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If your business is in need of more electronic security, more manpower or both, video analytics may be the answer.

While this concentration of video surveillance is often focused on detecting people encroaching perimeters of commercial enterprises, it is also very effective at keeping track of fixed objects to ensure inventory control and to stop theft.

Pictured above are dome security cameras by Video IQ, a company that employs video analytics.

By definition, basically, video analytics uses algorithms to detect movement in video feeds.  This is achieved by monitoring the changes in the pixels that make up the video.  A large group of pixels may be changing, possibly in one direction—a direction that is crossing the perimeter of a secure property for instance, and this could set off an alarm that you’ve defined.

How does this differ from traditional motion detection you may ask?  Motion detection devices are best suited for indoors.  This is because a heavy snow storm, leaves and wind blowing branches could set them off.  Whereas if you define your system to specifically detect human characteristics entering a property, it will only look for that—a leave blowing across the field of view will not cause an alarm.

In fact, video analytics will not only detect the motion, but can also follow it to determine speed and direction of travel.

Quite simply, video analytics is automation of video recording software.  A person does not need to sit at a monitor in hopes that he or she will catch the actual event in progress.

For instance, a security guard can be on duty in a security office with video monitors of several locations displayed.  It would be next to impossible to handle all of the duties in the office such as answering phones, radio calls, etc. and still study several video monitors effectively.

But if video analytics were employed, and vandalism was about to occur for instance, the monitor that was displaying that area could alarm with a beeping light because it detected the motion of the person who entered the area in question.  The guard would then be alerted and could call police.

And note that video analytics isn’t replacing personnel, it’s not a threat to staffing, it’s a complement.  Some may think that video analytics is a way to save on staffing costs because the automation factor is a way to reduce staffing.

As mentioned above, the perfect complement is to combine video analytics with on and off duty personnel.  Another example is that patrolling guards can be alerted on their smart phone phones when a video camera detects motion in a secure area.  They will be able to respond immediately—while they are already out on patrol.

Much has been written in this article about people being detected by video analytics, but it is used for fixed objects just the same.

Using the software, objects such as office equipment can be isolated and if they leave the field of view, an alarm will be triggered on the video system.

License plate recognition falls under the category of video analytics as well.  These are often seen at toll booths and business that aren’t staffed overnight but may be having security problems, for instance.

Finally, video analytics not only helps with security threats, but also helps to identify areas of a business that can become more efficient, more automated and also more energy efficient specifically.

Video Analytics is an all around win for those who want to bolster their video surveillance capabilities and even improve efficiency in the workplace.  And in most cases, as this article addressed, security personnel need not be nervous about this automation replacing their job function—it simply enhances it.

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