Articles by author: Lizzi Goldmeier


Harnessing the Power of GPUs Accelerates Video Processing and Delivers Breakthrough Video Analytics Capabilities Powered by Deep Learning

Boston, MA, September 19, 2017 -- BriefCam®, the industry’s leading provider of Video Synopsis® solutions for rapid video review and search, real-time alerting, and quantitative video insights, today announced that it’s a part of the newly launched NVIDIA Metropolis Software Partner Program. The program offers a curated list of applications that make it easy for systems integrators and hardware vendors to build new products. BriefCam is harnessing the power of GPUs to exponentially accelerate video processing and deliver breakthrough video analytics solutions powered by deep learning. NVIDIA offers advanced GPU technologies that enable rapid video rendering and optimized deep learning frameworks. BriefCam’s Syndex products help the world’s leading law enforcement, public safety, government and business organizations transform raw video into actionable security and business intelligence. It enables customers to review hours of video within minutes, rapidly pinpoint people and objects of interest, proactively receive real-time notifications of critical events, and dynamically analyze key performance indicators. Known for its innovative approach for addressing city-wide safety and security initiatives, the Hartford Police Department will be the first to benefit from the advancements provided by running BriefCam on NVIDIA GPUs. “Using BriefCam has been a game changer for our city. Just last week, BriefCam helped us catch a suspected child predator by enabling us to review two hours of surveillance videos in 13 seconds,” said Sergeant Johnmichael O’Hare, Hartford Police Department. “We are also effectively using BriefCam to create safer traffic patterns, identify drug hotspots and secure events. Adding support for NVIDIA GPUs will further facilitate the city’s safe environment, enhancing the quality of life for the residents of Hartford, and help spur economic growth.” "We’re excited to provide the industry with video analytics solutions that will perform faster, deliver better results and cost less,” said Tom Edlund, chief technology officer of BriefCam. “This collaboration will enable BriefCam to harness NVIDIA’s latest GPU technology to accelerate deep learning training and inferencing. As a result, we’ll be able to rapidly analyze more video and extract richer metadata to deliver the actionable insights demanded by our forensic, security and business customers globally.”  

Using New Tech, Hartford Cops Quickly Apprehend Suspected Child Predator

City police, scanning hours of video, found the evidence they needed within minutes: A clip of a van, weaving through traffic, that police suspected was being driven by a man who reportedly had exposed himself to a 10-year-old girl on Stonington Street Monday morning as she made her way to the school bus. Read the full article and watch the video  Source: Using New Tech, Hartford Cops Quickly Apprehend Suspected Child Predator – Hartford Courant 

Canon Marketing Japan to Resell BriefCam Syndex® Software

Best-of-Breed Video Analytics Solution Selected as Critical Component of End-To-End Video Surveillance Solution for Law Enforcement and Enterprise Markets

Boston, MA, Sept. 6, 2017 -- BriefCam®, the industry's leading provider of Video Synopsis® solutions for rapid video review and search, real-time alerting, and quantitative video insights, today announced that it has signed a reseller agreement with Canon Marketing Japan (TYO: 8060). BriefCam's award-winning Syndex products are deployed in over 40 countries and utilized by the world's leading law enforcement, public safety, government, and business organizations to transform their raw video data into actionable intelligence. Canon Marketing Japan (MJ) is the exclusive sales and marketing arm of Canon Inc. in Japan. By adding BriefCam Syndex to its portfolio, Canon MJ can offer its customers a complete video surveillance solution comprising Network Cameras, Video Management and Recording (Milestone XProtect), and Video Content Analytics (BriefCam Syndex®). BriefCam Syndex® will provide Canon MJ customers with the ability to review hours of video within minutes, rapidly pinpoint people and objects of interest, proactively receive real-time notifications of critical events, and dynamically analyze key performance indicators. "We are excited to add BriefCam's Syndex products to our product portfolio," said Koichi Mikami, Vice President and Group Executive for NVS Management Headquarters for Canon Marketing Japan. "Everything from the quality of their patented Synopsis presentation layer to their advanced analytics and machine learning capabilities is cutting-edge. These unique capabilities enable us to offer our customers the best-of-breed video analytics solution, with comprehensive capabilities that range from countering security threats to increasing operational efficiencies." Organizations everywhere want solutions that proactively identify and alert users about potential security or safety threats, reduce the overall time spent reviewing video, and address the new "big data" opportunity that video provides. According to researchers at Markets and Markets, the video surveillance market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 15.4% to reach a projected market size of $75.64 billion by 2022. This ubiquity of network cameras is driving the groundswell of demand for solutions that quickly and accurately analyze, classify, and quantify the content of video data. "We are delighted to add Canon MJ to our list of valued partners," said Trevor Matz, President and CEO of BriefCam. "We look forward to working with Canon MJ to unlock the value embedded in the petabytes of video recorded by their customers, and to provide breakthrough efficiency and effectiveness to security, operations, and management teams across Japan." Recognized as the de facto standard for video analytics solutions by hundreds of prestigious customers worldwide, BriefCam offers transformational video analytics solutions that prevent and solve security challenges for Federal Government, Security, Law Enforcement, Safe/Smart Cities, and Transportation Agencies across the globe, while providing F500 Enterprises, Healthcare and Educational Institutions with advanced capabilities to address safety, security and operational efficiency objectives.

