Monday , 18 November 2019

Smart Technology: Securing Cities’ Transportation

For nearly 10 years, Securens has been providing intelligent video analytics turning cameras into smart cameras. The company has always been at the forefront of surveillance technology in the field of IoT, AI and Deep Learning. With more than 10,000 verified crimes detected and deterred, 99% accuracy in detection and deterrence, over 25,000 client sites under surveillance and over 150,000 CCTV cameras across India connected to its international award-winning Active Deterrence TM technology and Central Monitoring Station (CMS), it’s no wonder that leading companies recommend Securens.

According to Richard Canday, IoT and increasing dependence on connected solutions are shifting the market focus towards convergence of platforms with IP technology backed by open platform and video analytics integration. IoT is driving the need for edge-based devices interconnectedness to central intelligence/analytics hub. “There is increasing adoption of edgebased analytics in applications like city surveillance and traffic management for ANPR, RLVDS and Speed Enforcement Systems, vehicle tracking, connected cars and home automation,” he avers.

The Securens Central Monitoring Station connects businesses to the surveillance technology resources they need and is equipped with highly trained personnel to detect and deter crime, smart technology, advanced sensors, video analytics and AI capabilities can prevent and protect businesses from financial loss and/or loss of life due to criminal activities or operational interruptions i.e. fire, theft, burglaries, pilferage, acts of violence, vandalism, unauthorised access etc.

In case of AllGoVision, the company has stood out from the rest of its competitors in traffic/transport solutions with the implementation of advanced AI-based algorithms combined with image processing for bestin- class performances, claims K Srinivasan.

Meanwhile, for Srinivasan, Deep Learning has been a gamechanger for the company. The technical alliance with brands like Intel has helped the company surge the processing power and enabled with the faster search on GPU.

Can thermal-based cameras be a help in strengthening city’s transport?

CCTV cameras cannot see at night and will have problems with direct sunlight and shadows. Thermal cameras overcome these limitations because these do not make use of visible light, but rely on thermal radiation, or heat given off by everything in their field of view as thermal cameras do not get confused by sun glare, darkness, headlights, shadows, wet streets, snow or fog.

This, according to Richard Canday, makes the thermal camera an ideal component of a 24/7 traffic monitoring solution. Based on temperature differences between objects, thermal imaging sensors produce a clear image in any lighting condition, day or night. An additional benefit of thermal imaging is that this technology enables operators to see through smoke. This can be a life-saving feature in smoke-filled buildings and can provide valuable information to firefighting teams about the possible location of people.

Ashish Dhakan, says, “The thermal cameras can be very helpful in the transportation vertical for human and vehicle detection at crucial points. Thermal cameras are useful in places like tunnels where it can detect people and forewarn the driver (Metro Rail, Train, Bus, Tram, etc.), with the relevant information. In places such as unmanned level crossings, thermal cameras can prevent collisions between trains and obstacles by detecting if a vehicle stops on railway tracks and is obstructing the path of a running train, in a real-time scenario.”

In public transportation, thermal imaging cameras offer many new possibilities to enhance safety and efficiency. In public transportation tunnels, thermal cameras can help prevent fires, by detecting hot spots, or detect fires in an early stage so they don’t have a chance to spread. Thermal cameras, for example, can be used as a rearview camera for railway vehicles that are conducted by a single person. When parked, thermal sensors could be used to monitor trespassers in a certain perimeter around the vehicle. Thermal cameras can also monitor equipment, like overhead lines, and generate warnings when component failure is imminent. Generally speaking, all electronic equipment and components heat up before they break down. These potential problems will be clearly shown in a thermal image.

When thermal-based cameras are combined with video analytics technology they can identify potential threats and immediately notify the relevant authorities. Thus being able to see in all light conditions and their ability to integrate with analytics software to reduce false alarms, thermal cameras are ideal for strengthening security in cities.

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