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Smart Motion

Reduce false alerts and increase your days of recorded video using Smart Motion, OpenEye’s analytics-enabled motion detection. Using analytics to detect motion patterns associated with persons and vehicles, Smart Motion ignores reflections, shadows, trees and other objects in the environment which cause false motion events. Best of all, Smart Motion is enabled on the recorder and therefore will work with existing cameras, eliminating the need for a costly camera upgrade.


Best Practices

Configure Cameras for Optimal Use

  • Use cameras with Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) for outdoor scenes to reduce the impact of sunlight and shadows.
  • Adjust camera contrast to make the image look more like the real-world scene.
  • Reduce the Slowest Shutter setting for OpenEye cameras to better detect motion in low-light environments.
  • Don't forget to clean camera domes for optimal contrast.
  • Smart Motion is not recommended for use on fisheye cameras or lenses at this time.

Setting up Smart Motion in OWS

  • Mask out anything that may make the scene overly complex. This includes bodies of water as well as trees and bushes that aren't needed.
  • Ensure there is a low stream available (1MP or lower) to record continuously as backup. This can also be used for analyzing video.
  • If experiencing missed events from people or vehicles of interest, lower the confidence level by 10 points at a time until you find the ideal setting. Avoid setting the confidence level too low as this can cause false positives. 
  • Use the red outline in the Motion Region pane in camera setup to verify Smart Motion detection.
  • The number of channels that can be enabled for Smart Motion is limited to the recorder and processor. See Hardware Configuration for more details.

Keep in Mind

  • A person or vehicle must be in the scene for a couple seconds to be identified.
  • Smart Motion is not person and vehicle detection. It is analytics-enabled motion detection that helps reduce false alerts and increase days of recorded video.

Additional Requirements

Hardware Configuration

The number of channels that can be enabled for Smart Motion is limited based on the processor, processor generation, and amount of memory in the recorder. You can find this information using the OWS Inventory Report.

Model(s) CPU Memory Max Channels
MA, ME J1900 4GB1 23
MA, MD, ME, MV J3455 4GB1 83
MG, ML, RADIUS i3-4xxx 8GB1 16
MG, ML, MM i3-6xxx 8GB2 16
MG, ML, MM i3-7xxx 8GB2 16
MT i3-8xxx 8GB2 32
MG, ML, MM, MR, RADIUS i5-4xxx 8GB1 32
MG, ML, MM, MMR, MR i5-6xxx 8GB2 32
MG, ML, MM, MMR, MR i5-7xxx 8GB2 32
MM, MMR, MT, MR i5-8xxx 8GB2 32
MG, ML, MM, MMR, MR i5-6xxx 16GB1 48
MG, ML, MM, MMR, MR i5-7xxx 16GB1 48
MM, MMR, MT, MR i5-8xxx 16GB1 48
MH, MHR, MK, MKR, MM, MMR, RADIUS i7-4xxx 8GB1 32
MH, MHR, MK, MKR, MM, MMR, MR i7-6xxx 8GB2 32
MH, MHR, MK, MKR, MM, MMR, MR i7-7xxx 8GB2 32
MH, MHR, MK, MKR, MM, MMR, MR i7-9xxx 8GB2 32
MM, MMR, MT i7-6xxx 16GB1 64
MH, MHR, MK, MKR, MM, MMR, MR i7-7xxx 16GB1 64
MM, MMR, MT i7-9xxx 16GB1 64

1 - Max supported memory
2 - 8GB Upgrade available - OE-ZPERFUPRAM-8
3 - Live View in Console and Local Spot Monitor are disabled once Smart Motion is enabled for J1900 and J3455 CPUs in order to reserve resources.

Enabling Smart Motion

To enable Smart Motion for each camera:

  1. Go to Setup > Cameras under General Configuration and click on the specific camera.
  2. Click on the Motion tab and select Smart Motion.

NOTE: A visual red outline will appear in the motion region when Smart Motion is detected.

Red Outline.png

To configure a Motion Area:

  1. Click the desired area in the Camera List.
  2. Click the Motion tab.
  3. Click Add Area, then click and drag the capture square to create or delete the area.

NOTE: Left click, release, and move to draw a custom polygonal shape one line at a time. Draw and click the last line to the starting point to complete the Area.

  1. Continuing modifying Motion Areas as desired using the tools below the camera frame and the Confidence Threshold.

Motion Region Options

Confidence Threshold – Used to determine when an object meets an acceptable definition of a person or vehicle. All objects are classified with a percentage likelihood that the object is legitimate from 0% - 100%. See Best Practices for more details.

To help set the Confidence Threshold, a visual red outline will appear in the motion region when Smart Motion is detected.

NOTE: Motion Areas can be subtracted to disable motion detection for specific areas of the video stream and motion grids can be drawn over each other.

  1. Click Save.

To delete a Motion Area:

  1. Click to select the desired Motion Area.
  2. Click Remove Area to delete the selected area.

Motion Options

Pre Motion Recording – Time when recording starts from a motion event.
Image Offset – Offset when an image is captured from a motion event.
Reset Defaults – Resets motion sensitivity and noise sensitivity back to default values.
Select – Allows motion detection grids to be moved.
Select All – Draws a full motion detection grid over the image.
Add Area – Draw individual motion detection grids.
Remove Area – Allows removal of motion detection grid areas within a grid.
Clear All – Reset all customized options back to original camera default settings.

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