Anshul Saxena

Anshul Saxena

Anshul Saxena is working as a Senior Executive – Corporate Marketing at eInfochips.  He has over 5 years of experience in Marketing and Business development and holds an Engineering degree along with MBA .

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Why it is time for Fleet Management companies to deploy Cloud Video Management Software?

Fleet Management companies are constantly looking for solutions to optimize their fleet operations and productivity. To remotely track, monitor, and control the movement of fleets, a Cloud based Video Management Software (VMS), with video analytics, holds the key for fleet companies.  In this blog, we will discuss the features of Cloud based VMS solutions, which can assist in in improving the operational efficiency of the fleet companies.  

 

Today, Video Management systems are an integral element of any fleet management company.  With ever-increasing lawsuits, accidents, thefts, and frauds, fleet companies are constantly in lookout for an integrated video management solution to counter those challenges and to reduce the monetary losses.  It enables the regular and traditional fleet company to quickly transition to a smart transit company.

 

Fleet Management companies to deploy Cloud Video Management Software

 

The advent of cloud based Video Management Software (VMS) and its feasibility to connect to other IoT systems revolutionized the business models of many fleet management companies. The nexus of VMS and IoT enables greater visibility, connectivity and control over the entire fleet. This equation introduces a new challenge in utilizing, managing, and deriving insights of the big data generated, due to the increase of video feeds and the no. of connected devices in the vehicle. A cost-effective, modular, and scalable VMS solution, with Video analytics capability, is the need of the hour for many fleet companies. In my previous blog, I had discussed about the different types of VMS solution and its scalability choices based on the need of the organization.

 

In this blog, we will discuss the advantages of cloud based video surveillance in fleet transportation, and how cloud based VMS can assist in improving the operational efficiency of the fleet. Here we go:

 

  • Remote Access: Whether fleet management companies are managing a fleet of 20 or 200 vehicles, they want to have complete flexibility in accessing the vehicular devices and tracking the vehicles. Cloud based video management system for fleet provides anywhere and anytime access to the vehicles. Fleet managers can stream the recorded live videos, remotely.

 

  • Manage Big Data: Recording, storing, managing, and real-time viewing of the videos pose a major challenge for the companies, due the huge volumes of data flow. Cloud based video management software, with support of NVRs, helps in storing and utilizing the big data on cloud. Event based video analytics and recording helps in optimizing the content flow across the channels. 

 

  • Auto-configure Camera & Devices: Fleet Management Companies would require flexibility in adding and removing the cameras and other connected devices in the vehicles. A Cloud based VMS systems makes it possible to auto configure and upgrade the cameras and connected devices remotely.

 

  • 360O Vehicle Surveillance: For fleet management, approx. 8 cameras are required to capture the vehicle from all the directions, both inside and outside. A cloud based VMS allows to capture constant video, event based video and still images covering all the sides of the vehicle.

 

  • HD Quality Videos/Images: Quality of video matters a lot in Vehicular surveillance.  Captured video can be used for evidences in lawsuits, analyzing condition of the vehicle, consignment and driver condition, at the time of accident. Therefore, a full HD quality video is essential. It is very difficult to shoot videos or capture images in a moving vehicle with changing views and lighting conditions. Therefore, with increasing camera technology, the market is demanding for 4K IP-cameras that can produce ultra-high definition videos, in & out of the vehicle.

 

  • Enhanced Video Analytics: The video surveillance area in the case of moving vehicles keeps changing constantly. Hence, the requirements of video analytics in fleet transportation tend to be very complex from its static use cases. Features like, intrusion & theft detection, perimeter protection, incident capture, face recognition, number plate detection, vehicle counting, vehicle-to-vehicle communication, etc. play an important role in in-vehicle surveillance. 

 

  • Check on unlawful activities: Video surveillance is a powerful tool to check suspicious activities and sending alerts during emergencies. With cloud video surveillance, fleet managers can check behavioral activities of the driver while driving. They will be able track real-time on rash driving behavior, traffic rule violations, un-authorized vehicle usage, improper navigation etc.

 

  • Sync with Connected Devices: Cloud based VMS provides complete control over the vehicular devices by allowing all the connected devices to work in coordination with the IP cameras. The visuals from the cameras can be viewed on any PC/tablet and Smartphone using a web based or mobile-based application. It projects live visuals, using widgets to control the connected devices. The on-screen widgets like accelerometer, door sensors, emergency alarms, GPS device, ignition system, fuel gauge etc. with the live video streaming provides great control over the vehicle.  

