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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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October 31, 2019 | Enav Perez

The Benefits of Automation Today, automation tools drive various business processes, with machines completing tasks that once required manual human intervention. Automation saves time, money and resources and – because manual processes are prone to human error – it increases accuracy and precision. In many cases, automated activities can be pre-scheduled for optimal times to […]

October 23, 2019 | Tim Convery

Municipalities of all sizes are increasingly adopting information technology (IT) solutions that streamline their everyday operations and improve quality of life for residents, businesses and visitors. Town and city managers must weigh the costs vs. benefits of various IT solutions, as well as the significant demands of managing and maintaining the technologies. This is particularly […]

October 16, 2019 | Marc Sanders

Many museums have deployed video surveillance systems for security purposes because it helps them monitor various areas of a museum property: Whether protecting a priceless work of art, an exhibit hall, a storage area, or a parking garage, video surveillance captures footage that can be vital for investigating incidents, and it enables security staff to […]

October 3, 2019 | Lizzi Goldmeier

Optimize Traffic and Ensure Security At any time of year, operations and security managers at transit hubs have two priorities: optimize the flow of traffic (human and vehicular) and ensure security of people and property. Those priorities become even more challenging around the holiday season, which kicks off with the annual Thanksgiving rush and lasts […]

September 18, 2019 | Lizzi Goldmeier

Saving Time and Curbing Crime with Video Investigation Software Law enforcement agencies worldwide conduct street surveillance to actively monitor locations and activity. Sometimes the surveillance is conducted in person via uniformed officers or plain clothes detectives (sometimes undercover), but real-time, in-person street surveillance is time-consuming and—in certain situations—can be dangerous for police officers. As an […]

September 11, 2019 | Lizzi Goldmeier

Proactive Preparation for Security around the Holidays Now that summer is over, the winter holiday season is a mere three months away. Companies that manage shopping centers need to prepare by thinking logistically about that critical retail season. The National Retailers Foundation estimates that for some retailers 30% of their annual retail revenues occur during […]

August 28, 2019 | Lizzi Goldmeier

Comprehensive VCA for Diverse Business Types Video content analytics is a powerful solution for any organization looking to maximize its investments in video surveillance and extract meaningful intelligence from video data. Whether its law enforcement accelerating investigations and detecting video evidence; shopping center or mall security teams configuring real-time alerts to proactively monitor for suspicious […]

August 21, 2019 | Lizzi Goldmeier

Crime is a global problem that affects everyone in some way, impacting individuals and communities emotionally, physically and/or economically. In terms of the economic costs of crime, a report from the U.S. Government Accountability estimates that annual costs of crime in the United States range from $690 billion to $3.41 trillion. Some more obvious examples […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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; […]

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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