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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.

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May 23, 2017

Universities, colleges and schools are constantly challenged with how to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff. According to Campus Safety, the majority of campuses believe video surveillance is the answer to their security needs. In fact, more than 9 in 10 campuses have installed surveillance cameras, and 79% of the campuses without…

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May 16, 2017

On the heels of the WannaCry ransomware crisis that had organizations worldwide reeling, we decided to take this opportunity to talk about how to protect your VMS and video analytics systems against cyber vulnerabilities. While the WannaCry attack did not affect IP cameras, VMS systems are not immune to security issues and it is important…

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May 9, 2017

In my last blog post, I talked about the cost efficiency of GPU-powered video analytics, and how a major advantage of GPU processing is the enablement of deep learning techniques. In today’s post, I’d like to delve deeper into what deep learning is and what it enables video analytics solutions to achieve. Deep Learning Techniques…

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April 25, 2017

Anyone familiar with the ins and outs of hospital management understands that the security and operational challenges of hospitals are enormous. With thousands of patients, staff members, and visitors entering and circulating the hospital every day, there is much information to monitor and process. While many hospitals know that they need more effective methods for…

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April 18, 2017

ISC West 2017 was impressive, with many interesting products and new technologies – where GPU and deep learning took first place in prime time. Participating at NVIDIA’s booth and getting a first glimpse into exciting innovations, certainly highlighted the potential of video analytics powered by GPU and deep networks. With the ability to effectively process highly parallel computing…

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April 4, 2017

The video analytics industry is constantly producing new and innovative solutions to provide deeper insight and derive more useful applications from video. These new capabilities often require more compute power. GPUs (Graphic Processing Units), if used correctly, can accelerate video processing and reduce costs. Therefore, many platforms are now adding GPUs to offload the CPUs…

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March 28, 2017

Last week, I talked about how small and medium sized businesses (SMBs) face large challenges and whether they are getting value from their video recordings.  This week, I want to ask the same question for homeowners.  Are they getting their videos worth in the home? Ask anyone in the industry, and they’ll tell you that…

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March 21, 2017 | Rachel Neiman

Small and medium businesses (SMBs) are faced with large challenges year after year. The three main business challenges for SMBs in 2017 are the same as in 2016, but in different order. Improve workforce productivity (2nd in 2016) Attract and retain new customers (3rd in 2016) Improve quality of products and processes (1st in 2016)…

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March 7, 2017 | Rachel Neiman

I have heard from many investigators that the most painful part of their jobs is reviewing video. Often investigators are working with too little information and viewing too much video to be effective in finding anything. Reviewing video no longer has to be an experience that leads to you tearing out your hair. It does…

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February 21, 2017 | Rachel Neiman

I spent that past couple of weeks at the leading VMS players’ annual events for partners, integrators and end users. Much was said and discussed on the increasing need for reliable video analytics solutions, and finally, thanks to today’s video quality and management capabilities video content can be leveraged for the benefit of all types…

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February 14, 2017 | Rachel Neiman

Last week I presented Smart Synopsis – a highly powerful and intuitive video search engine that allows users to search for specific events by building complex queries. The matching events are rendered as a compact video by order of relevance. Processing the video once, and storing the metadata in an indexed database, enables search results…

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February 7, 2017 | Rachel Neiman

When I joined BriefCam® in 2011, we had an ambitious challenge: how to take the groundbreaking  VIDEO SYNOPSIS capability developed by Prof. Shmuel Peleg at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem to the next level. How to turn it from a technology that enables reviewing hours of video in minutes into a commercially-viable technology that could enable…

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January 31, 2017 | Rachel Neiman

I recently read an analysis from IHS indicating that the demise of server-based analytics is imminent. The analysis leaves one with an inevitable sense that all analytics will be done at the edge. They provide additional analysis that “pure server only based analytics was estimated to have shrunk by $39.4 million in one year… However,…

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January 17, 2017 | Rachel Neiman

I recently read an article mentioning the fact that if the human eye were a digital camera it would be equal to a 576 Megapixel camera at a 120 degree field of view. The comparison is simplistic, but it does highlight the fact that while the human eye is the best way to see what…

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January 10, 2017 | Rachel Neiman

According to idioms.in, to make a long story short means abbreviating a long explanation into a short one; to get to the point; to give only the basic facts instead of a full explanation; to give a short version or only the conclusion of a long story; to leave out details of a long-winded narration….

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January 3, 2017 | Rachel Neiman

Hi, my name is Jeremy Krinitt. As VP of Enterprise Business Development at BriefCam®, I’m focused on driving growth for the BriefCam solution, with both our existing users and channels, as well as in new environments where our solution can provide value. I enjoy working with our customers and partners to ensure they are successful…

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December 20, 2016 | Rachel Neiman

A Smart Home Report produced by iControl notes that “90% of consumers say security is one of the top reasons to purchase a smart home system”, and that 65% of consumers consider home monitoring cameras to be the most desired smart home device. IHS predicted that 2016 world market growth for video surveillance equipment would…

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December 13, 2016 | Rachel Neiman

Hi, my name is Greg Baldauf. I joined BriefCam in early 2015 as VP Strategic Alliances, to bring the disruptive power and value of the VIDEO SYNOPSIS® innovation to the connected home and SMB markets. When my peers tell me I’m a thought leader and change agent, I take it as the best compliment. Personally,…

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December 6, 2016 | Rachel Neiman

The use of video surveillance by law enforcement agencies, investigators, forensics and security personnel for public safety, surveillance and transportation is constantly growing. A 2016 IHS report states that the world market for video surveillance equipment will grow over 7%: 66 million network cameras and 28 million HD CCTV cameras will be shipped globally, and…

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November 29, 2016 | Rachel Neiman

Hi, my name is Tom Edlund and I’m the CTO at BriefCam®. I know this title sounds serious, and rightfully so. I take technology very seriously; in fact, some say I approach it like an artist – with awe and respect. I joined BriefCam in 2011, and ever since have been busy with the development…

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