By Tim Thomas on Aug 28, 2007
It has been my pleasure over the last few months to work with a company called G10. They have developed the G10 Enterprise Video Manager, the world's first Solaris based Network Video Recorder for the Closed Circuit TV marketplace. They are basing their solution on the Sun Fire X4500 and are utilizing Solaris ZFS as the data store.
The basic way it works is that cameras stream data across an IP network to the server running the Enterprise Video Manager software.
The video streams and telemetry from the cameras are stored and indexed; users from anywhere on the network can connect to the system via a web interface and can view, pause and rewind live video streams (it works just like a DVR in this respect); users can also search and view historical data.
As ever, it has been fascinating to learn about a new technology area. I was amazed to see that the latest cameras can identify certain kinds of body language and patterns of movement e.g someone going up a down staircase, someone loitering by an ATM or looking into parked cars one after the other. All this information is in the telemetry from the cameras...amazing stuff!
We are developing some papers and marketing material with G10 and I will provide a pointer once they have been posted...meantime G10 can be contacted directly, check out their website for details.