Pelco by Schneider Electric, a global leader in surveillance and security products and technologies, has announced a new integrated solution based on the Pelco VideoXpert VMS with Ipsotek’s VISuite 10.1 advanced video analytics platform. Ipsotek is a leader in scenario-based video analytics across a wide variety of industries. The integration provides a solution that increases security, reduces investigation time, and takes the complexity out of managing the video and associated analytics in an overall surveillance network. “This integration reflects the continued commitment that Pelco has to our customers to provide high-quality and innovative solutions that are also easy to set up and use,” said Jonathan Lewit, Director of Technology Leadership, Pelco by Schneider Electric. “Ipsotek specializes in detecting target behaviors in the live video, delivering dependable alerts to operators while dramatically reducing false alarms. Combining this expertise with our enterprise-level video management system lets us offer our customers a powerful solution for efficiently mitigating security risks.” Ipsotek’s VISuite Analytics integrated with Pelco VideoXpert VMS “Pelco is known for engineering the rock-solid security solutions that are required for any successful analytic overlay,” said Bill Flind, Chief Executive, Ipsotek. “Integrating the intelligent VISuite analytics with VideoXpert lets users tailor the automated system detection to their specific needs by applying one or more defined target behaviors.” Pelco’s VideoXpert VMS is designed to deliver control with confidence. It incorporates the latest advancements in system navigation, with a platform that enables console monitoring to improve operational efficiency and reduce incident investigation time. The intuitive user interface requires little training, while also allowing operators to quickly and easily collate video scenes from multiple angles, up to nine video scenes, for export into a single clip for effective case management. The result is real-time data with real-time video for a quick response and improved security. Ipsotek’s scenario-based video analytics software solution Ipsotek’s scenario-based video analytics software solution boasts a set of advanced, automated video analysis tools that provide for the real-time detection and extraction of events and valuable data from surveillance footage, replacing the manual and time-consuming tasks traditionally employed to monitor live video feeds or shift through recorded video. By employing VISuite, clients can make optimal use of their surveillance systems and allocate operator time and attention in a more effective manner, thus increasing their return on investment, as well as improving overall security, safety and operational efficiency.
Arecont Vision, a provider of IP-based megapixel camera technology, has announced that Ipsotek, a provider of scenario-based video analytics, has joined the Arecont Vision Technology Partner Program. “Participating in the Arecont Vision Technology Partner Program is natural fit for Ipsotek,” said Bill Flind, Ipsotek Chief Executive. “The excellent image quality from the Arecont Vision cameras allows the VISuite to apply multiple behavioral descriptions simultaneously or in predefined sequences. It is these scenario combinations that create an exact description of the target behavior, thereby giving dependable real alerts and dramatically reduced false alarms.” Real-time video content analysis Ipsotek’s VISuite is a real-time video content analysis (VCA) solution with a unique combination of software running on purpose-built hardware. The solution is customisable and lends itself to customer requirements in a wide variety of environments and scene settings. The unique differentiating factors between VISuite and other VCA solutions are the low false alarm rates, high detection rates, and the ease of configuring the system that the Ipsotek solution offers. “Combining the outstanding image quality and the reliability of Arecont Vision cameras with Ipsotek analytics for perimeter protection, intrusion detection, investigation, and forensics results in a very valuable solution for our customers,” said Jeff Whitney, Vice President of Marketing, Arecont Vision. “Systems integrators delivering the joint solution will provide award-winning technology from both companies and the best possible integration and ongoing support.” Product integrations and availability Through the Arecont Vision Technology Partner Program, sales, development, and support contacts are established between the two companies to better engage with end user customers and systems integrators, validate integration of new features and technologies, and quickly resolve any customer support issues. As part of the program, Arecont Vision cameras are in the Ipsotek test lab, while the Ipsotek VISuite solution is available in the MegaLab test and certification facility in Los Angeles, California.
