ICx Technologies buys analytics firm PureTech
WASHINGTONÃ¢â‚¬â€ICx Technologies added to its growing technology suite in early March with the purchase of PureTech Systems, a Phoenix-based developer of video analytics, both server-based and edge-device-based. Larry Bowe, PureTech president, will remain with the company and will head a new division to be known as ICx Vision Systems.
ICx has positioned itself as a manufacturer of the industryÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s best sensors, and the addition of PureTech is a good fit, Bowe said, because Ã¢â‚¬Å“the fact that a camera can be turned into a sensor is a very powerful thing. You get a dual use out of the camera, both as a sensor and as visual corroboration.Ã¢â‚¬Â PureTechÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s analytics are particularly well suited to wide-area and perimeter surveillance, Bowe said, considering its ability to use GIS information to know the location of a camera in the scene that itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s looking at and where an object Ã¢â‚¬Å“is intercepting the ground. When the object shows up, we can set up sophisticated rules for speed, direction, object typeÃ¢â‚¬â€maybe we only care about humans or trucksÃ¢â‚¬â€and we can build policies based on that.Ã¢â‚¬Â
ICx chief executive officer Hans Kobler said this should help commercial integrators Ã¢â‚¬Å“as they look for new products to sell to their existing customersÃ¢â‚¬â€combining video and access control, adding on video analytics and thermal cameras at a decent price. ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the first push in perimeter surveillance.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Bowe said integration with existing ICx technology would be relatively smooth because PureTechÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s software is built on the .Net architecture. Ã¢â‚¬Å“WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been able to really quickly integrate with their radar and thermal units,Ã¢â‚¬Â he said. It shouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t be long, he thought, before the analytics can be put right on board a number of the ICx cameras and other vision systems.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“One of the key things we bring,Ã¢â‚¬Â he said, Ã¢â‚¬Å“is a world-class software architecture and design team that really has a specialty in image processing and geographic imaging systems.Ã¢â‚¬Â Further, he said his team has experience and a track record of bringing technologies from early adoption markets to mainstream markets, something that will be important for the growth of the analytics business. SSN