60% Lower Bandwidth, 'Video Anywhere' - Digital Barriers TVI / EdgeVis

By: Brian Karas, Published on Oct 28, 2016

Streaming video over low bandwidth, wireless connections often results in stalled video, broken up video or significant video delays.

But Digital Barriers says their TVI CODEC (not to be confused with the HD Analog format), which is being re-branded as EdgeVis, can dynamically adapt to changing network conditions to deliver video where other CODECs fail.

In a conversation with Digital Barriers, we examined specific details on this CODEC, how it works, and what the limitations are. Our findings are inside this report.

********* ***** **** *** bandwidth, ******** *********** ***** results ** ******* *****, broken ** ***** ** significant ***** ******.

********** ************ ***** *** ***** (not ** ** ******** with *** ** ****** format), ***** ** ***** re-branded *********, *** *********** ***** to ******** ******* ********** to ******* ***** ***** other ****** ****.

** * ************ **** Digital ********, ** ******** specific ******* ** **** CODEC, *** ** *****, and **** *** *********** are. *** ******** *** inside **** ******.

[***************]

Claimed ******** ** ***

******* ******** **** *** has *** ******* ******** over *.***/*.***:

  • ******* ** **** ***** to ******** ******* ********** without *********** ** *******
  • ***-**-*** ****** **********

*** ******* ************ *** for ******** ******** (*** Wifi, **/***, *********, ***.) where ********* **** **** reliability *** ********.

Adaptive **********/*********

*** ****** ** ********* restrictions ** *********** ******** resolution ***/** ********* ** the ***** ****** ** accommodate ********* *********. **** is ****** ** ********* process, *** ***** *** set **** **********, **** as * ******* ********* or **********, ****** **** may ******* **** ***** from ********* ** ******* circumstances. ** **** *** tested ******* ********' *** encoders, *** ****** ******* on *** **** ** works ******** ** ***** claims.

** ** ******* ** a *** **** ******* parameters ** * ***** stream ** *********** *** capabilities ** * ****** client, *********** *********** *** stream **** ********* **********.

Encoder/Cloud-Based ************

*** ** *********** *** one ********* ********' ********, ***** **** ******* local *******. * ***** architecture ** ***** *****:

*** ****** ******* ** the *******, ******** ***** H.264, ** *** **********/********* desired, ** ** * maximum ** *****/**. *** encoder ******* **** ******, and **** **-******* ** to ***, **** ********** and ********* ********** ** determined ** *** ************ from *** ******* ** the ****** ******.

*** ******* ** ******* Digital ********' ***** *******, or ******* ********* ****** servers ** ***** **** to **** ***** ***** internal, ***** ****** **** authentication *** ********* *** need *** ****-********** ** the **** ***** *** encoder ** *********. ********* to ******* ********, ***** delay ******* ** *** encoding/decoding ** <. class="dont-blokk">though ********** ***** *** be ******** ** *** network. ** ********** ** going ** ******** * 2s ******* ** * satellite ****** *** ********.

******* *** ** ******** to ******* ***** ** remote ********* **** ******** links, ** *** ** thought ** ** * WAN-oriented *****, ***** **** video ****** *** *** oriented, *** ****** ********** stable ********.

Single ****** ******* ******* ******

*** ******* ***** * single ****** ******* *** cloud ** *** ********* clients. ******* ** ****, the ****** ** ******* down ** ******** *** client **** *** ***** connection *** ******, ********* other ******* **** ****** connectivity. ** *** ********** is ******* *** ******* and *** *****, **** of ****** ****** ************ restrictions ** *** ****** the ******.

******* ******** **** **** stream ******* ****** ** implemented ** *** *** of **** ** ******* this **********.

Stream **********

*** ******* *** ********* encrypted *** ** ***, with ****** *** **********. Because **** ** ******* by *** *******, ** can ** ***** ** any ****** **** **** the ******, *** ****** itself **** *** **** to ** ********.

Vs. ***** ******

***** ****** **** ****** bandwidth, *** *** ** valuable **** ******* ***** over **** *** ***********, but **** ***** ***** settings ***** ** ***** motion, *** ******* *******. In ** **** ***** Zipstream (*** *******), *** TVI *** ******* ******* results **** * ********** congested ******** ****, *** if *** ***** ******* active, ********* ** ***** to ******* ** **** more ****, ******* ** the ******* **********. ***, in **** ********, ***** adapt ** ******** ********** or *********, ** ***** to **** *** ***** bitrate ** *** ****** low ****** ** *********** the *******.

Target *********

******* ********' ******* ***** of *** ********** *** municipal/government *************, ******* ********, and ******** ************** *********. These ***** *** ******** have ******** ******* ******** at ****** *********, ***** with ***** ** ******** locations, *** * ******* for ********/********* *****.

VMS ************

******* ******** ******** * simplistic ****** *** **** viewing ** ********* ******** video, *** **** **** support *** ************.********************** *** *** ******* integrations **-****, ** ***** are *** **** ******** used ***** ** ***** customers.

