ObjectVideo / Mirasys Patent Agreement Examined

Author: John Honovich, Published on May 15, 2011

European manufacturer Mirasys is the first surveillance company to publicly disclose a patent agreement with ObjectVideo since ObjectVideo filed suit against 3 global surveillance manufacturers. In this note, we examine the significance of this agreement and the potential benefits for ObjectVideo.

The first interesting element of the deal is Mirasys's overall positioning. Mirasys does not develop video analytics. They are a VMS software / NVR appliance provider most similar in size and product offerings to Exacq. Mirasys does offer an analytics integration framework (called Carbon) that facilitates the use of 3rd party analytic offerings (most similar to Milestone's analytic integration). Mirasys's revenue and deployments are overwhelmingly VMS only, not video analytics.

We project that the real benefit to ObjectVideo is for positioning rather than revenue generation. Mirasys is not a large company and they likely sell systems using a minimal amount of video analytics (a few thousand channels per year at best). Presuming that ObjectVideo is charging a few dollars per channel to license the patent (the most we would reasonably expect they could obtain), the net revenue of this deal is trivial. It probably costs more to negotiate and publicize the deal than it will generate in revenue for the foreseeable future.

The benefit of ObjectVideo is to use this deal to motivate other (bigger) manufacturers to agree to license their patents. The motivation is intimidation. As ObjectVideo's CEO boldly stated in the announcement, "This takes any uncertainty from Mirasys’s end customers. They are reassured that they’ll be using VCA that is fully covered and patented, giving them a competitive advantage." It is a powerful though controversial sales tactic - pay up and your customers no longer need to fear us.

As we mentioned in an earlier review, we confirmed that Axis also has a license for OV's patents. However, from numerous ObjectVideo public comments, it appears that the agreement does not allow them to publicly cite this (they regularly refer to an agreement with an undisclosed global publicly traded surveillance manufacturer).

If ObjectVideo can demonstrate momentum in manufacturers agreeing to deals, they increase the likelihood of other manufacturers to follow. While Mirasys is the first announcement, since they lack name recognition, we will have to look for what manufacturers ObjectVideo can secure patent agreements with next. 

Comments : PRO Members only. Login. or Join.

Related Reports on Video Analytics

Beware Amazon Go Store Hype (Tested) on Nov 13, 2018
IPVM's trip to and testing of Amazon Go's San Francisco store shows a number of significant operational and economic issues that undermine the...
Genetec Privacy Protector Tested on Nov 12, 2018
Genetec has built Kiwi Security's Privacy Protector into Security Center, an analytic which anonymizes individuals in cameras' fields of view...
Kogniz Silicon Valley AI Startup Profile on Nov 07, 2018
Kogniz is a Silicon Valley company that aims to bring AI analytics to security and surveillance, centering on their own smart cameras: We spoke...
Avigilon Opens Up Analytics And Cameras on Nov 06, 2018
Avigilon is opening up. The company historically famous for advocating its own end-to-end solutions and making it harder for 3rd parties to...
Huawei Admits AI "Bubble" on Oct 16, 2018
A fascinating article from the Chinese government's Global Times: Huawei’s AI ambition to reshape industries. While the Global Times talks about...
Dahua Face Recognition Camera Tested on Oct 15, 2018
Dahua has been one of the industry's most vocal proponents of the value that AI creates: As part of this, Dahua has released a facial...
IACP 2018 Police Show Final Report on Oct 08, 2018
IPVM went to Orlando to cover the 2018 IACP conference, the country's largest police show (about as big as ASIS), examining the 700+...
Avigilon Announces AI-Powered H5 Camera Development on Sep 19, 2018
Avigilon will be showcasing "next-generation AI" at next week's ASIS GSX. In an atypical move, the company is not actually releasing these...
VMS Export Shootout - Avigilon, Dahua, Exacq, Genetec, Hikvision, Milestone on Sep 13, 2018
When crimes, accidents or problems occur, exporting video from one's video surveillance system is critical to proving incidents. But who does it...
US DARPA Investing $2 Billion In AI on Sep 11, 2018
The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is granting more than $2 Billion to companies developing new AI technologies. The money...

Most Recent Industry Reports

'Sticker' Surveillance Camera Developed (CSEM Witness) on Nov 16, 2018
The Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology (CSEM) has announced what it calls the: world’s first fully autonomous camera that can be...
ISC East 2018 Mini-Show Final Report on Nov 16, 2018
This is our second (updated) and final show report from ISC East. ISC East, by its own admission, is not a national or international show, billed...
Facial Detection Tested on Nov 16, 2018
Facial detection and recognition are increasingly offered by video surveillance manufacturers. Facial detection detects faces in an image/video...
Throughtek P2P/Cloud Solution Profile on Nov 15, 2018
Many IoT manufacturers either do not have the capabilities or the interest to develop their own cloud management software for their devices....
ASIS Offering Custom Research For Manufacturers on Nov 15, 2018
Manufacturers often want to know what industry people think about trends and, in particular, the segments and product they offer.  ASIS and its...
Hikvision Silent on "Bad Architectural Practices" Cybersecurity Report on Nov 14, 2018
A 'significant vulnerability was found in Hikvision cameras' by VDOO, a startup cybersecurity specialist. Hikvision has fixed the specific...
French Government Threatens School with $1.7M Fine For “Excessive Video Surveillance” on Nov 14, 2018
The French government has notified a high-profile Paris coding academy that it risks a fine of up to 1.5 million euros (about $1.7m) if it...
Integrator Credit Card Alternative Divvy on Nov 13, 2018
Most security integrators are small businesses but large enough that they have various employees that need to be able to expense various charges as...
Directory of Video Intercoms on Nov 13, 2018
Video Intercoms, also known as Video Door-Phones or Video Entry Systems, have been growing in the past decade as more and more IP camera...
Beware Amazon Go Store Hype (Tested) on Nov 13, 2018
IPVM's trip to and testing of Amazon Go's San Francisco store shows a number of significant operational and economic issues that undermine the...

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