Ring can detect objects, how does this differ?

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Ring and MIDL are extremely different products - Ring is great for the residential market but that is not where MIDL operates. MIDL is best suited for institutions and enterprises. However, this is a good question to understand the base differences in the underlying software that makes these detections possible. Before we dive into it, the big difference to understand immediately is that you need to buy a Ring device to use Ring’s software (their app). With MIDL, you can use our software with any of your existing cameras.

MIDL has the flexibility to detect a wide range of objects and activity through your existing cameras. This allows you to set very specific alerts, search for anything you want in your footage by typing or speaking, and track in-depth analytics. Ring can only detect a person, a vehicle, and motion. The way Ring detects objects and the level of detections they offer are the key differences between MIDL and Ring’s detection capabilities (and most other VMS and analytic companies for that matter).

Ring does not have the ability to identify anything past a person or a vehicle. Ring will also only record when it detects motion, meaning Ring devices cannot record 24/7. This is largely due to a hardware limitation of Ring devices. This motion recording is an issue with Ring and a lot of popular VMS platforms as well. It can be great to be more efficient with video storage, but issue lies in the fact that a tree blowing or a bird flying by could trigger a motion alert or recording. An issue also presents itself when a critical incident occurs but motion was not triggered because the threshold was too low and you are now without a valuable piece of data. Rather than relying on motion, MIDL uses object recognition to identify the object before taking any action. If you have Ring, you know the annoying occurrence of getting a motion alert and not immediately knowing if there is a real concern or the neighborhood bird simply flew by your Ring camera. Reach out with the button below if you have further questions.

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