.

***** *** ******** ** *****, * ***** *** ***** ******* it ** ****** **** ************ ******** ** *********** *********** **** factors ** **** *********** ** ********* *** *** **** ** false ******.

*** ** ********** *-**** ****** **** * **-****** '**' ****** that ***** * ****** ****** ********* ** **** ** ***** issues. **** ******* ** ***-**** **** ***.

****,********* ** ** ****** *** *** ***** * ********** ***** so *** ********** ******* ********* ************* ** **********. **** *** be ******* **** ***** ******* *** *** *********** **'** *** **** **** ** ******** ******* ** * monitor ***** * ***** *****.

** ******** ******* ** **** ******* **** ** **** ** F1 ***** ** > .** *** **** ** ** ********* useful ** ** ***** ********* ********.

***, ****** *** *** ******** ** ************ ******* *** ********** scenes.

** * ******* ****, **** ****** ************ ******* ** **** are *** ************** *** ***** ** ****** ******. ** * say ****** * ****** * .**, ****** * ****** * .95 *** ****** * ****** * .**, **** **** **** really ****? *********, ** ***** ****** * ** *** **** but ** *** **********? *** ** *** ****? ****, ** we *** ************ *******/******** *** ********** *** ************* ** ****** this ** ********** ***** ** ******* *** ****.

** *** *************, ** **** *** ******* ** *** ***** same **** *** ***** ** **** ***** ******. *** ****, Bosch *** **** ******* *** *** ****** **** **** ***** on * ****** *** ***** ** **** ********. ******* ** that, ** **** **** *** ******* *** *** ******* ** and ******* **** *** ***** **** **********.

****, * ***** ****’* ***** **** ‘**** ********** ******’. *******, IPVM’s ***** *** *** ************ *** ** *** *** ***** do *** **** **** ***** *** *** ***’* ******* *** results ** * *** ****** **** ***** ******* ******. ******** the ***** ** ********* ****** ** **** *****. ********* *** to **** **/*, ** ***** * **** ******* **** ***** with ******** ******* ** ********* ** *** *** ** *** test. * **** **** **** ******** ** ********* **** ****** well *** * ***** **** ** ******* * ******* ***** later ** *** ** ** ************* ******. **** ****** ** looking *** ***** ***** ** ********. *** ******** ** *** IPVM ** ***** ** * ******* ** **** ****** **** are ***** ** ******* ******** *** **** *** ******* ** a *** *********** ***** * **** ***** ** **** **********. The *-**** **** ******* **** *** ***** ********* *** **** 100 **** ***** *** **** *** ******** *** ** ******** many ******** ** ****** **** ***** ***** ***** ****** – here *** **** * *** ** ****: **** ******* *** camera, ***** ******* ** *** ********* ****, ********* *********** **** flicking ** ** *** ** *****, ***** ****, ***** ******** change *** ** ******* *****. **** ******** * ******** ******* and *** ******* ****** * *** ** ********* *** *******, but **** **** ***** * ************** ** ** *** ***** well.

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****,

* *** *** ****** **** ******. *** **** *** **** Ethan's **** ** ***** *** ******, *** ****.

**** ****** *** **** ** ************ ** *****, ***** *** Derek. ** ** ****** ** *** ******* ** ****** *** the ***** ** ************ **** ** ***** ** **** **** their ***** ***** **** ****** :)

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****,

***, **** *** ******* *** ** ** ******* ** ** astute ****** *** ****** ** ****. ****** **** ****, ***** upon *** ********** ** *** ******* **********, **** *** ******** have ****** *********: ******* *** *** *****.

***** *** '****' / ********** *********. ** ** ******** *** shootouts, **'** **** '**' *** **** **** *** ***** ******* VideoIQ, ***** **, ***.

******.

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******** ****** ***** *** ** ******* ** *** **** *** end, ***** *******. (*'* ***** ******** ******** **** *** ***** people *** ** **** ** *** ******* ********** ...)

**** -

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