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Video Surveillance & Physical Security Industry Viewpoints

Our blog covers a wide variety of security topics as well as industry-focused use cases for safety and security as well as operational efficiencies.  Our experts deliver insightful advice and provide guidance on maximizing the value of your video surveillance system.


August 14, 2019 | Lizzi Goldmeier

What is Video Content Analytics and How Can It be Used? Organizations with growing security challenges are now looking to video surveillance to overcome both security and operational inefficiencies. Video content analytics software is an artificial intelligence backed technology solution that offers a broad spectrum of analytic capabilities to enhance video security systems, enabling operators to leverage…

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August 7, 2019 | Lizzi Goldmeier

Start Leveraging Underutilized Video Data  It’s a challenge to manage traffic flows at various transit stations or hubs. Long waiting lines and travel delays are a common annoyance at many bus terminals, bus stops, subway stops, train stations and airports. Of course, the opposite problem also exists; i.e., desolate transportation platforms that are unsafe because they are understaffed and underutilized. Both problems persist despite various efforts by transportation agencies.    What can be done to alleviate such problems, aside from adding more cashiers, security guards or…

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August 1, 2019 | Lizzi Goldmeier

Artificial Intelligence-Backed Banking  For some time now, artificial intelligence has been transforming banking as we know it – and, no, I’m not just referring to chatbots used for engaging online banking customers. Chatbot solutions are based on a type of AI known as Natural Language Processing (NLP), which is just one of many forms of Machine…

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July 24, 2019 | Lizzi Goldmeier

2019 Video Content Analytics Predictions vs. Reality  We’ve reached the halfway point of 2019, which is a great time to take a look at the predictions we made for this year in video surveillance and video content analytics (VCA) and evaluate how industry trends have evolved in light of those predictions. In December 2018, the top three trends we predicted three trends for 2019 were: 1) increased…

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July 17, 2019 | Lizzi Goldmeier

Preparing for Smart City Growth Cities will always face challenges, now and in the foreseeable future. Along with sustainability and climate change resiliency concerns, migration growth is high on the list of planning priorities. United Nations experts predict that 68% of the world population will live in urban areas by 2050; cities must be proactive…

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July 9, 2019 | Enav Perez

Video Intelligence Software at Local Bank Branches Avid readers of the BriefCam blog are well aware of the vast impact artificial intelligence and video analysis is having on a wide range of businesses – from retail to law enforcement, education and healthcare campuses and beyond video intelligence is driving informed decision making, increased security and…

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July 4, 2019 | Tom Edlund

In a previous blog post I discussed which data processing model—edge or centralized computing—could best meet the high demands of processing video surveillance data. The answer is not simple; each model has its functionality benefits, and, today, a combination of processing models is optimal for most video surveillance implementations. But will that be true looking…

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June 26, 2019 | Lizzi Goldmeier

Artificial Intelligence Dominates at IFSEC 2019 Anyone who walked into IFSEC International unconvinced that artificial intelligence is revolutionizing the security industry, certainly left the show disabused of that notion. The excitement about AI could be felt from every corner of the expo floor and was a central topic of discussion in the interactive Keynote Theater…

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June 19, 2019 | Lizzi Goldmeier

A Secure Start to the Semester Each new semester brings with it new tensions and concerns. While it’s the job of the students to select their classes and social activities; maintain good grades and friendships; and acquaint themselves with new roommates and dorm rooms, the university law enforcement is consumed with ensuring that campus residents…

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June 13, 2019 | Tom Edlund

Video Content Analysis Computing Considerations Video content analysis (VCA) systems continuously process video surveillance data and analyze the metadata aggregated over time so that video can be transformed into actionable intelligence. Four factors are influencing data processing models for the VCA industry: 1) the development of “smarter,” more sophisticated cameras that produce higher resolution footage;…

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June 5, 2019 | Lizzi Goldmeier

May 29, 2019 | Enav Perez

The Back to School Retail Opportunity In 2018, ahead of the Back to School (B2S) shopping season, Deloitte issued a report estimating that total spending for this single shopping season would surpass $27 billion. By including university students in this figure, the National Retail Foundation put this number at over $82 billion. With B2S shopping affecting a quarter of households in the US and accounting…

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May 22, 2019 | Tom Edlund

The video analytics industry has undergone rapid transformation since its inception in the early 2000s. Early video analytics products were primarily designed as alerting solutions: By triggering calls to action, these applications attempted to eliminate the need for active human video monitoring. However, these computer vision-based solutions did not fully achieve the aim of removing…

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May 14, 2019 | Tim Convery

In today’s digital and data-driven world, access to information is becoming increasingly critical – especially because criminal efforts often focus on the exploitation of sensitive data. Hacking sensitive databases and systems or leveraging information technology to coordinate attacks, data intelligence is powering today’s criminals. And, while the overall crime rate in the U.S. has decreased,…

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May 1, 2019 | Enav Perez

Situational awareness is critical for the in-store retailer. At every moment, the merchant needs to be fully attuned to the activity on the store floor, in order to best ensure a positive customer experience, efficient and engaged employees and optimal security coverage. Many merchants already use video surveillance for monitoring activity and reviewing incidents post…

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April 24, 2019 | Lizzi Goldmeier

Small town police departments face many of the same challenges as their big city counterparts, but there’s one big difference between the two: Small town law enforcement typically only has a fraction of the resources — and manpower — as the big city departments do. It can make policing a real challenge in a small…

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April 17, 2019 | Stephanie Weagle

ISC West never fails to impress – from the award-winning solutions showcased, to the impressive booth displays and captivating thought leadership presentations, I left the security industry’s largest event of the year inspired and excited for the trends and technologies around the corner. ISC West 2019 certainly did not disappoint, with what appeared to be…

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April 10, 2019 | Lizzi Goldmeier

From city governments and law enforcement agencies to educational and healthcare institutions and retailers, organizations are embracing technology and digital transformation. Innovation in automation, the Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI) and combinations of these and other technologies, are helping businesses evolve and grow by increasing productivity and efficiency. In this post, we’d like…

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April 3, 2019 | Lizzi Goldmeier

Today, education campuses are becoming more data-driven, enabled by technological advances, the Internet of Things and artificial intelligence, among others. Intelligent video content analytics based on video surveillance, for example, are helping vast campuses monitor activity and manage operations across broad functionalities and business groups. Video surveillance has always been a critical monitoring tool for…

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March 27, 2019 | Lizzi Goldmeier

According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), some 2.6 million passengers fly in and out of U.S. airports on 43,000 scheduled flights on any given day of the year. And while air transport is a safe, fast and affordable way to travel, the large volume of commercial passengers who pass through airports each day is…

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