CCTV Surveillance Systems can double as research tools in the urban environment

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CCTV surveillance systems (including advanced solutions offering facial recognition capabilities) can also double as research tools for the urban environment, researchers have argued.

When anyone closes the door of their apartment and steps outside, it is possible (and increasingly likely) in a modern city to walk into a digital surveillance network and become part of something that is stored and analysed centrally.

In addition to conventional filming and photography, the police use mobile surveillance cameras to monitor and personally identify participants in demonstrations and to document violations of demonstration requirements and laws.

Furthermore, an increasing number of state institutions are using video surveillance systems to protect their buildings and premises from attacks such as burglary, theft, vandalism and sabotage or to be able to intervene quickly in the event of possible infringements or to identify the perpetrators retrospectively.

However, CCTV surveillance systems can be used for a variety of other purposes, including conducting research into people’s behaviour and helping improve their lives in an urban environment.

For example, CCTV systems connected to other environmental monitoring systems in smart cities could help determine where a lot of people are at a certain time, what buses they take, how many miles they travel, etc.

CCTV Surveillance – The experts in deploying Facial Recognition CCTV systems

The Facial Recognition CCTV solution supplied by CCTV Surveillance dynamically compares images of individuals from incoming video streams against those stored in a predefined access control list and immediately sends alerts when a positive match occurs.

The technology yields a very good level of performance despite partial occlusions of the face, the use of glasses, scarves or caps, changes of facial expression, and moderate rotations of the face. Moreover, it does not allow users to be impersonated using photographs.

This biometric technology is the perfect solution to control the access to restricted security areas, especially since we’re talking about a completely automated system that requires very little interaction with the operator.

Our Facial Recognition CCTV system can be easily integrated with existing ID management products and enables administrators to easily create Whitelists/Blacklists for specific areas, while subjects can be very easily enrolled from one or more photographs.

The system fully supports runtime alarm management, is highly tunable (control based on time-frames, sequentially, etc) and even allows alarms to be exported to common formats (PDF, Excel) and remote devices (mobile, PDA, tablet, security control centre).

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