NETAVIS Observer 4.6 is now out in its eighth version 4.6.8! With an innovative set of seamlessly integrated iCAT video analytics enhancements and features, as well as new video management features, Observer 4.6 offers new highlights in addition to all previous functionalities.
Among them are the enhancement of the integrated Number Plate Recognition with simple list management, the Rule Administration and I/O Graphical Device Administration for easy integration and solving of many scenarios, iCAT Heat Maps enhancements for automatic data reset and normalization across all cameras and iCAT Video Analytics enhancements wich allow for improvements of People Counting and iCAT Traffic.
iCAT NUMBER PLATE RECOGNITION
Integrated Number Plate Recognition with simple, yet powerful NPR list management
The video analytics module iCAT Number Plate Recognition provides NPR that is tightly integrated with the rest of NETAVIS Observer. It can be configured as easily as other iCAT analytics modules and supports plates from numerous countries, including all of Europe, the Arabian Peninsula (also with Arabic characters), North Africa, Southeast Asia, and others.
Additionally, the simple yet powerful NPR list management enables a broad set of applications including search and filter options for NPR related video sequences and statistics data. Combined with the new rule administration and graphical I/O device administration, setting up systems for use in vehicle entry, parking, and free flow scenarios is now simpler than ever before.
Combining triggers with actions for solving many video surveillance and video analytics scenarios
Rule Administration enables the simple configuration of a wide range of actions which are triggered by specific events. For example, the permanent recording of cameras can be started once an alarm system is activated or a barrier can be opened upon the detection of certain number plates. In a different scenario, an e-mail is automatically sent to an operator in case the connection of a camera was lost, or an object stopping inside a defined field automatically triggers a PTZ camera to a pre-defined position and zoom level for identification. The rule administration is an extensible system which is expanded continuously with future releases.
GRAPHICAL I/O DEVICE ADMINISTRATION
Configuring I/O devices within the Observer user interface
Adding I/O contacts from a broad set of supported cameras and I/O devices has been significantly simplified and improved with a new graphical I/O device configuration in Observer 4.6. With most devices adding them to a NETAVIS Observer system is now as easy as selecting the model and entering its IP address, port, user, and password.
iCAT HEAT MAP ENHANCEMENTS
Automatic data reset and normalisation across all cameras
NETAVIS iCAT generates heat maps for four different types of analytics data: the amount of moving objects, speed of moving objects, the amount of stopping objects and the stopping time. To facilitate and improve them, an option for manual reset as well as automatically resetting heat map data on a daily, weekly or monthly basis is available. Combined with an option for normalising heat maps, comparisons across different cameras and even servers are facilitated. Moreover, it is now easier to follow heat map trends over time in the Archive Player.
iCAT VIDEO ANALYTICS ENHANCEMENTS
Various improved algorithms and extended configuration options
The iCAT Video Analytics self-learning component for overhead counting is improved for large groups of people. This provides a higher accuracy of people counting results in high-density environments. New iCAT object tracking region options for better tracking results in selected scenarios of perimeter security and people counting are available too. Additionally, it is easier to display iCAT information in the Online Monitor and Archive Player for single viewports and complete views.
The module iCAT Traffic was adapted and is suitable for tunnel scenarios since Observer 4.6. Also, the module iCAT Face Detection performs with enhanced tracking algorithms for better results in age group and gender estimations.
Optimisations for projects with multiple sites and large amounts of cameras
Observer 4.6 comes with optimised performance and stability for distributed systems with over hundred camera servers and realises a reduced client startup time for such large installations. Client performance, as well as the handling of archive exports, are adapted and improved, especially for weak and unstable network environments. Additionally, the NFS handling for external storages was improved and the BARCO video wall controller in combination with Siemens SUT50 control board is now integrated.
Enhanced user management options for administrators
All of the aforementioned functionalities can, of course, be enabled and disabled for users and user groups.
Additionally, a number of previously available features such as client configuration options or log file download can be controlled more granularly as well. Overall more than a dozen new privileges were added to the user management with Observer 4.6.
Operating system and IT security standards
HTTPS communication is improved by only allowing strong, state-of-the-art cyphers like TLS for enhanced IT security. Observer 4.6 bundled is delivered including a new version of the professional server operating system CentOS 6.6 for free. Both, bundled and unbundled versions support 64-bit server hardware and are continuously
improved towards the latest IT security standards.