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Surveillance Software Solves Security Snag


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University of Adelaide researchers have developed software that eliminates the need for security personnel at large public venues to search for suspicious activity among hundreds of different video screens. The program streamlines the information gathered from thousands of cameras and channels them into a single sensor. The researchers say the program helps prevent data overload in the surveillance network and saves workers time and effort.

The software, developed at Adelaide's Australian Centre for Visual Technologies, is being commercialized by Snap Network Video Surveillance.

When security personnel find suspicious activity, they can "perform virtual walkthroughs to investigate without risking their personal safety," says Snap co-founder Henry Detmold. He says that because the program makes automatic connections between thousands of security cameras, one security operator can simply "follow people throughout the whole network, in real time."

Fellow Snap co-founder and Adelaide professor Anton van den Hengel says the software can be used for arenas as large as airports and the 2012 London Olympics. Adelaide researchers will continue to develop the software with universities in Australia and New Zealand.

From University of Adelaide
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