Ex-Arecont Leaders Launch Super Resolution Startup Entropix

By John Honovich, Published Jun 05, 2015, 12:00am EDT

Innovation in video surveillance is weak.

The 'big' thing is either lower prices or crowdsourcing for consumers kits.

Now, one startup is aiming high with advanced technology, having secured a million dollar seed investment.

In this note, we examine Entropix, based on an interview with their co-founder, examining their approach and prospects.

Co-Founders

The CEO of the startup is Michael Korkin [link no longer available], who previously was Arecont's long-term VP of Engineering (who quit in 2014). The CSO is Nathan Wheeler [link no longer available], the Founder and former CEO of Network Optix and, before that, Director of Sales at Arecont.

Both obviously have extensive industry experience, which is relatively uncommon for video surveillance startups.

Super Resolution

Here is what Entropix is aiming to deliver:

"We have achieved an order of magnitude increase in effective pixel density using standard commodity camera hardware. Our patent pending multi-layered approach delivers unprecedented forensic video quality. "

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Entropix is planning to use a combination of new camera hardware and cloud-based processing to deliver this on demand, when requested. So an Entropix powered camera might be 2MP but once processed in the cloud, Entropix is aiming for an 18MP effective image.

This could be useful in investigating incidences where more details of a subject's face, physical features or a vehicle / license plate are desired.

Entropix will not run on existing cameras. They are building a computational imaing team to optimize and deliver this on-demand super resolution processing. Entropix is aiming to start shipping products by the end of 2016.

Prospects

It is too early to make any definitive judgments about the company. While many software packages provide limited image enhancement done by a user, no one has ever tried to build an automated system that radically improves the resolution of images.

Key questions that remain to be seen:

  • What types of cameras can they deliver with what features and at what price points?
  • How much resolution improvement can they really deliver? How will that compare to just buying higher resolution cameras?
  • How will this integrate with existing VMS / surveillance systems?

However, it is encouraging seeing a video surveillance startup trying to tackle a genuinely hard technology problem.

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