VMS / VSaaS Analytics Integration

By Sean Patton, Published Oct 26, 2021, 09:32am EDT

This 21-page guide explains the fundamentals and challenges of VMS/VSaaS integration with video analytics.

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In this report, we examine the pros, cons, and common challenges including:

  • Unified Single Vendor vs 3rd Party Integrated
  • Camera Vs Server Analytics Integration
  • Closed VSaaS Analytics
  • Event Integration Overview
  • Bounding Box/Path Integration
  • Configuration Support Lacking
  • Easy Vs Complex Analytics Configuration
  • Integration Setup Varies
  • ONVIF Profile T and M Integration
  • Digital I/O Integration
  • Serial Datastream Integration
  • Search and Facial Recognition Integration Difficulties
  • LPR Integration Issues
  • Other Analytic Type Challenges

End-To-End ****** ****** ** *** ***** **********

**** ***-**-*** ******-****** *******, or *** **** ************ VMS/VSaaS *** ********* (****** or ******-*****), **** **********, searching *** ************* *** typically ******* ********** **** the ****** ********* *** the **** **** ******** are *** ********* ** low. *******, **** ***** historically ** *** ***** end-to-end ********* *** ***** require *********** *** ***** cameras *** ******-***** *********.

**** ***** ******* ** the ********** ** *********** VMS/VSaaSes **** *** ***** analytics.

Closed ***** ****** - **/******* *** ***** ***********

******* *** ************ ******** analytics **** ***** ***-**-*** offerings. **** ***** * combination ** ****** *** cloud-based ** *********. ******* or ******** ******* *** first **** ** ******/*******/****** detection, *** *** ***** supports ****** ****** ************ or ***** ********* (******* behavior, ****** ***********, ***).

*******, ***** ***-**-*** ****** offerings ********* *** ****, and ******, ** ********* 3rd ***** ********* (***** can ** ****** **** in ***** ** ********** and *****) ** **** as ****** *** ***** client *** ******** ******* those ***** ******** *************** for *****.

****, **** ***** ***** typically **** **** ** leave *** ********* **** the ***** ********, ***** may *** ** ** good ** ****-**-***** ********* (though ********* ** ************* lower **** *** ********** to ***).

Metadata *******

********, ** **** **** describes ***** ****, ** a ******** **** **** when *********** *********. ******** is *********** **** ***** analytics ******** (*** *******, a ******** *** ** gender ************** ** ******** about * ***** **** showing * ******, **** data). ** ** **** metadata **** ***** ** be *********** **** *** video ********* ****** (******* that ** * ******, server, ** ***** *******) to *** ***** ********** software ******.

Camera ** ******-***** *********** *******

******-***** ********* *** ******** limited/simplistic ********* (******, *******), which *** ********** **** VMSes *********** ************ **** *** ONVIF. *** ******* ****** widely, **** **** ********* analytics ********* **** *** same ****** ************:

  • *********** ** ******, ***** on/off ******* **** ** metadata (*.*. ****** ** vehicle)
  • *********** ** ******, **** metadata *** ******** ***** supported)
  • ** *********** ** ******

*** ***** **** ********* ********* ******** *************** *** ******* ****** of *******:

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******-***** ********* *** ********** using ***-***** ****/*******. **** VMSes ****** *********** ** using * ***** ******'* embedded *** ******** ** view *** *** ***** system ********* *** ******/******, even ** ***** ** no *********** ** ********** of ****** **** *** analytics ****** ** *** VMS.

******* ***** *** ********* standards *** ******** ***********, and ********** *********** *** dozens ** *********/***** ** costly, **** *********** ** inconsistent ****** *****.

***** **** ****** *** functionality ** ***** ********/*** combination ******* ** ******** it **** ****. **** cannot ** **********.

Event *********** ********

*** ****** ** ***** analytics ** ********* **** form ** ** ***** (e.g., * ****** ******* a ********, ********* ******** in * ******, ** object *** *******, ***.). Minimally, ************ ***** ********* want ************* ** ****** to ** **** **** the ********* ****** (** camera ** ******) ** the ****** ********** ******** they *** ***** (**** commonly * *** ** NVR ******).

