Articles by author: Briefcam

GSN Opinion: Who Will Watch All That Video?

Surveillance camera use is growing ever faster. That?s an indisputable fact. And the fact is backed up by the numbers. While camera deployment figures may be up for debate -- 2.75 million in China; 4.2 million in the UK; 30 million in the US; 40 million worldwide! -- there?s no arguing the exponential growth in CCTV camera sales. A recently released report, Security Systems ? The European Market 2008 to 2013, forecast that aggregate growth of CCTV/video surveillance sales will be 3.6% in 2009 ?but that this will pick up thereafter and CAGR will be 5% up to 2013.? Last May, research firm RNCOS estimated the global CCTV market to be worth more than $13 billion in 2009, with growth ?at a CAGR of more than 27% during 2009-2012?. And in April, ABI Research forecast ?the total video surveillance market to be worth more than $41 billion in 2014.? Indisputable facts. What does come into question is the value of all that recorded footage. Simply put: Who will watch the vast amounts of video footage being generated daily? How valuable is that footage if it can only be used after the fact for forensic investigation? And how much more valuable would that footage be if it could be investigated in almost real-time? ?Monitoring video screens is both boring and mesmerizing,? is the oft-quoted phrase from a 1999 National Institute of Justice report, The Appropriate and Effective Use of Security Technologies in U.S. Schools, which cited experiments run in the 1970?s ?to test the effectiveness of an individual whose task was to sit in front of a video monitor(s) for several hours a day and watch for particular events. These studies demonstrated that such a task, even when assigned to a person who is dedicated and well-intentioned, will not support an effective security system. After only 20 minutes of watching and evaluating monitor screens, the attention of most individuals has degenerated to well below acceptable levels? This is particularly true if a staff member is asked to watch multiple monitors.? There is no reason to assume that human behavior has changed. Take as proof the following quote from the landmark 2005 study by the UK Home Office, Assessing the Impact of CCTV, describing the behavior of control room operators who monitored several town centers. The operators tended to monitor busy areas only. ?This neglect of quieter areas had a range of impacts. Operators were less likely to spot a live incident in residential or quieter areas, but would rely principally on recorded evidence.? In short: No one is watching the boring stuff, the quiet, out-of-the-way places, characterized by routine repetitive events. Places where nothing happens for hours on end. Until something happens. And then it?s too late. Video content analytics is an excellent tool for detecting pre-defined suspicious behaviors ? so-called ?unusual events?. But there are many innocuous behavior patterns still undefined by analytics. And there are others that can never be defined by algorithms. Only the human eye can tell the difference between a comradely slap on the back and a malicious one. Only the human brain can differentiate between an envelope delivering birthday greetings and a similar-sized envelope filled with contraband. Only human instinct and experience can sense if someone carrying a backpack down a set of subway stairs is a friend or a foe. There is an acute need for technologies that can assist operators in browsing massive quantities of video footage, and leveraging their experience, intelligence and instincts to review, identify, investigate and take action if necessary. Decision-makers should be on the lookout for those technologies that give even the least-skilled operator the ability to browse events in full on a daily, twice-daily and even an hourly basis. Those technologies are out there. Adopting them would reduce the expense of storage and the cost of personnel required to review footage manually. Events captured on surveillance video should be reviewed as part of the daily security routine - - all of them, not just the unusual ones. Gideon Ben-Zvi is Chairman and President of BriefCam, Ltd., a developer of video synopsis technology for the rapid review of CCTV surveillance video footage. For more information, see www.briefcam.com. Click for PDF of article.

