That is nothing if they do it the way they do other Kiwi features like Intrusion Detector. If so there is an additional cost per year for SMA renewal. So for SMA renewal it would add an additional fee to the charge you already pay per camera just to have the features. For instance SMA for year on an enterprise camera is $50 then the intrusion detector SMA fee of $90 a year. All on top of the one time $450 license per device using Kiwi.
The numbers are from February so may have changed but the practice of charges remains the same.
I’m the product marketing manager for analytics at Genetec. I want to address your comment because we recently made changes to our Genetec Advantage policies with regards to Privacy Protector. We have eliminated the additional cost related to Privacy Protector, and it is now covered by the standard camera Advantage cost.
Regarding performance, it’s important to note that Privacy Protector uses hardware-acceleration with NVIDIA graphics cards, as UD2 mentioned in a separate comment. I’m not sure if Rob’s setup for the review included a GPU, but it is possible to achieve a higher level of performance with the right appliance design. Our new 1U Streamvault analytics appliance can anonymize 50 streams in VGA resolution for example.
Is it? Wouldn't that be a question of how much it cost them to develop and the risk for getting ROI. I imagine there's some liability associated, too, like if it didn't work right and someone's privacy "invaded".
There's a lot that goes into pricing and I don't know Genetec's reasoning so I won't speculate.
But competitively, the pro case for this pricing is that (1) few have this feature, (2) it is tightly integrated into the system and (3) GDPR.
The most immediate negative is that this one feature costs about what even a Genetec VMS license costs. That's going to be hard for people to justify unless they have some legal or regulatory requirement.
However, we are talking about Genetec. They still charge for extra VMS client licenses so...
Hikvision plenty of results, already over $500,000 for the last 5 months, could hit a million for the year:
Genetec was able to keep this off the books by bartering with their lobbyists instead of paying them actual money. In exchange for lobbying efforts, they gave them all 4 camera systems, totalling $500,000 each.
The blurred video is what you would see live and recorded by default, you can remove the mask (switch to the unmasked stream) in either by just right clicking and choosing to remove privacy protection.
Meaning the blurry-ness can be removed at any time?
Does exporting the video follow the settings at the time of the export?
Yes, the blurry-ness can be removed at any time in live or recorded video (when you are removing the blurry-ness you are just switching to the stream without blur) and yes, the recorded video follows the settings at the time of the export.
Sorry if I wasn't clear enough in my initial explanation.
Privacy Protector does use two different streams, one stream for the blurred video and the other stream for the normal non-blurred video. When you choose to remove the blur from the video, you are just switching from the blurred stream to the non-blurred stream.
So, yes, because it records two different streams it requires more storage.