Taking the Pulse of City Traffic

Smart sensors provide insight in city traffic dynamics and provide the basics for informed decisions and traffic improvements The problem of traffic congestion in cities is not likely to go away in the next decades. In order to get a grip on the problem, city authorities around the world are increasingly making use of smart technologies to get real-time insight into their traffic situation. By collecting traffic data, they are hoping to make informed decisions to improve the quality of life of anyone living, working and travelling in the city.…

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‘POWERS’ The Lighting Standard For Video Surveillance

The security industry has long suffered from a lack of accepted standards for the measurement of illumination distances. Published illuminator distances have been left to the subjective interpretation of individual manufacturers – resulting in varying claims. This has always made it virtually impossible for consultants, installers and end-users to specify surveillance lighting with confidence to reliably compare products and achieve a consistent level of performance. After facing this challenge for last 25 years, Raytec have tackled this problem head on by publishing the industry’s first open and transparent standard for…

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Designing Intelligent Retail Store

In-Store Video Analytics & Video Management Software Video surveillance has become an integral part of every retail store and its daily activities. Though it was mainly incorporated to maintain the security inside the store, the advent of video analytics and video management software helped businesses to leverage insights to improve business processes. These insights allow a store to stand out from rest of the competition and to provide top notch services to their customers on a consistent basis. Apart from the competition, retail stores also face problems such as pilferage…

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LTO Technology & Video Surveillance

Benefits and Best Practices The video surveillance industry has evolved dramatically over the last 50 years. From the days of whirring VCRs, where individuals were literally, ‘caught on (VHS) tape,’ to the introduc­tion of digital video recorders and spin­ning hard disks – and now, an era of network-based video surveillance and associated IT infrastructure. During this transition, the hard disk drive displaced VHS tape as the typical media for stor­ing video surveillance footage. Howev­er, with the number of higher megapixel cameras on the rise and longer retention requirements, end-users are…

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The Benefits of Safe Cities

Safer Cities Creating a Better Life For the first time in history, there are more people around the world living in cities than people in rural areas. While the global migration to urban areas is improving their living standards, health, and financial prosperity, it also brings challenges to a city’s infrastructure, resources, security procedures, and emergency response systems. Meeting these challenges will be critical to the success of cities in the decades that follow. The safe city concept has been developed precisely to help government stakeholders, city mayors, and police departments…

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Overcoming the Three Main Challenges of Deploying Surveillance Cameras on the Exterior of Trains

There are multiple challenges for rail operators to consider and overcome before a reliable surveillance system can be deployed on trains. Many experts within the rail industry agree that the most challenging place to deploy surveillance cameras is on the exterior of trains. As trains regularly travel at up to 200 kph, cameras that are installed on the exterior of the train need to be specially designed to withstand the forces that will be encountered. There are two main advantages to installing cameras on the exterior of trains. The first…

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SASKEN Computer Vision based Fire Detection System

Many fire detection devices have been around for quite some time and they are essential safety devices. The devices that automatically detect fire have been available since 1890 when Francis Upton invented the first smoke alarm [1][2]. With further technological advances in the mid of 1960s, smoke detectors started being used in buildings all over the world and became an essential safety device [3]. But the devices like smoke detectors have some serious limitations which make them inefficient in many important situations. For example, they may work well in small…

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