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Security companies grow fast, again in 2012

Intelligent Access Systems, Vision Security, EP Technology among security companies featured on 2013 Inc. 5000 list
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08/22/2013

NEW YORK—The 2013 Inc. 5,000 list has been released and, again this year many security companies made the list, which ranks businesses based on self-reported growth data.

Avigilon buys BRS patents, others for $13m

One month after spending $80 on ObjectVideo’s patents, Avigilon ‘tries to lock in IP in a whole range of analytical algorithms’
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01/21/2015

VANCOUVER, British Columbia—Avigilon today announced it spent $13.3 million acquiring video analytics patents that extend into behavioral recognition, video segmentation and meta-data and more. This deal comes one month after the video surveillance provider spent $80 million to acquire patents from ObjectVideo.

Avigilon buys ObjectVideo’s patents, licensing program for $80.3m

Fernandes: Video analytics can’t be separated from video surveillance, says end-to-end system is way to go
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12/19/2014

VANCOUVER, British Columbia—The future of the video surveillance industry “is about business intelligence and video analytics,” according to Avigilon CEO Alexander Fernandes, and Avigilon’s purchase of a division of ObjectVideo equips it for that future with what he calls the “strongest portfolio of intellectual property related to video analytics … the designers, technical knowhow, trade secrets and now the patents.”

Hikvision and ObjectVideo sign agreement

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03/03/2014

HANGZOU, China and RESTON, Va.—Video surveillance provider Hikvision announced March 3 that it has signed a worldwide patent licensing agreement with video analytics provider ObjectVideo.

ObjectVideo, Agent Vi ink patent license agreement

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12/30/2013

ROSH HA’AYIN, Israel and RESTON, Va.—ObjectVideo and Agent Vi have signed a patent license agreement, the companies announced recently.

ObjectVideo, Aimetis enter licensing agreement

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02/27/2013

RESTON, Va.—ObjectVideo, a provider of intelligent video software, has signed a global, portfolio-wide patent license agreement with Aimetis, a video management systems provider based in Waterloo, Ontario according to a company statement.

OV signs Panasonic, does R&D gov't work

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Monday, January 14, 2013

Make it eight deals with high-profile video providers for ObjectVideo. The video analytics provider on Jan. 9 announced it had signed a global patent licensing program with Panasonic.

Panasonic approached OV last year,  Raul Fernadez, chairman of Object Video, told me. OV is in discussions with six other manufacturers, he said.

With many of the biggest names in video surveillance now signed on with licensing agreements, will OV turn its attention away from its licensing program?

Yes and no, Fernandez said. OV is involved with other revenue-generating divisions, notably some R&D work with federal government clients, but licensing will continue to be an important business. There are new player in the video world all the time, Fernandez noted. And if OV lets up on its enforcement of patent infringement and licensing policies, current licensees would potentially be put at a disadvantage, he said.

However, Fernandez anticipates there will be less litigation involved in future licensing deals with video providers.

Aside from the licensing stuff, Fernandez wanted to talk about some software and services work OV is doing with "DOD and intelligence community sponsors … working on next-generation challenges for indexing, searching and retrieving images.”

It’s the kind of government-sponsored R&D work that OV did more than a decade ago that led to today’s mainstream analytic technologies (object tracking, object class, tripwire), Fernandez said.

The work OV is doing today with the government involves “a lot of indexing, image segmentation … taking images and crossmatching with large databases to geolocate images.”

Fernandez said it this research will propel “next generation innovations” for its government client, OV and the security industry. 

Warren Brown named president of ObjectVideo

Former Tyco Security Products VP says OEM business will be important component of business in future
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08/01/2012

RESTON, Va.—Saying it’s a “pivotal time” for video analytics in the security industry and for ObjectVideo in particular, Warren Brown on July 30 assumed the newly created role of president at the video analytics provider.

OV drops Samsung case, ITC trial involving Bosch starts today

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

ObjectVideo issued a statement at 7:30 this morning announcing that it has dropped patent infringement charges against Samsung.  The statement came two hours before an International Trade Commission trial began at 9:30 this morning.

I called ObjectVideo, but they’re not saying anything beyond what’s in the press release. I also have a call into Samsung.

The release says that ObjectVideo filed an unopposed motion to terminate the International Trade Commission investigation against Samsung.  “Both parties agreed this was the appropriate next step as part of our continued efforts to resolve the dispute between the companies,” Raul Fernandez, CEO of ObjectVideo, is quoted as saying in the press release.

“The public trial against Bosch at the USITC, resulting from an investigation pertaining to products from Robert Bosch GmbH and Bosch Security Systems, Inc., continues as planned,” the release said.

“With Samsung out of the ITC action, we can focus on Bosch, whose products implement numerous infringing video analytic technologies, including metadata, tripwire, and slip-and-fall technology,” added Fernandez.

OV first filed a court complaint in April of 2011. It moved the complaint to the ITC in July of 2011.

The trial began this morning at the USITC in Washington.

BRS Labs awarded patent, $2m deal

Behavioral analytics company seals deal with San Francisco MTA
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03/14/2012

HOUSTON—A new patent and a just-closed $2 million deal with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency is proof that BRS Labs is doing something “truly unique” that the marketplace will value, John Frazzini, president of BRS Labs, told Security Systems News.

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