Video Content Analytics Blog

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.


December 11, 2018 | Stephanie Weagle

As the year comes to a close, it’s a great time to take stock of the trends that and developments that characterized 2018, while looking ahead to the coming year and predicting what we can expect from the video analytics industry in 2019. In 2018, Video Content Analytics reached maturity – following the industry’s steady move towards…

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December 5, 2018 | Lizzi Goldmeier

It’s estimated that the total cost of drug abuse in the United States is more than $820 billion per year. Furthermore, drug overdoses take the lives of about 72,000 people each year. Yes, there’s an ongoing crisis in the United States, and much of this has recently been driven by increased opioid abuse. The National…

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November 29, 2018 | Lizzi Goldmeier

AI technology developments are taking off – some would say at a worrying speed. Amid all the progress that’s been made, there have been a lot of misconceptions and misinformation. Society is understandably conflicted about advancements to technologies such as face recognition (FR), which have the potential to increase security and efficiency in tangible ways,…

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November 20, 2018 | Lizzi Goldmeier

Holiday seasons are of strategic importance to retailers and, ahead of each round of festivities, retailers are hard at work planning how to best attract and engage consumers, encourage them to make purchases and convert them into returning customers. Relying on Big Data and business intelligence for decision making, many retailers don’t realize they have…

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November 14, 2018 | Lizzi Goldmeier

Timely response is one of the biggest challenges that police departments and emergency workers face. A matter of seconds can be the difference between life and death, the difference between a foiled burglary or a successful one, and the difference between uneventfully apprehending an active shooter or the injury of dozens of people. Fast response times are…

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November 6, 2018 | Tomer Saar

For most, the holiday season is a time that conjures positive associations and memories – although this typically excludes the travel process. AAA reports that, in 2017, over 4 million of Thanksgiving travelers reached their respective destinations by flight, facing expected overcrowding and long queues at the airport. There are many ways airports could overcome…

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October 31, 2018 | Lizzi Goldmeier

Black Friday isn’t just the single busiest shopping day of the year, but it’s the unofficial kickoff to the holiday shopping season. Yes, the day-after-Thanksgiving shopping extravaganza has historically been characterized by deeply discounted products and large crowds looking to save money over extended store hours. In 2017, Black Friday accounted for nearly $8 billion in…

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October 25, 2018 | Enav Perez

In today’s world, we frequently hear about the importance of Big Data – and for good reason: Business intelligence (BI) is playing an increasingly central role in organizations’ decision-making, and the ability to harness, analyze and utilize available volumes of information is crucial for all organizations regardless of size and function. A wealth of data…

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October 18, 2018 | Lizzi Goldmeier

Some of the big benefits of smart cities are that they’re safer, cleaner, more efficient and economically proficient. And one of the big keys to accomplishing all of these benefits is the use of data and analytics to help policymakers and law enforcement make the right decisions. Video analytics technology is a big part of this, and…

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October 10, 2018 | Lizzi Goldmeier

As every experienced law enforcement officer knows, police work is driven by quality intelligence: The more information you have, the more comprehensively and quickly you can solve a crime, prevent a security breach or respond to an emergency. Video is one way police collect critical data for law enforcement. By using surveillance cameras and video…

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October 5, 2018 | Lizzi Goldmeier

Optimize investigations. Conserve budgets (and resources). Work smarter. If you ask police chiefs around the country what their three biggest challenges are, there’s a good bet that the aforementioned is what the majority of them would list – at least from a departmental standpoint. What’s more is that these three challenges are all related to one…

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September 20, 2018 | Lizzi Goldmeier

For security officers, video is a critical tool for active monitoring and investigating, enabling them to effectively secure locations remotely by watching live video feeds and deploying responders when threats are detected. Beyond real-time surveillance, security and law enforcement bodies use video surveillance footage to help support post-event investigations, providing video evidence to solve crimes…

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September 10, 2018 | Tom Edlund

Advances in computer graphics technology has the potential to become a game changing solution to one of the greatest challenges of Video Content Analytics: reliance on large quantities of annotated data. Synthetic data generation may be the answer to accelerating and simplifying Deep Neural Network (DNN) training, making data-driven video analytics an even more efficient…

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August 21, 2018 | Lizzi Goldmeier

Intelligence is a central function of law enforcement and a critical resource for enabling effective and efficient investigations. In today’s technology and data-driven society, there are ever more sources of information to support evidence collection, and digital content is becoming a key driver of police and intelligence investigations. Law enforcement can derive value from using…

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August 8, 2018 | Lizzi Goldmeier

The term Smart City is more likely to conjure an image of a bustling, sprawling metropolis than of a small or suburban community. But cities of all sizes can become “smart,” because the foundation of every Smart City is the ability to collect and utilize data collected by intelligent sensors for streamlining city operations and…

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July 12, 2018 | Stephanie Weagle

For the full Statue of Liberty case study authored by Axis Communications, click here.  The Challenge In October 2012, a massive storm surge created by Hurricane Sandy destroyed most of the video surveillance infrastructure at Liberty and Ellis Islands and Battery and Liberty State Parks. The National Park Service leveraged the opportunity to update the…

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June 20, 2018 | Tomer Saar

When it comes to public safety – from homeland security to safe cities and even airport security – video surveillance has always been a key component. Whether the prospect of being caught on camera serves as a deterrent or whether faster reaction is enabled by video monitoring, video has proven an effective sensor for catching…

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May 24, 2018 | Jeremy Krinitt

In the age of Big Data, predictive analytics is the next frontier. With all the hype around machine learning and AI, consumers are eager to adopt and leverage predictive capabilities to realize the promise of data-driven technology. Somewhat of a misnomer, predictive analytics actually refers to the use of deep learning to process and present…

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July 27, 2017

It seems every sector of the technology world is racing to the Cloud except video surveillance, which has yet to fully embrace this new frontier. In this post, I want to explore the video surveillance industry’s main considerations in moving to the Cloud, the advantages of developing cloud-based video solutions, and the current state of…

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June 27, 2017

This blog was originally posted by our partner Genetec at  https://www.genetec.com/about-us/news/blog/partner-perspective-briefcam#.WVH16WiGO71  Too often when we think about video analytics applications, we immediately jump to how video data can optimize security. With the transition from analog to IP video systems and dramatic improvement in video quality, insights derived from video are becoming invaluable for urban development…

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