Camera Calculation Presentations Released

Author: John Honovich, Published on Jul 21, 2015

Wow your customers with beautiful presentations of your video surveillance designs. 

Now you can generate PowerPoint presentations, PDFs, Word Docs and Zip files of your Google Map Camera Calculations. This provides you with (1) satellite image overviews of the camera coverage area, (2) previews of the camera FoV and (3) image quality / PPF estimates.

Whether your project has 4 cameras or 40 or more, our new presentation functionality will create beautiful presentations for each of them. For instance, with PowerPoint each camera calculation gets its own slide and with Word you can add your own content describing the embedded calculation images for each camera. 

Benefits 

Here are some major benefits of using the Calculation Presentations:

  • Sales: You will impress customers with a level of quality and detail few have ever seen before.
  • Design:  The images and projections will make clear the tradeoffs of resolution, AoV, PPF, etc. enabling the right choice before buying equipment and installing it and then redoing it or being unhappy.
  • Installation: Improve accuracy and reduce confusion by providing these presentations to your project managers and installation teams to use on site.
  • Speed: In minutes you can generate complex calculations and beautiful presentations that would take hours by copying Google Maps, running your own numbers, marking up your own camera, calculations, etc. 

Examples

Let’s say you are designing a 12 camera system for a campus and have mapped out the cameras like so:

 

Now, choose from IPVM’s  4 new export options: Zip files, PDFs, Word Docs and Powerpoint Presentations, selected from the drop-down in the Calculator here:

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PowerPoint

With a PowerPoint export, you immediately get a prepared presentation showing each camera, one by one, on individual slides, showing their coverage area, FoV and estimate image quality (PPF/PPM). You can quickly edit the PowerPoint we provide with your company's own details and more information.

Take a look at this PowerPoint deck:

Word Doc

With a Word doc, you can customize a formal report, centered around the images and calculations IPVM provides. Add supporting info, plans, pricing and more.

Take a look at this Word doc export:

PDF

With PDF, you can quickly export a copy that can be shared with team members to review plans and the design.

Take a look at this PDF export:

Try The Calculator Presentations Now

Let us know what you think and what you want us to improve:

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Comments (37)

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Any way to add indoor camera support?

Any feedback on what we just released?

Yes, indoor camera support is next up.

Looks great for an all outdoor install. However, the lack of indoor modeling would keep me from using it. I would continue using the JSVG app for now. But, if there was a quicker way to model customer sites, I would be all for it.

We did outdoor first because it was more innovative. Indoor is next.

Indoor layouts are the most time consuming and tedious part of designs IMO. I am looking forward to seeing how you approach this. It will be very helpful to me if it simplifies my design process.

I'm not sure if it helps, but Google lets you upload floor plans of indoor spaces, with the caveat that they are publicly accessible. Then you can use them thru the calculator natively. One floor only, though.

We investigated that. The publicly accessible requirement is a deal breaker simply because most people/organizations do not want to make their floor plans publics.

This is getting very close to a "full" design tool. Very very cool .

Just a small idea, looking at the disclaimer at the end of the PPT : it would be interesting to include a few common slides containing the generals of image quality and what impacts it : lighting, etc.

"include a few common slides containing the generals of image quality and what impacts it : lighting, etc."

Vlad, That's a good idea. Logistically, it probably works best to include a link so people can click to the full images / comparisons. Otherwise, it will get real long. We'll put this in queue.

This is a fantastic tool John. I have already used it for a few of our out of state facilities, but had to do screen shots of what I was viewing. So being able to put it together like this is the icing on the cake!

Wow! Somebody's been busy!

Great stuff. I feel a whole job-costing suite is coming...

Any plans to add the ability to add a member's company logo / watermark / image in the exports? Customized disclaimer/company info?

And possibly phantom text of "Do Not Duplicate."?

Any plans for a export into H.265 format? (Just kidding).

"I feel a whole job-costing suite is coming..."

No, not in the plans. Not against it, just something we have really given much thought too.

"Any plans to add the ability to add a member's company logo / watermark / image in the exports? Customized disclaimer/company info?"

Now that the basics are out, we will start thinking about customization / advance options / preferences that members can set.

"And possibly phantom text of "Do Not Duplicate."?"

Are you alluding to Customers Stealing Designs? If so, we could include that as a preference for export.

Anyone with ideas, let us know.

