Eagle Eye Networks adds video analytics

VMS customers can utilize first set of analytics at no cost for remainder of year
Wednesday, August 23, 2017

AUSTIN, Texas—Eagle Eye Networks Inc. today announced that it has launched its first phase of video analytics, which includes line crossing, intrusion detection, and object counting within the Eagle Eye Cloud Security Camera VMS. For the remainder of 2017, Eagle Eye customers can utilize these analytics at no cost, and beginning on Jan. 1, 2018, Eagle Eye Analytics will be available to the customer for $4 to $5 per camera, per month.

“Prior to this cloud-based solution, the cost of analytics was astronomical in many cases, as well as being both time consuming and fraught with risk from an installer’s standpoint,” Eagle Eye president Ken Francis told Security Systems News. “We think the small business and mid-market commercial user is going to like this analytic quality at this price point.”

Francis noted that this is the first analytics-based release, empowering customers to easily and instantly activate analytics on their cameras without having to install additional hardware or software—and “no on-site technicians or system upgrades are needed,” he said, noting that you only pay for what you use. “An end user can see what he is getting from that analytic on any camera and if it is not producing anything meaningful from that, he can turn it off with a click. He doesn’t have to call his provider; he does it in the software, reducing his fee and increasing ROI.”

Eagle Eye Cloud Security Camera VMS customers can simply enable the analytics from the web dashboard or their mobile app for any camera in their account. Eagle Eye Analytics will function on any camera that is supported by the Eagle Eye Cloud Security Camera VMS—no analytic functions of the camera are required. Eagle Eye Analytics work with both analog and IP cameras supported by the Eagle Eye Cloud Security Camera VMS. Businesses do not need to replace their existing cameras to have access to Eagle Eye Analytics.

“Eagle Eye Analytics are a true cloud solution that are available on demand, per camera, instantly activated, and customers are only charged for what they use,” Eagle Eye Network’s founder & CEO Dean Drako said in the announcement. “Over the next few years, customers will have the option to turn on more sophisticated analytics as Eagle Eye Networks’ cloud-based model leads the physical security industry in making analytics more functional and more accessible.”

Francis pointed out that the plan is to add a few more security-focused analytics by year’s end, and additional business-focused analytics in 2018.

“There are lists and lists of common security analytics, but what I think is much more important is in 2018, when we start adding more business analytics than security analytics, enabling businesses to create their own business intelligence,” he explained, noting that the ability to deploy analytics quickly and without upfront hardware or software investment shows the long-term advantages of a cloud-based solution.

The following analytics are now available:
• Line Crossing: Detects when an object crosses a virtual line. Direction may be specified and notifications may be generated. It is useful for receiving notifications when a security boundary (fence, restricted area, one way road) is crossed. It is also well suited for monitoring building entrances, loading docks, and parking lots.
• Intrusion Detection: Detects when an object enters a customer-defined area. Intrusion detection is used to generate a notification when an object enters that forbidden area.
• Object Counting: Counts how many objects cross a line in either directions. This can be used for counting cars, people, or other objects. Total count per day, per direction, and current delta of the count are maintained and displayed.

Video analytics are a powerful tool for small business owners. Aaron Diaz, the owner of Gulf Coast Hardware stores in Southwest Florida, described his intended use. “Our store is nearly 6,000 square feet with additional outside retail areas and I’m really excited about the ability to receive alerts based on activity in areas I specify,” Diaz said in the press release. “The counting will come in handy for me to gain a better understanding of the number of daily visitors, who may or may not make a purchase.”

Founded in 2012, Eagle Eye Networks Inc. is a global provider of cloud-based video surveillance solutions addressing the needs of businesses, alarm companies, security integrators and individuals.