TI, ATEME Unveil IP-based Video Surveillance Systems Development Platform

11/11/2003 - Enabling video surveillance system developers to make the transition from analog to digital technology quickly and cost effectively while adding their own differentiated features to products, Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) and ATEME, a leading French-based provider of hardware and software solutions for video and signal processing, announced the availability of the new Video Security over Internet Protocol (VSIP) development platform. Based on TI’s high-performance TMS320DM642TM digital media processor, the VSIP development platform provides a complete hardware and software solution for the development of intelligent network video cameras (www.ti.com/vsipnr).

Video surveillance systems are currently undergoing a transition where more and more analog solutions are being replaced by digital. The new VSIP development platform will help developers build intelligent security cameras that take advantage of a digital IP network by leveraging the real-time performance and flexibility inherent in DSP technology. Digital technology enables audio-video data compression that minimizes transmission bandwidth and storage requirements and permits security cameras to operate on standard data networks without the expense of bulky coaxial cables. Digital video cameras today represent the fastest-growing segment of the overall market for surveillance cameras, including those used in stores, shopping malls, office buildings, casinos, sports centers and virtually any other networked environment where security is needed.

Programmable Intelligence for Highly Differentiated Features
With the programmable DSP, intelligent cameras can be designed to capture relevant images and respond to only the significant events. For example, cameras can be programmed to react to specific conditions such as a box or suitcase being dropped off and left unattended, while ignoring other objects that are a part of the region of interest. When a condition that causes an alarm occurs, such as a car parked in a lot at a time not permitted, an intelligent camera is able to zoom in, encode the images and record specific images such as license plates and information of interest.

Although there are a number of options for powering a digital video surveillance system such as FPGAs or ASICs, none of these options offer the flexibility of the DSP. The flexibility of a DSP allows developers to change compression standards, add specific processing capabilities and develop different products on the same hardware platform – enabling a wide range of products and creating a future proof system.

Digital compression also saves archival storage space and facilitates fast searches through recorded material. To minimize network traffic, the cameras can be programmed to send images only when specified events occur, such as entries and exits from a doorway.

"Given the VSIP development platform’s easy-to-use, open development environment, we will be able to quickly convert our systems to a digital environment that will enable us to add advanced capabilities such as motion detection and stabilization," said Jim Paolantonio, senior principal engineer, American Dynamics. "As a company that produces the most advanced lines of video-based security solutions, we are most excited about the programmable intelligence inherent in the development platformtool kit, which will allow us to create a future-proof system, including, for example, software-based video CODEC's that will help to ensure we keep pace with constantly changing video compression standards.”

The VSIP development platform allows developers to leverage advanced digital functionality by 1) incorporating this functionality directly into a stand-alone IP camera; or 2) incorporating functionality into a network encoder that that supplies digital intelligence for multiple standard analog surveillance cameras. In the latter scenario, developers will benefit from the ability to use existing cameras without the expense of replacing them with new ones.

Easy-to-Use Open Development Environment for Rapid Time to Market
The VSIP development platform includes all the hardware, software and tools needed to create a fully digital system for the encoding and transmission of camera surveillance information. The DM642 board includes audio and video inputs and a camera sensor. Evaluation software includes object libraries for MPEG-4 video encoder and decoder, audio compression, RTP/RTSP video streaming and a PC display software.

For application development, the development platform includes video surveillance-specific source code for motion vector extraction, noise filtering, dating and referencing, with options for alarm management, encryption and advanced motion detection. A full version of TI's Code Composer StudioTM Integrated Development Environment (IDE) also is included.

The platform is also among the first to offer MPEG-4 compression, the latest and most efficient of the MPEG video compression algorithms, designed to minimize bandwidth requirements in network video transmission. Since the VSIP development platform is an application-oriented, open platform, it is not necessary for developers to have a deep understanding of DSP programming techniques. Moreover, application software from developers and third parties is easy to integrate, allowing straightforward customization for market differentiation.

"Intelligent video surveillance cameras will enhance the effectiveness of video security networks, helping to increase people and property safety," said Yvonne Cager, worldwide DSP video solutions marketing manager, TI. "The VSIP development platform will enable system developers to introduce these intelligent cameras that are not only more feature-rich but also cost effective."

Comprehensive Support and Documentation Available
Developers using the VSIP development platform have access to the industry's most comprehensive support network, including comprehensive documentation and access to experts and TI's Web site, which shorten learning time and make development easier. Developers can get started today by downloading TI's white paper "Introduction to Video Surveillance Systems Over the Internet Protocol," data sheet and all of the information and support needed for the development platform. www.ti.com/vsipsp

Availability and Pricing
The complete VSIP development platform is available today and can be ordered through TI distribution and ATEME representatives for $14,995.

ATEME's focuses on audio & video compression for embedded applications on DSP and GPP. Since 1991, ATEME has delivered engineering services to fulfill customers’ requirements in imaging and video application fields (consulting and turn-key designs). In 1998, ATEME began developing a wide range of products dedicated to multimedia systems on DSP. Now ATEME is positioned as a technology provider for video security, consumer electronics and broadcast systems, delivering complete hardware and software solutions.

ATEME is based in the Vélizy-Villacoublay industrial estate, in the Paris Region's major electronics industries heartland. ATEME is also represented all over the world thanks to its representative’s network. For more information about ATEME, visit http://www.ATEME.com

About Texas Instruments
Texas Instruments Incorporated provides innovative DSP and analog technologies to meet our customers' real world signal processing requirements. In addition to Semiconductor, the company's businesses include Sensors & Controls, and Educational & Productivity Solutions. TI is headquartered in Dallas, Texas, and has manufacturing, design or sales operations in more than 25 countries.

Texas Instruments is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol TXN. More information is located on the World Wide Web at www.ti.com.

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