**** ** ************ **** often ** ******* * specific ****** ** *** command ***** ******** * specific ****** ** *** VMS.

*** *******, *** *** client ***** ********** ****** from ****, ******, *** Hikvision *******, ** ******* recording, ***** ******, *** display *** **** *****:

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Bounding ***/****** **** ***********

*********** ******** ****** ** the ***** ****, *** many ***** ****** ******** boxes ** ** ******** in *** ***********, ** it ***** ******* (*** their ****) **** ****** to **** *** ***** operators *** ******* ***** what ********* ** *****, demonstrated *****.

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*******, ******** *** *********** is **** ***** **** event ***********, ********* ********* by **** * *** main ******** ** **** analytic, ** **** ** a ************'* *** ******* (if ***). ** ***** ****** ********* ********, **** *****, *******, and ********* ********** ******** boxes **** *****-***** *******. Avigilon's ******* *** *** integrated ******** *****, ** well.

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******** *** *********** ** typically ******** *** ** the *** *** ********* the *** ********, ****** historically **** ******* * VMS ****** ** ** installed ** ***** ** capture *** ********* ******** used ** **** ***** boxes, **** ** *********'* Hikvision ***********.

Configuration *********** *******

***** ****** *** ****** the *********** ** ******** configuration **** *****-***** *****, as ** ** ****** rare. ************, **** *********** management ***** * ************* utility ** ********, **** available ** * ******* of ****** *********, ****** more ****** ** ******-***** platforms (****** ***** *** increasingly ****).

***** **** *****/******** *** integration, *** ****** ********* in *********** ********* ** configuration, ** * ****, zone, ***********, *** ***** parameters *** **** **** complex ** ********* **** a ***. ******** ************* is ********* **** *** of ***** ****:

  • ** *** ******'* *** interface
  • ***** *** ******** ********'* software ************* ****
  • ** *** ***

**-****** *************

** ******* **** *****-** analytics **** ***** ****** use *** ****** *** rule *************. ******* *** configuration ** *********** ****-*********, this ****** ** ****** compatible, **** ** ******** software ********. *******, ** requires ***** ** ***** the *** ********* ** every ****** ** *** system, ***** *** ** tedious ******** ** **** centralized *******.

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***** ************* *******

***** ************* *** * configuration ****, **** ***** IVA ** **** ********* Defender, ***** *********** *************, with ************* **** "******" to **** ****** ** the ******. **** ** also *** ****** **** by **** ****** ***** analytics, ***** ******** ***** before ******* ** ** the ***. **** ****** may ** ******* *** bulk ************* *** ******** users ** ******** * separate *********** *** ************* outside *** ***.

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***** *** ***

****** ******* ******** ************* only ******* ***** *** (such **********'* ** *******), **** * *** license ******** ** ********* analytics ** ***. ******* of ****, **** ** other ***** **** **** to ********* ******/******** *****, using **** **** ******* platform ***** *********** ****** license ****, ****** ** unlikely *** ***** ***** do **, ****** ** niche *************, **** ** takeovers.

Easy ** ******* ******** *************

**** ********* ****** ****** configuration, **** ******** *********, Dahua, ****, ******, *** to ** ****** ********, often **** ******* ** draw * ****** ** interest *** ****** **** the **** ***** **** events ** ******* ** such ** *** ***** Hanwha *************. ***** **** this ***** ************* *** no ********** ******** **** provide ******** ****** *** vehicle *********.

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***** ********* **** ** Bosch *** ** *** requires * **** ******* setup, ********* ******, ******, and ****** ** *** field ** ****. **** configuration ** ******** *** accurate ********* *** **** more **** *** ****** to *** ************* *******.

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********* **** ** **** offers *** ********** *********** similar ** ***** ***/*** but ** ** *** required:

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******** ******** *** **** to **** ********* ** and ********* *** ****** of ******** **** **** of *** ****** ***** analytics ****** *** **** must **** *** *** camera ** ***** *** scene ** ******* * bar ** ***%.

