Magazine article Security Management

Picture of Innovation

Magazine article Security Management

Picture of Innovation

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They say a picture is worth a thousand words. In security, an image can be worth far more if it helps to detect or deter an incident. Advances in the systems that yield such footage were on display at the recent ASIS International Seminar and Exhibits, along with a range of other innovations.

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One creative application comes from Immersive Media, which uses an 11-camera globe to capture all aspects of a scene and then create 3-D video. That video is used for situational awareness training by first responders and law enforcement. Pipeline companies have the company fly over remote routes, capturing 3-D video that engineers can view to assess the site as if they were there.

Another innovative technology is 3-D facial recognition by Johnson Controls. After capturing a pair of pictures, the system combines them, creating a 3-D image with 20,000 points (versus about 50 points for two dimensions). The image can be rotated up, down, and sideways; the system can recognize a face from many angles and isn't fooled by sunglasses or beards. It currently requires cooperative enrollment, but the company plans to test it in a bank lobby without voluntary enrollment soon and within two years hopes to roll out a version that could achieve the holy grail of face recognition--picking a person on a watch list out of a crowd.

Important innovations in compression technology are also occurring. One comes from newcomer Avigilon. …

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