Originally published in Interiors & Sources

03/25/2013

Video Analytics and Security

Add intelligence to your security cameras

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Video analytics can automatically detect and classify different types of motion, giving you an edge when identifying potential threats.
Credit: NICE SYSTEMS

Note that video analytics and video motion detection aren’t the same thing, Brown says. Standard on most cameras, motion detection reviews pixel changes. When a cluster shifts, it’s recognized as movement and an alert is created.

But video motion can’t classify what the object is or determine when activity isn’t a threat – you need the intelligence of analytics to cut down on false alarms.

Analytics provides a level of automation for surveillance. The software is routinely used for:

  • Perimeter detection
  • After-hours surveillance
  • Asset protection
  • Remote locations
  • Parking lots and garages
  • Restricted zones
  • Construction projects
  • Common areas (dorms, multifamily)

“In a typical commercial setting, there could be tens or hundreds of cameras. Obviously no one person can monitor each and every feed,” explains Illy Gruber, product marketing manager for NICE Systems, a security solutions provider. “Video analytics serves as a power multiplier – it allows you to see more with less.”

More advanced analytics feature license plate and facial recognition. Non-security applications include generating trend reports for crowd or line management, people counting, consumer habits, and heat mapping, Gruber notes.


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