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    Nx Global Newsletter: July 2024

    by | Jul 9, 2024

    Nx Newsletter: July 2024
     

    Welcome to the first of many monthly newsletters from Network Optix! Here we will go through recent blogs and articles we've posted, upcoming events we will be a part of, new information about our upcoming products, and tips and tricks to get the most out of our products. 

    This month's issue features an exclusive in-depth Q&A where we tackle your questions and delve into the unique features and distinctions between Network Optix’s products - Nx Enterprise Video Operating System (Nx EVOS), Nx Witness VMS, and Nx Go - to clarify the key differences between these solutions and help you determine which product best fits your operational needs. Check it out in the Resources, Tips, and Tricks section, and make sure to follow the Network Optix LinkedIn page to be the first to receive updates and news from Nx as soon as it's released!

     

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    Company News

    Celebrating Innovation: Unveiling the Winners and Highlights from the Nx EVOS Hackathon

    Network Optix recently announced the winners of the Nx EVOS Hackathon, where nearly 1,800 developers competed for a grand prize of $5,000. This event highlighted the creative potential of our Enterprise Video Operating System, Nx EVOS, in transforming computer vision applications. Participants showcased how Nx EVOS can streamline the development of scalable AI-driven solutions, pushing the boundaries of video AI technology. Utilizing the provided Nx Toolkit within EVOS, contestants developed highly successful, completely autonomous systems. This article will detail the winners and their groundbreaking projects.

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    Nx EVOS: Pioneering the World's First Enterprise Video Operating System

    Our intelligent video platform, which powers Nx Witness VMS and Nx Go, (and some of the most powerful video solutions on the planet) has evolved. And we’re not talking about a simple name change, we’re talking about a new category in technology: the Enterprise Video Operating System, or EVOS. To fully showcase Nx EVOS and the future direction of Network Optix, we've broken down what this new technology category means, its implications for the industry, and how the world's first Enterprise Video Operating System, Nx EVOS, is set to transform organizations' operational management and video + AI development.

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    An Overview of OAAX: Open AI Accelerator eXchange

    With the rapid development of AI and machine learning, ensuring a seamless model deployment across several platforms is a difficult task. During the recent Embedded Vision Summit, our Chief Data Scientist, Prof. Dr. Maurits Kaptein, introduced the Open AI Accelerator eXchange (OAAX), a brand-new initiative designed to simplify this process. OAAX aims to open-source the crucial technology being developed by Network Optix, allowing for easy deployment of AI models across various edge devices, including those with advanced accelerators like GPUs, NPUs, and FPUs. This effort aims to address the bothersome task of adapting models to specific hardware while also providing a standardized framework that promotes synergy and efficiency. In this article, we explore the core functionalities of OAAX, its current support for various accelerators, and how it integrates with existing AI ecosystems to drive forward the capabilities of edge AI applications.

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    Introducing the Nx AI Manager: Edge AI Pipelines Made Easy and Instantly Scalable

    With our recent acquisition of the company Scailable, Network Optix has made significant strides in simplifying the integration of edge AI functionality into video applications. In a recent announcement, Prof. Dr. Maurits Kaptein introduced the Nx AI Manager, the latest addition to our open-source Nx Toolkit, which will debut in a private Beta alongside the upcoming Gen 6 release. The Nx AI Manager is designed to enhance the Nx EVOS platform and Nx Toolkit, making it easier for developers to add high-performance edge AI to their solutions. This article explores the capabilities of the Nx AI Manager and the vast opportunities it unlocks for video + AI applications.

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    Nx Go Beta Has Arrived!

    Released in April 2024, Nx Go (beta) is Network Optix’s newest product offering, a transportation-focused visual infrastructure intelligence platform. Built on Nx EVOS, Nx Go is an out-of-the-box solution tailored to the transportation sector, equipped with tools like GIS calibration and Nx Maps for intelligent geo-location tagging. Nx Go uses real-time data from video, lidar, and sensors to enhance urban and transportation management. Interested? Contact sales here

    Get the full details on Nx Go here arrow_outward

     

     

      

     

    New Use Cases

    Curiosity Lab at Peachtree Corners, GA

    Network Optix has successfully integrated its Nx Go traffic management system at Curiosity Lab in Peachtree Corners, Georgia, a 500-acre technology park renowned for its smart city technology and companies. This marks its first full-scale deployment in the U.S. since its launch in April 2024. This implementation at the IoT Control Room highlights Nx Go's pivotal role in developing effective smart city traffic solutions. By consolidating data from traffic cameras, Lidar, and other sensors throughout the smart roadway infrastructure, Nx Go supports both autonomous vehicles and traditional traffic, optimizing pedestrian zones and enhancing safety. This initiative stands as a model for global smart city innovations, showcasing Network Optix's advanced capabilities in unified monitoring and urban infrastructure management.

