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Behavioural recognition for London University surveillance

Smart CCTV : 10 June, 2008  (Application Story)
Smart CCTV installs IQeye digital surveillance cameras running over Milestone XProtect at Queen Mary, University of London to gain benefits of behavioural recognition and video analytics
Behavioural recognition for London University surveillance
Smart CCTV has announced the installation of a network of MegaPixel IP behaviour-recognition smart cameras at Queen Mary, University of London, one of London and the UK's leading research-focused higher education institutions. The installation will enable the research team to gather real world data and build models and algorithms for software application development relating to BEWARE (Behaviour based Enhancement of Wide-Area Situational Awareness). The project has important implications for security in the UK.

Dr Tony Xiang of Queen Mary's University explained the challenges that the University needed to meet in specifying the technology to achieve the project. "The problem we want to address is behaviour analysis using multiple cameras. We need to develop a model for detection and tagging of people across cameras, enabling an automated Video Analytics system to track the same person between views from camera 1 to camera 2, for example."

A further objective is to automate PTZ cameras through software instructions linked with the tagging and behaviour profiling. Dr Xiang says: "Camera actions would be determined by the behaviour profiling. If the smart camera detects suspicious behaviour, it will automatically focus on the tagged person."

Smart CCTV recommended a network of IQeye MegaPixel IP behaviour-recognition smart cameras offering high-definition MJPEG video quality images. Milestone Systems' XProtect IP Video management system was specified as the recording platform to satisfy the project's initial aims of watching people, clarifying data and for testing models.

Following training of the research assistants at Smart CCTV's premises in Havant, the system is working efficiently and the team are using the cameras extensively to capture data.

Dr Tony Xiang said: "We have an obligation to get best value for money and, as a Government Agency, we asked different companies for competitive proposals. Smart CCTV was the only company that provided the specialist technology that we needed to complete the project, on time and within budget. We particularly needed an IP-based solution that could be easily integrated with our existing building, cabling and network infrastructure."

Nick Hewitson, Managing Director of Smart CCTV, added: "The combination of the Milestone software platform and IQinVision's MegaPixel cameras provides a highly effective and efficient way of collecting and managing high resolution video streams."
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