Analytical decisions

October 2011 CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring

Video analytics? Yes, but be sure to find the right service provider.

There is a lot of talk and not enough walk in the video analytics arena at present. Uptake of the technology is growing and will continue to do so as vendors push to get their products to the mass residential and other markets, but there are a number of challenges frustrating users at present.

The immaturity of the technology and lack of skill of implementers and service providers have a lot to do with it.

There is any number of video analytics software vendors out there, some of them highly credible. However, since these solutions are still in rapid development phases, there is a lack of standards. Nor have vendors adequately developed their to-market channels, failing to ensure channel partners selling and implementing solutions have appropriate skills and training. In addition, user expectations are not being met – video analytics is not the install once, run forever kind of solution sometimes advertised. It is all adding up to a lot of client unhappiness, especially since the outlay can be expensive, with each channel (or camera) coming in at approximately R5000.

The answer, in large part, lies in identifying a solution provider who has the product and industry knowledge, as well as the experience, to make the technology meet the unique needs of your organisation. The other part of the puzzle is understanding the limitations of video analytics.

Limitations and fine-tuning

Sophisticated software algorithms analyse incoming video streams to enable, among others, perimeter intrusion detection, object detection, licence plate recognition, facial recognition and behavioural recognition, along with advanced archiving and retrieval capabilities. For government, retail, industry, transport sectors, health, education and even residential sector needs, the potential applications are endless.

In a busy airport, however, a video analytics solution is unlikely to identify an abandoned suitcase or detect a change in crowd behaviour – it is just too busy an environment. And, regardless of the environment you install it in, the solution is very likely to need ongoing fine-tuning, including factoring in recognition of seasonal environmental changes.

Jasco Security has done installations at mines, financial institutions, detention centres and power generation facilities. In each instance, the design of the solution was vital to its success and required insight into industry processes and practices, deep product knowledge and considerable technology and integration experience. From start to finish none of these installations took less than eight weeks to get right.

De Beer advises the following for someone considering adding video analytics to their security arsenal:

* Pick a proven product with a good pedigree and a well-defined development roadmap.

* Select an experienced implementation partner with a good track record and the right capabilities.

* Ensure your service provider has successfully delivered on industry solutions similar to what you want.

* Do a pilot and assess the feasibility of implementation.

* Ensure your service provider has ISO certification or an appropriate quality management system in place.

* Ensure you understand and have in place the right technology.

* Be willing to fine-tune the solution as processes, drivers and risks change within the business and installed environment.

For more information contact Jasco, trading as Multivid, +27 (0)11 894 7127/8, [email protected],

Share this article:
Share via emailShare via LinkedInPrint this page

Further reading:

Antarctic surveillance
Dahua Technology South Africa CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring
Dahua Technology donated 15 security cameras to different scientific bases in the Argentine region of Antarctica; the cameras were especially developed to handle the harsh climate and extreme weather conditions in the area.

Deep learning engine set to supercharge end-to-end solutions
CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring
IDIS, manufacturer of South Korean-made video technology, will be displaying an exciting line-up of end-to-end video solutions that include the latest advances in AI-powered video analytics for businesses of any size, at this year’s Intersec.

Realistic image quality even in dark environments
Dahua Technology South Africa CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring
The 4K video surveillance market size is expected to grow at 9 percent CAGR (compound annual growth rate), which is primarily driven by the increasing demand for public safety and security services.

Cloud-based forensic video searching
CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring
Arcules introduces Forensic Video Search to empower rapid event identification within its video cloud service, providing a critical tool to help businesses identify specific objects or events in seconds.

Minimising fire risks in automotive logistics
Hikvision South Africa CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring Products Logistics (Industry)
Automotive logistics company uses thermal imaging solution from Hikvision to ensure its stores of lithium batteries for electric vehicles never overheat and cause a fire.

Axis launches P3265-LVE dome camera
Axis Communications SA Products CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring
Based on ARTPEC-8 — the latest Axis system-on-chip (SoC) — Axis’ latest dome high-performance camera includes a deep learning processing unit (DLPU), and cybersecurity features.

Smart car parking solution eases traffic flow
Dahua Technology South Africa CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring Integrated Solutions Products
Ethiopia’s first smart parking lot, designed to improve traffic flow and management efficiency, has been built and installed using Dahua Technology’s smart parking solutions.

VMS 7.2 supports the investigation process and adds cloud capabilities
CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring Integrated Solutions Products
Qognify has launched the second release of its VMS, including extended support for body-worn video, additional functionalities to support investigations, and a new web client architecture. VMS 7.2 addresses the increasing use of body-worn video (BWV) across many sectors.

The future of AIoT
Hikvision South Africa News CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring
Hikvision hosted its 2022 Shaping Intelligence Summit in Bali, Indonesia, on 29-30 November, where the company, its customers, and technology and solution partners, looked into the future of AIoT and explored paths to shared success.

A comprehensive video solution for retail
LD Africa Retail (Industry) CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring Products
Retail Intellect is a comprehensive, flexible solution for retailers that matches technologies to ensure point-of-sale safety and security with video analytics.