New video analytics algorithms detect petty crime in CCTV footage

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A consortium of European companies and organisations has developed a new video analytics algorithm that detects suspicious behaviour in CCTV footage as it happens and can then alert CCTV operators to intervene, saving the footage in case it is needed for evidence, a news report has been able to suggest.

Researchers involved in the P-REACT project say the surveillance technology could help catch criminals in the act and relieve police of “digital evidence overload” by highlighting video clips most likely to be relevant to investigations.

The software tracks people’s movements and features embedded algorithms that have been trained on sample scenes of people fighting, chasing someone or snatching a bag.
The technology was presented at the International Conference on Imaging for Crime Detection and Prevention in November, with more extensive field trials planned for the future.

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