BriefCam Wins Defence & Security Accelerator Hackathon (Muti-Video)

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, a 2018 Award Winner for Best Video Analytics Solution in the ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program, and a leading provider of Video Synopsis® and Deep Learning solutions, is pleased to announce that it has won the UK’s Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) Hackathon.

The event, sponsored by the UK government, was designed to simulate real-world incident response, focused on improving the way we investigate incidents through the application of Multimedia Analysis and Artificial Intelligence, and was held on November 26-27, 2018 in London.

(How does it work? Rapid Review & Search – Review hours of video in minutes and pinpoint people and objects of interest immediately. Planning & Research – 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 earned the hackathon victory by using its next generation platform to successfully identify a real-world subject of interest in a terror simulation.

BriefCam searched hundreds of hours of video from dozens of cameras and files, looking for a subject, based on limited known details.

BriefCam was able to leverage low resolution, low frame-rate video files as well as simulated, high resolution, live streams to verify several images of the suspect.

The subject of interest was accurately identified in less than two hours.

(Take a look at how technology can help law enforcement fight America’s drug epidemic. Courtesy of BriefCam and YouTube. Posted on Dec 17, 2018.)

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

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

(Take a deeper dive with a City of Hartford Drug Task Force officer as he shows and explains how they use the Milestone XProtect VMS with Briefcam integration to catch drug dealers. The officer states that it has taken him a minute to covertly identify a drug house where before it would have taken more than 32 man-hours. Courtesy of BriefCam and YouTube. Posted on Mar 2, 2018.)

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

The breadth of multimedia formats that are represented in real world investigations, particularly proprietary CCTV, provided a significant learning curve for everyone involved around the need for near real-time ingestion.

(You’re likely already familiar with how data and the IoT can help improve public safety, but reducing crime is merely one benefit of adopting “smart” solutions citywide. Take a closer look at how harnessing Big Data from smart systems can help improve the quality of life for residents in Smart Cities. Courtesy of BriefCam and YouTube. Posted on  Dec 20, 2018.)

“Our mission is to help law enforcement agencies solve crimes faster and support municipalities in creating safer cities, so we are honored to have won this hackathon, and demonstrate how we help accelerate the time-to-target for investigations,” explains Trevor Matz, CEO of BriefCam.

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

“By leveraging the advanced deep learning and artificial intelligence capabilities of our comprehensive video analytics platform, law enforcement agencies globally are protecting what matters most.”

All hackathon participants were asked to process large amounts of real-time, multimedia data, and rapidly identify key information such as people, places, and events that could assist an investigations team.

The hackathon evaluated how subjects of interest relate to each other, the event timeline and narrative, and near-term predictions.

Application of cutting-edge artificial intelligence (AI) techniques, including machine vision, was also considered.

(See More. Courtesy of BriefCam and YouTube. Posted on Dec 14, 2015.)

BriefCam’s next generation video content analytics platform includes highly accurate face recognition seamlessly integrated with granular object classification, multi-camera search, quantitative analytics, and real-time alerting capabilities.

Stephanie Weagle, BriefCam chief marketing officer
Stephanie Weagle, BriefCam chief marketing officer, accepting a 2018 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Award

Leveraging state-of-the-art Deep Neural Networks trained in diverse data sets for industry leading accuracy in face matching and object classification, BriefCam v5.3’s capabilities help streamline post-event investigations, support rapid response to situational changes, and derive richer operational intelligence for data-driven decision making.

With BriefCam’s extensible Video Content Analytics platform, organizations can further benefit from actionable intelligence for their situational awareness and operational agility initiatives.

BriefCam’s award-winning 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 Takes Home the Gold in the 2018 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program


2018 ASTORS Gold

  • Best Video Analytics Solution

  • BriefCam Video Analytics


The Annual ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program is specifically designed to honor distinguished government and vendor solutions that deliver enhanced value, benefit and intelligence to end users in a variety of government, homeland security and public safety vertical markets.

2018 'ASTORS' Homeland Security Awards Luncheon at ISC East
2018 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Luncheon at ISC East

The 2018 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program drew an overwhelming response from industry leaders with a record high number of corporate and government nominations received, as well as record breaking ‘ASTORS’ Presentation Luncheon Attendees, with top firms trying to register for the exclusive high – end luncheon and networking opportunity – right up to the event kickoff on Wednesday afternoon, at the ISC East registration!

Over 130 distinguished guests representing National, State and Local Governments, and Industry Leading Corporate Firms, gathered from across North America, Europe and the Middle East to be honored among their peers in their respective fields which included:


  • The Department of Homeland Security
  • The Federal Protective Service (FPS)
  • Argonne National Laboratory
  • The Department of Homeland Security
  • The Department of Justice
  • The Security Exchange Commission Office of Personnel Management
  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection
  • Viasat, Hanwha Techwin, Lenel, Konica Minolta Business Solutions, Verint, Canon U.S.A., BriefCam, Pivot3, Milestone Systems, Allied Universal, Ameristar Perimeter Security and More!

The Annual ‘ASTORS’ Awards is the preeminent U.S. Homeland Security Awards Program highlighting the most cutting-edge and forward-thinking security solutions coming onto the market today, to ensure our readers have the information they need to stay ahead of the competition, and keep our Nation safe – one facility, street, and city at a time.

The 2018 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program was Proudly Sponsored by ATI SystemsAttivo NetworksAutomatic SystemsDesktop Alertand Royal Holdings Technologies.

2018 Champions Edition

See the 2018 ‘ASTORS’ Champions Edition – ‘Best Products of 2018 ‘ Year in Review’ for in-depth coverage of the outstanding products and services of firms receiving American Security Today’s 2018‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards.’

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2018 'ASTORS' Homeland Security Awards Luncheon at ISC East
2018 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Luncheon at ISC East

Why the 2018 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program?

American Security Today’s comprehensive Annual Homeland Security Awards Program is organized to recognize the most distinguished vendors of physical, IT, port security, law enforcement, and first responders, in acknowledgment of their outstanding efforts to ‘Keep our Nation Secure, One City at a Time.’

Why American Security Today?

American Security Today is uniquely focused on the broader Homeland Security & Public Safety marketplace with over 70,000 readers at the Federal, State and local levels of government as well as firms allied to government.

The old traditional security marketplace has been covered by a host of security publications that have changed little over many years.

American Security Today brings forward a fresh compelling look and read with our customized digital publications that provides our readers with solutions to their challenges.

Our Editorial staff provides a full plate of topics for our AST monthly digital editions, AST Website and AST Daily News Alerts.

The editorial calendar and AST’s high drawing website features 23 different Technology and Marketing Sectors such as Access Control, Perimeter Protection, Video Surveillance/Analytics, Airport Security, Border Security, CBRNE Detection, Border Security, Ports, Cybersecurity, Networking Security, Encryption, Law Enforcement, First Responders, Campus Security, Security Services, Corporate Facilities and Emergency Response among others.

These sectors are part of the new integration, where these major applications communicate with one another in a variety of solutions to protect our cities and critical infrastructure.

AST has Expanded readership into vital Critical Infrastructure audiences such as Protection of Nuclear Facilities, Water Plants & Dams, Bridges & Tunnels, and other Potential targets of terrorism.

Other areas of concern include Transportation Hubs, Public Assemblies, Government Facilities, Sporting & Concert Stadiums, our Nation’s Schools & Universities, and Commercial Business Destinations – enticing targets for extremist or lone wolf attacks due to the large number of persons and resources clustered together.