Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Intelligence at the edge

In today’s world it is almost impossible to speak with a security officer, installer or system integrator who is not familiar with the term “Intelligent Video”.

During the past years Intelligent Video has become an integral part of almost any security related system design. Security consultants, system integrators and end users have come to understand the limitations of the human factor, and are looking for a reliable and robust solution to perform automated human behavior tracking.

The data received from the vast number of security cameras and Digital Video Recorder (DVR) installations that needs to be recorded and investigated has become so impossibly complex, making efficient management and control unattainable. Today’s Intelligent Video solutions filter out irrelevant information, allowing the user to focus only on relevant events. A reliable decision making process based on relevancy has finally made its entry.

With today’s growing interest in Intelligent Video and its applications, serious players in the security market try to identify Intelligent Video companies for collaboration purposes. HSE spoke with Mr. Boris Bachman, Head of Product Management at MATE Intelligent Video to find out how the Intelligent Video solution target market needs.

HSE. So what is Intelligent Video actually?

BB. Intelligent Video (IV) is a technology that allows for the analysis of video information plus the tracking, detecting and classifying of specific events. Intelligent Video is used for security, safety, access control and retail applications.

In addition to solving various problems, Intelligent Video includes various vertical market applications that were not applicable previously. For example in the security segment Intelligent Video identifies potential threats and intrusions, and in access control Intelligent Video detects unauthorized personnel entering or tailgating into a restricted area. In the retail market Intelligent Video allows the user to analyze behavior pattern, resulting in increased revenues, plus Intelligent Video provides detailed counts for both people and cars.

HSE. Why is Intelligent Video so important?

BB. Intelligent Video, as opposed to the traditional CCTV system, allows the security personnel to not only record and then watch the crime or intrusion after it has taken place, but to accurately detect intrusions in real time, making video surveillance a pro-active tool instead of re-active one.

HSE. Can Intelligent Video replace a security guard?

BB. Intelligent Video does not come to replace the security staff but to ease the security personnel's work and increase their efficiency by providing them with investigative tools and assisting them to focus on events that require attention.

HSE. Is Intelligent Video really such a big change when compared to the classic Video Motion Detection (VMD) solutions?

BB. IV solutions’ performance is by far superior when compared to the traditional video motion detection. To name but one drawback of the classic VMD solution is its inability to recognize static objects that are added to the scene, objects that are removed from the scene, or slow-moving objects.

Another disadvantage of the traditional Video Motion Detection is its dependency on movement to perform its detection. Consequently the VMD solution is prone to false alarms caused by natural causes or events, i.e. the waving of a flag on its pole, or a bird flying through the security perimeter.

Intelligent Video utilizes motion-tracking methods that reduce irrelevant pixel changes in the video recording. Content analysis determines whether the monitored activity constitutes a threat. Via advanced algorithms the software identifies and catalogs objects and events with a precision that is unmatched in the past.

To come back to the original question, the intelligent video solution offers not only capabilities that outshine the classic VMD solution, but the utilization of IV will also impact positively the bottom line by saving time and related operational cost of human operators.

HSE. What types of solutions does Intelligent Video provide?

BB. Intelligent Video provides various solutions including loitering detection, tailgating prevention, object removal detection, and people and car counting. Intelligent Video can be used in a variety of markets enhancing the surveillance system of each facility according to its specific needs.

We at MATE recognize three main vertical markets, each with its typical specific needs: Homeland Security, Commercial and Retail. Our video analytics enable us to offer tailored solutions for each of these markets. For instance, for retailers the "people counting" solution would be used for providing business critical information helping them understand shopping patterns, at banks loitering detection would be used in ATM rooms for improved security, etc.

HSE. Do you have to replace the entire CCTV system and Install an intelligent one?

BB. Not necessarily. It depends of course on what Intelligent Video system one would choose. As a general rule, any surveillance system can be upgraded rather than replaced. In fact, not only can CCTV or DVR system be upgraded, but in actuality, any single analogue or IP camera can become an Intelligent Video device. MATE's solutions are designed to upgrade almost any existing CCTV or DVR system, adding MATE intelligence. Our solutions are easy to install and cost-effective.

HSE. What about a management system? Do you have to replace it?

BB. Of course not. One of MATE's main efforts was to develop an open platform. All MATE products and solutions can be easily integrated with 3rd party management systems.

In addition, MATE currently offers integrated solutions with major DVR vendors such as American Dynamics, Dedicated Micros, DVTel and others.

HSE. What does a company need to consider when choosing an Intelligent Video solution?

