By Lizzi Goldmeir
Optimize investigations. Conserve budgets (and resources). Work smarter.
If you ask police chiefs around the country what their three biggest challenges are, there’s a good bet that the aforementioned is what the majority of them would list – at least from a departmental standpoint.
What’s more is that these three challenges are all related to one another: For instance, the longer an investigation takes, the longer the necessary resources have to be allocated to the investigation.
Discovering ways to work smarter and more efficiently can help accelerate the investigation timeline, thereby keeping budgets (and resources) better in check.
So what’s the solution to overcome these problems?
Enhancing video surveillance with Video Content Analytics (VCA) is one-way police are achieving their goals of optimized investigations, budget conservation and efficiency.
VCA technology helps police transform reaction into proactive response.
Here’s a closer look at how this sort of video analytics can help police overcome their top challenges:
The True Value of Video Intelligence
When you’re conducting a police investigation, video evidence is obviously important.
But it’s not exactly an efficient tool if you’re forced to sit behind a monitor and watch hours of footage looking for clues.
That’s where a high-end video analytics system can help, as intelligent features allow hours of video to be condensed into minutes.
Shortening video review time better allows law enforcement to identify people and places that can assist them in their investigation.
With today’s intelligent systems, video can be filtered according to people, gender, vehicle types, animals and other more intricate features like bags and colors.
Thanks to these features, certain video analytics systems have been credited with helping responders in New Orleans promptly solve more than 100 cases in less than a year since implementation.
Similarly, detectives at the Hartford Police Department, have credited Video Content Analytics technology with helping them quickly ID a suspect’s vehicle in a fatal shooting based on eyewitness reports, allowing officers to quickly apprehend the suspect.
(Police in Hartford, Connecticut, are using the latest video technology from Milestone Systems* (also a 2018 ‘ASTORS’ Award Winner), Axis Communications * (also a 2018 ‘ASTORS’ Award Winner)and BriefCam to ensure a Safe City. Here, he shows Milestone CTO Bjorn Eilertsen how the BriefCam video synopsis puts intelligent video analytics at his fingertips: hours of video with collapsed time tracking can gather the evidence of all foot traffic paths to buildings for fast overview. One house has such volume of foot traffic to its door that it’s obvious – within just minutes – where the drugs are being sold. In the past, detectives had to stake out suspected locations, freezing for days and nights on end in cars or on rooftops. Now: both time and resources are saved; crime is addressed and reduced. Courtesy of Milestone Systems and YouTube.)
It’s estimated that advanced video systems permit officers to investigate incidents up to 10 times faster, which streamlines the process and conserves resources.
Here’s a look at some other ways video can help law enforcement do their jobs better:
While many people think of law enforcement as reactive (i.e., responding to emergency calls), today’s systems offer smart alert features that allow police to work more proactively.
Alerts can be set to provide real-time notifications of suspicious activity, such as loitering, jaywalking, fare evasion, people entering restricted areas and more.
This enables officers to be more responsive and proactive as situations develop.
Today’s high-end video systems can also help detect trends, such as traffic flow and crowd traffic, to help assess any areas of concern or where safety may be jeopardized.
This allows for actionable response, can help reduce incidents and can lead to a safer overall city.
By understanding the typical events that take place in a city, police can be more strategic in responding to situations and emergencies, and improving local safety and quality of life.
Because police officers have such an important job, it only makes sense for them to incorporate technologies that will allow them to work smarter and faster.
Video analytics systems can do just that, while also keeping budgets and resources in check.
It’s why a good city-wide video surveillance system and video analytics technology can be a big win for police departments.
(This video shows a police officer from the City of Hartford Drug Task Force, who 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 idenitfy a drug house where before it would have taken more than 32 man-hours. Courtesy of Milestone Systems and YouTube.)
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BriefCam Takes Home the Gold in the 2018 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program
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.
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
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- Argonne National Laboratory
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- The Security Exchange Commission Office of Personnel Management
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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 2019 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program is Proudly Sponsored by ATI Systems, Attivo Networks, Automatic Systems, and Desktop Alert.
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2019 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland SecurityAwards at https://americansecuritytoday.com/ast-awards/.
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UNLOCKING THE POWER OF VIDEO
DOWNLOAD A GUIDE TO VIDEO CONTENT ANALYTICS FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT
It is critical for law enforcement to be able to effectively and efficiently review and respond to events recorded by video surveillance.
This BriefCam eBook will discuss how Video Content Analytics are enabling law enforcement and security agencies to leverage video for productive video review, proactive response and deriving predictive analytics from video content.
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