ONVIF ******

*** ***** ***** ******* Barriers *** * ******** bridge ***** *** **** a ****** **** *** central ****** *** ********* it ** ** *.*** stream **** * *** can ******* ** *** ONVIF. **** ****** ***** not ***** ****** ** video ****** ** *** encoder, *** **** ***** a ****** ** ** sent **** **** *****.

*******

******** ***** **** ~$*,*** - $*,*** ****, ********* on ************* *** ********. There ** ** ******* charge *** *** ***** component, ** ** * single-transaction ****.

TVI/EdgeVis ***********

*** *****/** ********** ** the ******** **** ***** TVI's ************* ** **** new *************, ***** ***+ resolutions *** ******** **** common. ************, *** *********** nature ** *** ***** will ******** *** *******, or *** ********** ********** to ********* *** ***** bridge. ***** *** ***** of * *** *******, and *** ****** ****** limitation, ** **** ***** users ***** *** ******* results **** * $*** NVR, **** ********* ** tertiary ****** ****** ******** cranked **** ** * very *** *******, ** a ******** ** *** cost ** **** *** not ********* ***** ********** of *** ***** *******.

Comments (17)

I have seen a live demonstration of this ...and it is brilliant.

Can you elaborate? Was it a demo of a live system, or a technology demo? What were the parameters of the link?

It was a live demo at IFSEC this year. They had two live links to cameras - x1 in Glasgow, Scotland, the other somewhere in States - and it really had a 'Wow' factor.

You would have a really pixelated picture and then once an area was identified to zoom in on, an area of interest (a face, a license plate, a sign) the clarity of picture that could be provided was like nothing else I've ever seen to this point.

"You would have a really pixelated picture and then once an area was identified to zoom in on, an area of interest (a face, a license plate, a sign) the clarity of picture that could be provided was like nothing else I've ever seen to this point."

? I'm not sure how that example fits...

What was being demo'd? Bandwidth and latency or optical zoom and resolution of the camera they were using?

Avigilon's HDSM?

"Pricing

Encoders range from ~$1,000 - $4,000 MSRP, depending on configuration and features. There is no monthly charge for the cloud component, it is a single-transaction sale."

How is that scalable/sustainable? How can fixed front-end costs sustain a perpetually increasing back-end infrastructure?

That is a good question, they did mention that a lot of customers run their own cloud server component, so it is not a 1:1 ratio of encoder sales to demand increase on their infrastructure.

Also, the cloud component is not recording video, it's just routing connections and doing some basic user auth, from my understanding. Thus, it would be easier to scale than something that offered 64GB of cloud storage with every encoder for example.

I have the SD-600 and IP250 and they work well with TVI Server (I built my own in Windows 7).

The technology works well and is gaining traction in the Law Enforcement and Governement markets. I love the fact that it can save the native 1920x1080 resolution locally so you have the full resolution for extraction.

This actually isn't anything new. MOBOTIX has been doing this for some time now, in fact almost 2 years now. Its called adaptive bandwidth utilization engine, which happens to run in every single MOBOTIX camera. The only difference here, from what has been explained is that ours is policy driven and not automatic. Meaning a user or policy can dictate the streaming mode per device or on demand. This works with our PC application and iOS app. What happens to be different is that MOBOTIX has the ability to do High Res, Low res or Audio only. Another difference would be VMS support. At the moment it is only supported via our own VMS.

For example a 1280x960 stream is ~1.1Mbps give or take "High Res" live stream, simply push a soft button and take the 1MP down to VGA or CIF with 240kbps stream on demand. Zoom into a defined area and the resolution will upscale for the defined area and the bitrate will lower to ~80-100kbps as the zoomed in area is all that is streamed from the camera at that given time. Want Audio only, select it, and then you have a 16kbps stream only audio.

Meanwhile the cameras are still recording High resolution to storage for evidence purposes. 3MP, 5MP, 6MP up to 12MP.

Test was conducted from my home using the MOBOTIX D15-180 camera, 1Gbps upload speed home network, received on my LTE connected iPhone using the MOBOTIX app and the network speed test that is built into the app for factual data.

Is this what the whole company is about?

Dynamic flow control and scalable coding is great, but this seems like it should just be built-in in to the VMS or at least thru a resident plug-in architecture.

[Note: Poster is from Bosch]

Bosch's transcoding does this since years, either in a separate hardware transcoder or integrated in a storage device.

IndigoVision

Anyone know whether there's an option to embed the metadata (bounding boxes) in the video stream?

Gareth - what bounding boxes are you referring to?

The boxes drawn around people/objects detected by the video analytics. Avigilon has an option to embedd these into the video to make viewing through 3rd party VMS easy. Bosch, on the other hand, sends the analytic metadata as a separate stream to the video without any option to embed or 'burn-in' the metadata.

Just wondering whether Digital Barriers' video analytics allow you to embed these bounding boxes (or whether this is an option when running Digital Barriers on Axis cameras)?

The Digital Barriers product covered in this report does not have any analytics, it is an encoding/compression scheme.

I think you might be asking about their SmartVis analytics? I have not looked at that product, so not sure what options are available for embedded object detection boxes.

