ObjectVideo Wins DARPA Award to Develop Night Vision Technologies

NEW YORK -- ObjectVideo, the leader in intelligent video surveillance software, announced at the U.S. Maritime Security Expo that it has won a $750,000 award from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Small Business Technology Transfer Phase II program to continue to research and develop night vision video surveillance technologies.

ObjectVideo will use the STTR funds over the next two years to develop technologies that surpass the limitations of existing commercial automated video surveillance systems by overcoming challenges a nighttime environment presents to tracking people and objects as they move from one camera view to the next across a security system. These include strange lighting effects, headlights, low-light conditions and other phenomena.

"This second award from DARPA is a terrific validation of the expertise of our scientists as well as critical to helping us continue to develop cutting-edge security technologies absolutely necessary to defending our homeland," said Alan Lipton, chief technology officer of ObjectVideo. "A successful project will demonstrate the world's most advanced nighttime video surveillance system."

The highly competitive STTR grant is the second awarded to ObjectVideo, which won a Phase I grant of $100,000 last year. STTR taps the talents of the America's emerging technology companies to stimulate technological breakthroughs and bolster U.S. military and economic strength. It funds early-stage research and development and encourages increased private sector commercialization of technological advances achieved through this R&D program.

ObjectVideo's patented, award-winning intelligent video surveillance software, based on artificial intelligence called "computer vision," runs all objects in a camera's view against threat-specific pre-programmed rules. When an object violates a rule, for example, when a small boat loiters near a ship or an airport passenger enters an off-limits area, the software alerts security personnel by phone, pager, email or an alert console.

ObjectVideo VEW is currently deployed across the U.S to protect against terrorism and other threats and to secure critical infrastructure such as seaports, airports, oil refineries, chemical and nuclear plants and public water treatment facilities. Customers include the Port of Jacksonville, Port Everglades, the Department of Homeland Security's Customs and Border Protection Bureau, the Department of Defense, the U.S. Air Force and a variety of private sector businesses.