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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.


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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March 19, 2019 | Johnmichael O’hare

Cities are always looking for ways to make navigating more comfortable for residents and visitors. Trending in many cities today, app-connected bike and electric scooter sharing programs are popping up worldwide, offering a new way to get around when driving or taking public transportation is a less desirable option. In the United States alone, tens…

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March 14, 2019 | Lizzi Goldmeier

Every year retailers lose an estimated $50 billion due to theft. Shoplifting and employee theft are both detrimental and can lead to an increased risk of in-store violence on top of the lost profits. Organized retail crime isn’t going away. In fact, security experts say that it’s on the rise, reported by 90 percent of all companies surveyed by the National Retail Federation. Noting…

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March 6, 2019 | Stephanie Weagle

Disruption was the keyword at MIPS Americas 2019. Taking place in Nashville, TN, last week, the Milestone Integration Platform Symposium (MIPS) featured industry leading technologies and thought leaders, innovative technology demonstrations and discussions about – above all else – disruption within the video surveillance industry and beyond. Digital analyst, author and speaker Brian Solis headed…

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February 26, 2019 | Lizzi Goldmeier

Healthcare is yet another industry undergoing digital transformation, both in the way patients are diagnosed and monitored in hospitals and other medical environments. The Internet of Things (IoT), which is driving greater consumer convenience and business intelligence for other sectors, is also making medical care more convenient, accurate and — in the case of a…

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February 19, 2019 | Lizzi Goldmeier

The face of law enforcement is changing. With the introduction of artificial intelligence and data-driven technologies, governments, municipalities and police forces can streamline and accelerate investigations, uncovering evidence by leveraging new solutions. It’s estimated that 85% of all criminal cases are now solved using some sort of digital evidence. Whether it is utilized to confirm…

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February 13, 2019 | Lizzi Goldmeier

Security is a major concern at educational institutions. From K-12 schools to sprawling university campuses and beyond, it is critical to have full situational awareness to enable swift and effective response to incidents and proactive prevention of crime. Intelligent alerting is a key capability for informing campus law enforcement of public safety risks and events…

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February 6, 2019 | Lizzi Goldmeier

You’ve likely heard the term“smart city” before, but do you really know what constitutes one? Do you know what its values are, who benefits from smart cities and how current cities can transform to meet the “smart” criteria? You’ve come to the right place. Think of this piece as a “Smart Cities 101” of sorts,…

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January 30, 2019 | Lizzi Goldmeier

Video analytics have a far-reaching and extensive impact. Based on artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques, Video Content Analytics helps law enforcement accelerate investigations, increase situational awareness and uncover behavioral trends over time. Ultimately, this empowers government and police agencies to maximize the value of their video and investments in surveillance infrastructure. Beyond everyday uses,…

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