Motorola's Realtime Video Intelligence (RTVI) System Examined

By John Honovich, Published Nov 03, 2010, 08:00pm EDT

In October, 2010, Motorola announced their Realtime Video Intelligence (RTVI) system [link no longer available]. The product is part of an overall strategy to leverage 3G and 4G networks for realtime video distribution in mobile and fixed applications. The solution is geared towards the public safety market.

The RTVI server application can be installed on sufficiently equipped COTS hardware.  Vehicles equipped with Motorola's MVX1000 [link no longer available] (camera, DVR, and 3G/4G/WiFi) can stream video to the RTVI server wirelessly over public or private networks. The RTVI server will manage the delivery of video streams to various clients across the network (to the command center, mobile stations, etc.), as well. The RTVI system will 'evaluate' client connectivity and processing capabilities. The system will transcode video to appropriate bit rates and formats matching the client's connectivity. As part of this, Motorola offers a proprietary CODEC for wireless video re-distribution.

The RTVI server will also be able to access video from compatible VMS systems for distribution. Currently, no 3rd party VMS systems are compatible. However, Motorola reports PSIA live video support as well as an API to conduct future integrations with VMS systems.

Supported operating systems for the client side application will include Windows Mobile, and Windows 7 (iPhone and Android not supported).

The RTVI system will be available for commercial shipping in the 2nd half of 2011, while the MVX1000 mobile video system will be available in Q1 of 2011.

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