Low-bandwidth video transmission enhanced by latest hardware

1st November 2016
Alice Matthews


The challenge of transmitting quality live video over low bandwidth connections such as 3G, 4G or GPRS requires innovation in both software and hardware in order to meet space, power and cost constraints typical of video surveillance applications. 

Integrating Vemotion’s specialist encoders with Direct Insight’s hardware solutions delivers complete solutions based on the latest x86 and ARM processors in compact, low-power, high-performance packages.

Vemotion and Direct Insight have announced the availability of an end-to-end solution based on a Vemotion’s VB series encoders and Video Streaming Server running on Direct Insight’s BWD051 pico-ITX board with Intel’s quad-core Braswell processor with 8GB RAM, and running Windows 10 IoT Enterprise. A camera interface board connects to up to four cameras and converts analogue video to digital which is then encoded into low-bandwidth streams.

Vemotion software is agnostic to camera and with the appropriate hardware can stream, IP, analogue and HD-SDI cameras. Vemotions’ acclaimed technology allows video to be transmitted cost-effectively from a wide range of remote and mobile (body-worn and vehicle-borne) locations back to a central control facility which distributes it to the appropriate expert. Products include software and hardware codecs, fully integrated deployable cameras, ruggedised deployment units, body-worn transmitters and video servers. The partnership with Direct Insight brings a different approach to the market opening up the capability for integrators and end customers to build Vemotion’s core software into their solutions. Space, size and power draw are always at a premium in many integrations and platforms such as the BWD051 are useful for these applications.

Direct Insight’s x86 and ARM-based solutions integrate rich OS technologies including Windows 10 IoT, Linux and Android in a building-block approach allowing OEMs to quickly configure industrial quality platforms. BWD051 measures 100x72mm and is powered by the latest low-power Intel processor, the N3160, which provides four cores, running at up to 2.24GHz, with TDP of 6W. The small physical and energy footprints of the board make it useful for remote gateway applications where available power and space is limited. The companies also plan to address the need for ever low-power solutions with future co-operations based on hardware including ARM processors.

“The need to have eyes on any situation in real time is a now becoming a must have,” said Stewart McCane, Vemotion’s CEO. “With cellular coverage still sporadic and unreliable in many areas it is important to get the best quality video stream over the lowest bandwidth available with little or no interruptions, especially when on the move. With 4G available now in many areas with high cost data rates it is also important that transmission is done in the most cost effective way possible. Vemotion low bandwidth technology, excels in all these situations. By joining forces with Direct Insight and its cutting edge portfolio, now Vemotion and Direct Insight continue to lead the way in state of the art technology.”

“Video surveillance over IP is a growth area, and Vemotion are leading the way in solving the critical problem of how to backhaul this data over the cellular network. Working together, we are creating system solutions based on the latest hardware technologies, providing the best-in-class cost, size, energy and performance proposition for Vemotion’s customers,” commented David Pashley, Direct Insight’s Managing Director.

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