 

eInfochips helps the fleet management companies with an affordable and efficient cloud based VMS solution for fleet transportation. A VMS solution, supported by full suite of Video analytics, is useful for small and large fleets in commercial and Government projects. These affordable and efficient VMS include a micro services based architecture, giving complete flexibility and customization. With multitenancy, federated, and cloud-based architecture, the cloud based VMS solution allows scalability to adapt to any no. of cameras, devices, servers and vehicles. Check here to know when to opt for a cloud based VMS

 

 

About Author

Anshul Large
Anshul Saxena
Senior Marketing Executive
 

Anshul Saxena is working as a Senior Executive – Corporate Marketing at eInfochips. He has over 5 years of experience in Marketing and Business development and holds an Engineering degree along with MBA.

How to choose the Right Video Management Software

The widespread use of Video management software (VMS) in the surveillance industry raises a fundamental question on how to select the most suitable solution for enterprises of different sizes and requirements. If you have a smaller setup requiring VMS installation with just 20-60 cameras, all you need are basic surveillance functionalities with a single management server and a few TB of space. Larger VMS installations (5000 cameras etc.) would require more scalability, greater amount of storage, faster response time for incidents and real-time connectivity.

 

Let’s take a closer look.

 

Globally, the Video Management software market is booming, estimated to cross USD 48 billion by 2020. Despite such a high rate of adoption, most enterprises struggle to determine the appropriate VMS installation for their needs. In these times of change, existing VMS systems are becoming more advanced, flexible and intelligent, with a wide range of affordable choices.  It does become challenging though to judiciously map video surveillance solutions to an enterprise’s precise requirements, while they can consider decisions on whether to adapt or switch to next level VMS. 

 

To know more about the huge stakes involved in VMS market, check out this video.

 

Considering the Video Surveillance as a Service (VSaaS) Model

 

There cannot be a one universal approach in determining the VMS solution for a given  enterprise, because the actual business need does vary, depending on parameters like industry, types of projects, location and organization size.

 

If an enterprise is deploying a VMS for the first time or desires a quick upgrade to their existing solution, there will be more touchpoints (connected devices and cameras) to manage. What this means is that there cannot be a one-size-fits-all business model/structure of pooling VMS services because it tends to vary as per organization size and requirements. 

 

The same holds true for VMS services. Considering all possible permutations and combinations, they can be positioned based on a number of requisite features with reference to no. of cameras and connected devices, which can be further categorized as small, medium and large-sized VMS installations.

 

Right Video Management Software Chart Image

 

Small Sized VMS Installation

 

Typically, small-scale businesses have limited IT resources which means their most likely requirement is quick and easy VMS installations with just a limited number of cameras. Using small-sized VMS installations, these enterprises seek to independently manage the security and surveillance of a single site. These small installations  are generally expected to cover an individual site with 20 – 60 cameras, have a single management server and a few TB of storage space. Users should be able to access recorded and real time videos with basic analytics capbilities.

 

Medium Sized VMS Installations

 

There are many organizations which are fast-paced in enhancing their businesses across multiple locations. With fast-paced growth, the need for an upgraded VMS is pre-eminent and these mid-sized enterprises eventually require a higher volume of cameras (100- 300) to support their expanding premises.

 

Mid-sized retail stores, manufacturing units, educational institutes, hospitals, hotels etc. are potential prospects for medium sized VMS installations and would typically require multiple storage paths for videos, and multiple management servers. The deployed cameras should be able to integrate with access control devices to provide a comprehensive and connected security solution.

 

It is also advisable to have these systems use either a public or private cloud to save on server costs and access feeds remotely.

 

Large-sized VMS Installations

 

A typical Cloud-based VMS systems with a full suite of video analytical features is required for big enterprises or for companies with multi-location and multi-site monitoring surveillance needs. VMS systems, in such cases,  should be able to scale and support dynamic camera requirements and connected devices, while being “provisioned” to deal with Big Data.

 

Large-scale VMS installations are mainly used by big corporations, large manufacturing units, government offices/projects, city surveillance, fleets  etc. The VMS system of this scale can generally be controlled and managed by the IT team and security experts of the host enterprise, because the analytical reports generated by the system requires an instant response to the incident.

