Bridging the gap

3D technology is strengthening ties between security's digital world and the real world

Whether it is used for live tracking and situational awareness in an airport, or to cut hours off an investigation on a university campus, 3D graphics can make existing video interactive and actionable for the security operator.

In the years to come, more and more large scale facilities will encounter the problem of "information overload," where adding new digital sensors makes it increasingly complex to relate the information on the screen with what's happening on the ground. Innovative technology such as 3D mapping will continue to provide links between the digital world and the real one.

Christian Laforte is president of Feeling Software ( For the past two years Feeling Software, a Canadian technology start-up, has led the charge for the optimal use of 3D intelligence into the day-to-day planning and operation of high-end video surveillance systems.