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    New Integrations

    Portwell & Network Optix Collaborate to Elevate Intelligent Video Surveillance Solutions

    Portwell and Network Optix have partnered to develop advanced intelligent video surveillance solutions with their combined technology, merging Portwell's expertise in embedded and industrial computing with Network Optix's innovative video management software. Established in 1993, Portwell is renowned for its cutting-edge industrial motherboards and embedded systems, seamlessly integrating technologies such as Intel Atom®, Hailo-8, and NVIDIA® Jetson Orin NanoTM. This collaboration aims to bolster security and operational efficiency across diverse industries, establishing new benchmarks in intelligent video technology. 

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    OpenVINO Successfully Integrated into Nx EVOS on Intel Architecture

    Network Optix has successfully integrated OpenVINO into its Nx EVOS platform, significantly enhancing AI performance on Intel Architecture. Nx EVOS, a versatile operational management platform tailored for diverse industries, aims to optimize efficiency and speed for AI tasks. This integration simplifies the deployment and scaling of AI-driven video solutions for businesses. With added support for Intel CPUs, including the robust Intel® Xeon® Gold 5412U Processor, Nx EVOS ensures seamless and efficient management of AI applications across a wide array of devices.

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    GIGAMEDIA

    As of June 2024, GIGAMEDIA's complete lineup of IP video products is fully integrated with Nx Witness VMS, enhancing the system's capabilities with advanced video analytics and smart building solutions. This collaboration introduces video analytics such as face detection, perimeter monitoring, license plate recognition, and more to Nx Witness, elevating its effectiveness for smart building infrastructure projects. GIGAMEDIA develops innovative solutions for installers, integrators, and consultants in the context of intelligent building infrastructure projects.

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    Upcoming Events

    • ITE International Annual Meeting 2024
      • July 22-July 24 | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
      • What are we showcasing? Nx Go, a visual infrastructure platform for advanced mobility.
      • About the event

    • Ai4  2024 
      • August 12-14 | Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

      • What are we showcasing? Nx EVOS and Nx Toolkit, a component of Nx EVOS designed for developers to rapidly create customized, enterprise-grade intelligent video solutions. 

      • About the event

    • International Security Fair ESS+ 2024
      • August 21-August 23 | Bogota, Colombia

      • What are we showcasing? Nx Witness VMS, a versatile and user-friendly VMS designed for modern surveillance and security operations.

      • About the event

    • ASIAL 2024
      • August 21-23 | Sydney, Australia
      • What are we showcasing? The full Nx product lineup - Nx EVOS, Nx Witness VMS, and Nx Go. PLUS ASIAL 2024 will see the official launch of Gen 6 Pro and Gen 6 Enterprise in Oceania!
      • About the event

     

    Product Updates

    Gen 6 Pro and Gen 6 Enterprise Are Almost Here!

    About Gen 6 Pro

    Gen 6 Pro is the next generation of Nx Witness VMS, designed for unmatched efficiency and control in video management. This major release refines system operations and enhances workflows with features like Redesigned User Management, Enhanced LDAP Integration, and Camera Hotspots, making them more efficient, responsive, and user-friendly than ever. Get a sneak peek at Gen 6 Pro features below: 

     

     

     

    About Gen 6 Enterprise

    Gen 6 Enterprise is the latest iteration of Nx EVOS and Network Optix’s official launch into a subscription-based (SaaS) offering, designed for large-scale intelligent video and data management. This version builds on Gen 6 Pro's robust features with exclusive capabilities like a New Organization Layer, Advanced Cloud Layouts, and the Nx Connect Subscription Management Portal, all tailored for enterprise-scale operations. Empower your organization with Gen 6 Enterprise - a robust, scalable, and efficient video-powered operational management solution that evolves with your business. Get a sneak peek at Gen 6 Enterprise features below: 

     

     

     

     

    Resources, Tips, and Tricks

     
    In-Depth Q&A: Examining the Features & Differences of Nx EVOS, Nx Witness VMS, and Nx Go

    In the following Q&A, we delve into the unique features and distinctions between Network Optix’s products - Nx Enterprise Video Operating System (Nx EVOS), Nx Witness VMS, and Nx Go - to clarify the key differences between these solutions and help you determine which product best fits your operational needs.

     

    Q: What distinguishes Nx Go from Nx Witness VMS? 

    A: Officially launched in April 2024, Nx Go (Beta) is Network Optix’s transportation-focused visual infrastructure intelligence platform. Built on Nx EVOS, Nx Go is an out-of-the-box solution tailored to the transportation sector that will be equipped with tools like GIS calibration and Nx Maps for intelligent geo-location tagging. Nx Go uses real-time data from video, lidar, and sensors to enhance urban and transportation management.