BB. If the company is looking to upgrade its surveillance system, I believe the main factor it should look at is the ease of use... i.e. how easy it would be to install the Intelligent Video system and integrate it within its current CCTV system.
An additional factor would be the functionality the Intelligent Video system offers. MATE offers dedicated solutions. A company that has a specific need does not have to purchase expensive, complicated Intelligent Video systems to answer its specific need. For example we provide the iSense product which is a flow counting sophisticated edge device instead of providing a complex Intelligent Video combiner. This allows us to create a much more flexible solution for our customers tailored to their needs.

HSE. We hear a lot about "moving intelligence to the edge". What does this mean and why is it important?

BB. Moving intelligence to the edge refers to putting the video content analysis capabilities near where the video is generated or at the edge of the IP video network. This can be inside of the camera itself or within a video detection unit that is installed close to the camera. The main benefits for moving intelligence to the edge is a reduction in hardware components and the ability to reduce or eliminate the transmission of video until an alarm has been generated. The greatest impact can be seen in applications like people counting and tailgating detection. For people counting it is really unnecessary to transmit the video, it is the counting data that is important. For tailgating, the relevant video is created at the point of the tailgating event. Thus by using analytics at the edge for counting and tailgating detection you eliminate the unnecessary transmission and storage of video which has no security relevance. Of course, "edge" technologies come with the normal distance limitations of the network which is 100m for Ethernet.

HSE. Looking forward, what kind of untapped potential do you see?

BB. Nobody has a looking glass, but everything points to the fact that Intelligent Video will lead the video surveillance market. Adding millions of new cameras and DVRs will create a serious problem for security personnel who would face the need to analyze an enormous amount of video feeds. Using Intelligent Video and thus filtering irrelevant events out and focusing on data that requires attention only will make processing the flood of data possible. Since the need is huge and the solution is reliable it will make the migration to Intelligent Video a priority for anybody concerned about security. Companies such as MATE who offer integrated Intelligent Video solutions will mostly benefit from that.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

All Aboard for Bus and Coach Surveillance - 11 May 2007

A new market study from IMS Research forecasts that the world market for mobile video surveillance will reach almost $500 million by 2011. The triple threat of terrorist attack, vandalism and litigation is causing governments and transport operators to protect their vehicles and passengers with security cameras.

Of all the markets for mobile video surveillance, the bus and coach market is leading the way. According to market analyst Alastair Hayfield, “Europe is an established market for video surveillance on-board buses and, with large projects like that proposed by Stockholm Transport, growth will be upbeat for some time to come. In North America the school bus market continues to drive growth; and, with major transit bus projects seen recently in Chicago, New York and Toronto that growth will remain strong.” Hayfield goes on to say, “Asia has seen less investment in these systems to date but with the news that China has recently invested in its first bus surveillance system coupled with its investment in infrastructure leading up to the 2008 Olympic Games, the market is set to grow strongly over the next 5 years.”

Within the bus and coach video surveillance market there is a general trend to install more cameras and features per bus. Where previously a system may have had two or three cameras monitoring the doorway and aisle of a bus, going forward more cameras will be used to give complete coverage of the inside and outside of a bus. Furthermore, GPS data and sensor inputs such as those from turn signals are being recorded alongside the video footage to give a clearer picture of the events leading up to an incident.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Mate Launches Access Watch New Video Analytics System for Tailgating and Piggybacking Detection

New solution provides users with advanced Access Control capabilities using Mate’s video analytics

Yehud, Israel (April 16, 2007) – Mate, a leading developer of video analytics, today announces the release of Access Watch – an advanced video analytics system designed to detect tailgating and piggybacking through access-controlled doors. Access Watch is a breakthrough in video analytics technology, providing accurate real-time tailgating detection.

Installed above the entrance, the Access Watch embedded Digital Signal Processor (DSP) analyzes video in real-time both from an on-board camera and from a second, external camera, to achieve higher detection accuracy.

“The Access Watch provides a solution to customers wishing to bring their access control systems to a top level by adding video content analysis to their security systems” said Dr. Itzik Wilf, CTO of MATE.

Access Watch provides low-cost, automatic supervision of access doorways to detect tailgating events. Its ability to easily interface with existing access control systems provides building owners a simple way to dramatically improve security without increasing guards or constructing physical barriers. Upon alert Access Watch sends a snap-shot image of the tailgating action and optionally a video clip with pre and post alarm video images, to the security officer for better assessment and documentation of the violation.

