AZUR SOFT INCORPORATES DIGITAL BARRIERS VIDEO ANALYTICS TECHNOLOGIES
Digital Barriers today (Sep 24, 2015) announces a partnership with AZUR SOFT, leaders in remote monitoring software solutions for security, access and management of information in the remote monitoring and telecare markets.
Digital Barriers is to integrate its video analytics technologies into the surveillance module of AZUR SOFT’s Horus alarm-management solution.
Integrating video into security systems allows remote monitoring services to be proactive and offer new services to their customers.
Video has become an essential tool for operators who can now leverage real-time information from a growing number of remote cameras to verify if incidents and alarms are real. It can also be used to perform virtual guard tours as a preventative surveillance strategy that shows cameras in turn to an operator.
Using cameras requires robust analytics to limit the number of false alarms (a simple outdoor motion detection often generates up to 90% false alarms whose qualification generates a heavy workload) and to ensure that cameras are operational by detecting camera tampering or failure (masking, blurring, deframing, out-of-focus, over- or under- exposure, etc.).
These video analytics techniques allow metadata overlays to be added to the video feed of the event that triggered the alarm, helping the operator screen the alarm faster.
A NATURAL FIT
Video analytics integrated with AZUR SOFT solutions enable security professionals to overcome all these constraints, improve the efficiency of their operators and, consequently, reduce their operating costs.
Digital Barriers has embedded its video analytics technology inside the camera to convert these into intelligent video sensors and video verification devices.
This mode of operation is consistent with AZUR SOFT’s approach for more than a decade: video analytics are best performed on the monitored site in order to avoid unrealistic or costly bandwidth requirements.
Joël Jacob, AZUR SOFT’s CTO, said: “The remote monitoring business is evolving and the use of video is now unavoidable. It is essential for security professionals to leverage the latest technologies to maintain their competitiveness by offering new services to their customers, while reducing operating costs.
"Only an open and modular platform such as Horus provides the agility required to interoperate with an increasingly dense ecosystem. Integration in record time of the Digital Barriers technology in our solutions is the perfect example.”
Mark Patrick, Digital Barriers CTO, said: “The quantity of security video harvested is growing at a tremendous rate and AZUR SOFT’s impressive monitoring platform assists greatly with the management and business exploitation of this data, allowing significant value to be realised.
"Coupling our video analytics has allowed the platform to take advantage of our significant investment in leading analytics, creating valuable intelligence from the video and reducing personnel time in monitoring and checking alarms.”
A UNIFIED SECURITY PLATFORM
The open architecture of AZUR SOFT solutions can accommodate a vast ecosystem of technologies and complementary modules and consolidate all services into a common operating interface.
The unification of all services radically changes the procedure of monitoring centres.
Instead of scrutinizing multiple screens in anticipation of an event, operators can now focus on the treatment of qualified alarms.
Via integration of Digital Barriers technologies into the AZUR SOFT Horus-unified security platform, operators receive person detection or behavioral analysis alarms generated by the cameras directly in their workspace.
With a single click they can access the video archive in the related camera(s) and view both an overlay indicating the cause of the alarm and the live video feed in order to verify and process the alarm according to the guidelines stored into the Horus database.
The Osiris multi-protocol alarm frontend is now able to natively handle notifications from the Digital Barriers IP camera-embedded video analytics software such as the award-winning SafeZone-edge (now rebranded SmartVis), an i-LIDS-certified primary intrusion detection analytic.
The Horus software monitoring module also verifies the proper operation of cameras, which is a prerequisite for reliability.
The video analytics detect video loss or degradation of the quality of the streams such as masking, blurring, moving camera and over- or under-exposure of a camera by performing intelligent comparison with reference images.
These checks can be scheduled according to the operator’s preference. The results are managed as Horus events and are reported to an operator.
They can also be processed automatically: an e-mail including images of the defective cameras can, for example, be sent automatically to the installer.
About AZUR SOFT
AZUR SOFT is an innovative software company founded in 1996, leader of software security solutions, access and management for monitoring and telehealthcare markets.
AZUR SOFT mainly operates in four business segments: "real time" project developments (signal processing, supervision) on embedded systems, remote monitoring with Horus software, consulting and assistance by selection and development of appropriate software and computer security consulting (safety audits).
AZUR SOFT has more than 250 active installations in monitoring centres Worldwide. The company employs 25 people, two-thirds in its technical department.