How to Select Video Analytics

Author: John Honovich, Published on Dec 01, 2012

Selecting video analytics can be difficult because many factors impact the choice. In this report, we examine 8 important questions that should be addressed when evaluating video analytics.

The easy part is usually determining the type of video analytic you want (perimeter violation, abandoned object, etc.). The hard part is assessing how it works with your existing system, facility and operations.

Here are the 8 recommended questions:

  • How does your existing equipment impact choice of video analytics?
  • How will camera positioning impact the cost of video analytics?
  • How tolerant are you to false alerts?
  • How tolerant are you to missing a real event?
  • How many cameras will use video analytics?
  • How will you monitor the video analytic results?
  • How can you determine the performance of a video analytic system?
  • What is the total cost of the video analytic solution?

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***********, * ***** *** ****** *** ********** **** *** ******. There's ****** *** **** ********* *** ** ************ **** * vendor *** ********* ** ***** **********.

*** *** **** ***** *** *** **** ** ********* *********** is:

  • Ask * *********: While references are always a good idea, you should target two key questions when asking a reference: (1) How many false alerts do they have per day per camera? This is usually pretty easy for the other party to know and something they are likely to share accurately. (2) What is their camera setup? Do they have new cameras or old cameras? Where are the cameras mounted? Given that this reference, their results are probably going to be good (or else the vendor would not have shared it with you). Asking about operational details can help identify some logistical or equipment advantages they have, that you may not.
  • Do **** *** ****: The reality is everyone who deploys video analytics has to do their own test. It's not ideal and it is time consuming but it really must be done. This is a good idea not simply because of the products available but because their performance can differ significantly based on your environment and existing infrastructure. Also, tests will help you learn about the types of nuisances you will face in production, helping you to better set expectations on the system.

What ** *** ***** **** ** *** ***** ********* ********?

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*** **** ** *** ***** ******** ******** ********** ***** **** free ** ***** $*,*** *** (**** ***** ********* *** ******* into ******* ** * ** ********** *** ******* *** *** analytics).

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