Video Analytics and Thermal Cameras

PureTech Systems is a software company that develops and markets PureActiv, its geospatial analytics solution designed to protect critical perimeters and perimeters. It’s patented video analytics leverage thermal cameras, radars and other sensors to detect, geo-locate, classify, and autonomously follow intruders of interest.

Intruder Detection and Tracking using Thermal Cameras

Intruder Detection and Tracking using Thermal Cameras

PureTech Systems’ AlertView command and control acts as a force multiplier by automating detection and only presenting security personnel with real threats in a geospatial common operating picture. Thermal cameras, and in particular high-resolution Continue reading

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The Art of Selling Video Analytics for Perimeter Protection

Selling Video Analytics

When selling video analytics, what type of product should you promote? Are there any hidden sales costs and are you leaving any value on the table?

Video Analytics has been around for a while.  Over the years the algorithms have continued to evolve, from simple pixel motion detection to today’s much more advanced deep learning algorithms.  With the advent of lower cost hardware and advanced learning neural networks, video analytics is poised to make some great strides in the coming years in many different markets, including perimeter security.

The sale and install of video analytics can be challenging, as it’s sometimes unclear if it’s a product, a feature, or even a service.   So, what does that mean for the security dealer and integrator when you are building your sales model around video analytics?   How do you engage with your customer correctly when looking to provide them this capability?  How do you ensure there is enough revenue to warrant the sale, and more importantly, how do you avoid unforeseen costs?

Let’s take a look at some items to consider when developing your plan to market and sell video analytics to your customers, including what type to choose, potential hidden costs, as well as, and some scenarios where you may be leaving value on the table.

What type of Video Analytics to sell?

Video analytics come in many shapes and sizes, but for now let’s look at three differentiating factors to consider when choosing a type to promote: Continue reading

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Fox 10 News – Border Technology Driven by PureActiv Software

PureTech Systems is partnered with Benchmark Electronics for delivery of the MVSS (Mobile Video Surveillance Platform) to the United States Border Patrol for remote monitoring at our southern border.  PureTech Systems provides the PureActiv software as the central command and control, providing video intelligence, user interface display and sensor collaboration logic for the surveillance suite.

In this video, Fox 10 News Phoenix speaks with Benchmark’s CEO Paul Tufano about the new technology.  PLAY VIDEO

News 10: Today we have a very interesting new product, so in the Border the federal government which is partially shut down right now due to a debate as the whether we should have a barrier on our southern border.  Part of that debate centers on whether we need an actual structure, like a wall down there, or whether we should rely more on new technology.

News 10: A Tempe company providing one of those new technologies to border patrol – a tracking system that can literally see for miles. This is Paul Tufano, CEO and president of Benchmark Electronics located here in the Valley.

News 10: You have a very interesting product out there.  I’ve been down along the border many times and sometimes it’s tough to spot people.  Your cameras and your mobile unit actually spot people miles away.  Tell us how they work.

MVSS COP for Border Patrol

Tufano:  We have a mobile video surveillance system that has a sensor package that allows you to see intruders out to 6 miles – day and night.  More importantly than seeing them, the software identifies intruders as animals versus people.   Once we have identified a potential intruder, we can actually locate its GPS location and track it with the cameras. More importantly we can send signals to border patrol agents – knowing exact locations.

News 10: Can you describe the set up for us.

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PureActiv software deployed for Border Patrol’s mobile surveillance platforms

PureTech Systems was featured on multiple news channels in response to the delivery milestone for the next phase of the Border Patrol’s Mobile Video Surveillance Systems (MVSS) program.  The deliveries of the MVSS, which utilizes PureTech Systems’ PureActiv software as its central command and control, occurred in San Diego, CA and will support mobile video surveillance up to 6 miles away.

PureTech Systems is teamed with Benchmark Electronics to deliver the complete mobile system, including a F-150 pickup truck equipped with a sensor suite of visible and thermal cameras mounted on a telescoping mast.  The system’s mission is to track and identify Items of Interest (IOI) along the U.S. southwest border and other remote surveillance scenarios where rapid mobile deployment is needed.

Fox 5 San Diego CoverageBorder Patrol’s new mobile surveillance system can see for miles

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Why Your Next Security Guard Might Be a Drone?

The lowering cost of drones combined with light weight video cameras and state of the art stabilization technology, has opened up a wide range of use cases, including the integration of drones as a video surveillance tool for controlling your perimeter (See “Why Your VMS Needs a Drone”).  In fact, drones have such a high potential for use in surveillance, that you may want to reconsider your staffing plans.  Will drones have an impact on the contract security personnel market?  It’s probably not as unlikely as you may think.  Consider the following drone attributes and perhaps your next security guard selection may be a quad-rotor.

Surveillance Security Drone

Drones are showing great potential as a security asset for critical facilities. So much so, that perhaps your next manpower planning session includes discussion around the addition of a drone to your security team.