Access Watch not only performs Video Content Analysis but also transmits video and audio. Video transmission allows real-time monitoring and event notification while bidirectional audio transmission allows the security personnel to communicate remotely with the access violator. Access Watch can be deployed in a stand-alone configuration or as part of an Intelligent Video Surveillance network.

Access Watch will be on demonstration at IFSEC 2007 (stand no. 17132, Hall 19), NEC, Birmingham from 21-24 May 2007.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Integrated solution provides Digital Sprite 2 NetVu users with advanced motion detection and behavior tracking capabilities using Mate’s video analytics

McLean, VA (March 22, 2007) – Dedicated Micros and MATE Intelligent Video today announced the successful integration of the NetVu Connected Digital Sprite 2 DVR with the AnalyzRTM video analytics processor. This integration makes AnalyzRTM NetVu Connected so that Digital Sprite 2 users can monitor alerts generated by MATE’s advanced video detection features from the NetVu ObserVer software.

Dedicated Micros’ Digital Sprite 2 is a digital video recorder with integrated telemetry control. The NetVu intuitive user interface is built to adapt future technology advances such as integrating Intelligent Video enhancing security detection and lowering false alarm rates.

“MATE’s advanced video detection is a valuable asset for our users who want to take video monitoring to the next level,” says Dr. Alan E. Calegari, president and CEO of Dedicated Micros. “We always seek key value-added alliances to enhance solutions to the market and benefit to our customers.”

MATE’s AnalyzR is a compact Digital Signal Processing (DSP) based device with four video inputs. AnalyzR provides six motion detection and behavior tracking rules for robust performance indoors and outdoors. The AnalyzR sends alarm notifications to the Digital Sprite 2 via an IP connection, allowing users to enjoy the benefits of adding robust video content analysis capabilities to their existing system while managing the AnalyzR alarms via Dedicated Micros’ NetVu Observer Software.

“AnalyzR’s ease of use and seamless integration with the Digital Sprite 2 reduces learning curve and training costs,” says John Szczygiel, President of MATE. “We are very pleased to be teamed with Dedicated Micros as we share a dedication to scalability, compatibility and ease of use.”

About Dedicated Micros
Dedicated Micros Inc., which supports North and South America, is a wholly owned subsidiary of the UK-based Dedicated Microcomputers Group Ltd. The company is credited as one of the first to market with general multiplexing technology and digital video technology. Today, Dedicated Micros Inc. is a world leader in the CCTV control industry. Their solution provides robust, dedicated, user-friendly multiplexing hardware with digital or video capability for security surveillance. For more information, visit the Dedicated Micros website at

Susan Cipollini

About MATE
MATE is a global leader in video content analysis software for automated, proactive video surveillance. Mate’s advanced technology analyzes hundreds of video streams simultaneously and alerts operators when a threat matches predetermined profiles. Founded in 1997 by an elite team of computer vision scientists and software engineers Mate creates highly accurate and efficient products meeting a broad array of customer needs. MATE Inc. is located in McLean, VA with international sales and R&D teams located in Israel, near Tel-Aviv. Mate products are sold, installed and supported by top tier security systems integrators and distributors throughout the world.

MEDIA CONTACT:Karolina Orton
(703) 286-0901

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

5 Jews changed the way we see the world:

First was Moses on top of mount Sinai holding the ten commandments "The Law is everything"
Second came Jesus standing on the shore of the seas of Galilee "Love is everything"
Third was Marx "Money is everything"
Forth was Freud "Sex is everything"
and last and not least was Einstein "Everything is relative"

But then came Itzik Wilf the founder of Mate "Analytics is Everything" :-)
Infinity Equity Capital Announces the First Investment of the New Infinity Israel‑China Fund

Fund leads a $6M Investment in Mate Intelligent Video

Tel Aviv, Israel, and Beijing, China, February 27, 2007 --- Infinity Equity Capital announced today that it has led a US$6 million round, in which it has invested
US$3.2 million, in Mate Intelligent Video. Other investors in the round include I-CSVC, Infinity’s Chinese partner, as well as existing Mate shareholders such as The Peleg Group. This marks the first investment by Infinity’s new Infinity Israel‑China Fund.

Mate develops and sells advanced intelligent video surveillance, content analysis and transmission as well as management products for security, safety and retail applications. The security and safety products give real-time alerts based on information captured from security and safety cameras. The retail products provide data regarding consumer behavior.

