Sony video management software adds power of third party plugins
October 4, 2004

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Sony of Canada Ltd., Canada's leading supplier of
electronic and computer products for consumers and business, today announced
the opening of the application program interface (API) for its Real Shot(TM)
Manager IP video monitoring software platform to third-party software
developers.
Opening the Real Shot Manager platform creates significant new
opportunities for software developers, system integrators and value added
resellers to craft scalable, upgradeable, customized solutions with the
economy of off-the-shelf products as additions to Sony's Real Shot Manager
software. Customers will have available to them total solutions or turnkey
packages built on Sony's Real Shot Manager platform enhanced with plug-ins
from third parties, which will deliver the latest advances in intelligent
systems.
Carlos Varela, Product Manager, Surveillance Products, Broadcast
Communication Solutions Group, Sony of Canada Ltd., says that the API for Real
Shot Manager software is a significant advance for the security industry.
"We are witnessing the creation of many innovative stand-alone solutions,
but getting these to work together at the back end can be a complicated
undertaking," said Mr. Varela. "Now, as developers take advantage of Real Shot
Manager's API opportunity, our customers will have third-party, plug-in
solutions available to them to suit their specific needs."
Mr. Varela sees this as a win-win for Sony and these software providers
because it provides customers flexibility and value.
"ObjectVideo, Vidient Systems and MATE Technologies provide intelligent
innovation in their distinct areas of expertise and we are pleased that they
are supporting the new platform," said Mr. Varela. "With Real Shot Manager as
the front-end for their products, they can count on the quality and
reliability of our system as well as the power of Sony's presence in the
security products market."
Real Shot Manager version 2 software incorporates a broad range of
functions, but is designed to be easy to operate. It has user-friendly
graphical interface with flexible recording/playback capability, dynamic
masking, activity detection, pan/tilt/zoom capabilities and enhanced alarm
functions.
These monitoring capabilities are built on a server/client architecture,
allowing users to configure a highly scalable system that can monitor and
control a virtually unlimited number of cameras from remote locations. The
software supports Sony's IP addressable network cameras as well as analog
cameras with video network server adapters. Real Shot Manager software is
designed to operate in a broad range of installations from single location
surveillance to midsized organizations.
Now, plug-ins available from third parties will open the potential for
expanding and adapting Real Shot Manager platform-based installations into
mission-specific systems to meet the most exacting end-user application.

ObjectVideo VEW 2.0 Sets the Rules in Real-Time
ObjectVideo VEW 2.0 applies computer vision technology to detect,
identify, classify and track objects in real-time. When user-defined security
rules are violated, it generates alerts automatically and instantly sends them
to the e-mail addresses, cell phones, personal digital assistants and alert
consoles of security personnel. According to Raul J. Fernandez, CEO of
ObjectVideo Inc., VEW customers include the Department of Homeland Security
and a variety of U.S. government and leading private sector businesses,
including ports, airports, and petroleum and chemical companies.
"ObjectVideo VEW 2.0 is a natural fit with Real Shot Manager and we are
excited to participate in the launch of a key platform for security software,"
said Mr. Fernandez. "With our plug-in products, Sony IP security customers can
optimize their system's protective capabilities with the most sophisticated
alert technology."

Vidient System's SmartCatch(TM) Sifts Out the Suspicious
Vidient SmartCatch(TM) behavior recognition software uses advanced new
video algorithms for access control, perimeter monitoring, asset protection
and other applications. According to Brooks McChesney, CEO and founder of
Vidient Systems Inc., SmartCatch software is presently deployed at major
airports, such as San Francisco International, Salt Lake City International
and San Diego International, and within major corporations and institutions,
including Raytheon and the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco.
"We are very pleased to have been selected by Sony to be among the first
to showcase our software application on the Real Shot Manager platform," said
Mr. McChesney. "Through our affiliation with Sony, Vidient will help deliver
technology that achieves new levels of functionality and accuracy in the most
demanding internal security environments."

MATE Technologies Looks Risks Right in the Face
Mate's Face Recognition technology detects and tracks faces in real-time
live video frames received from networked IP cameras. On-demand, captured
faces are matched against a watch-list of suspects to verify the suspect
identity. According to Moti Gura, CEO of MATE, integrating Mate's Face
Identification Server with Real Shot Manager software enables customers to
enjoy an improved means of identifying suspicious subjects on site for
improved security.
"We consider Sony's choice of our face recognition application, a show of
confidence in our technology," said Mr. Gura. "By seamlessly integrating our
application to the Real Shot Manager software, the video received from the IP
security cameras, benefits customers with the new and innovative aspect of
identity-based security."


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