Surf’s Up for VMS and Analytics

CoastalCOMS implements video management and video content analytics


CoastalCOMS began its own transition to a virtual environment years ago and by 2008 they were running most of their systems 100 percent offsite, not just in virtualized datacenters but across public clouds like Amazon Web Services and private clouds in Australia.

”Using our hosted platform we’ve deployed 3G/4G mobile surveillance units with Hawaiian guards, using a Sony SNC RZ50N camera that automatically reports to the cloud when turned on, notifying lifeguards and IT Support when the cameras are deployed on the beach. This unit also has a VoIP loud hailer for communication of warnings to the beach-going public. The fact that these units are movable means cameras can be deployed when and where they are needed, automatically giving “remote eyes” to lifeguards in areas of concern,” explained Chandler.

In January, Coastalwatch was awarded the 2011 Pioneer Award at the Australian Surfing Hall of Fame Awards for CoastalCOMS WavePak processing technology. The annual award is given to a person, group, or organization that through the application of an idea and/or commitment to a project have broken new ground while contributing to the enhancement and innovation of the sport of surfing in the prior year.

Specifically designed to capture information about the powerful and unpredictable ocean environment, CoastalCOMS analytics dynamically measure individual waves as well as periods of wave movement, examining the shore and waterlines to determine the areas of change and identify hazards.

“Rips form based on the dynamic changes in coastal environments, and rips are a major cause of death by drowning. Monitoring beaches and proactively identifying dangerous conditions helps first responders identify hazards and manage risk on remote, public beaches,” concluded Chandler.

Pullout…not a quote

CoastalCOMS is building on their years of research and expertise by applying their algorithms to analyze water levels.

Pullout quotes

“Analytics systems are only as good as the time we take to calibrate them and then they can still be less than perfect given changing conditions.” —Tim Chandler

“Using Milestone’s SDK and tapping into their data stores we were able to build a fully automated service to process and analyze video.”—Steve Hromyko