A Virtual Camera is an augmented digital twin of any of your already deployed camera. It behaves exactly as the original camera but may be augmented with features delivered by the edge network, such as AI or storage. For any application, interacting with a Virtual Cameras is the same as if it is interacting with a physical camera, it can use the same APIs (i.e. ONVIF).
For instance, if the edge infrastructure is able to store video and/or support the deployment of AI models, then a Virtual Camera may appear with the API of a smart camera with storage capabilities. For the consuming application this is totally transparent as it solely relies on the industry standard ONVIF APIs.
The edge nodes, running the edgeway edge client, are used to onboard the existing cameras (i.e. edge bridge) into the federated network of cameras, and can be supplemented with edge compute nodes for AI computation.
The edgeway Connect (EWC) is the components on which Virtual Cameras are deployed. You can deploy an EWC anywhere you need, either on one of your Cloud subscription or on-premise on your network. All EWCs are centrally managed from the EWM.
The edgeway Management (EWM) is the Cloud management interface from which you can centrally build and manage the federated networks of cameras, and the 3rd parties AI that your organisation needs.