A simple system for complex protection

Issue 8 2023 Surveillance, AI & Data Analytics, IoT & Automation

Reconeyez is a company that provides autonomous wireless visual verification systems with built-in artificial intelligence. The systems are used in various industries, including defence, law enforcement, border security, critical infrastructure, private security, and commercial environments. It is easy and quick to install.

The system is designed for use in inaccessible areas where there is no or limited power and communications infrastructure. Running on batteries, each ‘Detector’ includes communication capabilities, creating a mesh network between the various devices, enabling users to receive alarm events without installing a dedicated network. Since it is a mesh network, communications will continue, even if one device is inoperable.

Reconeyez devices communicate using secure and reliable 2,4 GHz low-power radios. The signals can reach up to 500 m with direct line-of-sight or about 100 m if obstructions exist between the devices or the bridge. Eight detectors (depending on the environment) can be managed and connected to a single bridge, a communication gateway that provides a 4G mobile data connection. The bridge has a battery life of around 150 days, which can be extended with an additional battery pack or a solar panel.

The Bridge I/O is a multi-frequency radio transceiver that connects Reconeyez Detectors with the control room. It combines three modules: short-range radio, long-range radio and battery. With three inputs and five outputs, the Bridge I/O offers high automation and security, allowing users to integrate third-party systems and sensors with Detectors.

Detection via PIR

Reconeyez Detectors use passive infrared (PIR) sensors and signal analysis to track thermal signatures across the monitored area (it sports a 35 m detection range). Once motion is detected, the Detector activates the appropriate camera for the available light conditions, captures an image and generates an alarm. A range of snapshots can be sent to a central control room to provide operators with insight into whatever caused the alarm.

The AI Reconeyez uses is supported by machine learning algorithms, which means it learns as it works, continually improving its recognition capabilities to reduce false alarms.

Each Detector also includes two different cameras to ensure the system can capture images in all light and weather conditions. A colour daytime camera captures clear HD images during the day, while a monochrome camera is automatically used during low light conditions, and an infrared flash illuminates the area in case of darkness.

The day camera can capture 1920 × 1080 images, while the night camera produces images with a resolution of 1280×960. Operators can adjust the resolution of either camera via a cloud-based management platform. Up to 2000 images can be stored on the device’s internal memory.

The system captures snapshots instead of full video streams to ensure optimal battery life. This means Reconeyez can continue autonomous operations without human intervention for up to 400 days (or 50 000 events). The operating time can be extended by adding an extra battery pack or attaching a solar panel.

As it is designed for inaccessible, harsh areas, the hardware has been field-tested from -40°C to +60°C. It is also encased in a rugged IP67-rated enclosure, making it resistant to frequent moving, transporting, and environmental conditions.

Additional products are available as an add-on to the system, including a battery-powered siren offering 400 days of standby time or 200 hours of constant alarm. A wireless keypad designed for arming and disarming the Reconeyez security system is also available, suited for construction sites and other environments where frequent arming and disarming is necessary. The keypad battery supports 400 days of standby time or 300 keypad operations.

Cloud control

The Reconeyez Cloud empowers users to manage all their devices remotely, from setting up, configuring, managing, and controlling individual devices, to whole sites. View, track and configure events as they occur or adjust device parameters based on intelligent analysis of previously recorded incidences. With Internet access, the cloud-based control centre is always available. A mobile app is also available to make sure authorised users remain in control wherever they are.

Reconeyez (www.reconeyezsa.co.za, www.reconeyez.com) is distributed by Blacklight Group SA.

For more information, contact Blacklight Group, info@blacklightgroup.co.za, www.reconeyezsa.co.za

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