Hello Brian,

I am SmartVis SafeZone Product & R&D Manager. SafeZone runs embedded in all the ACAP-enabled Axis cameras/encoders or on a server. In both cases, we output metadata (i.e. intrusion alarms and detection boxes, differentiating humans from vehicles) as an open XML stream. We have software bridges/plugins with Milestone and Genetec allowing to display the detection boxes on the live and recorded videos in the VMS as well as trigger events when detection occurs. We also have a deep integration with Seetec where there is no need for a third software to be installed: The detection boxes and alarms are directly understood and saved by Cayuga for both edge-based and server version.

We boast a simple automatic calibration method and are extremely-resistant to disturbances due to foliage movement (even very rough), shadows and lighting changes. We have iLids Primary accreditation and have won the award for IFSEC bext Intrusion detection system of the year in 2015.

For any information, do not hesitate to contact me. :) I am not sales or marketing but just really proud about what we have achieved with this product out of hard work over the past 11 years in Nice (France).

Best regards,

Marie-Claude (one of the few women in the field)

Login to read this IPVM report.
Why do I need to log in?
IPVM conducts unique testing and research funded by member's payments enabling us to offer the most independent, accurate and in-depth information.

Related Reports

Axis Live Privacy Shield Analytics Tested 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...
Directory of 55 Video Surveillance Startups on Jun 25, 2019
This directory provides a list of video surveillance startups to help you see and research what companies are new or not yet broadly known. 2019...
Genetec Beats Milestone For IHS #1 on Jun 21, 2019
For years, Milestone has touted that they are the #1 VMS. Now, Genetec has beaten them in IHS rankings. But what is this? Even other manufacturers...
Exacq Remote Cloud Access Tested on Jun 20, 2019
Remote cloud access has been missing from most VMSes (including Exacq and Milestone). Now, Exacq, after releasing Cloud Drive Storage earlier in...
IFSEC 2019 Show Report on Jun 19, 2019
The UK's largest trade show, IFSEC, is underway and IPVM has been examining what is new and happening at the show. Inside, we cover: Huawei...
Repositionable Multi-Imager Camera Shootout - Avigilon, Axis, Dahua, Hanwha, Hikvision, Panasonic, Vivotek on Jun 19, 2019
Repositionable multi-imager cameras are one of the fastest growing segments in video surveillance, with a slew of new offerings being recently...
Genetec Synergis Cloud Link - Complex, Costly and Confusing on Jun 18, 2019
Genetec's Synergis Cloud Link is complex, costly and confusing compared to competitor access control architectures. Inside this note, we examine...
Startup Vaion Launching End-to-End AI Solution Backed with $20 Million Funding on Jun 17, 2019
An EU / USA video surveillance startup, Vaion, founded by ex-Cisco Senior Directors is launching an end-to-end VSaaS platform with $20 million in...
Sighthound Transforms Into Enterprise AI Provider Profile on Jun 14, 2019
Sighthound is now rapidly expanding its R&amp;D team, building an enterprise AI service. This may come as a surprise given their origins 6 years...
Embattled $400 Million China Funded Philippines Surveillance System Proceeds on Jun 13, 2019
An embattled 12,000 camera surveillance system project that will cost ~$400 million will proceed.  The project contract was awarded, had its...

Most Recent Industry Reports

Security Dealer 'Social Media Contractor' Program on Jun 25, 2019
A $20,000 video surveillance system can be yours for free if you are willing to post on social media about the security dealer. Good deal, bad...
Axis Live Privacy Shield Analytics Tested 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...
Directory of 55 Video Surveillance Startups on Jun 25, 2019
This directory provides a list of video surveillance startups to help you see and research what companies are new or not yet broadly known. 2019...
Hikvision Colorvu Camera Tested on Jun 24, 2019
Hikvision says their new ColorVu line captures "vivid chromatic images in darkness", with unconventional white light illuminations whereas most...
China Subway Facial Recognition System Examined on Jun 24, 2019
A China city of 6+ million people has installed facial recognition-enabled gates in subways, allowing commuters to enter stations by simply showing...
HID Mobile Tested on Jun 21, 2019
HID Global is one of the largest access brands, but their mobile access has had challenges. Indeed, the company has already restructured their...
Genetec Beats Milestone For IHS #1 on Jun 21, 2019
For years, Milestone has touted that they are the #1 VMS. Now, Genetec has beaten them in IHS rankings. But what is this? Even other manufacturers...
Risk of Amazon Alexa Guard: No Battery Or Cell Backup on Jun 20, 2019
Amazon positions its Alexa Guard Service as a "smart home security system" and says it can help you "keep your home safe". However, the...
Exacq Remote Cloud Access Tested on Jun 20, 2019
Remote cloud access has been missing from most VMSes (including Exacq and Milestone). Now, Exacq, after releasing Cloud Drive Storage earlier in...
Briefcam Buys Frost Award* on Jun 20, 2019
Frost 'awards' are well-known and widely disrespected. Now Briefcam is touting their win. The way it has worked for many years is that Frost...

The world's leading video surveillance information source, IPVM provides the best reporting, testing and training for 10,000+ members globally. Dedicated to independent and objective information, we uniquely refuse any and all advertisements, sponsorship and consulting from manufacturers.

About | FAQ | Contact