BriefCam Adds NICE Systems As Technology Partner

BriefCam?s Video Synopsis technology integrated to NiceVision?s video surveillance solution enables users to compact hours of footage into a minutes-long ?brief? Download PDF Neve Ilan, Israel, November 11 2009 ? BriefCam Ltd., (www.briefcam.com), a developer and provider of Video Synopsis systems for reviewing, analyzing and indexing of surveillance camera content, today announced that it has added NICE Systems Ltd., the leading provider of enterprise and security solutions as a technology partner. NiceVision users can now also integrate to BriefCam to benefit from Video Synopsis technology, which creates a summary of original surveillance video and gives users the ability to review hours of footage in just a few minutes time. NICE Systems is a global enterprise and security solutions powerhouse, providing solutions that enable organizations to operate in an insightful and proactive manner, and take immediate action to ensure safety and security and to improve business and operational performance. NICE security solutions are installed with thousands of enterprise-class customers worldwide. Leading security organizations around the world use NICE solutions to protect city centers, transportation hubs, enterprise campuses and critical infrastructure. NICE helps security organizations to better detect, verify, respond to, investigate and resolve incidents, in order to ensure the safe-keeping and protection of assets, infrastructure, and people. Video Synopsis is BriefCam?s major innovation, a proprietary image-processing technology that synopsizes original full-length videos. BriefCam then provides a complete representation of all events occurring during hours of video footage in a condensed clip as short as a few minutes in length. The synopsis is made possible by simultaneously presenting multiple objects and activities that have occurred at different times. Video Synopsis enables the rapid review and indexing of captured video footage -- with an index to the original source video; real-time video feed online and archival video footage offline -- for on-the-spot event tracking, forensics and evidence discovery. ?We?re extremely pleased to announce our technology partnership with an industry leader such as NICE Systems,? said Gideon Ben-Zvi, President, Chairman and Co-founder of BriefCam. ?By making affordable video summarization widely available, we solve the need, as yet unmet, to browse the countless hours of video footage generated daily, all over the world. BriefCam?s technology integrated with NICE?s solution, provides essential tools for reporting incidents and occurrences as they happen, as well as the forensic investigation of incidents that otherwise might never have been exposed due to the high cost of manual video review.? BriefCam will be presenting the BriefCam VS Online integrated solution and stand-alone BriefCam VS Forensics product at Milipol 2009, November 17-20 in Paris, France, and the LEVA 20th Anniversary Training Conference, November 18-20 in Fort Worth, TX.

BriefCam Announces Support of Milestone Systems XProtect Corporate 3.0

BriefCam "24 hours in 1 minute" Video Synopsis technology is integrated with Milestone's just-released top-of-the-line open platform IP video management software, XProtect Corporate 3.0. Download PDF Copenhagen / Israel - 16 September, 2009 - BriefCam, Ltd., a developer and provider of Video Synopsis systems for reviewing, analyzing and indexing surveillance camera content, announces its support of Milestone XProtect Corporate 3.0, released today. Milestone is the world's leading open platform company for IP video management software. Milestone XProtect Corporate is powerful, open platform IP video management software designed for large-scale implementations, supporting unlimited cameras, users and sites. Version 3.0 offers new mapping and Smart Wall functionality with dynamic, interactive controls and hardware independence. The XProtect Smart Wall is ideal for command center operations viewing massive volumes of video, round the clock. BriefCam's Video Synopsis is a unique image-processing technology that creates a summary of original full-length surveillance video and gives users the ability to review hours of footage in just a few minutes. Video Synopsis (VS) enables the rapid review and indexing of captured video footage -- with an index to the original source video, real-time video feed online and archival video footage offline -- for on-the-spot event tracking, forensics and evidence discovery. The BriefCam VS line of products provide a complete representation of all events occurring during 24 hours of video footage in a very condensed clip, as short as a few minutes. The synopsis is made possible by simultaneously presenting multiple objects and activities that have occurred at different times. "The BriefCam integration with Milestone XProtect Corporate demonstrates the clear benefit of our open platform. We are very excited they are developing this solution interoperability," said Martin Kaufmann, MSP Program Manager at Milestone Systems. "Big command centers and large sites will be able to save a lot of time with the fast video summary presentation, on demand. Instead of simply 'Fast Forwarding', Video Synopsis is an elegant new method that makes it possible to review all video feed in its entirety at actual playing speed." "In May, BriefCam announced an integration partnership with Milestone and promised to work closely with Milestone to give people the tools they need to achieve rapid results. By utilizing the Milestone Software Development Kit and APIs, BriefCam is now making good on that pledge," Gideon Ben-Zvi, chairman and president of BriefCam said. "Milestone XProtect customers are now able to utilize BriefCam's first-of-its-kind technology that allows for one day of surveillance camera footage to be summarized into as little as a few minutes, enabling the rapid review and indexing of captured video. BriefCam provides an easy-to-use solution to the problem plaguing security organizations around the world: hours, days and weeks of recorded video that goes unwatched - until it's too late. Now they can browse hours in minutes, get better evidence faster, and with lower manpower costs." BriefCam VS imports and processes video from the systems commonly used by law enforcement, government agencies, educational facilities, municipalities and loss prevention organizations. Both companies will be presenting at ASIS 2009, September 21-24, 2009 at the Milestone booth 4445.

