Pay-per-use AI analytics

Issue 1 2021 Editor's Choice

IoT Revolution Technologies (IRT) is a new company in the local security market founded by Brendon Hall (founder of Pentagon). IRT has come to market with a new way of managing and analysing video feeds from any cameras, even analogue cameras, in a manner and at a cost most won’t believe until they see it.

Partnering with Dragonfruit AI, IRT is offering a cloud-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution that requires no upfront payment or large investment, nor are clients required to contract to monthly payments over a number of years. In addition, as noted, the solution allows any cameras, IP or analogue, to be used for cloud-based analytics (as long as the picture is a decent quality) without consuming enormous amounts of bandwidth. The Dragonfruit Split AI machine learning models use video compression to keep archiving costs in the cloud up to 80% less than on-premises storage.

Hall says most people see the cloud as simply a way to store data or make use of an offsite data centre, however, IRT can provide what almost amounts to a full control room in the cloud, offering storage, analytics, management and more from a browser and even a smartphone. Using the solution means that if criminals steal or destroy your NVR or DVR while committing a crime, you still have footage of the incident.

The system is hosted on the AWS cloud (Amazon Web Services, which has a data centre presence in Cape Town and will be launching Johannesburg and Durban data centres soon). Using the technology developed by Dragonfruit AI, end users and system integrators (SIs) can have full access to their data as well as a range of cloud-based analytics in a pay-per-use business model. (An on-premises solution is also available.)

The cloud model offers scalability, which means customers can scale from running one camera and one analytics function up to hundreds in a matter of minutes. Hall adds that AWS includes a range of security features to ensure cloud-based storage and analytics is secure from prying eyes, even from Amazon itself. AWS is ISO as well as FIPS 140-2 certified.


AI is the key

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been around for many years in various forms, and today it is promoted by every camera and VMS vendor. The catch is, AI requires huge resources and the licensing costs are also high. Some have tried to overcome this by building AI into cameras, even allowing users to change AI modules on cameras as required.

The problem here is that once these expensive cameras have been bought, users are stuck with them and could be limited to the functionality and integration capabilities the vendor allows. The IRT cloud-based system makes use of any camera’s video feeds (again, as long as a decent image is produced) and provides various AI-enhanced analytical functions. The system works with many of the current video management systems (VMS) to transport data to the cloud storage system.

Once the images are loaded to the cloud server, the chosen AI analytics can be run on them immediately, or they can be run after the fact as companies investigate events or collect information about what activities happened over a period of time. Cities with non-performing surveillance camera infrastructures, for example, can make all their cameras intelligent in this manner without investing a cent in servers or software licences, etc.

Pay-per-use

Hall explains that the costing model is free of licence fees or monthly contracts. For example, the people/vehicle counting analytics cost R6 per hour, per month; face mask detection analytics cost R15 per hour, per month; social distancing analytics cost R5 per hour, per month; and licence-plate recognition (LPR) costs 30 cents per plate. Hall notes that with the LPR module, any camera can be an LPR camera. The cost for storing video on AWS is R385 per terabyte.

The various AI modules available can be found at https://dragonfruit.ai/ai-modules/. Hours can be purchased beforehand or in packages, or as and when required. All transactions are done online.

A module called Investigations Management is also available to guide people through investigations into incidents. The module integrates storage, analytics, evidence management and reporting, along with consolidated videos from various sources. The built-in web-based reports are quick to compile and distribute.

IRT holds the sole distribution rights to Dragonfruit AI in Africa. The benefit to end users and SIs is that the solution can be used with any current physical security infrastructure, and the costs are dependent on what you use, free from licensing and other fees. Additionally, updated and new AI analytics are available immediately.

Interested parties can try Dragonfruit AI for free at https://dragonfruit.ai or contact Brendon Hall, IoT Revolution Technologies, brendon@rev-tech.co.za, +27 82 572 4756




Share this article:
Share via emailShare via LinkedInPrint this page



Further reading:

Integrated personal security that travels with you
Editor's Choice Integrated Solutions Smart Home Automation
Individuals can take their security with them when travelling with the new Nomad all-in-one integrated security solution that keeps you and your belongings safe.

Read more...
More to expect from Securex 2022
Specialised Exhibitions Editor's Choice
Securex South Africa 2022 will take place from 31 May to 02 June 2022 at Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg, and will be co-located with A-OSH Expo, Facilities Management Expo and the new Firexpo 2022.

Read more...
Entries open for 2022 OSPA Awards
Editor's Choice News
Entries for the South Africa Outstanding Security Performance Awards (OSPAs) are now open. The OSPAs are designed to recognise the work of companies, individuals and teams.

Read more...
The supervisor role in control rooms
Leaderware Editor's Choice CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring
The control room supervisor role is not a simple task of making sure that all the staff are present and appear to be performing their duties.

Read more...
What just happened?
Editor's Choice Security Services & Risk Management Retail (Industry)
Adriaan Bosch, head of Loss Prevention, Corporate Security at PEP Stores, talks about how intelligence, preparation and ensuring the flow of accurate information helped PEP Stores recover quickly from attacks on 283 stores.

Read more...
Zero Trust in financial services
Editor's Choice Security Services & Risk Management
Hila Meller, BT vice president, Security, Americas, EMEA and APAC, highlights the eight guiding principles for Zero Trust in banking and financial services today.

Read more...
Enhance security and sustainability
Technews Publishing HID Global Editor's Choice
Jaroslav Barton says mobile access control provides future-proof flexibility for the never-ending endeavours of digital transformation as well as going green.

Read more...
The leading indicators of corruption
Technews Publishing Editor's Choice
Corruption is endemic in many areas of South African and African organisations, Leon Steyn, CEO at Dante Deo highlights a number of indicators that could show something is amiss.

Read more...
Securex 2022 exhibitors serve up the best in security
Specialised Exhibitions Editor's Choice
Exhibitors at the upcoming Securex South Africa 2022 trade show will be demonstrating the best in security-related products and services to the market.

Read more...
Securex Preview 2022
Technews Publishing Editor's Choice
Hi-Tech Security Solutions asked the exhibitors at this year’s Securex event to briefly mention some of the highlights we can expect from them at this year’s show.

Read more...