Does Lower Expectations Solve Video Analytics Problems?

Author: John Honovich, Published on Oct 09, 2008

An increasingly popular but dangerous trend is the argument that expectations for video analytics need to be lowered.  The thinking is that since video analytics have had problems in the field, if we lower the demands on what video analytics need to do, customers will be more satisfied. This report explains why this is wishful but deeply problematic thinking.

What are Expectations Today?

My experience talking with hundreds of people on analytics is that most of them expect video analytics to work consistently with almost no false alerts and simple setup.

Aren't some Expectations Unrealistic?

Sure. One time a VC asked me if we could do an analytic that detected blinking so that a hostage could secretly trigger an alert. Another time a Program Manager at a defense contractor asked me if we could send an alert if a person got on a train with a package but did not have the package when he exited the train at another station.

In my experience, these are exceptions.  I cannot remember a security manager asking for a science fiction video analytic setup. They consistenly ask for and expect performance to meet their operational needs.

What would we Lower Expectations To?

A number of leading experts suggest that our expectations should be that video analytics will have moderate false alerts, require significant on-site setup and have significant limitations on use.

The Impact of Lower Expectations

While this may be the truth for many video analytic offerings, such expectations would kill the video analytics industry.  These lower expectations would make video analytics useless to almost all security managers.  The capital and ongoing operational cost to handle such a limited performance solution would be very difficult to justify.

The Solution is Making It Work

Sometimes, lowering expectations just is not tenable. You cannot ask parents to simply lower their expectations when their child is failing out of 8th grade. Likewise, you cannot expect security managers to simply accept performance that would undermine their operations.

The only solution for the industry is to make it work and to prove that it works. Part of our challenge is that it's so hard to know if and how well any video analytic works. If you are a vendor and are interested in doing so, let's talk. I would be happy to do so and share the results with the community. Anyone who has first hand experience, please share your results.

Related Reports on Video Analytics

2018 Video Surveillance Cameras Overview on Dec 11, 2017
This report concisely explains the developments for surveillance cameras offered in 2017 and the state of offerings going into 2018, including...
Top 2017 Trends - Cyber and Analytics on Nov 09, 2017
The 2 clear top 2017 trends, according to IPVM integrator statistics are: Cyber Security Video Analytics This is a change from 2016...
Deep Learning Tutorial For Video Surveillance on Oct 17, 2017
Deep learning is a growing buzzword within physical security and video surveillance. But what is 'deep learning'? In this tutorial, we explain...
Startup Turing Video Segway-Based Security Robot Profile on Sep 13, 2017
If security robots can not replace guards, perhaps the next best thing is a robot the guard can actually ride.  Turing Video has raised $5...
BBC Featured Deep Learning Face Recognition Analyzed (Digital Barriers) on Aug 30, 2017
The UK's largest broadcaster, BBC, recently featured Digital Barriers (also based in the UK) on a segment highlighting face recognition technology....
Nvidia For Video Surveillance Examined on Aug 23, 2017
Nvidia is making a big push into the security market, claiming more than 50 partners, investing heavily in industry events, positioning their GPUs...
Healthy Skepticism for Deep Learning Is Prudent on Jul 26, 2017
The hype for deep learning in video surveillance is accelerating. Between the race to the bottom and dearth of a 'next big thing', certainly pent...
Hikvision Launching Deep Learning Recorders on Jul 20, 2017
Hikvision has become a common choice for super low cost NVRs. Now, Hikvision is aiming to move up market, with deep learning NVRs that claim far...
Microsoft Video AI Cloud Services Examined on Jul 18, 2017
Microsoft has released one of the most amazing video analytics marketing videos ever. In it, they detect oil spills, track individual people giving...
Deep Learning Surveillance Startups Deep Problem on Jun 23, 2017
The undeniably good news for the video surveillance market is that we are seeing the rise of more startups than in many years. The cause of this...

Most Recent Industry Reports

Startup Flock Declares Itself "The New Standard For Neighborhood Security" on Dec 15, 2017
Mega startup generator YCombinator has backed a startup targeting neighborhood video surveillance and security. Flock Safety is taking a...
Directory of VSaaS / Cloud Video Surveillance Providers on Dec 15, 2017
This directory provides a list of VSaaS / cloud video surveillance providers to help you see and research what options are available. 2018 State...
Integrator Managing Projects Statistics on Dec 14, 2017
Who actually manages projects for security integrators? Does the average security integrator have dedicated project managers, or are technicians,...
Hikvision NVR Load Testing on Dec 14, 2017
IPVM members recently debated Hikvision NVR's performance under load in Hikvision 30+ Cameras On NVR - Apps And Client Really Slow Down And CPU...
This Manufacturer Shuns IP Cameras on Dec 14, 2017
One manufacturer has chosen a bold strategy in avoiding getting caught up in the race to the bottom: shun IP solutions. We spoke with an executive...
Testing DMP XTLPlus / Virtual Keypad Vs Alarm.com & Honeywell on Dec 13, 2017
DMP has a strong presence in commercial intrusion alarms, but not in residential. However, the company's XTLPLus wireless combo panel and Virtual...
BBC Features Dahua on Dec 13, 2017
Hikvision is not the only mega-Chinese video surveillance manufacturer getting global attention. Last month, the WSJ investigated Hikvision and now...
Hiring Camera Calculator Product Manager on Dec 12, 2017
We are working on making the Camera Calculator even better and hoping you can help us find the right person to join our team. IPVM is hiring a...
Testing $20 WyzeCam, The Money Losing Amazon Vet Startup on Dec 12, 2017
This startup is perfecting the old adage: We lose money on every sale, but make it up on volume But it is no joke. The company, Wyze Labs, is...
Xiongmai New Critical Vulnerability - Same Manufacturer Whose Products Drove Mirai Botnet Attacks on Dec 12, 2017
The Chinese manufacturer whose products were primarily responsible for the 2016 Mirai botnet attack has a new critical vulnerability, confirmed by...

The world's leading video surveillance information source, IPVM provides the best reporting, testing and training for 10,000+ members globally. Dedicated to independent and objective information, we uniquely refuse any and all advertisements, sponsorship and consulting from manufacturers.

About | FAQ | Contact