IndigoVision helps reduce crime across Latin America

Company's solutions deployed in 17 cities across Central and South America

IndigoVision’s complete IP Video solution has been deployed across 17 cities in Latin America resulting in a significant decrease in local crime. The Serra beach area, near Vitoria in Brazil, has seen a dramatic drop in crime since the local authority implemented CCTV surveillance using IndigoVision’s technology. This is not an untypical situation as other cities in Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Chile and Mexico have found after installing IndigoVision systems.

Implementing CCTV surveillance over large urban areas is technically very demanding. Whether it is to monitor criminal activity or manage traffic, remote wide-area monitoring creates a challenging environment for CCTV systems – even more so with the high crime rates found in many Latin American cities.

What makes IndigoVision’s technology ideal for these applications and sets them apart from other digital CCTV solutions is its class-leading MPEG-4 and H.264 compression technology. Evidential-quality video can be transmitted across standard IP networks over large distances with minimal bandwidth requirement – an important issue for developing countries that often lack a proper communication infrastructure. This ensures latency is kept to a minimum, which allows PTZ cameras to be controlled smoothly from a distance, and wireless networks to be deployed easily to overcome the cabling problems associated with wide-area surveillance. CCTV operators in a number of the Latin American cities are using the fully synchronized high-quality two-way audio capability, which is transmitted alongside the video, to broadcast public announcements through camera mounted speakers. This capability can also be used to deploy video intercom help-points for use by the public.

"The success of the projects in Latin America has been replicated in many other city-wide IP-CCTV monitoring systems around the world," said Dr Oliver Vellacott, IndigoVision’s CEO. "Traditional analog CCTV technology is not suited to the large distances involved in wide-area surveillance such as city centers, road and rail networks, ports and airports. IP-based systems are also ideal for extending existing CCTV installations and creating a hybrid solution that utilizes existing investment and creates a foundation for migration to full IP Video in the future."

Analytics are becoming an increasingly important tool for CCTV operators to help monitor multiple cameras in urban environments. IndigoVision’s end-to-end solution implements real-time analytics at the camera as well as in ‘Control Center’, IndigoVision’s IP Video and alarm management software, for post event-analysis. Real time analytics such as motion detection or virtual tripwires automatically create a ‘Control Center’ alarm that can trigger a number of events such as displaying a camera salvo, panning a nearby camera or start recording. Automating the real time detection of incidents frees up valuable operator resource and having the same set of tools available to analyze large volumes of recorded footage dramatically reduces the time to locate critical events, enabling timely response to emergency situations.

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