Our 2014 Predictions

2014 is set to be full of technological challenges for the video surveillance market. These include the demand for increasingly complex solution delivery, playing a key role in the big data journey and the cloud being used as a single platform for all security data.
2014 will see increased demand from project managers, particularly in the retail and transportation sectors for high level solutions. These systems need to cope with a large volume of data generated, e.g. some even accurately record the touch of a key by an operator. However, in parallel to the increased complexity going into the back end design is the requirement for more intelligence to make the systems user friendly. These complex solutions are designed to extrapolate and present all the data in a format configured for each type of user.
Linked to the rise of complex enterprise solutions and the need to acquire and interrogate data are the buzz words of ‘Big Data’. Analysts are already debating whether 2014 will be the year that this concept becomes a reality. The video security industry will be a key contributor to the big data success as it is responsible for capturing and analysing video across a diverse range of vertical sectors. One of the many issues around Big Data is how to store and interrogate unstructured data, such as video. Historically, due to prohibitive storage costs, valuable data is often not stored, or, saved in an unstructured format. Most company’s cameras operate 24/7 and archive the content for future investigation generating terabytes of video content every day.
At Sicura, we are increasingly working with clients on a range of big data applications – from retail shopping patterns to health & safety reporting. All these clients are asking for our help in developing tools such as video analytics and data platforms to extract unstructured data and configure it into a structured usable format. The Sicura platform analyses in real time the incoming data (such as video, audio and alarms) using complex algorithms. Metadata produced is then associated with complex alarms, events etc and is available for forensic analysis. So with the progression towards converting unstructured to structured data and the rise in bespoke applications, perhaps in 2014, big data could become a reality!
I also predict that in 2014 our industry will push even further towards full integration in the cloud. It will increasingly be used as a single virtualised platform to house everything security related from access control to video analytics.

Central Jail of Nicosia

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Sicura Systems, with its technology partner CBC Europe Ltd, has designed and implemented a video analytics and laser-based perimeter protection system at the Central Jail of Nicosia.

The project uses behavioral algorithms as a first line of validation to alert staff to unusual or unexpected activity.

Additionally, it integrates with laser scanners to trigger the IP pan/tilt/zoom cameras to follow threats around the site. The system was installed by Wave Electronics and commissioned together with Sicura.

The central jail is the only correctional facility in the Republic of Cyprus and is located to the west of the walled section of the city of Nicosia. Extensive refurbishment and new building is taking place to improve inmate welfare and relieve overcrowding.

The Cyprus Prisons Department required the securing of a new wing. Local integrator and consultant Wave Electronics worked with Sicura and its technology partner CBC Europe to install 132 latest generation IP cameras with in-built video analytics from GANZ to monitor inmates and prison guards at the perimeter of the site. The cameras are a combination of PTZ and fixed units covering interior walls, exterior chain link and razor wire fencing and an intervening sterile zone.

Approximately 70 of the cameras use GANZ edge-based video analytics to report on possible breaches of the perimeter or sterile zone and other atypical incidents. Within the Sicura information management system,DigiLive, users can specify their own alarm zones and exploit object-tracking scene analysis with pop-up menus and snapshots of camera views. Unexpected motion in these zones will appear as an alarm to all stations.

Crucially, the system allows fine-tuning of sensitivity in order to filter out ambient activity and specify size of object and pattern of movement. In this way, nuisance alarms are minimized. Movement falling within the specified parameters sends a signal to an events list and alerts prison staff.

Sicura Systems’ engineering team deployed customized one petabyte NVR assemblies which are used from nine client stations. The system employs Cisco switching, Dell servers and RAID5 storage. Integration of DigiWall, the video wall function of the DigiLive software, to the prison control room includes a “carousel,” whereby instead of trying to view all 132 cameras at one time, prison officers observe footage from one area of the prison for a pre-agreed number of seconds before turning their attention to another part of the site.

Wardens can record locally, take still snapshots and quickly export footage to removable media for use by police and judiciary.

Wave Electronics implemented Optex’s Redscan laser units to detect any movement by tracking people moving within target segments inside the perimeter. This has been supported by Optex field engineers.

Sicura provided full integration to the Redscan in order to receive alarms from the lasers and take control of the nearest available PTZ camera and point it to the exact location. This gave complete situational awareness by providing visual tracking of the alarm segment, said a Sicura press release issued on April 13.

Nicosia Central Jail was built in 1894 and the period architecture is a part of the city’s heritage. Sicura’s use of Redscan laser technology has meant that the visual impact of the project on the exterior of the building has been minimized. Innovative technology is being used throughout.

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