From counter-terror to retail: Gaining actionable data from videos

Nowadays, there is a lot of hype around data and its utility for almost any industry – from security and law enforcement to business operations and retail. Having actionable video data helps streamline operations, recognize inefficient work flows and understand which behaviors and activities are most effective. Read Vice President, Americas, Amit Gavish's article on to learn how video analytics are optimizing productivity for a wide range of industries

Does Every Cloud have a Silver Lining: The State of Video and the Cloud

Tom Edlund, BriefCam CTO

It seems every sector of the technology world is racing to the Cloud except video surveillance, which has yet to fully embrace this new frontier. In this post, I want to explore the video surveillance industry’s main considerations in moving to the Cloud, the advantages of developing cloud-based video solutions, and the current state of the video space and the Cloud. What’s holding video back from reaching for the Cloud? The video industry isn’t one to shy away from innovation and is constantly developing new ways to optimize its value. But, when it comes to the Cloud, the video surveillance industry has many considerations to account for: Bandwidth – uploading video to the Cloud requires a lot of bandwidth and relies on high speed, highly available network connections. Organizations and users must weigh the expense of using more bandwidth against the costs of maintaining the on-premise infrastructure, while keeping in mind the bandwidth limitations in transferring data to the Cloud. Storage – do the perks of storing data in the Cloud – such as less IT and infrastructural maintenance – outweigh the conveniences and lower costs of maintaining the status quo and storing video on-premise? Security & Accessibility – the Cloud makes stored video more widely accessible across organizations, but also creates vulnerabilities, such as Internet outages and security breaches. Organizations should evaluate whether they have the internal resources to protect their on-premise data or whether they better off relying on Cloud-based video service providers. The advantages of the Cloud for video With all these factors to consider, it’s important to stress the clear advantages and new opportunities for innovation and optimization that the Cloud provides: The Cloud is an excellent platform for application developers to provide video-related value added services that benefit from remote access on mobile devices, big data fusion and a short development cycle. The Cloud can be used to store data to help reduce the organization’s infrastructural needs To significantly reduce the bandwidth and storage costs, video analytics solutions can pre-process the video on-premise and upload to the Cloud only the metadata and events of interest. In fact, video solutions providers are already using the Cloud for these express purposes and others. Leading VMS players already leverage the Cloud: Genetec’s Security Center cloud services combine on-premise systems with a cloud-based offering for reducing hardware and reliance on corporate IT, while the Milestone Systems spin-off, Arcus Global, has been launched by Canon to support users that want to embrace video IoT in the Cloud. Looking to the Cloud: what lies ahead for the video space? There are many ways to leverage the Cloud to enjoy its benefits. That being said, there is still a ways to go before the Cloud is being utilized to its fullest potential. Cloud-based value added services will likely be significant drivers in Cloud adoption; however, many providers are hesitant to develop these solutions while adoption is still slow – likely because users are waiting for value-added services that justify moving to become available. Looking ahead, a good starting point for the video space is to leverage the Cloud for home-based solutions or those designed for small businesses. With less video and less heavy content to store, this is a good test case for gauging the utility of the Cloud before moving forward with solutions for bigger enterprises seeking the flexibility and scalability the Cloud can offer. Another possibility is to leverage the Cloud for video analytics purposes. Cloud-based applications for detecting motion in video already exist, and more sophisticated object extraction and indexing capabilities will likely develop over time. As video technology becomes more sophisticated, cloud innovation will also advance – perhaps these industries’ joint progress will soon make moving to the Cloud a foregone conclusion for the video space.

