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Vision Portal: Attribute Search

The 3rd generation MV smart cameras, with their expanded edge compute power, take Meraki’s AI-powered physical security to a new height. Built to accelerate incident investigation, motion search is enhanced to now include person and vehicle attribute filters. In addition to MV’s event tracking and object classification features, attribute filters further reduce the time a security team takes to identify, analyze, and share relevant footage.

Summary

  • Attribute search will be available on the Vision portal under the Event Search tab 
  • Attribute search adds 3 key filters to motion search: (1) top and bottom clothing color, (2) vehicle color, and (3) vehicle type
  • Attribute search will only be available for 3rd generation, non-fisheye (MV13 and MV63) cameras at no additional cost
  • MV13 and MV63 must be on firmware v5.5.1 to take advantage of this feature

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Introduction

The 3rd generation MV smart cameras, with their expanded edge compute power, take Meraki’s AI-powered physical security to a new height. Built to accelerate incident investigation, motion search is enhanced to now include person and vehicle attribute filters. In addition to MV’s event tracking and object classification features, attribute filters further reduce the time a security team takes to identify, analyze, and share relevant footage. 

Leveraging MV’s world-class edge architecture, attribute search is performed directly from cameras. MV’s early decision to invest in distributed computing technology for the PhySec industry continuously delivers value for our customers, cutting infrastructure costs and reducing operational complexity by not requiring additional servers.

Attribute search will be available on the Vision portal for 3rd generation, non-fisheye cameras at no additional cost from Feb 13, 2024.

Features

Security operators often perform their job with imperfect information from a witness. In addition to regional motion tracking and object classification, filtering footage by high-level attributes such as clothing color and vehicle type becomes the difference between spending hours and minutes reviewing videos. 

Note: Attribute search is an extension of motion search. Attribute filter will only be applied to moving people or vehicles.

Clothing color

Filter motion events by clothing attributes of moving people within the clip. Users can filter by both top and bottom clothing colors (from 10 common colors). Only a single color per attribute can be selected at a time. When both the top and bottom clothing colors are selected, we will only show results that match both criteria.

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Filter motion events by both the top and bottom clothing colors of the moving person The clip player will show the matched color of the moving person

Vehicle color and type

Filter motion events by the type of moving vehicles within the clip. Users can filter by vehicle color and type (bike, motorbike, car, truck, bus, other). Only a single option per attribute (color, type) can be selected at a time.

Filter motion events by both the color and the type of the moving vehicle

Find similar

Once an event of interest is found, you can narrow down the search result to other events with similar attributes by selecting “Find similar clips”. For example, if the event has a person with a blue top and gray bottom, selecting “find similar” will narrow the result down to events with at least one moving person with those attributes.

Select "Find similar clips" to filter results by the attributes of the moving person or vehicle Adjust the filter slider to constraint or relax color matching

Considerations during investigation

The consistency of color detection is influenced by how the scene is captured by the camera. Please keep in mind the following environmental factors during your investigation.

Camera angles and occlusion

To capture both the top and bottom color of a person, the camera needs to capture the full body. When a camera is installed at an angle or targeting a complex scene where the full body is not always present, the consistency of attribute search results can vary. 

 
Cameras pointed sharply downwards sometimes have challenges capturing the lower body fully, preventing bottom colors from being extracted Occlusions in the scene can make it challenging for the camera to extract colors and sometimes recognize objects

Lighting

When the camera enters night mode, it will capture the footage in black and white, preventing color detection. In other situations, dim or tinted lighting can affect the value and intensity of perceived color, skewing results. 

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The camera cannot extract color from a motion event captured in night mode The office lighting gives a red hue to white clothing, and the garage lighting gives a green hue to black clothing. These situations can result in inaccurate color matching. Motion events captured in night mode are automatically filtered out during attribute search. You still have the option to show low-light events

Limitations

  • Attribute filters (clothing color, vehicle color, and vehicle type) are only available on 3rd generation, non-fisheye cameras (MV13 and MV63)
  • Stationary people and vehicles do not generate motion events, so they will not be returned through attribute filters
  • Attribute search can be performed on up to 4 cameras and 3 consecutive days. This is the same limitation Event Search allows
  • Motion events captured in night mode are automatically filtered out during attribute search. Users can choose to reveal motion events, but we do not guarantee their color accuracy

Firmware requirement

MV cameras must be on MV 5.5.1 or greater.

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