• The Smithsonian's Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation invited CEO Al Shipp to be a featured speaker at their symposium, Inventing the Surveillance Society. The event took place at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History. Al spoke about the Evolution of Video Surveillance and 3VR's Video Intelligence Platform.

  • 3VR Product Director Brian Lane and Web/Digital Marketing Manager Trish Chan provided me an overview of the company’s latest additions to its portfolio of recording devices that allow users to search, mine and leverage video for security and business intelligence applications.

  • Sean Owens, LP analyst at Chico's, discussed the company's constrained video infrastructure with Protection 1 National Account Manger Tom Fox. At Fox's recommendation, Owens conducted a side-by-side comparison of the initial CCTV equipment at Chico's with the 3VR S-Series Hybrid video appliance running 3VR OpCener client software. It didn't take Owens long to convince Leo Doran [Vice President of Loss Prevention at Chico's] to make the switch.

  • 3VR’s Masa Karahashi, senior VP, engineering, and Cisco’s senior marketing manager Lindsay Hiebert and product manager Jenifer Piccioni told me about their products’ ability to troubleshoot, manage huge numbers of cameras and provide valuable "un-siloed" data.
  • San Francisco’s 3VR, a supplier of video-security systems, produces solutions with built-in video analytics, such as facial surveillance and advanced object tracking, which enables objects such as license-plate numbers to be captured, indexed and rapidly searched, said Joe Boissy, the company’s chief marketing officer.

  • Everyone has seen the video by now. The Boston bombers, dressed similarly, toting their backpacks through the crowd, one behind the other. With such a powerful visual cue, it’s easy to suppose that video played a crucial role in capturing the culprits.

  • "Most people don't understand that putting more cameras [up] doesn't necessarily yield more information," says Al Shipp, 3VR's CEO. The company offers facial recognition, license plate readers and object-based searches. Elk Grove doesn't use all of these services yet, but it could add new ones at any time.

  • SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- When you're shopping, you're being watched. And not just by security. Retailers want to know everything about how you behave in their stores.

    And now, two Bay Area companies are working on technologies that will watch you like never before. We have a look at what these new marketing tools could mean for your privacy.

  • Surveillance cameras near the site of the Boston bombings helped authorities quickly identify and find the suspects. Those events have sparked a push in cities nationwide to increase their use of cameras. NewsHour correspondent Spencer Michels reports from San Francisco on how police are utilizing surveillance as prevention.

  • By Sean Gallagher

    "Hollywood does a pretty good job of creating a myth that you could extract a better image by enhancing and zooming where information wasn't captured," said Masayuki Karahashi, senior vice president of engineering for surveillance and video analysis technology firm 3VR. "You're not going to create more information out of nothing.

    Matching and classification

    The feature-based faceprint of a subject can be used in a number of ways, depending on the facial recognition application. Some systems perform additional indexing based on the images to classify the subject for narrowing searches, processing the faceprint with algorithms that can estimate the age and gender of the subject. Other characteristics, such as skin tone and facial features, can be used to help index the image as well, allowing for searches to be narrowed by race, estimated weight, or hair color.