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The new Mobotix MxActivitySensor is a leap forward in Intelligent Video Motion Detection technology

mobotix-logoMxActivitySensor is a new, ‘intelligent’ video motion detection technology from German camera manufacturer Mobotix, which has been supplied freely with their cameras since June 2013. It is a software-based tool within the Mobotix cameras themselves that has the ability to ‘learn’ the scene it is viewing and to differentiate between detected motion that is of potential interest and motion that is of no interest. This clever technology will for example exclude swaying trees or moving water as a trigger for motion detection. Now, this in itself is not new, since we have been able to configure systems in this way for many years. But MxActivitySensor is different in that it needs little configuration, it is intelligent and can learn scenes over time. You just switch it on and it works.

Without spending time on precise configuration, standard video motion detection technologies usually trigger an alarm for any movement detected, often creating many false alarms or triggers. MxActivitySensor, however, distinguishes interference from purposeful movement, and is also able to highlight the direction of the movement. Therefore, it dramatically reduces the number of false alarms or triggers. MxActivitySensor delivers more reliable results than standard video motion detection as alarms are only triggered from intended, purposeful movement. It also provides the opportunity to set specific directions of movement as an alarm trigger. This part of the technology is, for example, beneficial for a one way street, where a vehicle may be moving against the flow of traffic, which then would trigger an alarm.

MxActivitySensor indicates the direction of movement for purposeful, continuous movement of objects.

MxActivitySensor indicates the direction of movement for purposeful, continuous movement of objects.

Configuring MxActivitySensor is quick and easy. You only need to define the areas and directions of movement that you require to trigger an alarm. The system detects people or objects such as cars when they either cross a defined area, or move toward or away from the camera.

MxActivitySensor detects a person standing up and leaving the room whilst other movement such as turning around or hand movements go unnoticed.

MxActivitySensor detects a person standing up and leaving the room whilst other movement such as turning around or hand movements go unnoticed.

Note that is also possible to have no defined areas for MxActivitySensor. However, this can reduce the camera’s frame rate (because of high processor use) and may result in less accurate results as fewer images are available per second, so there is less time available to identify movement.

Mobotix MXActivitySensor is a leap forward in technology, making true ‘intelligence’ in cameras available at an affordable price and accessible to CCTV users at any level, not just at the top, analytics, end of the market.

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Published on August 5th, 2013 by Kevin Bowyer

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