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Physical Security award granted by Wall Street Journal

Congrats to Atlanta-based VUMII which won the Innovation of the Year award from the Wall Street Journal.  The Journal named Vumii the most innovative physical security technology. 

I agree.  I’ve seen the Vumii solution in action and have spent time with the executive team.  The company has mashed up some clever technology with creative problem solving to do what no other company can pull off – recognizing faces and writing (and precise detail) at far distances at night.

Vumii has set the bar far beyond Flir or other infrared and night vision technologies.

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  1. September 29, 2008 at 11:18 am

    I think Vummi’s concept of extending high-resolution, long-range night-vision has value, but it seems to be a niche.
    The question that I have is: can a technology be the most innovative if it only has a small practical impact on the market? I certainly believe it could be the most inventive – i.e., the technology is the most novel. However, I have always considered an innovation to have significant and widespread practical impacts.
    The reason why I draw this distinction is that we are in the midst of several technologies that are significantly changing physical security – megapixel cameras, 360 cameras, storage clusters, managed video, etc. I think Vumii offers value, but it seems far less applicable and significant than other technologies in our space.

  2. September 29, 2008 at 7:01 pm

    Kind of like Extreme CCTV was an edge play until they sold for almost 100 million to Bosch. They were smart enough to expand beyond the basic IR illumination.
    Don’t ask the WSJ to be any kind of savant here, first of all they are picking technologies not companies. Previous picks of Object Video and AxonX are hardly the next Google, at least they are objective as opposed to other industry awards.
    The most impressive thing to me about Vumii is Jim Coleman being on their board. This is a guy who has installed a LOT of security systems. If its worth his time, I’d give them the benefit of the doubt.
    Frankly this highlights some of the basics of surveillance, namely dynamic range of the sensor. Honestly its a good counterpoint to all the buzz over analytics.

  3. September 29, 2008 at 7:04 pm

    To be clear, my comment is to the comment, sorry if that’s your turf Steve…

  4. September 30, 2008 at 8:59 am

    Hi Sal,
    Extreme CCTV offers far broader and more mainstream line than Vumii. You routinely see Extreme CCTV cameras used in mid-level commercial industrial applications. Extreme CCTV products are high end but lots of ‘mainstream’ customers can afford to purchase them.
    By contrast, I am not sure that Vumii’s products will ever get to Extreme CCTV’s position because of how expensive their products are. Noble Peak seems far more likely to be a wider market success and threat to Extreme CCTV.

  5. September 30, 2008 at 9:51 am

    Hey John,
    Yes, right on about the price point. I guess my thought was that the breadth of the product line was something that occurred over time. Appreciate the back and forth.

  6. October 1, 2008 at 10:46 am

    I think any dialogue is healthy. So i appreciate all commentary. I founded Vumii to solve some real critical security issues that impact the protection of assets, safety of people, and financial bottom line of those responsible. Wherever I go , whoever I speak to, I continually hear about the inability to see details when the sun goes down. This is a global problem that spans governments, militaries, commercial facilities, and even residential sites. While ExtremeCCTV and many other LED technology product makers have delivered an active illumination solution for ranges up to 300 feet or so. This is because LED energy cannot be efficiently directed very far. Low-light or non-visible energy spectrum passive products will never reach the quality of an active system. Seeing much beyond 300 feet is a widespread global problem and market demand. This is the issue Vumii solves with our Discoverii line. We entered the market 2 years ago with a system designed for 1500 to 3000 feet. Earlier this year, responding to huge market demand, we brought to market two new systems extending performance beyond 10,000 feet. Compared to the market standard thermal IR solutions used to see detection quality video at these ranges, Vumii’s Discoverii systems not only produces far superior recognition and identification quality video, but are also comparitively less cost than similar magnified thermal IR and with less maintenance issues. That still leaves a market need gap between 300 feet and 1500 feet. Vumii will be addressing this in its next product launch in 2009. And this will appeal to an even broader range of customer applications. Keep in mind it is often not the cost of a camera that drives a project’s ROI, but the entire architecture of a detection and response system and the supporting infrastructure required. Many customers that have applied Vumii’s Discoverii system comment that the reduction in infrastructure and number of cameras enabled by using a fewer number of appropriately located Discoverii systems has dramatically reduced the total solution cost. We believe video is an ideal threat assessment tool, best used when a suspicious event or threat has been detected by non-video sensor means and needs investigating. Many security professionals have found that attempting to place video all along a perimeter or comprehensively see an entire site at once or use video with image processing analytics for detection has been a very expensive and ineffective solution. We believe deploying ones investigative “eyes” to the right spot at the right time with the best detailed video possible is most effective and least costly. That is what we have enabled with Discoverii. Vumii is focused on bringing highly innovative, cost effective hardware and software solutions to the physical security market. Expect to see many more interesting products leveraging optics and image processing.

  7. October 7, 2008 at 11:19 am

    Hi Randall,
    Thanks for the clear explanation. I think you explained well the best fit for your product. Returning to the statement from the original post, “Vumii has set the bar far beyond Flir or other infrared and night vision technologies,” your comment clarifies what that advantage is. While 95%+ deployments of outdoor surveillance cameras are likely not a good fit for your cameras, it seems you can excel at a smaller number of very critical locations such as ports, homeland security, military, etc could greatly benefit.

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