Professionals in charge of delivering smart and safe city programs can accelerate the review of camera footage, identify risks to public safety and infrastructure, and easily derive valuable operational intelligence from video content using bi-directional analytics.
BriefCam and Synectics’ Synergy command have teamed up to create a combined control platform.
In addition to allowing control room teams to apply sophisticated video analytics filters – colour, face matching, the direction of travel for vehicles, clothing attributes etc. – to surveillance footage, the integration enables rapid footage review by presenting objects and events of interest (that appeared over the course of a filtered time period) on-screen simultaneously.
Sree Namelil, Synectics’ Product Manager, explained, “The advantage is that authorities can dramatically reduce the amount of time and effort needed to investigate and interrogate footage – a huge benefit for teams tasked with monitoring and managing hundreds, if not thousands of cameras. These are the teams tasked with protecting the public.”
The solution also allows users to receive real-time alerts when specific, pre-defined analytics criteria are met, for example, detecting exact matches for face images, vehicle license plates, or people counts. Upon receiving the alert, users can easily access the footage to quickly attain situational awareness, monitor events as they unfold, and make informed decisions about responding to it.
Analytics-based alerts can also be used to trigger dynamic workflows to support effective management of the specific scenario in question, from dealing with potential COVID-related overcrowding risks to coordinating a multi-stakeholder response to a criminal event.
Commenting on the development, Meni Besso, Senior Product Manager, BriefCam, said: “BriefCam provides powerful analytics. Synectics, with their Synergy platform, specialise in making risk identification and incident response easier. Integrating our respective technologies means that cities, law enforcement, and any organisation that needs critical information when time is of the essence can get what they need as quickly as possible to take decisive action.”
Additionally, the integration has significant implications for intelligence-driven town and city planning. It supports the secure, data protection-compliant ‘mining’ of historical video footage for trends and insights vital to future ‘Safe City’ developments.
Sree Namelil added, “What areas need more community support officers? Which access routes to bus and train stations need to be redeveloped to cope with changing foot traffic? Where might additional street lighting help to reduce crime rates? Thanks to this new development, the answers are just a few clicks away.”