BriefCam Competes in 2018 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards (Videos)

BriefCam is the industry’s leading provider of Video Synopsis® and Deep Learning solutions for rapid video review and search, smart alerting and quantitative video insights. By transforming raw video into actionable intelligence, BriefCam dramatically shortens the time-to-target for security threats while increasing safety and optimizing operations.
By transforming raw video into actionable intelligence, 'ASTORS' Award Winning BriefCam dramatically shortens the time-to-target for security threats while increasing safety and optimizing operations. (Courtesy of BriefCam)

BriefCam, the industry’s leading provider of Video Synopsis and Deep Learning solutions, has been nominated to compete in the 2018 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program.

BriefCam’s breakthrough technology detects, tracks, extracts and identifies people and objects from video, their attributes and behavior from video.

By presenting objects that have appeared at different times within the video simultaneously, BriefCam enables the review of hours of video in minutes.

(What is BriefCam? Rapid Review & Search – Planning & Research – Quantitative and video is no longer an oxymoron. Convert your raw video to quantitative, actionable insights. Proactive Response – Reactive becomes proactive. Too late becomes just-in-time. Get near real-time notification of critical events impacting your organization. Courtesy of BriefCam and YouTube. Posted on Jan 31, 2018.)

BriefCam’s embedded BI platform utilizes the extracted and aggregated video metadata such as men, women, children, vehicles, size, color, speed, path, direction, and dwell time, enabling users to quantitatively analyze their video, derive actionable insights, and visualize them within customizable dashboards for data driven safety, security and operational decision making.

BriefCam v5 Customizable Alerts
BriefCam v5 Customizable Alerts

BriefCam’s near real-time alerting capabilities leverages its advanced analytical capabilities to effectively balance sensitivity, accuracy and efficiency.

By leveraging this extracted and aggregated video metadata within BriefCam’s embedded BI platform, users can also perform quantitative analysis on their video, derive actionable insights, and visualize them within customizable dashboards, enabling data driven safety, security and operational decision making.

BriefCam integrates with complementary technologies such as Video Management Systems (VMS), Physical Security Information Management Systems (PSIM), Command & Control Systems (C&C), and Cloud-based Video Surveillance Solutions.

(What is BriefCam? Find out here. Courtesy of Courtesy of BriefCam and YouTube. Posted on Jan 11, 2016.)

What is BriefCam? How does it work?

Video Import

Video is fetched from a VMS or read from video files, and converted from their proprietary formats using plugins so they are ready for processing. Processing tasks can be scheduled in advance so that video is ready for review on a fixed schedule.

Object Extraction

Moving objects are separated from the video background using Deep Neural Networks and Computer Vision technologies, and are then tracked throughout their appearance in the scene.

Object Classification

Objects are classified according to different classes, e.g. people and vehicles, and their attributes, e.g. gender, carrying a bag, type of vehicle, and color, and then saved into the database together with the object’s locations throughout the scene.

As BriefCam processes raw video, it simultaneously:

  • Understands the context of the entire scene and its background
  • Detects, tracks, extracts, and classifies every object
  • Creates a structured database of information out of the unstructured video data for granular search, comprehensive report and smart alerting

Rapid Review and Search

BriefCam’s unique fusion of computer vision and Deep Learning technologies, together with its patented Synopsis® application, enables video investigators to review hours of video in just minutes and rapidly pinpoint people and objects of interest. 

BriefCam v5 Rapid Review & Search
BriefCam v5 Rapid Review & Search

Quickly search and filter objects and events of interest by:

  • Appearance, e.g. Person, Adult, Child, Gender, Vehicle Type, Animal, Bag, Color, Size, etc.
  • Behavior, e.g. Speed, Path, Direction, Dwell Time, etc.
  • Area, e.g. Inclusion or Exclusion

Proactive Response

BriefCam provides the ability to trigger a call to action, bringing relevant events to the forefront and allowing quick review by those individuals who can provide an accurate assessment.

All this technology is packaged into an easy to use, powerful video analytics solution that transforms video surveillance into actionable intelligence.

The result? Get to what matters most – fast!

(See how BriefCam benefits law enforcement and public safety by allowing officers to browse hours of surveillance video footage in minutes. Courtesy of BriefCam and YouTube. Posted on Jan 11, 2016.)

Video Analytics for Law Enforcement

Accelerate the Time to Target

Optimizing Investigations with Video Content Analytics

Video surveillance always has been a critical component in enabling security and ensuring public safety: from security personnel monitoring live feeds to prevent incidents to officers combing through recordings for video evidence to support investigations.

With the introduction of Video Content Analytics (VCA) technology, the value of video footage has become exponentially greater.

The ability to efficiently and effectively review and analyze video is a game changer for law enforcement and private security agencies.

Video analytics solutions are enabling safety and security agencies to realize the full value of their video surveillance resources and enhance safety, security and overall business operations.


Most law enforcement agencies – large or small – turn to video surveillance footage as the first line of investigation.

BriefCam’s ability to ingest video from disparate sources – both cameras and files, and search across them all, quickly provides clues for investigators.

The ability to start searching without knowing exactly what you are looking for is a breakthrough paradigm for post-event investigations, and investigators can now afford to review video even if the chances of the subject being present are small.

Safe and Smart Cities

BriefCam helps streamline law enforcement operations in numerous ways, from tracking and identifying suspects to proactive crime prevention.

Officers are leveraging BriefCam by using the heat map surveillance features to identify crime hot spots, track activity levels, and create strategic action plans.

With BriefCam, Detectives no longer need to camp outside suspected drug distribution spots, but can now leverage covert cameras and then search hours of video within minutes and rapidly confirm their suspicions.

