Friday, February 20, 2009
January 7, 2009
An interesting article written by Gadi Piran, President and CTO at On-Net Surveillance Systems, Inc. (OnSSI) discusses video analytics growth market and areas.
Business intelligence will be the driving force behind the adoption of video analytics in the retail sector, according to a recent statement issued by IMS, the British research firm. As the retail sector becomes increasingly competitive in a tough economic climate, retailers are turning to video analytics to gain valuable insights into customer shopping behavior that can potentially increase sales and improve operational efficiency, says IMS.
The prediction becomes even more significant when you factor in that, according to some sources, the retail industry is the largest spender on video surveillance equipment in the U.S. But retail is only one of several applications seeing growth in video analytics - the U.S. Department of Homeland Security uses it in defense of our borders; the TSA (Transportation Security Administration) uses it in airports and New York’s MTA (Metro Transit Authority) uses it to help secure the City’s public transit systems. Analysts say that these and other similar projects have kept intelligent video sales growing at a rate of about 25 percent per year.
The surge in interest and implementation of network-based video surveillance systems over the past few years has enabled video analytics to become positioned as a key element in a video surveillance system and, in many cases, it has become indispensable for effectively and efficiently analyzing the surveillance data. In short, the situational awareness provided by video analytics adds more power, versatility and reliability to a network-based video surveillance system.
For example, software suite solutions offer advanced analytics for automated detection and policy-driven analysis of events and/or the motion pattern of people, vehicles and objects. In effect, IP control solutions deliver the large scale functionality of traditional matrix switching systems with all the inherent benefits of software driven management and control.
With all of these extraordinary capabilities already embedded in today’s IP control solutions, the future of this subset of network-based video surveillance then belongs to video analytics. Some of the areas in which we can expect to see growth include:
• Algorithms - Stronger and more reliable analytic algorithms will be developed for improved motion detection. Algorithms for audio analysis (i.e. gunshots, breaking glass, etc.) and behavioral analysis are also in development as well as algorithms for predictive activity.
• Integration - As applications come together under a single platform, control will become more sophisticated and capable. For example, smart buildings will feature fiber backbones to which all devices will be connected and controlled. Building environmental controls will be integrated with video surveillance and access control as well as with external databases (i.e. HR).
• Interoperability - Open architecture and industry standards will become the norm, allowing for increased interoperability with video analytics on edge devices. As well, operational capabilities will expand will permit additional features such as the use of multiple detectors, an unlimited number of rules per camera and multi-sensory input analysis (i.e. odors, audio, etc.).
The strides made to date in video analytic technology are astounding and have ultimately changed the parameters of IP-based video surveillance. As the initiatives outlined above reach maturity, they will deliver an unprecedented ability for organizations to better ensure the safety of individuals and security of property.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
MATE's Analytics Integrate with Hirsch Security Systems
MATE Adds Powerful Video Analytics to Hirsch's Velocity System
McLean, VA (February 11, 2009) MATE-Intelligent Video, a technology leader in intelligent video surveillance systems and Hirsch Electronics -- a leading provider of security management systems -- today announce the completion and availability of their integration empowering the award-winning Velocity™ Security Management System with MATE's Behavior Watch™ video content analysis capabilities to deliver intelligent surveillance and physical security convergence.
Behavior Watch turns nearly any camera -- IP or analog -- into an intelligent sensor able to detect intrusion, suspicious objects (e.g., backpack), removed objects (e.g., a painting), and undesirable behavior (e.g., loitering). The server-based Behavior Watch sends real-time alarms and alerts to the Velocity Security Management System which performs the appropriate actions such as notifying guards and authorities, executing pre-programmed actions (e.g., lock-down, sirens, etc.), and logging event details.
"The integration of Hirsch's Velocity with MATE's advanced video analytics not only enhances both parties' offerings and opens new channels, but it also provides the market with a greatly enhanced security surveillance solution," said John Szczygiel, president of MATE.
