Last year Samsung Techwin introduced its WiseNetIII Open Platform camera range. These bullet, dome and body camera variations, run the very latest high performance DSP chipset, giving enough processing power to simultaneously run multiple edge based applications. Now, following on from the recent appointment of Dan England as Technology Partner Manager, Samsung Techwin Europe has given advance notice that it intends to supply WiseNetIII models with preloaded Applications.
In this article, Dan England, explains why Samsung Techwin Europe is going down the route of offeringcameras with pre-loaded software. He highlights who will benefit from this significant move, designed to provide out-of--box solutions to elevate video surveillance from just being a security system, to a smart solution that can deliver so much more to customers.
Q: Dan, tell us about yourself.
A: I am now in my 17th year in the security industry and have gained experience as an integrator and project manager. I have also worked for manufacturers of both access control and CCTV. I have a specific interest in edge based video applications.
Q: Can you explain what your role as Technology Partner Manager entails?
A: My overall objective is to ensure that we are best placed to provide users with significant added value from their video surveillance systems.
Since Samsung Techwin Europe launched the WiseNetIII Open Platform camera range, we have been approached by countless software development companies who want to capitalise on the new business opportunities that can be created by running their solutions on the WiseNetIII cameras.
My role is to manage, encourage and support all of these Application developers, as well as video management software (VMS) providers, and work with them in partnership to ensure that our mutual customers have the freedom to choose from a wide range and combination of Samsung approved solutions.
Q: If you are intending to pre-load Applications onto WiseNetIII cameras, will this not restrict a customer’s choice as to which Application they can work with?
A: No, not at all. After listening to market feedback, it makes perfect sense to offer a number ‘of pre-packed’ options for those customers that are perhaps new to video analytics or would benefit from a simple ‘no-fuss’ purchase.
It is also important to emphasise that customers will still be able to buy Samsung WiseNetIII cameras without any pre-loaded software and still have the option to upload Applications of their choice, as required. Following the connection of a WiseNetIII camera to the network, installers or operators simply need to upload their preferred App via the camera’s browser.
Q: So what are the advantages of ordering Samsung WiseNetIII cameras with pre-loaded Applications.
A: Our decision to do this is based on enhancing Samsung’s reputation as a brand that can always be trusted to look for ways to not only make it easier for customers to deploy our video surveillance solutions, but also for them to achieve maximum return on investment. In this respect, Open Platform is an exciting game changer which we are determined to help customers take advantage of.
By pre-loading software which we have fully tested and evaluated, we will be saving installers, systems integrators and users, considerable time and effort in having to research the fast growing list of available Applications. Plus, because we have worked very closely with the respective developers of the Applications, customers can be assured of a seamless integrated solution that is easy to configure.
Q: What kind of Applications are you recommending to customers?
A: Well the good news is that some Applications, such as Arteco Automatic Number Plate Recognition and Facit video analytics, are already available preloaded onto Samsung WiseNetIII cameras. However, as well as video analytics, we will be offering WiseNetIII cameras and domes pre-loaded with storage, people counting, intruder and perimeter protection Applications, as well as specialist retail analysis solutions. Over the coming months, I have no doubt that many more different types of Applications will emerge.
As predicted when the WiseNetIII series was first launched, one thing we can be certain of is that we will be able to look back in a year or so and be amazed at the diversity of Applications that have been introduced. The very latest out-of-box Application is in fact a specialist time-lapse solution from Pernixia which has been developed to meet the requirements of the broadcast and construction industries
Q: It sounds like it might be quite complicated for customers to order a WiseNetIII camera with the right Application pre-loaded and particularly so if they want to take advantage of the ability of the cameras’ ability to run more than one Application.
A: In reality this won’t be a problem. Using smart part numbers, we will make it a no fuss process for customers to identify and order the ideal camera/Applications combination.
Q: Who are your preferred suppliers of these Applications and which regions do they cover?
A: We will publish a complete list on our website in the near future, with a mixture of European and global solutions, but in the meantime I am available offer advice and guidance on the best option for specific projects.
Dan England can be contacted on Tel: +44 (0) 7785 424826 or by email: email@example.com