Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning are some of the greatest trends currently impacting the IP surveillance market.
The application of AI in IP surveillance helps to train cameras to learn from properly tagged data to keep improving their accuracy, explains Gabriel Yang, operations director of VIVOTEK Middle East. Artificial Intelligence is also being utilised to increase the scope of such deployments, he adds.
Machine Learning, a building block of AI, is being leveraged to enhance the purview of video analytics and generate more actionable and real-time results. “Machine Learning is also becoming pivotal in enhancing the productivity, business landscape, and quality of living of a given region. Doing so makes our surveillance and security infrastructure more proactive and robust, while also eliminating the scope of human resource-related errors and omissions,” Yang explains.
These technologies automatically analyse a particular use case, such as the frequency of human’s movements, human and non-human object, facial expressions to spot aggressive behaviour, security breach, or fire hazard, and alert the security department in real-time along with the video feed of the same. The network cameras can, thereupon, analyse the video and react proactively as needed.
VIVOTEK offers deep-learning technology in its latest edge-computing network cameras. “Our deep-learning technology is based on human behaviours, including people counting, crowd detection, smart motion detection and extends to queue management for more advanced human behaviour analysis,” says Yang.
VIVOTEK’s latest H.265 smart 360-degree fisheye camera now features the new wave of advanced deep-learning technology, including Crowd Detection and Heatmap in order to optimise operation management. “The crowd detection feature can count the number of people and indicate any selected zone that exceeds an ideal threshold, thus enabling users analyse areas for future improvements and avoidances. Through deep-learning technology, this smart fisheye camera is the next step in elevating surveillance cameras from image capturing devices to advanced notification instruments, allowing users to see more in smarter ways,” Yang adds.
The other major trend in the industry is the bringing together of IP surveillance and cybersecurity.
Any data-driven network has to contemplate its vulnerability to external cyber attacks, and the hacking of a smart city infrastructure would be catastrophic. “Where smart cities could use network cameras or IoT devices to identify crime and track criminals, collect traffic, data and images, hackers could take advantages on vulnerabilities and trigger massive cyber-attacks,” says Yang.
To that end, VIVOTEK’s new flagship H.265/HEVC cameras come with enhanced cybersecurity protection. VIVOTEK is the first surveillance network camera provider to cooperate with cybersecurity firm Trend Micro, with its latest series of cameras embedded with Trend Micro’s anti-intrusion software, offering multiple-layer protection, including Brute Force Attack Detection, Intrusion Detection and Prevention, and Instant Damage Control, and enabling users to enjoy higher levels of network security.
“Cyber attacks have become a serious issue for many different sectors, including the IP surveillance industry. As a global IP surveillance provider, VIVOTEK places enormous importance on this issue. We aim to provide our users with products of the highest levels of reliability and quality,” says Yang.
VIVOTEK has also addressed storage concerns for customers as the cost of storage infrastructure soars.
VIVOTEK’s latest flagship cameras have employed its proprietary Smart Stream III technology to maximise bandwidth and storage efficiency. “By adopting Smart Stream III and H.265 technology, users will benefit from reduced bandwidth and data storage demands by up to 90% over systems employing traditional H.264 without smart stream functionality,” Yang explains.
In addition, the five 2-megapixel cameras feature SNV II (Supreme Night Visibility II), WDR Pro II and Smart IR II, providing users better quality images during night time by reducing IR hotspots and optimising IR intensity control. “Furthermore, the built-in IR illuminators are now effective up to 50 meters, placing VIVOTEK ahead of the field in H.265 IP surveillance solutions,” Yang explains.
VIVOTEK is focused on retail, transportation and building automation, which are some of the biggest verticals in the region.
In retail markets, the company launched a stereo counting camera to enhance business intelligence. Featuring dual-lens design with VIVOTEK’s self-developed 3D Depth Technology, the camera provides precise tracking and a high counting accuracy of up to 98% via deep learning technology. Users can further enhance business intelligence report via VIVOTEK’s central management software, VAST2, which produces dedicated counting reports, Yang explains.