Trevor Matz Named President & CEO of BriefCam

Award-winning Video Synopsis® Company Paves Path for Next Growth Phase with New Executive Leadership Led by Serial High-tech Entrepreneur

MODI'IN TECHNOLOGY PARK, Israel, July 10, 2017 -- BriefCam®, the industry's leading provider of Video Synopsis® solutions for rapid video review, search, and analysis, today announced new executive leadership by naming Trevor Matz as President and CEO. Matz succeeds Dror Irani, who has served as BriefCam's President and CEO since 2010. Irani spearheaded the company's transition from a technology-based start-up to being recognized as the de facto standard for video analytics solutions by hundreds of prestigious customers throughout the Federal Government, Security, Law Enforcement and Transportation Agencies, F500 Enterprises, Healthcare and Educational Institutions, and Safe/Smart Cities across the globe. "On behalf of the Board and BriefCam, I want to thank Dror for his dedicated leadership and significant contribution to the company and wish him much success in the future," said Gideon Ben-Zvi, Co-founder & Chairman of BriefCam. "BriefCam is exceptionally well positioned to continue to take advantage of the rapidly growing Video Analytics market, and Trevor Matz is the right CEO to lead us into the future and capitalize on this opportunity." Matz, a high-tech software veteran and serial entrepreneur, has built and led world-class enterprise software companies globally. Previously, Matz was President and CEO of Aternity, Inc., a leading provider of End User Experience (EUE) and application performance monitoring solutions. Under Matz's leadership Aternity was repeatedly recognized by industry influencers and analysts as delivering best-in-class EUE solutions. With Matz at the helm, Aternity was embraced by household brands throughout every industry, leading to the company's 2016 acquisition by Riverbed Technology. Prior to Aternity, Matz served as worldwide managing director of Application Integration for InterSystems Corporation where he took Ensemble from launch through recognition as the #1 Integration Platform in HealthCare. Before his global responsibilities for InterSystems integration initiative, Matz served as managing director for the Eastern Mediterranean, Middle East, India, and Africa. "This is an exciting time for BriefCam and I am thrilled to join the team," said Trevor Matz. "BriefCam's state-of-the-art technology reduces the time and effort needed to conduct video reviews, post-event video investigations, and real-time video monitoring. Now is the time for BriefCam to capitalize on the massive opportunity to expand its footprint into new markets, both on the business and consumer-side. I am looking forward to working with our employees, customers, and strategic partners to deliver video analytics solutions that will provide game-changing efficiency and effectiveness to security, operational and management teams everywhere." "We're grateful for Dror's steadfast commitment to BriefCam and for driving the commercialization and adoption of Video Synopsis technology into so many markets," said Professor Shmuel Peleg of Hebrew University, Co-founder and Chief Scientist of BriefCam. "The ability to transform video data into useful and actionable information provides boundless opportunities for worldwide growth. Trevor has an exceptional record for building high-performance organizations and I am looking forward to helping ensure a successful leadership transition." About BriefCam BriefCam's patented Video Synopsis® technology, developed at the Computer Science Department of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, enables the review of hours of video in just minutes. By transforming video data into actionable intelligence, BriefCam's video analytics solutions dramatically shorten the time-to-target for security threats while increasing operational efficiencies and quality of service for businesses. BriefCam Syndex® Pro products are deployed by law enforcement and public safety organizations, government and transportation agencies, major enterprises, healthcare and educational institutions, and local communities worldwide. BriefCam's groundbreaking technology has been recognized with a series of industry accolades including The Wall Street Journal Technology Innovation Award, Security Products Magazine New Product of the Year, SIA New Product Showcase Best in Video Analytics Award, and CNBC Europe's 25 Most Creative Companies. Follow BriefCam on Twitter and engage with us on LinkedIn. Learn more at ©2017 BriefCam, Ltd. All other trademarks or trade names are properties of their respective owners.  All rights reserved.