Concurrently with the Mate investment, Infinity helped Mate to build relations that led to the signing of an agreement with one of China’s leading IT providers, which will be identified in a future announcement. According to the agreement, the Chinese company will license Mate’s technology for use in China, adapt it to the needs of the Chinese market and market it in China. Infinity also announced today its intention to invest US$3 million in the Chinese company.

“The Infinity Israel-China Fund continues to capitalize on its positioning as the first foreign-invested LP/GP Fund in China. Today’s announcement is an example of Infinity’s implementation of its proven strategy to invest in Israeli technology companies alongside investments in Chinese companies having synergistic market and execution capabilities. Our strong relationship with our Chinese partners is producing exciting and lucrative opportunities that are likely to produce a significant ROI for the Fund within a short period of time. I-CSVC’s Mate investment, their sixth with us, is a clear indication of the strength of our relationship,” said Mr. Avishai Silvershatz, Managing Partner, Infinity Equity Capital and the Infinity Israel-China Fund.

The investment strategy supports investing in Israeli companies, which own proven technology that can be licensed. It also supports investing in the Chinese companies that license these proven, advanced Israeli technologies and then produce or market products, based on these technologies, in China under their own brand name. Value is created by structuring companies in China which bring together real businesses and proven technologies at attractive valuations. Value is also created by generating IP in China which is currently protected by the Chinese government. The Israeli company earns from the licensing fees as well as the royalties gained from product sales in China. The combination helps to increase the valuation of the Israeli company. Both the Chinese companies and the Israeli companies are M&A and/or IPO candidates.

“It’s a mutually beneficial relationship. The Israeli companies bring innovation and technological know-how. The Chinese bring stellar execution and marketing experience. The combination is very beneficial for all involved,” said Mr. Silvershatz.

About Infinity Equity Capital

Infinity is one of the leading Israeli-related funds managing more than US$300 million and a portfolio of 45 companies. Since June 2005, Infinity has had eleven successful exits including the sale of ProActivity Software Solutions Ltd to EMC Corporation; the sale of Identify Software to BMC Corporation (NYSE:BMC) for US$150 million, the sale of to eBay Inc. (Nasdaq:EBAY) for US$640 million, the sale of Sightline Technologies to Stryker Corporation (NYSE:SYK) for US$150 million and the IPOs of Saifun Semiconductors Ltd. (NASDAQ: SFUN) and Maayan Ventures Ltd. (TASE: MAYN). Infinity has a highly experienced international team spanning the globe with offices in Tel-Aviv, New York, and China. Strategic partners include: The IDB Group, I-CSVC/SIP in China, FBR (Friedman, Billings, Ramsey) and GE Investments.

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Do you own a Homeland Security Company? Maybe Huron Capital is Seeking to buy you :-)

Huron Capital Partners LLC announced today that it has formed a partnership with industry executives Michael T. Dougherty and Lucy C. Dougherty to build a platform company in the homeland security industry. Through their holding company, Valiant Systems, they plan to acquire and build companies in the homeland security, national security, defense, law enforcement support and forensic advisory services sectors.

Valiant Systems will target companies that have $15 to $250 million of revenues and address the requirements identified in the President’s National Strategy for Homeland Security, Critical Infrastructure Initiatives (both private and public sector), and Defense and Intelligence Community Appropriations. Such companies generally benefit from a diversity of revenue sources, including the U.S. Government, state agencies, and a significant number of private sector enterprises.

Valiant is particularly interested in the following sub-sectors:
(i) Sensors, detection and surveillance systems;
(ii) Information management, integration and analysis;
(iii) Identity verification and tracking; and
(iv) Other security products and services.

Michael Dougherty commented, “Our vision is for Valiant Systems to be the industry leader in delivering practical and innovative security, detection, and intelligence solutions. We believe Valiant is well-positioned for growth in this dynamic market space and to capitalize on the tremendous public and private sector spend over the next five years. We are fortunate to be partnered with Huron Capital, whose strong track record of building industry leaders provides a key advantage in attracting the best growth companies in this market.”

According to John Higgins, a Partner at Huron, “This partnership represents another strategic market entry initiative for us, through which we can offer great resources to companies by leveraging Michael and Lucy’s collective industry expertise and contacts, assisting with business development and accessing acquisitions to supplement growth.”

Friday, February 16, 2007

Video Content Analysis Moves to the Edge

IMS Research’s latest report on video content analysis (VCA) highlights the rapidly growing trend towards embedding VCA algorithms into security devices, such as DVRs video encoders and network cameras. DSP-based analytics enables these devices to analyse live or recorded video streams to detect predefined suspicious activities, events or behavior patterns.

