Panasonic showcases intelligent CCTV at Intersec

Firmware analytics delivers a range of real-time surveillance features

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Panasonic showcases intelligent CCTV at Intersec Maroun: Video analytics turns the camera into an intelligent box.
By  Stephen McBride Published  January 17, 2013

Panasonic has spent the past few days demonstrating its premises security offerings at Intersec 2013, the global security exhibition hosted by Dubai World Trade Centre from January 15 to 17.

Products on display included full HD end-to-end CCTV systems as well as fire alarm systems, cameras (IP & analogue), recorders, fire alarm panels, detectors and complete IP control room software and integrated solutions.

"Our industry-specific solutions are custom-made to deliver best of breed technology and Intersec has provided an excellent platform to showcase our products whilst enabling positive and prospective lead generation," said Hayashi Noriyuki, manager, System Solutions Department, Panasonic Marketing Middle East and Africa (PMMAF).

"The security and systems solutions sector is currently witnessing a manifold growth and the consultants, suppliers and end-users are open and keen to learn about new, simplified and technically advanced products. This spells a new growth wave for the products offered by us and we are using this opportunity to capitalise it further."

During the three-day event Panasonic introduced new 360-degree full HD cameras and a new line of specialist cameras with built-in intelligent features and video analytics such as counting, congestion analytics, and fog compensation.

In an interview with ITP.net, Youssef Maroun, senior marketing manager, Systems Solution Department, Panasonic Marketing MEA, explained that these features were wired into the firmware of the surveillance equipment, reducing processing overheads and the strain on bandwidth within the network.

"We are introducing a lot of video analytics, which is built into the camera so it becomes an intelligent box," he said.

Many other manufacturers, Maroun claimed, introduced similar features through ad hoc software, which requires data being sent across network resources to a processing station. With the facilities on board the camera itself, real-time analysis becomes slicker.

"We have intruder alarm features that can [enforce] a virtual perimeter for a facility, so if anyone crosses that area the camera will detect them and sound an alarm," Maroun explained.

"So if you have a large facility, there is no need to have a lot of guards on patrol. It will even differentiate between smaller objects, like dogs and cats, and a human being or a car. This is useful for if you are looking at, say, 20 cameras."

While premises security is the most obvious application of such technology, firmware analytics can be used in a multitude of other theatres.

"We also have congestion analysis, so in a stadium or airport or at a traffic signal the system will report a percentage figure representing how congested that area is so other systems can act based on that [information]," Maroun said.

But even in crowded environments the application of premises security returns in force. Hardwired into the analytics firmware is sensitivity to behaviour patterns and the unit will send notifications of out-of-pattern events, such as someone taking an unusual route through an area, or a suitcase left at an airport or bus station.

Other features in the new products include visibility enhancements for the footage captured by the cameras' lenses.

"Also we released firmware for the camera that will have fog compensation capabilities and will even allow for dust and sand. [The camera] does this without the aid of other devices or software," Maroun said.

Panasonic's security products division has installations in Festival Centre, InterContinental Hotels and the Ministry of the Interior in Saudi Arabia and Qatar, as well as various government buildings, prisons and offices.

1672 days ago
vinod mehra

Perimeter security has become the need of the time and the spend will continue to rise in the next 10 years. Panasonic should bring in focus on this domain to sustain growth.

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