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Megapixel support and H.264 encoding added to Observer 3

NetAvis : 08 July, 2008  (New Product)
Netavis' video management software enhanced with latest compression technology support as well as iCAT module for video analytics
Megapixel support and H.264 encoding added to Observer 3
Netavis is launching Observer 3 in summer 2008. With this 3rd generation of video- and audio management software a professional Video Analysis is not a vision any more. Observer 3 augments the already existing features of Observer II by the toolbox iCAT, the memory format H.264 and a substantial improvement in support of mega pixel cameras.

The toolbox iCAT is a module for Video Analytics, developed by Netavis. Additionally it serves as generic interface available for external applications. iCAT offers Motion Detection (movement detection), People Counting (video supported analysis of customer flows, people counting and frequency measurement), Privacy Masking as well as Camera Sabotage.

"Thanks to this unique functionality it can be used for many contexts in transportation/logistics, banking and the public sector", as Wolfgang Baumgartner, Chief Executive Officer of Netavis Software states. "Another promising area of application is in retail. Here iCAT can be utilized to analyse customer flows and POS campaigns in order to improve sales", as Wolfgang Baumgartner continues.

The toolbox, which collects data in real time, works with IP- as well as with analogue cameras and can be used for security and business applications. Apart from the built-in algorithms, which make seamless integration into Observer 3 possible, iCAT is able to integrate 3rd party video content analysis modules as well. This maximum of flexibility and openness allows Netavis to fulfil individual customer needs. Therefore they can offer every customer its tailor-made solution.


In addition to conventional memory formats, such as MPEG-4 and Motion-JPEG, Observer 3 supports now H.264 too. This format, which is also named AVC (advanced video coding), is the latest form of MPEG-4 standard. Using H.264 digital videos have better quality, meaning colourful pictures which are sharp and rich in details. Pale pixelised pictures are therefore a thing of the past. H. 264 requires lower data rates and therefore it needs less memory capacity. All this makes H.264 to a very efficient format.

"H.264 is going to be the new standard for modern transmission. With Observer 3 we are able to offer our customers this future memory format for digital videos already", says Wolfgang Baumgartner.


The 3rd generation of Observer offers a substantial improvement in support of high resolution mega pixel cameras, for instance zooming features in live monitoring and in the archive. In addition mega pixel cameras of several vendors, such as IQinvision, will be supported.

"The future is now" - Observer 3 is available at all certificated Netavis partners in summer 2008.
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