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 use multiple edge-based applications. Now, Samsung Techwin Europe has given advance notice that the business intends to supply WiseNetIII models with pre-loaded applications.
Here, technology partner manager Dan England explains to Risk UK why Samsung Techwin Europe is going down the route of offering cameras with pre-loaded software, duly highlighting who will benefit from this significant move which is specifically designed to provide out-of-the-box solutions and, in turn, elevate video surveillance from simply being a security system to a smart solution that can deliver so much more for end customers.
Risk UK: Dan, first of all can you tell Risk UK’s readers about your career to date?
Dan England: Yes, of course. I’m now in my seventeenth year in the security sector and, in that time, I’ve gained experience as an integrator and project manager. I’ve also worked for manufacturers of both access control and CCTV solutions. These days, I have developed a specific interest in edge-based video applications.
Risk UK: Can you also explain what your present role as technology partner manager entails?
Dan England: My overall objective is to ensure that we’re best placed to provide end users with significant added value from their video surveillance systems.
Since Samsung Techwin Europe launched the WiseNetIII Open Platform camera range, we’ve 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.
Risk UK: If you’re intending to pre-load applications on to WiseNetIII cameras, will this not restrict a customer’s choice as to which application they can work with?
Dan England: 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’s 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.
Risk UK: What are the advantages of ordering Samsung WiseNetIII cameras with pre-loaded applications?
Dan England: 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’re determined to help customers take advantage of on a continual basis.
By pre-loading software which we’ve fully tested and evaluated, we will be saving installers, systems integrators and end users considerable time and effort in having to research the fast-growing list of available applications.
Plus, since we’ve worked very closely with the respective developers of the applications, customers can be assured of a seamless integrated solution that’s easy to configure.
Risk UK: What kind of applications are you recommending to customers?
Dan England: Well, the good news is that some applications, such as Arteco Automatic Number Plate Recognition and Facit video analytics, are already available pre-loaded on Samsung WiseNetIII cameras.
In addition to video analytics, we’ll 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’ve 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-the-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.
Risk UK: It sounds like it might be quite complicated for customers to order WiseNetIII cameras with the right application pre-loaded, and particularly so if they want to take advantage of the cameras’ ability to run more than one application. Is that the case?
Dan England: In reality this will not 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.
Risk UK: Who are your preferred suppliers of these applications and which regions do they cover?
Dan England: We will publish a complete list on our website in the very near future with a mixture of European and global solutions. In the meantime, I’m available on e-mail (email@example.comM) to offer advice and guidance on the best option for specific projects.