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Avigilon: Big advances in video analytics

08 February 2021

If you are looking for a way to properly monitor your site for health and safety or surveillance purposes and want to reduce the need for extra staff then advanced CCTV with in-built analytics can help.

Video analytics applications can perform a variety of tasks ranging from real-time analysis of video for immediate detection of events of interest, to analysis of pre-recorded video for the purpose of extracting events and data from the recorded video.

The advanced analytics technology is also able to counteract some of the problems that are found if only human operators are monitoring cameras. Various research studies and real-life incidents indicate that an average human operator of a surveillance system tasked with observing video screens, cannot remain alert and attentive for more than 20 minutes. For example, a 1999 study (Green, 1999) found that after 20 minutes, guards watching a video scene will miss up to 95 percent of all activity.

Meanwhile a 2008 study (Sulman, Sanocki, Goldgof, & Kasturi, 2008) found that there are severe limitations in the ability of humans to monitor simultaneous signals. The results of the study showed that observers miss 60% of targets when monitoring nine displays versus only 20% when monitoring four displays.

For your business premises or school site this means Avigilon‘s advanced smarter video analytics, can help you detect a range of occurrences and monitor your site in various ways:

  • Detect a car driving the wrong way round a car park
  • Alert you if anyone is loitering on your property
  • Be able to count people
  • Detect an object

For example, Avigilon Appearance Search technology, available with its video management software, Avigilon Control Center (ACC), incorporates the characteristics of a person’s face, enabling the technology to search for the same person, even if items such as their clothing change over time. The quick search capabilities of Avigilon Appearance Search technology enable operators to scan vast amounts of recorded video, efficiently grouping video data to help track a person’s or vehicle’s route, identify a previous and last-known location, and assist investigations.

Avigilon’s H5A cameras go further can also detect when objects (people or vehicles) are moving at an unusual speed or are present in an unusual location and can send a notification event to ACC for presentation to an operator. The most recent version of the ACC software, ACC 7, includes its focus of attention interface which aims to bring to the user a more intuitive way to consume information about potential security events. It uses artificial intelligence to detect and flag events that may require your attention, highlighting them visually in color-coded nodes to indicate different levels of importance.

If you want to test out at least some of the capabilities of the Avigilon video management system it is possible to use Avigilon’s technology with an existing third-party IP camera by acquiring the Avigilon Artificial Intelligence Appliance. This adds self-learning video analytics and its appearance search to nearly any IP camera.

When connected to the ACC software, customers can evolve legacy camera systems into powerful AI solutions — with automatic alerts of potentially critical events and the ability to search for and locate a person or vehicle of interest across an entire site.

Security Group’s engineers are specialists in the ACC software and camera capabilities and can show your organisation its many capabilities. If you are based in Bristol or south-west England, and want to know more, contact us.

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