Patent Issued for Performing Real-Time Analytics Using a Network Processing Solution Able to Directly Ingest IP Camera Video StreamsInternational Business Machines CorporationNewsRx.com
By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Journal of Engineering -- According to news reporting originating from Alexandria, Virginia, by VerticalNews journalists, a patent by the inventor Mariadoss, Pandian (Allen, TX), filed on July 25, 2008, was cleared and issued on December 4, 2012.
The assignee for this patent, patent number 8325228, is International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY).
Reporters obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "The present invention relates to the field of video analytics and, more particularly, to performing real-time analytics using a network processing solution able to directly ingest internet protocol (IP) camera video streams.
"Intelligent video surveillance (IVS) plays a pivotal role in managing threats, maintaining safety, and assisting in security. IVS systems provide analytics, alert first responders during an incident event, and provide a deterrent to potential aggressors. Many intelligent video surveillance systems require intermediate systems such as video management systems (VMSs) to organize surveillance artifacts (e.g., cameras, locations, footage, etc). That is, a local VMS is effectively a local hub, which peripheral devices (e.g., video cameras, microphones, surveillance sensors, etc.) connect. Local VMSs can process the received input, can record timed video, and can perform other programmatic tasks.
"A number of network solutions (IBM's Smart Surveillance Solution, for example) exist which provide services to enhance capabilities of existing VMSs. These network solutions can integrate data from multiple sensors and analog and digital cameras into one searchable system, can permit searching of data according to a broad range of parameters (e.g., time, date, alert, object, size, location, and color), can share data across agencies, countries and departments, can permit information to be accessed and viewed remotely from a Web browser, can prioritize critical events and store video associated with these events in long term storage, and can analyze footage for perpetrator identification, theft prevention and damage detection, customer behavior, etc.
"Conventional network solutions are designed to only interact with VMSs. Many potential customers, however, do not possess a VMS and/or would desire to minimize their video surveillance costs by retiring an existing VMS, if an option existed to receive desired services directly from a network solution provider. For example, many individuals and/or entities desire capabilities of video analytics, which is a capability generally lacking or non-robust in all but the highest end VMSs. It would be beneficial if network solutions providing video processing capabilities, such as analytics, were made more accessible by eliminating the requirement, which often functions as an entry barrier, of possessing a VMS."
In addition to obtaining background information on this patent, VerticalNews editors also obtained the inventor's summary information for this patent: "The present invention can be implemented in accordance with numerous aspects consistent with the material presented herein. For example, one aspect of the present invention can include a system for performing video analytics. The system can include an intelligent video surveillance system configured to directly ingest video streams from at least one network connected IP camera. The intelligent video surveillance system can be further configured to perform real-time video analytics on the directly ingested video stream. In one embodiment, the system can also include a filter specific to the network connected IP camera that is an application programming interface (API) configured to decode the video steam from the network connected IP camera before conveying the decoding video stream to the intelligent video surveillance system. The real-time video analytics can include face recognition, object tracking, motion detection, and the like.
"Another aspect of the present invention can include a method and computer program product for intelligent video surveillance. In this aspect, a raw, real-time time video stream from a remotely located internet protocol camera connected to a network can be identified. The raw real-time video stream can be processed using an application program interface. The processed video stream can be conveyed to an analytics engine. At least one video analytics programmatic action can be performed in real-time against the processed video stream.
"It should be noted that various aspects of the invention can be implemented as a program for controlling computing equipment to implement the functions described herein, or as a program for enabling computing equipment to perform processes corresponding to the steps disclosed herein. This program may be provided by storing the program in a magnetic disk, an optical disk, a semiconductor memory, or any other recording medium. The program can also be provided as a digitally encoded signal conveyed via a carrier wave. The described program can be a single program or can be implemented as multiple subprograms, each of which interact within a single computing device or interact in a distributed fashion across a network space."
For more information, see this patent: Mariadoss, Pandian. Performing Real-Time Analytics Using a Network Processing Solution Able to Directly Ingest IP Camera Video Streams. U.S. Patent Number 8325228, filed July 25, 2008, and issued December 4, 2012. Patent URL: http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=54&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=2651&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=20121204.PD.&OS=ISD/20121204&RS=ISD/20121204
Keywords for this news article include: World Wide Web, Internet Protocols, International Business Machines Corporation.
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