COPENHAGEN – 11 June 1008. A network of megapixel behavior-recognition smart cameras has been installed at Queen Mary, University of London, one of the UK’s leading research-focused higher education institutions. The implementation will enable a research team to gather real world data to build models and algorithms for software application development relating to BEWARE (Behavior based Enhancement of Wide-Area Situational Awareness). The project has important implications for security in the UK. The surveillance system is installed by Smart CCTV using IQinVision megapixel cameras managed by Milestone XProtect IP video software.
Dr Tony Xiang of Queen Mary’s University explained the challenges that the University needed to meet in specifying the technology to achieve the project. “The problem we want to address is behavior analysis using multiple cameras. We need to develop a model for detection and tagging of people across cameras, enabling an automated video analytics system to track the same person between views from camera 1 to camera 2, for example.”
A further objective is to automate PTZ cameras through software instructions linked with the tagging and behavior profiling. Dr Xiang says: “Camera actions would be determined by the behavior profiling. If the smart camera detects suspicious behavior, it will automatically focus on the tagged person.”
Smart CCTV recommended the network of IQeye megapixel IP behavior-recognition smart cameras offering high-definition MJPEG video quality images. Milestone Systems XProtect IP video management system was specified as the recording platform to satisfy the project’s initial aims of watching people, clarifying data and for testing models.
Following training of the research assistants at Smart CCTV’s premises in the UK, the system is working efficiently and the team members are using the cameras extensively to capture data.
Dr Tony Xiang said: “We have an obligation to get best value for money and, as a Government Agency, we asked different companies for competitive proposals. Smart CCTV was the only company that provided the specialist technology that we needed to complete the project, on time and within budget. We particularly needed an IP-based solution that could be easily integrated with our existing building, cabling and network infrastructure.”
Nick Hewitson, Managing Director of Smart CCTV, added: “The combination of the Milestone software platform and IQinVision’s megapixel cameras provides a highly effective and efficient way of collecting and managing high resolution video streams.”
About Smart CCTV
Smart CCTV Ltd is a developer of ‘smart CCTV’ products that will allow operators to become more proactive in their response to criminal and undesirable behavior and thereby improve the quality of life of the people living and working in their area. Smart CCTV Ltd uses the technologies of computer image processing and analysis to supply and sell smart CCTV products. Smart CCTV Ltd became a partner with Morse Group Ltd in 2007 for the development and sale of smart camera solutions. www.smartcctvltd.com
IQinVision is the world leader in megapixel IP video. Since 1998, IQinVision has been designing, manufacturing, and marketing the IQeye family of high-performance network cameras, intelligent cameras, and network video recording (NVR) systems. IQeye network cameras are renowned for image quality, stability, and reliability in the most demanding network conditions and environments. www.IQeye.com