Ipsotek has developed a range of IVA capabilities to meet the needs and demands of the aviation industry Ipsotek, a world leader in the design and supply of sophisticated Video Analytics solutions, is exhibiting at, and supporting the Aviation Security Conference 2015, 16-17 September, at the Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Resort, Dubai. Video analytics for aviation security An official conference ‘Network’ sponsor, Ipsotek has developed a range of intelligent Video Analytics (IVA) capabilities to meet the needs and demands of the aviation industry. Focusing on technology and innovation, Ipsotek managed to achieve effective and efficient aviation security and facility management. Ipsotek real-time IVA include perimeter protection, intrusion detection, Crowd and Operations Management, including advanced Face Recognition. Furthermore, Ipsotek Forensic Investigation solutions enable operators to swiftly identify causes of security breaches by conducting effective face based or appearance based searches. “The deployment of Ipsotek’s range of sophisticated video analytics meets the needs of aviation security bodies to effectively detect and respond to threats and incidents,” says Bill Flind, Chief Executive, Ipsotek Ltd. “Along with our exhibition partner, CNL, we’re looking forward to discussing with delegates, how the integration of analytics into security management & control systems can provide a new level of situational awareness and highly-effective automated threat & incident management within an airport’s day-to-day management.” Visitors to the show can find Ipsotek and their exhibition partner, CNL, located at the entrance to the Almas room.
Ipsotek technology automatically detects traffic build-up & alert traffic operators to quickly implement congestion-relieving procedures Helping to keep traffic flowing through one of Europe’s busiest cities, Ipsotek, a world leader in Video Analytics, has developed a highly effective new technology in partnership with Transport for London (TfL). As one of a range of measures that is helping to smooth traffic flow in the capital, Ipsotek has worked closely with TfL to develop new CCTV analytic technology that can automatically detect traffic build-up and alert traffic operators to quickly implement congestion-relieving procedures. IRID system Ipsotek developed the Image Recognition and Incident Detection (IRID) system, making use of their own advanced video analytics technology. The technology constantly analyses each video stream from existing CCTV traffic monitoring cameras and uses pre-configured ‘congestion definitions’ to alert operators at TfL’s London Traffic Control Centre (LTCC) when a build-up of vehicles threatens to develop into a problematic congestion situation. London’s LTCC aims to reduce congestion and is unique amongst the world’s traffic control centres in that it carries out ‘real-time’ traffic management, while at the same time providing up-to-date traffic information to the media and other interested stakeholders, including other highway authorities in London. The Ipsotek IRID system works by monitoring each camera feed, ignoring ‘background’ image details, which are of no interest to traffic coordinators, such as trees and lamp columns. The remaining ‘foreground’ objects, namely vehicles, are analysed for behaviour. Many algorithms can be used, but for the IRID system, stationary or slow vehicles are the primary concern. Once the system detects a build-up of stationary or slow vehicles, a desktop alert is sent to traffic coordinators prompting them to address the situation with a number of appropriate actions. Automatic detection Before the introduction of IRID, LTCC traffic operators had to manually trawl through more than 1,200 CCTV cameras, painstakingly looking for congestion issues across the capital’s road network. Because of this, traffic situations were often not spotted until they became severe congestion incidents - with the obvious severe delay affect on traffic movements across the capital. Once a problem is automatically detected by the Ipostek IRID system, TfL’s traffic operators are able to implement traffic signal timing plans to clear any impending congestion. Traffic signals can be coordinated to keep traffic away from an area, or help to move the flow of vehicles around an incident safely. “Traffic congestion can develop very quickly, from a small jam to a lengthy tailback, in just a few minutes,” says Bill Flind, Chief Executive, Ipsotek Ltd. “That’s why fast detection and an effective response to these situations is vital.” Positive outcomes The LTCC’s 48-strong team of traffic controllers works to cover the capital’s main routes 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In their daily work they make use of many different tools to manage London’s traffic, and the Ipsotek-powered IRID system integrates seamlessly into these systems, adding an extra layer of ‘intelligence’ to help the team make informed decisions and secure positive outcomes on traffic management. The Ipsotek IRID technology is currently linked to cameras at 20 known congestion ‘hotspots’ in London, including Battersea Bridge and Marylebone Road. Designed to be future-proof from the outset, the Ipsotek IRID system does not require any additional on-street infrastructure, as it uses the existing