IMS Research predicts that in the short term the biggest penetration of VCA will occur within DVRs and video encoders. This will be due to the large installed base of analogue cameras. Intelligent encoders offer a cost effective way to convert to a networked system and analyse the video at the point of capture. A number of suppliers are already offering network cameras with a full suite of embedded analytics. IMS predicts that in the coming years there will be even greater penetration of VCA as network camera manufacturers increasingly embed low cost, entry level analytics for advanced motion detection or systems health monitoring. IMS Research predicts that shipments of network cameras with embedded VCA will exceed 800,000 units by 2010.

Market research analyst at IMS Research, James McManus commented: “There will be a greater emphasis on moving the intelligence out into the field devices to enable pretransmission processing and bandwidth preservation. Intelligent edge devices eliminate the need to transmit all captured video to centralized servers for analysis. This is a more cost effective way of implementing VCA than a server-based approach and will lead to far greater uptake of VCA technology”

Network Video Surveillance Market Surges Ahead

A new market study from IMS Research has found that the trend from analogue CCTV to network video surveillance is in full swing. The world market for network video surveillance products increased by an impressive 41.9% in 2006 and is forecast to continue growing strongly for many years to come. By 2010, the combined market for network cameras, video servers and NVRs is forecast to exceed $2.6 billion.

Research Director at IMS Research, Simon Harris commented: “the market has the potential to grow even faster than this. Even at this impressive growth rate, network cameras will still account for only one-third of the security cameras shipped in 2010. The security industry is notoriously resistant to change and new technologies generally take a while to gain acceptance. The main challenge for suppliers is to educate the market about the many benefits of network video surveillance over traditional analogue CCTV”.

Whilst network cameras attract most of the attention in the network video market, the video server market should not be overlooked. Video servers enable companies to make use of their existing analogue cameras as they upgrade to a network video surveillance system, thus protecting their initial investment. With the trend to network video surveillance in its infancy, and an installed base of tens of millions of analogue cameras, there is a huge available market for video servers and so the market is forecast to grow strongly for many years to come. The report also highlights the growing demand for hybrid analogue-digital solutions. DVR manufacturers are releasing products that can record both analogue and network cameras and enable customers to mix and match technologies. Furthermore, they represent a more “future proof” investment for those companies currently installing analogue cameras who are considering upgrading to network cameras in the future.

Sunday, February 04, 2007

Mate Intelligent Video signs agreement with top Systems Integrator:
Tour Andover Control – Americas (TAC)

McLean, VA (January 29th, 2007) Tour Andover Control (TAC)– Americas, one of the world largest control system companies, has signed a Dealer Agreement with MATE – Media Access Technologies, Inc – a U.S. leading Intelligent Video provider to deliver state-of–the art integrated security systems.

According to the agreement, TAC as a part of their security division, will market, sell and install MATE’s Intelligent Video product offerings to deliver improved open system solutions and services to its customers. MATE’s product line includes intelligent video surveillance systems: Behavior Watch™2004, Trigger™, AnalyzR™ and access control products: CountWatch™ and iSense™ providing the customer with a complete tri-layered shield solution for perimeter, site and access control.

MATE’s advanced technology using robust video analytics, accurately analyzes threats or suspicious behaviors generating real-time alerts upon detected events, whereas a people/car counting application as well as tailgating detection enhance security at the access control level. The flexible architecture, scalability and open level of integration give MATE all ingredients to fit in TAC’s philosophy as a global supplier of integrated systems for building automation, based on Open Systems for Building IT® on Education, Corporate, Commercial, Healthcare, Hospitality or Retail markets.

This new dealer agreement propels Mate to additional 15 US locations raising the distribution channel to over 200 offices US-wide and in South America.

About Tour Andover Control

TAC is a leading provider of building automation solutions based on Open Integrated Systems for Building IT. TAC's mission is to provide added value through building environment services for indoor climate, security and use of energy, delivered with advanced technology to end users and property owners throughout the world. With over 80 years of experience in the HVAC, building automation and security arenas, TAC employs more than 4,500 people worldwide, with partners and branches in 80 countries.

About MATE
Mate Intelligent Video is a global provider of intelligent, real time networked solutions for proactive video surveillance. Its advanced technology detects and analyzes potential threats and hazards, generating real-time alerts upon discerning events. The company was founded in 1997 by an elite team of computer vision scientists and software engineers. MATE is headquartered near Tel-Aviv, Israel with its US offices located

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