iNPUT-ACE Partners with Axon to Provide Lossless Video Conversion Inside Axon Evidence
iNPUT-ACE and Axon announced a partnership that will allow Axon to utilize iNPUT-ACE’s core playback and conversion engine, an API based toolset known as the Video Integration Suite (VIS). This API toolset can be integrated into cloud solutions or on-premise agency servers to enable third-party video files to be played and converted within any application. We are pleased to partner with Axon to have this innovative technology integrated into their digital evidence management solution. With this partnership, Axon customers will gain a more complete picture of what happened in any given investigation so they can get accelerate their video investigations.
Today, many video security systems use their own proprietary video format. When that video is played back on a tool that is not compatible with most commercial software, the files are often played incorrectly causing misinterpretation of the video evidence. The iNPUT-ACE partnership with Axon solves this by supporting more than 90% of all video file types found in video investigations.
Existing Axon Evidence customers may purchase third-party video playback functionality as an add-on while Axon Enterprise License customers will automatically receive the functionality starting at the end of August 2020. To learn more, customers may reach out to their local Axon sales representative.
Can I now do everything that I currently do in iNPUT-ACE in Axon Evidence?
No, the partnership with Axon allows them to offer our playback and lossless conversion technology to users of Evidence.com. We see the partnership helping investigators manage original video evidence, identifying the key video assets they want to interrogate and allowing for a seamless and lossless conversion process should they want to publish the video. A great example of where this can go wrong without our technology can be found at https://input-ace.com/accurate-video-evidence-tells-another-story-in-uof-case/
Will you be offering the full version of iNPUT-ACE within Axon Evidence?
As of now, only playback and conversion is available in a cloud model. While we have flexible licensing models for larger organizations for budget purposes, the ability to run a cloud environment for video processing can be hampered by bandwidth, CPU and computer memory. We are continuing to look at innovative ways to provide our offering.
I do not use Evidence.com, can I embed VIS into my current evidence management system?
Yes, VIS is a product we offer for both agencies and system integrators. It is a web-based set of API calls that allow you to playback and convert video of nearly any type without the risk of losing frames or relevant metadata. If you are interested in learning more about VIS, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 213.596.0909
SEATTLE, Aug. 20, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Axon (Nasdaq: AAXN), the global leader in connected public safety technologies, today announced its partnership with Occam Video Solutions, whose flagship product, iNPUT-ACE, is a leading software used for video investigations. Public safety agencies are often overwhelmed by the task of gathering, storing and sharing an increasing amount of digital evidence. Axon’s cloud-based digital evidence management solution, Axon Evidence (Evidence.com), is designed to help departments manage all this data and continues to add new features and functionality. Through Axon’s partnership with Occam, Axon customers will be able to convert third-party video evidence within Axon Evidence to gain a fuller picture of what happened in any given investigation. To learn more visit: https://www.axon.com/3P_Video_Playback.
Video security, closed-circuit TV (CCTV) and publicly submitted video evidence can be burdensome for law enforcement agencies to manage. Many video security systems use unique video formats that can only be played back using proprietary hardware or software. When agencies attempt to playback that video using other commercial software, the files often play incorrectly with frames being skipped entirely. The Axon Evidence integration with iNPUT-ACE, which supports most video file types, solves for this by converting files into a lossless format, ensuring that the entire picture of what happened in an incident is fully captured.
Axon’s partnership will utilize iNPUT-ACE’s core playback and conversion engine, the Video Integration Suite (VIS), to allow for third-party video files to be played and converted within Axon Evidence. The video can then be viewed and analyzed as easily as video captured on body cameras.
“Almost all investigations today require analyzing some amount of video evidence. Whether it is CCTV, cell phone video, home surveillance systems, or law enforcement video, it’s crucial that the video is played accurately,” says former Chief of Police, Mike Burridge. “Video evidence is collected from different video sources and each has their own unique video format. Investigators have to quickly playback video evidence and, unfortunately, this is often done with generic or unreliable tools that can create inaccurate or misleading video evidence. Agencies without video investigative solutions, like iNPUT-ACE, often unknowingly utilize this kind of evidence in the courtroom or internal investigations, and it can have devastating consequences – especially in today’s climate.”
“This partnership will have a great impact on our customers and can help in further establishing trust within their communities,” says Axon CEO and founder, Rick Smith. “Agencies are now enabled to review, store and organize video evidence from many sources with the confidence that they are viewing correct playbacks. This is a great example of how Axon is working toward protecting truth and transparency.”
“Our mission is to empower investigators with intuitive tools, expert training, and comprehensive support to further video-centric investigations,” says iNPUT-ACE CEO, Andrew Fredericks. “We are thrilled to integrate our VIS API engine with Axon and ensure that every customer can review video evidence without being slowed down by the technical challenges that are common in reviewing video files.”
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