Very nice tool, definetely a an element that will set many members apart from their competition.

I agree with Undisclosed 1, having the ability to place our company logo on this within the tool would be a great feature. Can always do it with another piece of software however it just adds a step.

Keefe,

Where do you want to place your company logo specifically?

This is not hard to add but we need to figure out what the most common spots one would want to put the logo within the tool or exports.

John,

The left side of the camera specs where the IPVM logo currently sits :) I think the space would need to be large enough to accomodate a wide range of logo sizes, if it didn't work there it could go to the right side of the camera specs.

Not to derail John's efforts, but you could simply embed your logo on your own pretty easily by editing the documents after download. I know it is another step, but not that difficult to do.

What effort of mine are you derailing? Members are requesting this. I am not campaigning for it.

Jon,

Yes I did mention that in my above post that it could be done however I would be looking to save time with that step if the feature could be added directly into the offering from IPVM. It is just a request and if it can't be done I have no problem with that.

Keefe,

Thanks for the feedback! I see the value. We will consider it. Or you can just send it to Jon and he can do it for you :)

Jon is the ultimate "Why pay someone else when I can do it myself?" guy.

I'm pretty sure he would be one of the few integrators still capable of doing business in a post-armeggedon scenario. ;)

If that was a compliment, thank you!

Can a member collaborate online at IPVM with a non-member client using the permalink functionality?

You can share a permalink with a non-member and the non-member can then access the entire calculation / camera set.

A non-member cannot edit and save it / send it back. Basically, non-members have full access to view but not edit.

Btw, eligible members can invite their friends and clients for a one month free membership using our invite feature.

Ohhhhh, I see what you did there..... Good marketing!!!

I like it a lot. I used it yesterday not realizing that this was a brand new feature. It has been a while since I needed to do some calcs. I did run into one problem with the export. The labels for the cameras were mismatched. I saved the project, went to each camera and named then saved it. After I exported, the camera locations do not match the slide. Beyond this slight glitch it will be very helpful in the future.


Thank you for continuing these tools,

Daily IPVM user.

David, Thanks. That indeed was a bug yesterday which we fixed last night.

Try re-exporting now and it should work.

Thanks again!

Works great. Thank you again!

Woah, All this for 20.00 a month?

Ok, for you Paul, we are going to increase .... :)

Thanks!

Let us know if you have pointers on how to improve any aspect of the Calculator.

John,

One item I tripped on when trying this out was how to rotate the cam. The 'figure' icon is not the 'standard' that indicates rotation..but I do understand why it was used. Perhaps you can blend the figure with the rotate icon?

Looks good.

To upload your own scene are you just supposed to go take a picture of the place you want to put the camera?

How do you change the picture of the "day - ideal" "night" shot?

How does that part work?

"To upload your own scene are you just supposed to go take a picture of the place you want to put the camera?"

Yes. You would take a shot of the FoV you desire, making sure to enter in the right AoV/HFoV when you enter it.

"How do you change the picture of the "day - ideal" "night" shot?"

You can't and you shouldn't. Those images are from our testing in different conditions and different PPF levels. Allowing people to change then would open up significant risks of making major errors.

John,

I love the concept!

The limits of Google Street View gives us approximate FOV, so we need to explain to the client that this is an approximation of what the installed camera will view.

I did find 2 bugs:

1. on some camera views (2 out of 10) the AoV created was not the same as the one shown on the Word file. In the application I called for the camera’s minimum AoV, but on the Word file it came out as the camera’s maximum AoV.

2. I was not able to bring up a previously saved project and had to start over.

Hi Rob,

The AoV export issue is a bug and is now fixed. Just go in and re-export.

Your project did save and can be opened. We also simplified the open menu.

Here is what the open screen looks like (not your login but same layout):

Now, just pick your project, click it and it opens.

Nice product. It looks very good integrating all data and intuitive to use. This will help with "what if...." scenarios when I consult with the administrators at my site.

I was thrown for a loop trying to rotate the camera view angle until I was playing around and stumbled upon clicking the target "mannequin" and dragging it around. Once I figured that out, I was fine.

I haven't fully laid out my campus cameras yet, but I'll test the exports as soon as I am done.

very useful calculater, thank you.

gratis tool!

I would implement the following optional:

- high of installation with hole of view below the camera

- measure of high and not online width

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