 

While planning the requirements for adoption or upgrade  of a VMS system, an enterprise should consider  1) Ways to marry the VMS solution to their surveillance objectives 2) Take care of privacy concerns 3) Optimize the video storage bandwidth 4) Develop analytics and alert mechanisms 5) Enable existing infrastructure to scale to future needs.

 

Miscellaneous features like incident capture & notification, PTZ controls, privacy masking, 3600 panoramic view, full HD recording, real time video streaming, multiple users support, remote access facility etc. helps in providing a comprehensive video surveillance solution.

 

How eInfochips can help with your VMS needs?

 

eInfochips offers a complete VMS solution, which enables the enterprises to have access to their video surveillance from anywhere and anytime. These affordable and efficient VMS services include microservices-based architecture, giving complete flexibility and customization. With multitenancy, federated, and cloud-based architecture, we allow  scalablity to adapt to any no. of cameras, servers and sites. Along with cloud-based VMS offerings, eInfochips also offers a full suite of Video analytics capabilities.

 

In a previous blog we  had discussed three kinds of VMS services based on their deployment type i.e. On-Premise VMS, VMS on cloud and Hybrid VMS. All these types can be opted by any of the enterprises across small, medium and large sized installations, based on their scale of project and specific requirement

 

About Author

Anshul Large
Anshul Saxena
Senior Marketing Executive
 

Anshul Saxena is working as a Senior Executive – Corporate Marketing at eInfochips. He has over 5 years of experience in Marketing and Business development and holds an Engineering degree along with MBA.

 

When to opt for a cloud based video surveillance?

Worldwide, Video Management Software (VMS) has become a highly visible component of business, with the market estimated to be worth over USD 71.28 Billion by 2022, and an estimated CAGR of 16.56% (MarketsandMarkets, March 2016). The market is highly fragmented today due to increasing blurring of boundaries between cloud-based VMS solutions and on-premise VMS devices. 

 

A VMS solution primarily allows the user to collect, play, manage and analyze the recorded videos. There are 4 components in any VMS system:

 

  • Cameras (analog or IP-based)
  • Storage solution
    • On-premise edge devices with memory based on SD cards installed in each camera
    • Network attached storage units
    • Cloud-based with central computer storage
  • Network infrastructure (LAN, WAN, WLAN etc.)
  • End software for viewing, recording and editing videos

 

cloud based video surveillance 

No matter how the end solution is deployed, the trend today is that service providers are aiming for precision, greater user efficiency and lesser costs. Accordingly, there are 3 deployment models in VMS:

 

1. On-premise VMS deployment.

The onset of high resolution camera technologies like Ultra-HD and 360 degree field of view means VMS service providers will have to upgrade their platforms to cater to any combination of camera types and video output formats, cross-OS capabilities in Windows or MAC systems, and account for greater storage requirements which according to a Gartner research note, represent 40% of the total cost of a video surveillance solution.

 

2. VMS on Cloud/VSaaS

 Apart from on-premise, VMS can also be deployed on Cloud  leading to greater flexibility, reach and usage. The Cloud-based architecture provides a broader network for diverse features, that allows the users to access and manage the functionalities of the end system from laptops, tablets and smart phones. VMS on cloud must provide uninterrupted access to the videos irrespective of its location of storage.

 

The cloud-based technology should provide greater amount of bandwidth, helping in storage and streaming of uninterrupted high quality videos.  The management of devices like configuration of cameras, adding and removing of camera in the system, PTZ functionality should become easier. Even, the new technology updates can be done easily over the web, on on-premise IP cameras.

 

Using Video Surveillance as a Service (VSaaS), the companies have greater flexibility to select the services they want, and they just have to pay for what they use. Companies can have a monthly / yearly subscription of the services from the service providers resulting in more optimized and economic use of VMS services.  

 

In a previous blog, we have shown how many companies are moving from traditional Video Management software to Cloud based Video Management Software.

 

3. Hybrid VMS

Cloud-based VMS solutions are very trendy nowadays, but sometimes you do need on-premise deployment as well. The basic idea is that service providers should have the freedom and flexibility to select what video is stored on-premise and what video is stored in the cloud – this creates  the need for a hybrid deployment. Plug-n-play support for a wide range of industry-leading IP cameras and encoders are essential.

