Altera, a manufacturer of programmable logic devices (PLDs), has partnered with video analytics developer Eutecus to offer a new analytics processor for surveillance cameras.

The Cyclone IV FPGA (field-programmable gate array) is a single-chip solution that is capable of performing analytic functions at full, high-definition 1080p/30fps image processing rates. This analytics technology on a FPGA will provide users with greater flexibility and performance in their video analytic capabilities compared to analytics solutions based on DSP (digital signal processing) technology.

The solution comes with a software graphical user interface that allows the user to setup the events and rules they want detected. For example, in traffic surveillance applications, which the company is targeting along with security for the technology, a user can set up a camera to count the number of cars traveling in a particular direction and then further break that down into vehicle types if they so choose.