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** ** ******** ****** starts ****** ***** ****** even ***** **** ***********, the **** *** ** option ** "***** ** Example" ** ********* *** object **** *** ******* on *** ******** ******* a "****" ****** ** a "*****" ******. *** drawback ** **** ******** is ** ***** **** time *** **** ****/***** markers *** *** ******** to **** ***** ******** on *** ******.

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Integration ***** ******

******* ** *** ******** VMS/analytic ************ ********, ***** is ** ******** *** up *** *** ****** are ********, **** *** process ******* **** **** analytic ** ******** **** using *** ***.

*** *******, ********* ********* simply ****** ** ****** in **** *****, **** no ********** ************* ********. For *******, ** ******* Security ******, **** ********* (VMD4 ***** *****) *** simply ******** ** *** other ***** ** *** VMS *** ********* ** event ***** *** ****** and *** ** **** to ******* ******.

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************, ****** ** ** Witness *** ********* ** a ******* *** ** Genetec, ********** ***-**** ******** in *** ********* ***** dropdown.

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*******, ** ***** *********, users ******** ****** ***** to ******* ******* ** VMS ******. *** *******, in *****, ********* *** configured ***** ***** ******* to ******* ************, *********, or ****** ***** *******.

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*** **** ******** ** this ******** ** **** users **** ******** ********* analytic ***** ** ******* actions ** **** ****** the *** *** ***** exists, ** ***** **** not ******** ** *****-** integrations. *******, ***** ****** configurations *** ***** **** configurable, ** ***** *** customize ***** ***** **** specifically ******* ** ********* pre-defined *******, ****** ************* clearer *** *********.

******* ** ***** *********, users ****** ******* **** their ************(*) ** ********* exactly *** ***** ****** analytic *** *** **********.

ONVIF ******* *

***** ***** *** ************ had ****** ****** ** analytics *********** ******* ** basic ***** ***********,******* ********* ******* *** **** complex ***** *********, ********* more ******** ***** ****, object ********, *** ******** boxes ***** ******** *********.

*** *******, ******** ******* Profile * ** ***** means ** *********** *********** *********** ***** ******* (*********** **** ********* ******):

**** ***** **** ***** may **** ******* ********* analytics ***** *** ******** Profile *********. *******, ** is *** ******** (*********** ******* ** *********), ******* **** **** analytic ****** ************* *** still ****** ******* ** work **** ******** ***** or **** *****.

ONVIF ******* *

** ****,***** ******** ******* *, "***** ************ ******** and ****** *** ********* applications". ******* * ******* and ******** **** ********* features ****** ******* *. Below ** ** ******* of *** ******* ************ from *****:

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*** ********* ******* ** that ** ** ******* 2021, ** ***/***** (*********** "client" ** *****'* ***********) supports ******* *. ** contrast, * ****** ** cameras ** (********* ****, Bosch, ******, ********* *-***). However, ***** ***** ******* M ********** ******* ****** connect ** *** ********** VMSes, **** ** *** a ********* ******** ***** but *** ** ** 2022 ** ******.

Digital */* ***********

** ***** ***** ***** integration ** *** ******** out ** *** ***, users *** ** **** to ******* *** ****** using * ******'* ******* I/O. ***********, *** ******'* output ** ********** ** trigger **** *** ******** activates *** **** ********* to *** ******'* *****, triggering ******. *** *** may **** ** ********** to ******* ********* ***/** alerts **** ********** ** the ****** *****.

**** ******** ****** ** be ******* ** **** camera *** ***, ***** can ** ****-*********. ************, this ****** ******* *** VMS ******** *** ******'* input ** ** ***** trigger, *** **** */* is *** ******** *** any ***** *******.

******* ** *** ***** factors, */* *********** ** generally **** ** * "last *****" ****** ** integrating ********* **** *** other ******* *** *********** and **** ******** ** not **** ****** **** current ******** ***********.