MORE EFFICIENT COMMUNICATORS

A key to all security events is timely, efficient understanding of pertinent details and the communication and assignment of actions in response to the event.  In these situations, Continue reading

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R-RVSS Relocatable Remote Video Surveillance System

Border security needs are constantly evolving today more than ever and GDIT is constantly advancing technological solutions to meet our customer’s needs.  General Dynamics Information Technology’s R-RVSS is an electronic barrier that provides DHS and CBP with “eyes and ears” for border security.  R-RVSS assists with identification and termination of illegal border activity with video analytics and map-based command and control from PureTech Systems.

  • GDIT’s R-RVSS tower system provides a 360° field of vision for automatic and manual detection within areas of interest.
  • Mounted atop Relocatable Tower Systems (RTS) or building structures.
  • Minimal site perpetration without ecological environmental impacts.
  • RVSS Southwest border locations include six deployed, four potential in 2018, five RVSS expansion sides and four sites to be completed in 2018.
  • Command-and-Control (C2) centers efficiently monitor systems in real time.
  • Electro optical and thermal infrared systems with surveillance range to 7.5 miles and beyond.
  • Leverages recent advancements in sophisticated tracking, detection and classification in urban, remote and perimeter environments.

Border security for ever evolving world.  Designed to Meet the Diverse Mobility & Surveillance Needs of Border and Public Security Professionals.

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Why Your Video Management System Needs a Drone

What was once just science fiction, along with artificial intelligence and driverless cars, surveillance drones are now very real and an affordable and effective video surveillance option.  Here are the top reasons you should consider integrating a drone into your video management system.

Perimeter Surveillance Drones

Surveillance drones are here and ready to be deployed as an additional sensor in your video management system.

#1 – Technology Advancements

So why are we suddenly talking about drones?  They’ve been around for quite some time, in fact military records go back to World War I in 1916.   Mini and Micro versions have been around since the early 90’s.  So, what’s changed?  Continue reading

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Mobile Surveillance – Virtual Integrated Surveillance Solution (VISS)

Mobile Border Surveillance

VISS – Virtual Integrated Surveillance Solution Presented by Benchmark. Featuring “The Eagle” Mobile Video Surveillance System (MVSS) by Secure Technology a Benchmark Company.

Since time began nations have sought to protect their borders and people from illegal entry and criminal activity, but structural barriers can be costly and inefficient.  Now one system unites innovation, versatility and security to form virtual wall protection to detect and identify threats.  “The Eagle” Mobile Video Surveillance System, developed by Tactical Micro, a Secure Technology Benchmark Solutions company.

The Eagle MVSS combines sophisticated map-based software, day and night imaging, ground sensors, lasers and drone technology to create the world’s most comprehensive mobile surveillance system.  Ideal for border patrol, search and rescue, crowd control and sensitive facility security. Continue reading

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Building a Virtual Mobile Wall of Protection – VISS from Benchmark

The Virtual Integrated Surveillance Solution (VISS) presented by Benchmark and featuring “The Eagle” Mobile Video Surveillance System (MVSS) by Secure Technology a Benchmark Company, unites innovation, versatility and security to form virtual wall protection to detect and identify threats.  The system combines PureTech Systems’ sophisticated map-based software, day and night imaging, PureActiv video analytics, ground sensors, lasers and drone technology to create the world’s most comprehensive mobile surveillance system.

The following  video demonstrates how the system’s features and capabilities make it ideal for border patrol, search and rescue, crowd control and sensitive facility security.

Benchmark | Virtual, Integrated Surveillance Solution (VISS) from Benchmark on Vimeo.

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International Standards for Man Overboard Detection Released

Man Overboard Detection ISO Standards

Cruise ships are constantly subjected to environmental and weather changes, and climate and waves tend to become rough and hazardous as a ship enters deep waters. During these difficult times, there is a high chance that a person might fall overboard.   A man-overboard event might occur due to various reasons, such as unexpected ship movement, a loss of balance, slippery deck floors,  and in some cases people might deliberately jump off the ship in an attempt to commit suicide.

Until recently, this type of event went unmonitored, and was typically reported by word of mouth.  Eight years ago, the United States government formally identified the need for increased measures to detect MOB situations when it released the Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act (CVSSA) of 2010.  The act applies to cruise ships carrying more 250 passengers on international voyages in which passengers embark or disembark in any US port.  It calls for automatic man-overboard detection/monitoring systems within 18 months of the technology becoming available.   In response to this mandate, Continue reading

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Security is a serious business, but not an excuse for a BORING 404 page!

Security Industry Error Page

We’ve all been there, on the internet investigating a security product or learning about new ways to help our customer protect their critical assets, you click on the product information link and ker plunk…you end up on a 404-error page.  Just the mention of a 404 can stricken a product marketer with an intense fear, as the person browsing the web site, you are typically left a little frustrated at not finding the information you were looking for.  The good news is 404 pages are not bad things, but the security industry could do a better job at embracing them.  Let’s take a quick look.

