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Linux DVRs detect stolen, abandoned objects

Jul 2, 2007 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 1 views

A Phillipines-based video capture card vendor has soft-launched a line of Linux-based surveillance DVRs (digital video recorders). Neugent Technologies said its LX8000 SmartDetect DVRs have “built-in object detection video analytics,” enabling them to watch for left, abandoned, missing, or stolen… objects.

Neugent's LX8000-series DVR line appears to be built from standard PC components, although the company does not publish technical specs for the devices. The DVRs appear to integrate one or more of Neugent's video capture cards, said to integrate MPEG4 acceleration, sound, and support for 4-, 8-, or 16-channels. Neugent also offers a Windows SDK (software development kit) for the cards.

The LX8000-series DVRs run a Linux-based OS of an unspecified nature. The OS is claimed to offer an easy-to-use interface, along with remote management, live views, recording and playback functions, and support for JPEG and MPEG4 streaming.

Additional touted features of the Linux-based LX8000-series DVRs include:

  • Tailored alarm generation
    • When an object is left in a busy scene (such as a bag in an airport or subway station)
    • When an object is suddenly removed from its place (such as thefts in art galleries, schools, and museums)
    • Illegal parking violations and roadblocks
    • Motion detection can be constrained to areas or zones on the screen
    • Alarms via email or SMS (text messaging)
  • Live view on 3G mobile phones (optional)

Michael Jang, CEO, stated, “Software and capture card incompatibility is the weakness of many companies that are offering only [intelligent video software]. To eliminate the search for [a] compatible card, we simply added smart surveillance capabilities to our existing line [of cards].”


Neugent says it has “soft-launched” its LX8000 product family. Models include:

  • LX-8700 — 8-channel
  • LX-8800 — 16-channel
  • LX-8900 — 32-channel

Additionally, the company says it plans to launch an object counting software module next month.

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