Serial/IP ***********

************, ***** ***** *********** was *** *********, ***** were **** ** *** TCP ****** ******* ** send ***** **** ** the ***. **** *** adoption ** ***** *** maturity ** ***/****** *** integration, **** ** **** atypical ** *** **** 5-10 *****.

****** *********** ******** ****** configuration ** **** *** camera (******** *** *** output *******) *** *** VMS (*********** ** ** recognize ***** ******), ***** may **** *********** **** per ******, **-** ******* or ****, ********* ******* and ***************.

*******, **** ****** ** not *** ********* ** all *******, **** **** not ******** *** ******* to **** ****** ******* on ******. *** ******* is **** *** *********, with *****, *********, *** NxWitness ********** **** *******, while ******** **** ***. Genetec ******** *** ********** but ******** ***** *********** in *#, ******* ** simpler ******* **** ** others.

*** **** ***** ************ this ******, **** ** integrate ** *** ******** running ** ** **** camera ** *****.

Search *** ****** *********** *********** ************

***** ********* **** ******* booleans (**/***) *** ******* (e.g., ******* ******, ***** of **** ****), *** more ******* ****** *********** such ** ******, **** ratios, ******** *****, ***. Because ** ****, *********** more ******** ********* ** difficult ***** ******** *** workflows **** ** *********.

*******, **** ********* ****** or ********** ******* ********* object ******** *** ****** recognition *********.

****** ******** ********* ******

***** ********* ***** ***** to ****** ******* ** recorded ***** ***** ** specific ********, **** ** color, ****** **** (****** vs. ******* **. ****), or ** **** **** advanced *****, ******* **********. Others ***** ***** ** compress **** ***** ********* of ***** **** ******* ones *** ****** ******.

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****** *********** *******

**** ******** ******* *** faces ** ***** ***** (such ** * ***** list ** * ***** subject) ** ******** ********* in *** *****, ****** in ****-**** ** ** recorded *****.

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***** ***** *** ***** simply ** ** ***, triggered ** ***, ******** must ****** ********* ****** metadata *** ******** *****, while ****** *********** ******** mechanisms ** ****** ***** photos, ****** ***** ** a *********, ***.

******* ** ****, ***** integrations *** ********* ********* only ** *** ******** and/or *** ********** ***** on ******** ****** *** specific ********/*** ************, ***** integration ** *** ****** for ********* **** ***** see ******* ***.

*** ********* ** **** is********, ***** ***** ******** analytics **** **** ********** into **** *****, ***** plugins, *** ***********, *** other *****:

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*******, ******** ** * mature *******, ********** *** analytics *** ****** * decade, *** **** ***** of *********** ** *** common.

License ***** *********** (***)

*** ******** ********* *********** than ******* ****-***** *********, since ******** ***** *****/***** lists, ********* *** ******** plates, *** ***** ***** have ** ********** ** simple *****. ******* ** this, **** *** ************ are ***********, **** **** integration **** ** *** developer's *** ***/*** ********. However, **** *** ****** basic ******, **** ** plate *****, ***** *** be ********** ** ***** parties.

** ******* ** *********** LPR ***** *********** ***** be *** ******* **** which ******** ******** ************* (white ****/***** ****) *** events ** *** *** interface.

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***** *** ********* **** as **** *** *** be **** ** ***** own *** ********* ** third-party ******* **** *********.

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Other ******** *****

****** *** ****** *********** are *** *** **** additional ******** *****, ******. Users *** *** **** others **** ***** *** unique *********** ************, *********:

  • ******* *********:**** *** ********* ********* also ******* **** ******** analytics **** ** ******* make *** **** (***, car, *****, *****, ***.).
  • ****** ********/********:****** *** **** ***** specialized ************ *** ****** counting *** **** ******* analytics ***** ******** ******** intelligence **** ********* *** many ******** *****/****, *** long **** ***** ** specific *****, ***.

***** ********* *** ****** to ** ***********, ******* to ***** *** ************'* VMS ** ***** ********** platforms, ****** ******* *********** is ****** ******** *** likely ** *** **** niche ***.

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