Bad 404 pageFirst off, let’s all get on the same page, so to speak.  Why do 404 pages even exist?  404 pages serve as an alert to the visitor trying to access a page that it no longer exists, and to (hopefully) redirect them to another part of your site. Quite often 404 pages are overlooked and treated as an afterthought, especially in markets dealing with serious customer problems like security. You spend hours placing information on your website, checking the key words, creating attractive informative images and diagrams, but when it comes to your 404 page we drop the ball.  I suspect most security marketing folks have no idea what their 404 page looks like and leave it to the web guy to use a generic error code version or an automatic redirect to the home page, hoping the user won’t notice. Continue reading

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The Speed Factor – Video-Based Car Counting

Camera affordability, easy access to data signals and increasing accuracy of intelligent video algorithms have made video-based counting solutions more affordable and more in demand for companies and municipalities that want to better manage traffic flow.  When considering video based counting, a question that often arises is at what speed can such systems count? Video-Based Car Counting – Speeding Vehicles

When answering this question, we must first clarify the problem.  There are a wide range of intelligent video solutions that have specific characteristics and target markets.  This is also the case with counting.  Some solutions are targeted for counting people, counting vehicles on the highway, determining groups of people or things, etc.  In this case, let’s consider counting used for parking management situations, which can include garages, outdoor lots, access roads.  For this market owner/operators are looking for a low cost, accurate system which typically counts at a transition point, such as a gate, an entrance/exit or an access road location.  In most cases, vehicles in these areas are moving slow, but there are two speed scenarios to be considered; high speeds (in a low speed zone) and stopped vehicles.

FAST MOVING VEHICLES

The first scenario, high speeds in a low speed zone, is important for two reasons.  Drivers are sometimes in a rush and may be a little heavy on the accelerator at times.  For these instances, you don’t want your counting system to not detect the vehicle due to its speed, and hence miss the count.  A similar request, is the ability to measure the speed of the vehicle and alarm on a user defined threshold.  Both scenarios are accommodated in a typical video based counting system.  Continue reading

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A Look at NERC CIP-014 Using Video Surveillance

A Look at NERC CIP-014 Using Video SurveillanceA recent article appearing in Security Technology Executive magazine takes a look at the use of video surveillance techniques to address security guidelines laid down by the federal government in an attempt to more fully secure the U.S. power grid from possible attacks.  The article looks at the five areas of concern outlined in the federal guidelines:

  1. Detection of Attacks
  2. Response to Attacks
  3. Communication
  4. Deterrence and Delay
  5. Assessment of Attacks

The article goes further and presents solutions that can be used to address each guideline.  The entire article can be read directly on the magazine website, or the white paper on which the article is based is available here.

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Applying Man-Overboard Technology to Long-Fall Detection Markets

Using Man Overboard Technology to detect long falls

In addition to having tremendous potential in the cruise line industry, man-overboard detection technology is directly applicable to other maritime and non-maritime applications.

The man overboard system from PureTech Systems utilizes a patented approach using geospatial video analytics and pairs of thermal imaging cameras which face each other. The synchronized video clips are then used to accurately detect a fall. At the same time, the system also ignores environmental interference, background imagery from various sea states or shoreline views and avoids false alarms due to normal operating conditions such as blowing debris, crew operations and other deck activity.

In addition to having tremendous potential to cater to the current requirements of the marine industry, man overboard technology is directly applicable to the broader safety category of “long-fall events” and applicable to many additional applications. Continue reading

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Man-Overboard Detection and Monitoring

OVERVIEW: The cruise line industry has recognized the need for man overboard (MOB) detection systems and many manufacturers have invested research and development to create technology which results in accurate detection and notification, including the video-based system developed by PureTech Systems.  The result is a system with highly accurate detection and the capability to supply crew members with critical event location data to reduce the delay between the time of the event and the deployment of rescue procedures

Industry

Test Dummy for Man Overboard Testing

Man-overboard detection systems must reliably analyze real-time information with high accuracy to provide precise probability of detection with a minimal false alarm rate.

The marine industry has been innovating and implementing advanced state-of-the-art technologies to ensure safety of the people on board ships and other vessels.   Ships are constantly subjected to environmental and weather changes, and climate and waves tend to become rough and hazardous as a ship enters deep waters. During these difficult times, there is a high chance that a person might fall overboard.

A man-overboard (MOB) event may occur due to various reasons, some accidental, some intentional. In response, the U.S. government introduced regulations by signing the Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act (CVSSA) in 2010. The act introduced the requirement of automatic man-overboard detection/monitoring systems and operators’ need to record and track these types of events.

As a result of these regulations, many companies are now developing systems that can detect and sound an alarm in the case of man-overboard events. These systems must reliably analyze real-time information with high accuracy to provide precise probability of detection with a minimal false alarm rate.  The systems must also be affordable and easily installed, taking into account the minimal downtime available for cruise ship maintenance. Continue reading

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