traffic cameras. This ensures simple and cost-effective system expansion – increasing the return-on-investment with each additional camera covered. “Traffic congestion can develop very quickly, from a small jam to a lengthy tailback, in just a few minutes. That’s why fast detection and an effective response to these situations is vital”, says Bill Flind, Chief Executive, Ipsotek Effective management One of the key benefits to using the IRID system at the LTCC is that it works in the background and only requires a response from the user when alerted to a potential problem. This means that TfL’s operators are able to proactively focus their efforts on keeping London traffic moving, and not reactively looking for traffic problems. The IRID system is pre-configured with a ‘definition’ of congestion, which can be variable by location, time of day, or day of week, or even season. The alerts are activated when the real-time CCTV traffic images match one of these definitions. The preconfigured definition of congestion can also be adjusted to reflect the ever-changing nature of London’s busy road network and the different demands that are placed on it. For example - when a new shopping centre or housing development impacts results in different levels of traffic for a particular localised area. While TfL uses a number of tools to beat congestion, Ipsotek’s IRID system has proved a key tool to ensure traffic keeps moving through London’s busy roads. For example, a road was recently blocked by a goods vehicle accident. IRID identified this incident and within 30 seconds of the incident occurring, alerted LTCC staff. They were then able to alert the appropriate emergency services and put in place remedial action quickly, to quell the rapidly developing build-up of traffic around the incident – helping traffic to keep moving and emergency vehicles to get to the scene with little delay. Groundbreaking solution The powerful algorithms within Ipsotek’s IRID have proven their worth in all weather conditions, including bright sunshine, rain and mist, and particularly dark and wet days, when other systems may be fooled into generating a false alarm by the many reflections/shadows from puddles, walkways and vehicles. This advanced capability is an essential benefit, as the occurrence of adverse weather is usually when the risk of accidents is at its greatest, requiring extra vigilance to ensure that the roads are kept clear and traffic moving. Ipsotek and TfL have been researching and working on the development of this technology for more than five years, producing a viable tool that could also be used by other highways authorities across the country. To date, TfL has invested £180,000 in trials, training, and the deployment of the system to the existing 20 cameras that make up the pilot scheme. The success of the system underlines Ipsotek and TfL’s commitment to improving road travel journey times and increasing traffic flow. With a planned expansion to the scheme, this groundbreaking technology will continue to benefit London’s road users, and will see the development by TfL spread to benefit other cities across the UK.
The agreement with Hills will allow Ipsotek to expand its reach and support to cover Australasia Ipsotek, the UK headquartered world leader in the supply of scenario based video analytics for a wide range of commercial and public sector applications, has signed an exclusive distribution agreement with Australia & New Zealand distributor, Hills. Expanding Ipostek’s reach and support to cover Australasia, the new distribution agreement was signed after significant interest was shown during Ipsotek’s attendance at the recent Security Exhibition & Conference 2015, in Melbourne. Over its 70-year history, Hills has established itself as a company dedicated to supplying its customers with the largest range of trusted technology, for health, security, AV and communications applications. Hills backs its product offerings with a dedicated and highly trained sales team, extensive value-added one-stop shops, a commitment to best in class training, and unrivalled marketing support and investment. Ipsotek’s advanced video analytic solutions “We are delighted to partner with Ipsotek, as their exciting product suite will supremely compliment our range of VMS solutions,” says Mark Shannon, Vendor Business Manager at Hills. “Video Content Analysis (VCA) provides a powerful set of capabilities to allow users to maximise their investment not only in video surveillance, but also in business, where analytics can provide a useful tool for marketing and other commercial purposes. When integrated with video surveillance, Ipsotek’s VCA adds an incredible level of systems intelligence that we are sure our customers will be eager to exploit.” Bill Flind, Chief Executive of Ipsotek Ltd, enthused: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to partner with Hills in Australia and New Zealand. The company is a market leader in the region, and has the experience and commitment to support Ipsotek’s advanced video analytic solutions across a host of key vertical market applications. The positive response from end-users at the recent Security Exhibition & Conference 2015 show was extremely encouraging. From that show, we are now working closely with Hills on several key government and commercial projects.”
