IBM offers a unique approach to video analytics. I highly recommend understanding it and its trade offs. While I think most users, outside of the most demanding, will prefer less expensive and simpler solutions, IBM's approach reveals some of the key challenges that video analytic solutions shall be grappling with over the next decade.
At first glance, IBM's Smart Surveillance Solution might appear similar to other commercial offerings. Their video analytics solution provides the fundamentals you might expect. You can select from a number of different type of analytics, you can get alerts based on those analytics and you can search for matches based on the information the analytics generate.
I see two critical differences in IBM's approach that need to be understood and appreciated:
- IBM is building a complete video analytic overlay to video management systems.
- IBM is aiming to solve the most challenging and demanding video analytic problems.
These two elements define the most important issues at stake in evaluating IBM's solution and evaluating IBM versus competitive offerings.