Traffic Optimization

Easily track the behavior of motorists and people at intersections, analyze the number of vehicles making illegal U-turns or turning from the wrong lane, detect vehicles stopping in areas impacting traffic flow, understand the effect of large vehicles on congested areas, and much more.

Quantify and qualify the number and type of vehicles and visitors, discover their movement patterns, identify hotspots, maximize space utilization, and optimize traffic flows.

BriefCam Helps New Orleans Solve Crime, Investigate Security Incidents & Proactively Improve Crowd Control & Public Event Safety

New Orleans Real-Time Crime Center is using BriefCam’s video analytics platform as a key component of its Real-time Crime Monitoring Center designed to improve public safety.

The City of New Orleans' $5 million Real-Time Crime Center acts as a 24/7 command center for citywide cameras, license plate readers and associated technology that can be leveraged by public safety at the local, state and federal levels.
The City of New Orleans’ $5M Real-Time Crime Center acts as a 24/7 command center for citywide cameras, license plate readers & technologies that can be leveraged by public safety at the local, state & federal levels.

The monitoring center captures video footage from strategically mounted cameras and license plate scanners and provides real-time intelligence to the New Orleans Police Department, Fire Department, EMS, and New Orleans Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (NOHSEP) and their public safety partners.

The center supports the work of incident commanders in the field, providing critical information to quickly assess emergency situations and make informed decisions about keeping New Orleans safe in real-time.

Since the center opened in November 2017, BriefCam’s video analytics platform has been used on a daily basis and credited in more than 100 cases where it has helped local police and fire departments to solve crimes, manage crowd control, improve pedestrian traffic flow, and investigate security events.

BriefCam is deployed together with its VMS technology partners, Genetec and Milestone Systems, both of which have been recognized with Award Wins in the ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program.

Aaron Miller, Director of the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, City of New Orleans
Aaron Miller, Director of the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, City of New Orleans

“BriefCam’s video analytics platform is a critical tool for investigating incidents and solving crimes,” said Aaron Miller, Director of the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness for the City of New Orleans (NOHSEP).

“With cameras covering the city and BriefCam’s unique ability to rapidly pin-point objects of interest, incidents can be solved more quickly, and trends in pedestrian, crowd or traffic behavior can be uncovered in a matter of minutes.”

“BriefCam saves police, fire and security officials a huge amount of time and improves the everyday public safety of our city.”

“We are extremely proud to be a part of this state-of-the-art, real-time crime center which is utilizing video surveillance footage to be more productive, proactive, and predictive,” said Trevor Matz, BriefCam president and CEO.

“By making video searchable, quantifiable and actionable, BriefCam is empowering officers and first responders to solve crimes faster and make their citizens safer.”

“It is honor for us to be able to contribute to the growth and safety of this legendary city.”

(Learn More about BriefCam for Public Security. Courtesy of BriefCam and YouTube. Posted on Jan 11, 2016.)

BriefCam v5 introduces breakthrough new capabilities across all three of the platform’s seamlessly integrated modules, delivering a powerful approach to making video searchable, actionable and quantifiable.

The new version enables customers to rapidly realize both the security and business value their surveillance system can provide by innovatively harnessing the process-once-use-many paradigm throughout the platform.

With BriefCam’s, recent acquisition by Canon, a Platinum Award Winner in the 2017 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program, BriefCam will deliver an even broader range of leading-edge technology and solutions in the fields of network cameras, video management software and video content analysis software to customers and partners across the globe.

BriefCam will continue its operations as a standalone company within the Canon Group, continuing to remain an open platform, working seamlessly with other third-party products in the market ecosystem, providing customers with freedom of choice.

Trevor Matz, President and CEO of BriefCam
Trevor Matz, President and CEO of BriefCam

“We are excited to officially be joining the Canon Group,” added Matz.

“BriefCam and Canon are both focused on advanced innovations and leading-edge technology solutions, and together we look forward to continuing to deliver industry disrupting video content analytics solutions and accelerating co-innovation opportunities.”

BriefCam’s products are deployed by law enforcement and public safety organizations, government and transportation agencies, major enterprises, healthcare and educational institutions, and local communities worldwide.

BriefCam Competes in the 2018 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program

AST focuses on Homeland Security and Public Safety Breaking News, the Newest Initiatives and Hottest Technologies in Physical & IT Security, essential to meeting today’s growing security challenges.

2017 ASTORSThe 2018 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program, is organized to recognize the most distinguished vendors of Physical, IT, Port Security, Law Enforcement, Border Security, First Responders, (Fire, EMT, Military, Support Services Vets, SBA, Medical Tech) as well as the Federal, State, County and Municipal Government Agencies – to acknowledge their outstanding efforts to ‘Keep our Nation Secure, One City at a Time.’

As an ‘ASTORS’ competitor, BriefCam will be competing against the industry’s leading providers of Innovative Video Analytics Solutions.

To Learn More about the ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program, see 2017 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Award Winners Honored at ISC East..

The 2017 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Presentation Luncheon
The 2017 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Presentation Luncheon

Over 100 distinguished guests from National, State and Local Governments, and Industry Leading Corporate Executives from companies allied to Government, gathered from across North America and the Middle East to be honored from disciplines across the Security Industry in their respective fields which included representatives from:


  • The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T)
  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection
  • The Department of Justice
  • The Security Exchange Commission
  • State and Municipal Law Enforcement Agencies
  • The Royal Canadian Mounted Police
  • Leaders in Private Security

American Security Today will be holding the 2018 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Presentation Luncheon to honor Nominees, Finalists and Winners on November 14, 2018 at ISC East in New York City.

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2018 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards at

BriefCam logoGood luck to BriefCam on becoming a Winner of the 2018 American Security Today’s Homeland Security Awards Program!

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