Smart Technologies flooding in Video Surveillance

Gone are the days of our good old burglar and fire alarms. The global security products market is now being flooded with a host of smart systems. Vijayakumar B, experienced engineer in the areas of Information and Communication network explains the up-to-date safety features of the video
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An unprecedented number of ‘smart’ technologies’ are flooding the global security industry. A major trend is that the security industry, whose presence in the household market was hitherto focused around alarms, gates and locks, is now at the forefront of this growing trend in smart technologies, building advanced video surveillance and biometric security capabilities into our residential premises. The modern day advancement in the Communication Technology has enriched our day to day life style greatly, with high quality, reliability and security of information flow.

Several hardware and software modules are available in the market today so that intelligent applications can be implemented with reasonable investment. The enhancement in the communication and wireless technology has enabled the CCTV surveillance system to be more advanced so that proactive measures can be implemented to ensure safety and security in our day to day life for a comfortable lifestyle.

Today’s surveillance systems are moving away from the human centered response model to application automated model by using video analytics for assessing the criteria and formulating the required responses instantaneously. This eliminates the “Human error” greatly and provides highly efficient responses as designed and implements. Below are some examples of the applications that are run with video analytics.
1. Perimeter protection
2. Intrusion detection
3. License Plate recognition
4. Face collection
5. Direction controller
6. Queue detector
7. People counter
8. Activity monitor
9. Sabotage detection
The above applications are some of the out puts from the video analytics. A typical Video surveillance system with analytics performs the task as  follows.

Most of the CCTV surveillance system installed today is recording the images in a digital video recorder or in a Network Video Recorder and store
it in a storage device. The storage is normally maintained for a period of 90 days. Whenever any of the past activities is to be recalled access is made
to the storage device and referenced images are retrieved.

However given the potential of the available technology it is possible to use video analytics and activate such measures as required by the situation.
By merging video analytics data with related sales data a clear business value can be derived. The video analytics can create additional value by analyzing customer frequency, customer segmentation, time spent on each shelf thus knowledge of customer potential can be achieved. Aside from detection and tracking capabilities, one of the biggest current trends in analytics technology is being able to leverage video surveillance for business intelligence. While most of the typical applications for these analytics – people counting, queue line monitoring, dwell time, heat mapping, etc. – are geared towards the retail sector, they are also finding homes in other vertical markets. For instance the banking industry is using their Video systems beyond loss and fraud prevention with the help of specific software applications.

(Read full part of this article from the September Issue of Safety Messenger Magazine 2015)

Author: SubEditor

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