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Video analytics system deployed at key Washington installations.

Agent Vi : 26 March, 2008  (Application Story)
Navy funded Potomac integrated security project to use video analytics software as part of its arsenal of technology for the protection of critical installations in the Washington area.
Agent Vi has partnered with national systems engineering firm Abeo Technical Solutions (AbeoTS) to provide Video Analytics software for the Potomac Basin Security System (PBSS) project. The area, including Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Bolling Air Force Base, and the Washington Navy Yard is of strategic importance given its proximity to the nation’s capital.

Funded by the Naval Air Systems Command, the PBSS project combines biometrically enabled access control, geospatial technology, radar surveillance, video analytics, and other sensor technologies to protect transportation facilities, secure areas and critical infrastructure.

Michael Borcherding, President of AbeoTS, stressed computing requirements, scalability and accuracy as the key factors in selecting Agent Vi’s software. “Video analytics has stalled in the market due to a lack of scalability and high false alarm rates,” said Borcherding. “Agent Vi’s architecture enabled PBSS to run high-end analytics with validated alarms over its existing infrastructure - with the flexibility to ramp up into hundreds of cameras - without having to increase server capabilities. With a distributed architecture, the whole cost of ownership game has changed.”

Using IP-based networks, the Agent Vi software can update all cameras on a network from one computer with a single flash of the agents running within the cameras. Competitive solutions require an average of 32 servers to support 150 cameras, while Agent Vi’s software allows organisations to utilise a single, existing server to deploy the same number of cameras.

“This project is as real as it gets,” said Agent Vi CEO, Buddy Flerl. “AgentVi is proud to have been chosen to be a part of this world-class team and best-of-breed solution. The converged environment here presents a diversity of threat scenarios spanning critical infrastructure, aviation, marine perimeters, government/military assets and VIP security. Consequently, the Potomac Basin Security System demands serious and diverse performance from the AgentVi component. As the system expands, we’ll be adding more advanced capabilities being developed for other similar customers.”

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