BRS Labs says 2011 is death of video analytics

It’s no industry surprise that video analytics solutions, at times, have not always delivered on their promise. And while some of this technology’s providers are working to bring life back into video analytics, others are working to set the record straight; 2011 is the year that video analytics has died, according to John Frazzini, president of Behavioral Recognition Systems (BRS Labs).

“The marketplace is speaking,” he confirmed. “Take a look at our trade show floor and see the nonexistence of video analytic companies” or even those that are on their way of going out of business, he cited.

Examining the past, present and future of the technology, Frazzini went on to explain some of the reasons why video analytics in the past did not deliver.

“There is an inherent, fundamental flaw that exists in that technology,” he explained. “The marketplace wanted to see the intelligence processing of data. But video analytics technologies don’t provide you intelligence but instead provide you with the ability to see something—a technology based on computer vision algorithms.”

He added that now, those video analytics providers that are still around, are coming out with very similar platforms. And while he confirms there is nothing wrong with what those providers have done, the lack of innovation and differentiation in video analytics leaves many still looking for a solution that fits their needs.

“The security industry has missed the point,” said Frazzini. “How do I tell a company to write rules about what should be detected?” he questioned.

Curing the video analytics hangover
He confirms that there is still a demand to analyze data intelligently. And with the debut of its AiSight 3.0 enterprise-class technology, BRS Labs looks to bridge that gap by providing users with artificial intelligence technology.

With AiSight 3.0, “we are able to deploy sophisticated artificial intelligence technology using artificial neural-network technology to bring that data to the industry and to process it intelligently,” said Frazzini.

At the integration level, he explained that the utilization of behavioral analytics concepts are being designed into system specifications for projects. “A&E firms and consultants are able to build specifications that the integrators can then deliver,” he explained.

John S. Reale, Jr., chief operating officer of BRS Labs went further to explain how the artificial intelligence technology that BRS Labs offers differs from that of adaptive or manual analytics.

“Our system autonomously delivers those technologies,” he confirmed. “We are building our own memory modules within each specific camera’s field of view.”

And while their technology is geared towards the enterprise level—deployed in such environments as transit, municipal and government applications—the new version, AiSight 3.0, does provide integrators, small and large, with a valuable lesson and some added features.

“There is a reporting aspect that a value-added reseller will be able to utilize,” continued Reale. “There is a learning process that takes place in each of those fields of view as well as the architecture of the system. With AiSight 3.0, users are able to track 350 objects instead of just 50 or so,” something which would be the case for an end user utilizing a small number of cameras at a smaller-scale project, he explained.

“Our technology gives those small- to medium-sized dealers the ability to grow their business to get those larger projects,” he concluded.

For a live demonstration of AiSight 3.0, stop by booth 2967.