With 10 years in business, IQinVision, also known as IQeye, has been one of the core advocates of megapixel video surveillance. If you ask the company why they entered into this business in 1998, it usually boils down to being shocked by the low quality of video stills that were used for attempts to identify suspected criminals. Now, some 10 years later, the company prides itself on capturing strong details in a surveillance scene with its security cameras that extend up to 5 megapixels.
With 10 years behind them, the company held its first ever partner conference â€“ the IQsummit â€“ this past Wednesday in Philadelphia, Penn., not far from the companyâ€™s Lancaster operations. The event was held at the Independence Seaport Museum beside the Delaware River, and just across the water from some of Phillyâ€™s top port locations.
Bringing in a number of integrators, manufacturing partners and even some end-users, the event was an intimate venue for IQinVision to give updates on their company, recognize their partners and sales channel and discuss the future of megapixel surveillance and networked security video.
The event saw presentations from such firms as Veracity, Milestone Systems, Viseox (a French VMS firm), OnSSI and Pivot3, as well as security consultant Jim Gompers. Other partners were on hand for a table-top style â€œmini tradeshowâ€ where attendees could meet with such additional companies as JVC, JDS, Lenel, GarrettCom, TimeSight Systems, Aimetis, Genetec, VideoProtein , Agent Vi, Exacq and Theia.
I had the chance to listen to and sit down with the IQeye team and some partners throughout the day, and here are some leading thoughts from this event which I captured:
1. Paul Bodell, the CMO at IQinVision, has been well known for promoting a concept of â€œpixels on targetâ€ or pixels per foot. Itâ€™s his way of explaining how to measure whether youâ€™re getting enough forensic detail to use the video for prosecuting criminals. Bodell has commonly promoted the 40 pixels per foot concept to comfortably identify a person in a scene. Heâ€™s been pushing this concept now for a couple years at tradeshows and in guest articles in the trade magazines, and he says itâ€™s really starting to catch on. â€œWeâ€™re now even seeing A&Es use that [concept] in their specifications,â€ said Bodell.
2. Meet with consultant Jim Gompers (Gompers Inc.) and IQinVisionâ€™s CEO Peter DeAngelis and you will hear them speak to the concept of frames per second. Simply put, both agree that end-users and specifiers shouldnâ€™t get caught up in the rush to get 30 frames per second on every camera; itâ€™s often overkill. As a specifier, Gompers said he often recommends well less than 30 fps, sometimes in the realm of 4 to 7 fps, and he finds that overly sufficient for most applications. â€œI would often rather have only one frame per second than lose resolution,â€ said Gompers in his presentation to the IQsummit attendees. Of course, it can be much easier to watch video (for monitoring by security officers) at full frame rate to gain situational awareness, and IQinVision is apparently taking that to heart. The company is coming out soon with a version of its Alliance dome cameras that can do both the MJPEG stream and a concurrent H.264 stream. The idea behind this, it seems, is that the H.264 stream might be used at a fast frame rate to provide the monitoring video, and the MJPEG feed would be the ones used for archival/evidentiary purposes (each frame in an MJPEG is a single â€œphotoâ€ with the full image).