The aviation and transportation industries are using video analytics to provide operational cost savings and performance enhancement Video analytics are now increasingly being used for the critical infrastructure, airports, transportation and city surveillance sectors, among other high-value markets. These markets need robust video analytics solutions that can be integrated into an overall security solution to deliver totally reliable results without any significant level of nuisance alerts. “We expect these markets to continue growing in hand with increasing advances in research and development for video analytics,” says Bill Flind, CEO, Ipsotek. Aviation and transportation industries are good examples where video analytics provide additional benefits including operational cost savings and performance enhancement, Flind says. Security personnel who were previously required to physically man certain areas can now be freed up to enhance security elsewhere on a site. Transportation and city surveillance sectors benefit from improved safety, compliance and business intelligence through early detection of potential hazards as they develop, triggering alerts for action before incidents occur. The market has been generally slow to adopt video analytics, says Flind. “We believe this is due to the historically disappointing results from many of the early technologies (that were over-promised and under-delivered),” he says. A good example is the many times when a “basic” system has been deployed onto what the customer had believed was a simple environment (e.g., perimeter fence of an airport or a power station), and then that system has become unusable because it generates hundreds (in some cases, thousands) of nuisance alarms each day. Flind adds: “The change that we are now seeing is that most potential customers now understand that a far more advanced technology will deliver an excellent solution into these environments – specifically, it is now widely understood that the power of a scenario-based solution like Ipsotek’s is required to deliver a robust solution even in these simple applications.” “What we are seeing now in the marketplace is that video analytics is being specified, but specified in a discerning and intelligent way, where the client and the client’s trusted advisors have an appreciation of the difference in the capability of the different technologies,” Flind says. 3VR’s VisionPoint VMS uses face, licence plate, advanced object tracking, loitering and demographics analytics to search for suspects Ipsotek delivers scenario-based video analytics across a wide range of applications in the commercial and public sectors. Deployments include perimeter protection, intrusion detection, investigation and forensics, and the management of traffic, crowds and operations. The patented scenario-based approach creates an exact description of the target behaviour, thereby giving dependable real alerts and dramatically reduced false alarms. Ipsotek has received “i-LIDS Primary” accreditation by the UK Home Office, signifying it is “deployable as the sole system for perimeter protection for sterile zone intrusion.” This recognition of quality and reliable video analytics provides assurance that high-security sites and projects will be monitored to the utmost level of protection. Installations include Transport for London (TfL) traffic management, London Eye, the O2 Arena, Network Rail, the Australian Parliament, plus various international airports and other critical buildings and infrastructures around the world. Meeting stringent customer requirements Another video analytics provider, Agent Vi, is strong at the mid- to high-end of the market, where customer requirements are more stringent. Vertical markets include critical infrastructure and transportation hubs (including airports, seaports, train stations and railroad operations), the enterprise market, and retail. Agent Vi’s rules-based system includes some preconfigured types of objects the system can detect and behaviours it can analyse. The integrator can specify the analytics rules needed on a per-camera basis. For example, one camera might alert if a crowd forms and another might alert if a vehicle stops in the area. A user interface allows operators to set the rules, or they can rely on a systems integrator to set the system up. In the enterprise market, applications might include perimeter security, or detecting people where they shouldn’t be, or detecting tailgating through access control points. Analytics can address safety issues, such as detecting if something is blocking an emergency exit or a vehicle is parked in a no-loading zone. “We provide a fairly extensive tool box, and a lot of times we don’t know the exact configuration or application,” says Zvika Ashani, chief technology officer (CTO), Agent Video Intelligence (Agent Vi). “It’s so versatile.” Video analytics company iOmniscient is active is 30 vertical markets, including transportation (airports, railways, seaports), retail banking, hotels, casinos, the Secret Service, Defence Department, etc. The company is also active in Smart City applications, including Singapore and other locations in the Middle East and Asia. In the North American market, iOmniscient supplies the Chicago Transit Authority, the Mexico City airport, prisons in Vancouver, various oil and gas applications, universities, museums, etc. iOmniscient systems can operate centrally or at the edge, depending on the application. However, at the edge, the software is installed in a black box alongside the camera rather than in the camera because chips inside cameras do not have enough computing power. “When we say edge, we mean near the camera not in the camera,” says Dr. Rustom Kanga, CEO of iOmniscient. Consider overall system costs In assessing the costs of video analytics, the traditional practice of considering costs “per camera” is no longer relevant. Rather, the cost of the entire system should be considered, and also how it might be offset by cost savings achieved in other