BriefCam Video Synopsis Uniquely Embedded in OnSSI Ocularis

OnSSI?s Ocularis enhanced with BriefCam Video Synopsis technology lets users ?get the brief? ? enabling review of 24 hours of video in minutes Download PDF Neve Ilan, Israel and Pearl River, NY; September 14, 2009 ? BriefCam, Ltd. (www.briefcam.com), a developer and provider of Video Synopsis systems for reviewing, analyzing and indexing of surveillance camera content, and On-Net Surveillance Systems, Inc. (OnSSI) (www.onssi.com) today announced the full embedding of BriefCam?s Video Synopsis technology into OnSSI?s award-winning Ocularis Video Management Platform. Embedding the Video Synopsis module from Briefcam inside the Ocularis Client provides significant advantages when compared to a VMS solution that is simply integrated. With the embedded solution, the customer saves the cost of acquiring additional dedicated hardware needed to run the Video Synopsis application. Even more significantly, the Video Synopsis application runs inside the Ocularis viewing client as an embedded video, similar to the other video surveillance camera streams, rather then in a separate window running as a separate application. OnSSI is the first vendor to adopt Video Synopsis technology inside its client application and is the exclusive NVR provider of embedded Video Synopsis for North America. BriefCam?s Video Synopsis application will be offered as an optional module embedded within Ocularis? rich functionality and user-friendly environment, enabling users to benefit from significant time-savings during the investigative process. Licensing to OnSSI is a very significant vote of confidence for us,? said Gideon Ben-Zvi, chairman and president of BriefCam. ?Video Synopsis gives OnSSI an edge by providing a new technology that differentiates them from the rest and familiarizes users with an easy-to-use, powerful tool that, for the first time, makes reviewing all video feeds possible, and part of the daily security routine?. BriefCam?s Video Synopsis is a proprietary image-processing technology that creates a summary of original full-length surveillance video and gives users the ability to review hours of footage in just a few minutes time. Video Synopsis enables the rapid review and indexing of captured video footage -- with an index to the original source video; real-time video feed online and archival video footage offline -- for on-the-spot event tracking, forensics and evidence discovery. BriefCam can provide a complete representation of all events occurring during 24 hours of video footage in a condensed clip, as short as a few minutes long. The synopsis is made possible by simultaneously presenting multiple objects and activities that have occurred at different times. Ocularis is an open-architecture, non-proprietary, video-centric PSIM (Physical Security Information Management) software platform that allows users to view, manage, and record video from an unlimited number of IP and non-IP video surveillance camera, while integrated with other physical security and transactions systems. ?No one can watch 24 hours of surveillance video yet CCTV deployment worldwide continues to grow exponentially,? said Gadi Piran, President and CTO of OnSSI. ?Ocularis is the first surveillance product to embed Video Synopsis; we now offer clients an enhanced product suite that meets the unmet global need to browse video, investigate and indentify incidents rapidly, and take action.? OnSSI Ocularis with Video Synopsis powered by BriefCam will be presented at ASIS 2009, September 21-24, 2009 at the OnSSI booth # 1639.

BriefCam and Milestone Systems Announce Integration Partnership

BriefCam?s Video Synopsis? technology, integrated with the open platform Milestone XProtect? IP video management software, condenses 24 hours of CCTV footage into a few minutes Copenhagen / Israel ? 12 May, 2009 - BriefCam Ltd., a unique provider of systems for video synopsis and indexing of surveillance camera content, announced today an integration partnership with Milestone, the leading open platform company within IP video management software. Users of Milestone XProtect will now be able to utilize BriefCam?s first-of-its-kind technology, which allows for one day of surveillance camera footage to be summarized into as little as a few minutes, enabling the rapid review and indexing of captured video. BriefCam?s Video Synopsis? technology provides a summarized video clip of the original full-length video footage. The synopsis is made possible by presenting concurrently multiple objects and activities that have occurred at different times. Clicking on any individual object or event in the clip invokes the original unabridged video for targeted review. With affordable video summarization, BriefCam enables the rapid review of captured video to assess reported incidents and occurrences, as well as the uncovering and discovery of incidents that may never have been exposed in the past due to the high cost of manual video review. Milestone XProtect IP video management software provides a powerful platform for easy-to-use, best-of-breed surveillance solutions, handling unlimited numbers of cameras, servers, users and sites. The open architecture and strong Milestone business model are creating a growing base of Milestone Solution Partners, engendering even more comprehensive implementations with integrations that include analytics, access control. Point-of-Sale, building management systems, etc. ?No matter the size of installation, however, any video system operator can now benefit from saving time when reviewing video recordings, thanks to this Briefcam integration with Milestone. Redefining the possibilities of how stored video can be used, BriefCam has made a truly unique solution for summarizing stored video streams,? stated Martin Kaufmann, MSP Program Manager at Milestone Systems. ?BriefCam is thrilled to be working with Milestone to provide top surveillance technology for security professionals,? said Gideon Ben-Zvi, chairman and president of BriefCam. ?BriefCam?s technology is key to giving security personnel, retail managers, homeowners and others the ability to react faster and more efficiently in managing their security needs. We look forward to working closely with Milestone in giving people the tools they need to achieve rapid results.? Both companies are attending this week?s IFSEC conference in Birmingham. BriefCam will be located in Hall 4, Booth F20. Milestone will be located in Hall 4, F140.

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