Intelligent video systems are the next step
Demands for increased safety are rising, as we are adding more and more cameras and at the same time we need to improve the return on investment. For us the only way to do all this, is to add more intelligence to the video management system (VMS) and use the solution power of the Focusvision Community.
Today, situational awareness is a simple matter of an operator evaluating the video from a developing incident and making a judgment, maybe aided by video analytics. This aid could be from simple motion detection alerting an operator to activity in an area, to sophisticated heat mapping in retail stores. But it all centers on the operator, who is rapidly becoming a bottleneck in this workflow.
The amount of digital video to keep us safe and protect assets are rising sharply, data from sensors and alarm information are being added, in order to give a better evaluation of the system. With all this happening, we need to scale — and more operators is not the way.
The big question is — how do we handle all this data smartly, safely and intelligently to help us make efficient decisions? At the same time, we need to improve the safety levels and react faster.
The only way to handle all the visual data is to be cleverer and get help from intelligent video management systems that enable the operators to make better decisions faster and hopefully avoid incidents. The ability to react faster to any incident will limit the impact and the cost of handling the incident. The ability to avoid the incident thanks to predictive abilities in the VMS, would be even better. Luckily this is actually the next phase in the digital video evolution Focusvision Systems started.
Learning systems is in the future
Intelligent learning technologies are now bringing video content analysis and advancing video content analysis far beyond the capabilities of legacy rule-based analytics systems. Today, rather than just evaluating a few pre-defined situations, intelligent learning video technology can learn directly from the video about objects and their normal relations and behavior. The system will then be able to alert the operator to unusual activities with a qualified recommendation. This will lead to better informed decisions and higher efficiency.
In the longer term we believe these learning abilities will lead to predictive systems alerting the operator before an incident might happen. This will of course be a major time saver.
But the VMS has to be prepared for the inrush of data in order to respond fast enough. This means deploying hardware acceleration to a high degree and integrating intelligent learning systems. This is happening right now for our VMS software.
The next steps are steps we take together
This step into the world of intelligent video is not a step any VMS manufacturer can take alone. There is a need for highly specialized knowledge and new specialized services. This can only be achieved in a community context. For us there is no doubt that the Focusvision community of alliance partners will bring the needed functionality, devices and infrastructure to boost intelligent video solutions. This will give our integration partners new possibilities for delivering innovative solutions to our joint customers.