areas. Kanga contends one Smart City application was completed at zero incremental cost – the cost of the system was offset completely by a 70 to 80 percent reduction in storage, bandwidth and computing requirements. “The hardware is half the cost of the system, so if you can reduce it by 80 percent, the whole system can come in at zero incremental cost,” he says. “Our system is very cost-competitive.” "If you don’t have video analytics, you are wasting your money putting in cameras" “If you don’t have video analytics, you are wasting your money putting in cameras,” says Kanga. “If you have 1,000 cameras in a large environment, no one will sit and watch them. They are only useful after the event. Video analytics enables systems to become a useful tool to prevent incidents and to allow a fast response. With video analysis, video becomes a tool that you can use in real time.” Analytics are used to solve a specific problem, says Brian Lane, director of marketing, 3VR. For example, when there are bandwidth restraints, cameras can be set up to send only low-bandwidth video until the analytic detects a car or person. The analytic tells the camera to then send a high-resolution stream to the server for the duration of the event. This helps keep bandwidth and storage requirements low. 3VR’s Customer Insights business is used by retailers, banks, food service, hospitality and other markets to track customers and understand buying habits. Through an interactive dashboard, retailers and others can harness 3VR analytics to provide business intelligence they can use to help increase sales or improve operations. 3VR’s VisionPoint VMS loss prevention and security video management software (VMS) uses face, licence plate, advanced object tracking, loitering and demographics analytics to search for suspects. The price of analytics is dropping, and many companies are lowering the barrier to entry by allowing customers to pay monthly or yearly, rather than all at once, says Lane. But, while implementing analytics has become easier, many integrators are not trained on how to set up and install analytics, leading to a frustrated customer. 3VR has specific tried-and-true methods for setting up cameras for analytics, and its integrators are trained on analytic implementation through online and on-site classes. 3VR provides the hardware for highly accurate people counting, and customers can pay for retail analytics monthly. Proactive perimeter security According to DVTEL, video analytics provide an ideal solution for proactive perimeter security in the critical infrastructure, transportation and commercial/industrial verticals, as well as general security for healthcare, gaming and other facilities. Going beyond the typical forensic video capabilities, analytics can help users catch criminals during a security event. The technology provides the best ratio of false alarm rates to probability of detection, as well as the most reliable and cost-effective solution for intrusion detection, when compared to legacy perimeter and fence sensors, typical surveillance devices and other video content analysis solutions. DVTEL’s Site Viewer eliminates the need to use a Video Management System to monitor and control remote sites. This makes it suitable for remote sites that cannot install a PC (such as power utility installations, solar farms, cellular and communication facilities, and construction sites) and that have limited network bandwidth. Today’s most effective security systems incorporate other sensors, including perimeter intrusion detection, alarms, remote video monitoring thermal imagery and video analytics, says Maor Mishkin, director, Video Analytics Product Champion, DVTEL. In today’s market, end users demand integrated systems that combine intelligent detection systems to specifically fit their business and risk profile, he adds. By streamlining decision-making and even automating some protocols, video analytics enable organisations to respond more quickly to events By streamlining decision-making and even automating some protocols, video analytics enable organisations to respond more quickly to events, using fewer personnel than would be required with traditional surveillance systems. In addition, ioimage video analytics enable more accurate detection and fewer false alarms by reliably differentiating between legitimate threats and other movement, such as tree branches blowing in the wind. Perhaps most compelling, video analytics has the potential to decrease storage costs for many users, since they are able to record at lower resolution until the system detects suspicious movement. Tight integration at the edge High-profile perimeter security breaches at critical sites have underscored the risks associated with physical security breaches and the potentially disastrous consequences. Now organizations – some as a result of pending regulations such as NERC CIP for utilities – are seeking reliable and cost-effective solutions using video analytics to detect intruders and send alarms about security incidents in real time. SightLogix SightSensors are smart thermal cameras with embedded video analytics powered by a high degree of video processing. By tightly integrating the imager, analytics and video processing, SightSensors are able to deliver accurate detection in all weather, climates, and conditions. Some verticals adopting video analytics for outdoor intrusion detection include electrical utilities, specifically substations; airports and other transportation organizations, such as bridges and rail applications; datacentres; and ports. These sites require protection and 24/7 detection for large, open areas that are difficult to patrol. Video analytics with thermal detection cameras combine detection with video verification in a single solution, allowing for a fast and precise response. Beyond security, video analytics combined with outdoor thermal cameras opens up a new world of understanding, from early detection scenarios to looking at behaviour that increases operational efficiency.