Security Magazine: Using Intelligent Video to Solve Investigations

August 14, 2012 | Coverage

Today’s security investigators and loss prevention professionals routinely face the mammoth challenge of finding a small snippet of valuable footage among hours of recorded video.

By Brian Lane

Today’s security investigators and loss prevention professionals routinely face the mammoth challenge of finding a small snippet of valuable footage among hours of recorded video. The availability of low-cost cameras and increased storage has boosted security coverage, but also has created a mountain of video footage. How can forensic search parse through all that video and quickly find what’s relevant?

Applying video (and audio) analytics to improve forensic search are a key part of reducing the time needed to find an event. If analytics are applied while the video is recorded, metadata is stored alongside the video, making it easy to search for attributes like object size, color, speed and direction. And if a Point of Sale (POS), access control, teller line or other external data source is integrated into your video management system, it’s possible to search the video via transactions and account numbers.

How Forensic Search Improves Loss Prevention

Faced with growing theft and organized retail crime (ORC), loss prevention professionals spend much of their time combing through video to build cases for law enforcement. With large retailers using a minimum of 16 cameras per store, that’s at least 384 hours of video created each day. Using analytics and POS integration to aid forensic search efforts solves a major problem for LP professionals: lack of time.

 

Brian Lane is director of product marketing at 3VR Inc. and is responsible for overseeing product development and marketing of the company’s hybrid NVRs, VMS and analytics. He has more than 15 years of product management and product marketing experience in the video security, video editing, and broadcast industries. Previously, he served as senior product manager at Pelco where he managed the Spectra camera product line, as well as camera software and analytics.

Excerpt reprinted with permission from Security magazine, a BNP Media publication. Copyright 2012.

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