MATE's powerful video analytics detection features, combined with Hirsch's access control, alarm monitoring, badging, smart cards, biometrics and now intelligent video, provides a truly converged security solution with multiple end-user benefits including:
- Enhanced security from advanced behavior recognition capabilities;
- Operational efficiency from automated video surveillance and proactive event detection;
- Extension of existing investments by leveraging existing infrastructure and legacy equipment; as an example, MATE's open architecture platform allows American Dynamics® Intellex® users to pull video directly from the Intellex digital video recorder (DVR) and send tagged alarms with snapshots to the Velocity system which controls and manages the Intellex DVR.
"Systems interoperability is the key factor for a successful deployment and operation of different technologies in a security project. The Velocity platform allows it to happen, and MATE's open architecture and intuitive software fits well into the overall system," says John Coker, director of sales for Hirsch.
About MATE-Intelligent Video
MATE Intelligent Video is a global provider of cutting-edge, real time video analytics solutions for proactive video and IP surveillance, people and car counting, and tailgating detection. MATE's advanced video content analysis technology detects and analyzes potential threats and hazards, generating real-time alerts based on user's pre-defined parameters. Founded in 1997, MATE has gained extensive experience in the video analytics field, and has positioned itself as a market leader. Leveraging an open architecture, MATE's flexible and field-proven solutions integrate easily into any network topology, and are sold, installed and supported by top tier systems integrators and distributors worldwide. Website: http://www.mateusa.net/
About Hirsch Electronics
Hirsch Electronics manufactures security systems for worldwide markets. Hirsch is a recognized leader in IP-based physical security solutions that interoperate with other networked systems. Hirsch's award-winning role-based access control (RBAC), identity management, and security management systems integrate access control, digital video, alarm monitoring, smart cards and biometrics. Website: http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1102452805062&e=001XW2cjKGvUKDJCzWQRHG5IozWpnhg447l_-pXHQqDDtH0jZOsIjmEhuhsdnsSnXc4MwHA47WXku0mUUiJY42pESXcifJBwXDk5vqFy2lmdGyGjvnRMr9aLpHm8haL-3db.
Tuesday, February 03, 2009
4.0 includes significant enhancements and changes to MATE's product line.
Yehud, Israel (February 3rd, 2008) MATE-Intelligent Video, the technology leader in intelligent video analytics released today version 4.0 which incorporates significant technological improvements, new features, enhanced capabilities and introduces new products.
"This is the most considerable release for MATE with both technological and creative advancements in video analytics" says Dan Raudnitz - Vice President of R&D at MATE - Intelligent Video.
MATE's new intelligent video encoder, TriggerNG (Next Generation), is a revolutionary transmission device with 4CIF/CIF resolution and MJPEG/MPEG4 video streaming. It supports eight different video analytics detection features, object classification and an analog output with video analytics overlay on the video. The encoder differentiates itself with a robust and rich feature mix video analytics platform available at an extremely competitive price.
In version 4.0, MATE unveils Rule Dependency, a feature allowing users to combine multiple detection rules in a logical way and custom naming of alarms greatly enhancing end user's control. Additionally, MATE increased its channel capacity offering systems capable to analyze up to twelve analog or IP channels on a single server.
Following its open architecture principle, MATE continues to add new technology partners. In Version 4.0 MATE is has added integrations with American Dynamics® VideoEdge®, Hirsch Velocity, IQeye 753 series and DVTel 5.3 providing an excellent system compatibility with cutting-edge video analytics for a pro-active video surveillance.
"With this new release we confirm our place as a leading provider of video analytics technology. We continue to design products that work, that are intuitive and bring value to customers." says John Szczygiel President of MATE Intelligent Video.
To learn more about MATE's intelligent Video products visit: http://www.mateusa.net/
MATE Intelligent Video is a global provider of cutting-edge, real time video analytics solutions for proactive video and IP surveillance, people and car counting, and tailgating detection. MATE's advanced video content analysis technology detects and analyzes potential threats and hazards, generating real-time alerts based on user's pre-defined parameters. Founded in 1997, MATE has gained extensive experience in the video analytics field, and has positioned itself as a market leader. Leveraging an open architecture, MATE's flexible and field-proven solutions integrate easily into any network topology, and are sold, installed and supported by top tier systems integrators and distributors worldwide.