Articles by author: Briefcam

BriefCam Catches Rogue Paparazzo - Globes

Translation of the article: The Innovation That Caught Yonit's Paparazzo Globes, July 22, 2010 Yonit Levy, who presents the Channel 2 News, has recently found herself in the headlines regarding her personal life - [and] her upcoming marriage to Ido Rosenblum. The accompanying unpleasant experience of celebrity shutterbugs is therefore unsurprising. One such photographer made his way over to the GG Communications Center to take her picture, as reported on Guy Pines' [entertainment news] show. After the deed was done, it was the police's turn to try and retrace the insolent photographer's trail. Assisting in the task was technology developed by BriefCam. The company, founded in 2008 (sic), develops a system for shortening digital data generated by security cameras. With its help, the time at which the paparazzo broke into the perimeter was found in a matter of seconds instead of the old way - reviewing long hours of security camera videotape. The Video Synopsis technology was developed by Prof. Shmuel Peleg of the Hebrew University, who also serves as the company's Chief Scientist. By the way, the rogue photographer was caught. Caption: Yonit Levy. Thank you, Israeli technology Photo: Tamar Masafy Image: BriefCam Video Synopsis Exact time of entry, 21:09:26, is shown in main screen. 4 hours of footage, from 18:00 to 22:00, were summarized to 19 seconds. Image: BriefCam (click to enlarge)

Video Synopsis inventor receives Kaye Innovation Award

Hebrew University's Prof. Shmuel Peleg's invention provides quicker, more efficient use of surveillance videos Download PDF Neve Ilan, Israel - June 6, 2010 -- Millions of surveillance cameras around the world are today watching public and private areas around the clock, providing police with a valuable tool for catching perpetrators carrying out criminal acts. Rapid apprehension of the recent attempted Times Square, New York, bomber was a sensational example. However, since video browsing and retrieval in the millions of cameras is time consuming ? involving sometimes days or weeks of review -- most recorded video is never watched or examined. A solution to this problem has been developed at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem ? computer software that provides a synopsis of recorded video, generating a very short video preserving the essential activities of the original video captured over a very long time period. For example, a video covering a full day can be summarized in a synopsis only a few minutes long. For his work in developing this highly useful software, Prof. Shmuel Peleg of the Hebrew University?s Benin School of Computer Science and Engineering has been named a winner of this year?s Kaye Innovation Award at the university. The Kaye Awards will be presented on June 9 during the university?s Board of Governors meeting in June. The invention provides a solution even for those who are able to dedicate enough manpower to review long segments of video surveillance materials, since studies indicate that human operators lose their attention after about 20 minutes when watching such videos. Video synopsis separates between the static background and the moving objects (also called events). The short synopsis is made possible by simultaneously presenting multiple events that have occurred at different times. Synopsis user can view all events in a very short time and, when necessary, can revert to the original video for further examination. Peleg?s invention has been patented by Yissum, the technology transfer company of the Hebrew University, and licensed to an Israeli startup company, BriefCam Ltd. On May 10 of this year, BriefCam was awarded the IFSEC-2010 Security Industry Award in the category of ?CCTV System Product of the Year.? IFSEC - International Fire & Security Exhibition & Conference, is the world's leading global annual security event with over 600 exhibitors and attended by 25,000 security professionals. The Kaye Innovation Awards have been given annually since 1994. Isaac Kaye of England, a prominent industrialist in the pharmaceutical industry, established the awards to encourage faculty, staff and students of the Hebrew University to develop innovative methods and inventions with good commercial potential which will benefit the university and society.

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