How quality of video analytics impacts quality of life in Smart Cities

Amit Gavish, General Manager, Americas

This blog was originally posted by our partner Genetec at  Too often when we think about video analytics applications, we immediately jump to how video data can optimize security. With the transition from analog to IP video systems and dramatic improvement in video quality, insights derived from video are becoming invaluable for urban development and planning, and access to video analytics is fast becoming a key competitive differentiator for cities moving forward. Smart Cities are ones that utilize video data to improve residents’ quality of life, optimize municipal operations and, of course, secure the environment. Cities require an easy way of measuring the efficacy of public infrastructure, transportation services, and urban landscape. While the value of video surveillance is clear, often cities cannot capitalize on their investment in video, because they lack the tools to take advantage of the huge amount of video data collected. A real competitive edge for Smart Cities is the ability to review volumes of video quickly, gain a full scene understanding, analyze both moving objects and background, classify objects, investigate interactions between objects, categorize behavior of objects, and on top of it all, generate statistical information. Delivering the promise of video analytics Video analytics based on Video Synopsis® enables reviewing hours of video in just minutes, converting large amounts of video data into useful information that cities can effectively act upon. By accelerating the monitoring of city operations, municipalities can oversee processes, evaluate them and deploy more efficient solutions to increase resident satisfaction and attract new residents to the city. It is clear that video surveillance is an essential component of any Smart City strategy, but how is the extracted data used, in practice, to improve the quality of life within these cities? One major application is security. Collectively, crime, vandalism, and noncompliance with city regulations can negatively impact the day-to-day experience of living in an urban setting. With the proper tools and data resources, cities can optimize their daily operations while providing a safe environment, by: Accelerating response time Detecting loitering and trespassing Minimizing vandalization of public spaces Controlling and monitoring crowds Managing events proactively From safe to smart Video is the richest sensor in a city environment and by leveraging its rich content cities can transition from safe to smart. Video data can be used for optimizing municipal operations, providing insight for predictive city management and enabling several practical applications. For instance, the city can monitor vehicular traffic and easily note where and when congestion occurs. Armed with this information, the city could design more efficient traffic patterns, plan to expand high-traffic roads or even increase public transport options. With proactive video analytics, cities can monitor and enforce additional services, such as public parking, to easily see where parking is available and whether residents are breaking parking regulations. They can quickly learn when cars are moving in restricted directions or evaluate heat maps to see where garbage is being disposed improperly. The city can also provide useful data to its main stakeholders, such as large enterprises, hospitals, and universities, to help streamline their operations as part of increasing city-wide efficiency and efficacy. The combined effect of these small details can have an impact on overall quality of life for residents, and the ability to proactively prevent them and respond to them is critical for Smart Cities. The growing need for reliable video analytics solutions that add value beyond security transcends industries, verticals, and geographies. And as the use of GPU expands, advancing deep learning analysis, data can more effectively be analyzed at a lower cost. These developments will progress video analytics capabilities to new heights, with data aggregation enabling the prediction of future activity and potential threats, truly delivering the long-awaited promise of big data in the video space for Smart Cities and beyond. To learn more about the integration of BriefCam Video Synopsis technology within the Genetec Security Center unified platform, read Genetec's partner tech note.

When time is of the essence, so is video analytics: from reactive to proactive

Jeremy Krinitt, VP Enterprise Business Development

The recent advances in video analytics technology are revolutionizing security and facilitating the ability to turn video data into useful information for fast, accurate and proactive security management. Optimize reactive investigation When it comes to security, speedy response is essential. While video surveillance has always been a key resource for security organizations and police units, traditionally timing hasn’t been the strong suit of this medium. Watching video from surveillance cameras is time-consuming and tiring, making it difficult for viewers to focus and to identify threats as they develop. In fact, Accenture estimates that, after twenty minutes of reviewing surveillance footage, 95% percent of incidents are likely to be missed, while 98% of footage is never viewed. With video analytics based on Video Synopsis® technology, investigators can overcome the limitations of timing that have inhibited their reliance on video footage in the past. The ability to watch hours of video in minutes and to see all video events and objects simultaneously, means that a single investigator can function as many. According to Hartford, CT Police Chief James Rovella “this is imperative, because we can't have 30 people sitting, watching cameras” to quickly find targets and identify suspects. Furthermore, because Video Synopsis indexes and classifies all the objects in the original footage, the investigator can apply filters to focus search criteria when looking for specific targets. This also helps in cases when there is no known suspect, because the investigator can rapidly review footage to identify potential perpetrators. Suspicious behavior can be identified using heat maps, as well, which can be applied to detect loitering and movement in restricted areas. Adopt proactive investigation Oftentimes, the best course of action for security teams is to handle events as they unfold, and it’s not enough to simply review the footage. Today’s video analytics solutions offer real-time alerts for: Improving situational awareness Updating security personnel to suspicious behavior Analyzing complex scenes quickly and effectively This helps maintain safety and quickly restore security when it is disrupted. In addition to real-time notifications, video analytics solutions can also offer statistical reporting, to give a high-level overview of activity and events in videos, enabling investigators to: Automatically schedule reports to share work progress Easily present investigation results in an organized manner Identify key trends over time with statistics All these lead to more proactive case management and more effective communication for security teams. But this isn’t the only way video analytics helps manage investigations more effectively, it also provides the tools to keep all security personnel informed and focused. The ability to quickly drill down to the exact details needed to solve a case, without tediously having to filter through extraneous data and footage, enables security teams to streamline their operations and work efficiently. While we don't often have the opportunity to view a video investigation side-by-side using different techniques, one thing that we do see from time to time is re-investigating offloaded video for cases that have been archived as unsolved.  Such cases can be solved faster by applying video analytics based on Video Synopsis. Though on first glance you might think video could slow down investigative work, with advances in Video Synopsis and analytics, video has become an invaluable resource for solving crimes quickly and effectively, on the reactive and proactive level. Is the industry ready for the next level? Stay tuned for my thoughts on predictive video analytics.

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