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Intelligent Systems Winner: Avigilon AI Appliance

The Avigilon AI Appliance adds patented self-learning video analytics and the award-winning Avigilon Appearance Search technology to a wide range of third party IP cameras. Previously, the advanced functionality of Appearance Search could only be accessed if the system made use of Avigilon’s cameras which included the self-learning analytics functionality.

When the AI Appliance is connected to an appliance or server hardware running the Avigilon Control Center (ACC) VMS software, integrators and installers can leverage legacy cameras to create and implement powerful video surveillance solutions making use of AI-driven features. These include automatic alerts if potentially critical events occur, along with the ability to search for, and locate, people or vehicles of interest across an entire site where hundreds of cameras may be deployed.

The appliance has been purpose-built to deliver high performance. The unit includes leading CPU-based and GPU-based hardware that simultaneously supports video analytics and Appearance Search technology.

Available in two variants, the AI Appliance is capable of supporting either 30 or 60 two megapixel video streams in the same 2U form factor. As a result, the appliance can integrate into existing installations and scale to meet system requirements. The AI Appliance is supplied pre-configured and ready to run out of the box.

Avigilon Appearance Search video analytics technology is a sophisticated deep learning artificial intelligence (AI) search engine for video. It sorts through hours of video with ease, to quickly locate a specific person or vehicle of interest across an entire site or multiple sites that are connected to the same ACC Client software.

While investigating critical events, time is of the essence, and security operators are often tasked with finding footage of suspects, with the challenge of not only identifying when the incident took place, but of also finding relevant footage of a target before and after the event to help in an investigation. At times they may only have a physical description of those involved.

Operators can initiate a search for a person by selecting certain specific physical descriptions, including clothing colour and gender, to find a person of interest. By selecting clips of the suspect, Avigilon Appearance Search technology ‘learns’ about the target, thus highlighting other instances when their image has been captured, even if they change their clothing.

It is also possible to identify and track others in a given scene to discover whether they are accomplices or innocent bystanders.

Using the AI Appliance, the power of Avigilon Appearance Search is opened up to a wider audience, including sites with significant investments in legacy edge devices.

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