IBM’s New Software to Autonomously Monitor Security Cameras

Starting this summer several thousands of surveillance cameras in Chicago’s Operation Virtual Shield system will begin to be watched by IBM’s new monitoring software called Smart Surveillance Solution. This new software is designed to analyze video sequences in real time from security cameras and monitor events through multiple sensors such as video cameras or audio inputs. This software provides several advantages over traditional video monitoring solutions, which only record and save the data locally or need to be monitored manually by hired employees.

The Smart Surveillance Solution provides real-time alerts by identifying predetermined suspicious behaviors and can help anticipate incidents such as robberies, vandalism, and theft. This video monitoring software also incorporates license plate recognition in parking lots and face capture in lobbies to ensure everyone has been identified. Another advancement in security is that this software can index video events into categories such as people and cars, based on the actions that were previously recorded, providing easier searching and playback when the need arises.

This video monitoring technology is currently being used in the city of Chicago and is taking the first steps to provide intelligence to video monitoring security. With the ability to be re-programmed and fine tuned to address new threats, the Smart Surveillance Solution could soon become the standard for all security surveillance cameras in the United States.

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