 

Industries like home automation, retail, financial institutions, educational institutions, Government premises, public transportation, Multi-site businesses etc., have varied requirements from VMS. And, depending on the requirement, you can have either have a fullycloud-based VMS system or a hybrid system which can provide customized features for video surveillance and analytics.

 

What you can additionally expect from VMS?

For high security areas like govt offices, airports, corporates, VMS can provide advanced features like an interactive virtual map of the site, access to any security device like alarms, door sensors, biometric devices. For retail stores, features like motion detection, Pan-Tilt-Zoom camera, incident capture, customer behavioral alerts can be managed with the VMS system. In financial institutions like banks, security alarms, image capture, PTZ functionality and other security features can be added to the system.

 

Video analytics are a major focus area in VMS solutions, in order to make the generated video data more useful. They will be an integral part of future VMS applications. Want to know the top 3 emerging trends in video analytics? Click here.

About Author

Anshul Large
Anshul Saxena
Senior Marketing Executive
 

Anshul Saxena is working as a Senior Executive – Corporate Marketing at eInfochips. He has over 5 years of experience in Marketing and Business development and holds an Engineering degree along with MBA.

Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communication: Let the car message while driving, not you!

Vehicle to Vehicle Communication new

 

Ensuring safety of passengers in speeding vehicles and other road-side commuters has always been the major focus of urban transportation authorities, worldwide. The Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITSA), USA’s largest association representing the transportation and technology communities, has been closely working with the Department of Transportation to advance the cause for vehicle-to-vehicle communication initiatives in the near future.

 

Automobile majors, on their part, are imbibing advanced communication features in their latest car variants which allow vehicles to directly communicate with other vehicles in transit. For instance, BMW’s innovative car-to-car technology utilizes WLAN technology and sensors to share real time status updates to all vehicles in the neighboring vicinity of a car which includes the condition of headlights, suspension system and braking reports. There can be so many life-saving use cases,  e.g. if one vehicle observes a potential danger ahead, the sensors will automatically send alerts to the driver, followed by all nearby vehicles so that they can turn on their danger lights. V2V communication will indeed be a precursor to the self-driving cars of the future.

 

How V2V communication works: In brief

V2V communication is based on DSRC (Dedicated Short Range Communication). DSRCs are highly secure, short to medium range, high-speed wireless communication channels, which help vehicles to connect with each other for a shorter period of time. Through DSRC, two or more vehicles can exchange data regarding their speed, acceleration, distance and direction. This can notify all vehicle drivers about things like lane change, approaching vehicle trajectory and relative speed of the other vehicle in real-time.

 

To enable vehicular communications, when vehicles are in transit on highways and major roads, their primary objective is to exchange safety messages between vehicles to avoid collisions. In order for this to work in real time, we require telematics, a branch of telecommunications with information and communications technology.  Telematics helps in tracking the vehicles via GPS and monitors location, movements, status and behavior of the vehicle. Vehicular communication systems comprise of GPS module which communicates with “On board units” (OBU) to generate safety messages, which are later transmitted and received by RF transceiver module. In order to have complete communication between two vehicles, two sets of components are required.  

 

  • The first set ensures transmitting of an accurate and trusted safety message.
  • The second set confirms receiving & interpreting of the same message by another vehicle. The received safety messages are displayed on the display panel.

 

Smart features of V2V will help vehicles to receive alerts on traffic congestion, obstacles, changing lanes on highways, traffic merging, railway crossing notifications, etc. So, the future of vehicular communication is Vehicle to everything (V2X) communication system, where vehicle communicates with any entity that may affect the vehicle including other vehicles, infrastructure, pedestrians, smart devices, other networks etc.

 

Future Roadmap

The advent of V2V communication systems will greatly help in reducing the chances of car crashes and chain collisions, and is one of the textbook examples of an Internet-of-Things enabled future. 

 

eInfochips helps automotive companies develop a complete Vehicle to vehicle communication system, which improves the safety of transportation systems. eInfochips works in designing of the path prediction algorithm, testing of hardware modules, interfacing the required hardware with the embedded platform, scripting for standard message and integration of scripts to form a single software module. You can read more about it in this published whitepaper on Vehicle-to-Vehicle communication for crash avoidance systems.

 

About Author

Anshul Large
Anshul Saxena
Senior Marketing Executive
 

Anshul Saxena is working as a Senior Executive – Corporate Marketing at eInfochips. He has over 5 years of experience in Marketing and Business development and holds an Engineering degree along with MBA.

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