    On the other hand, Nx Witness VMS is Network Optix’s flagship product and cutting-edge, easy-to-use video management software tailored for the security and surveillance industry. Nx Witness is designed to discover, view, record, and manage IP video cameras, enabling users to monitor, analyze, and react to critical events in real time.

    TLDR: Nx Go is a visual infrastructure intelligence platform tailored to the transportation industry with specialized mapping and data analytics, while Nx Witness is a robust VMS tailored to the security and surveillance industry.

     

    Q: How does Nx EVOS differ from Nx Witness VMS, and who are the intended users for each?

    Nx Witness is a VMS specifically geared to the security industry (as Nx Go is to transportation infrastructure and urban mobility) and those looking for a fast, reliable, easy-to-use video management system.

    Network Optix’s Enterprise Video Operation System, Nx EVOS, is a broader platform that enables the rapid development of intelligent video applications across various industries or markets. Using the Nx Toolkit included in Nx EVOS, third-party developers and organizations can create and/or market their own custom solutions using the many developer tools included in the Nx Toolkit.

     

    Q: The upcoming Gen 6 release introduces two product streams: Gen 6 Pro and Gen 6 Enterprise. Can you give a quick overview of each?

    Gen 6 Pro is the latest update to Nx Witness VMS built to refine system operations and enhance workflows, making them more efficient, responsive, and user-friendly than ever. This release delivers several new, project-ready features designed for optimized video management including Redesigned User Management, New Look Calendar, Enhanced LDAP Integration, Camera Hotspots, Added Temporary User Access, Emails via Nx Cloud, and Bookmarks in Nx Cloud. As with all previous versions of our software, Gen 6 Pro is a free update for those with perpetual licenses. See the Gen 6 Pro Beta Brief and Gen 6 Pro Beta presentation for more information.

    Gen 6 Enterprise, the latest iteration of Nx software, marks Network Optix’s official launch into a subscription-based (SaaS) offering. Designed for comprehensive management across expansive networks of systems and channels, this version builds on Gen 6 Pro's robust features with exclusive capabilities and features tailored for enterprise-scale operations like Unified Site Organization, Unified User Management, Unified Notifications, Nx Maps (see Question 1), and more. Gen 6 Enterprise subscription licenses include access to continuous updates and enhancements via Nx Cloud, ensuring your system always remains at the cutting edge.

    Gen 6 Enterprise also introduces Nx Connect - an entirely unique component to Nx EVOS and subscription licenses that revolutionizes multi-channel system management. This all-in-one system simplifies large-scale management of resellers and installers and streamlines license management and billing through a secure, cloud-connected system. Subscribe to our Blog and LinkedIn page to be notified when we release more info about Gen 6 Enterprise. 

    TLDR: Gen 6 Pro extends the capabilities of Nx Witness VMS with new features like Redesigned User Management, Enhanced LDAP Integration, and more, all free for those with perpetual licenses. 

    Building on this, Gen 6 Enterprise introduces a subscription-based model for solutions built with Nx EVOS, adding exclusive features and tools for simplified, cloud-connected management of enterprise-scale networks.

     

    Q: What is the difference between Nx EVOS and Nx Toolkit?

    A: Nx EVOS is a cohesive, intelligent, video-powered platform for operational intelligence. The Nx EVOS stack incorporates multiple components including the Nx Server, Nx Cloud, Nx Desktop, Nx Mobile, and the Nx Toolkit. All of these components combined provide a robust foundation for the rapid development of intelligent video applications across various industries or markets.

    Nx Toolkit, formerly known as Nx Developer Tools, is a component of Nx EVOS, designed for developers to rapidly create customized, enterprise-grade intelligent video solutions. 

     

    Q: Can you outline what tools are included in Nx Toolkit?

    Nx Toolkit is a comprehensive set of tools including:

    • Nx AI Manager: A universal model pipeline that optimizes any AI model to run on any accelerator with customizable pre- and post-processing configuration
    • Metadata SDK: A low-level SDK to store AI manager inferences (and other data) and seamlessly synchronize them with the video streams.
    • Video Source SDK: Enables integration of any video source (live or archived) into the system.
    • Storage SDK: Enables the integration of 3rd party hardware and software-based storage solutions.
    • HTTP Server API: An open, comprehensively documented RESTful HTTP Server API that provides developers the ability to access nearly every feature available in the system’s thick client.
    • Nx Connect API: A single system to manage your resellers and installers, manage licenses to your software, and ensure appropriate billing.
    • Nx Cloud API: A key part of our product stack that makes it simple to connect and manage systems from anywhere, anytime.
    • Open-Source Client: A fully open-source client that is publicly available for developers to modify to their specific application.

     

     

     

     

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