TI, ObjectVideo Drive Video Surveillance for Embedded Applications

9/28/2004 - Speeding the development of digital video surveillance systems, Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) and ObjectVideoTM, Inc., the leader in intelligent video surveillance software, announced the launch of new video content analysis algorithms to run on TI’s digital media processors. The new technology will make intelligent video surveillance more accessible to the mass market and can save original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) significant development time in the creation of security applications.

Porting ObjectVideo’s video surveillance algorithms to TI’s high-performance, DM64x digital media processor will enable analytical capabilities to reside directly on devices, such as video cameras, digital video recorders, network encoders or other video management platforms. Distributing these capabilities throughout a security system diminishes the need for a centralized server and the hardware requirements for an intelligent security system, thereby reducing system requirements and the overall cost of ownership for the end user. Additionally, end users benefit from higher performance, more flexible configuration options and improved bandwidth utilization.

“TI’s advanced processor technology is helping to accelerate the adoption of next-generation digital video surveillance systems,” said Raul J. Fernandez, CEO, ObjectVideo. “Together, we will rapidly increase the availability and affordability of intelligent video surveillance capabilities to the marketplace and empower organizations with high-risk environments to better protect themselves against a variety of threats.”

Camera OEMs Speed Development with TI and ObjectVideo
By optimizing ObjectVideo’s intelligent video algorithms for TI’s digital media processor, the companies solve one of the most time consuming software integration hurdles for OEMs during development.

Axis Communications (Axis), a global leader in the network video market, is looking forward to providing its customers with solutions that leverage the benefits that TI’s digital media processor provides to network video products.

“As a recognized global leader in the network video market, Axis joins TI and ObjectVideo in the quest to take video surveillance intelligence to the next level and offer customers the most advanced security capabilities,” said Fredrik Nilsson, U.S. general manager, Axis. “We are looking forward to complementing our current offerings with innovative and sophisticated network video solutions based on embedded intelligent video software and TI’s state-of-the-art DSPs.”

Defining Intelligent Video Capabilities
ObjectVideo’s intelligent video surveillance algorithms, based on artificial intelligence called “computer vision,” run all objects in a camera’s view against threat-specific pre-programmed rules. When an object violates a rule, for example, a small boat loiters next to a ship, a bag is left unattended in an airport terminal or a shopper displays characteristics of shoplifting, the software alerts security personnel by phone, pager, email or an alert console. Customers of ObjectVideo’s technology include the Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection Bureau, the Department of Defense, the U.S. Air Force, the Department of Energy and a variety of private sector businesses including the Port of Jacksonville and Port Everglades.

The new technology will be demonstrated during the ASIS International 50th Annual Seminar & Exhibits in Dallas from Sept. 27-30 at the ObjectVideo booth 3542, near the entrance to Hall C. The technology will also be on display at SECURITY 2004 to take place Oct. 5-8 in Essen, Germany.

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