• Video analytics isn’t just for security. In general, the ability to leverage data from video provides a new wealth of information and "intelligence" about all aspects of the business. The retail vertical is leading the way in reaping the benefits of video analytics beyond the security function.

  • Video analytics have earned a reputation as solutions that can provide real-time intelligence to enable immediate response. However, another aspect of video analytics is how the technology can be used for forensics. Basically, intelligent searches of video archives provide investigators faster access to any needed video clip based on the content of the video. It’s a monumental improvement over the old days of searching for hours while rewinding and fast-forwarding videotape.

  • Garbage in, garbage out. The familiar cliché is just as applicable to the area of video analytics as any other field of computing. You simply must have a high-quality image in order to achieve a high-functioning analytics system. The good news is that video cameras, which are the sensors in video analytics systems, are providing images that are better than ever, offering higher quality – and more data – for use by video analytics.

  • 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.

  • More and more, retailers are looking into better and more efficient ways to reach out to their customers and enhance their shopping experience. Traditional shopping rules are being set aside for technological advancements and multi-channel retailing.
  • By William Pao

    Security has long been the primary focus of management at banks. But security aside, banks are also looking for ways to reach out to more potential customers and get business from them. Intelligent video offers a solution for both objectives: modern video analytics helps banks fight crimes more easily, at the same time enabling them to identify who their potential customers are and how to get to them.

  • Big data is a buzz word. Many industries have tried to reply by analyzing big data to make good predictions on everything ranging from weather forecasts to decision making in different forms and subjects. However, why has the security industry also become so fascinated by "big data?"
  • For years, video analytics were supposed to be the next big thing in video security. The promise of detecting when a bag is left behind or when a terrorist on a watch list enters an airport lured many into the world of video analytics.

    Unfortunately, video analytics technology did not deliver on these promises, and the number of false-positives forced many security managers to simply turn the analytics off. While many video analytic companies came and went, the few initial successes with analytics were built around motion detection, such as trip wire, loitering, direction and various other advancements around the technology. These implementations targeted perimeter protection with the objective of generating an automated alert when the perimeter was breached. The perimeter in these cases is defined as a fence, a window, a door, or any building or area that you are trying to protect.

  • SP&T News' Neil Sutton talks to Al Shipp, CEO of 3VR, about shifts in technology, IP-based tech, and the security market.
  • The hospitality industry is a clear beneficiary of the growing number of tourists floating around the world. As the amount of disposable income from travelers increases, the number of those opting to stay in luxury hotels is also on the rise. As a result, luxury hotel operators are looking at ways to maximize on-site as well as operational efficiency.