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Calipsa launches AI-powered video monitoring at IFSEC

UK start-up Calipsa is launching its next generation video surveillance technology built on deep learning software models at IFSEC.

The company, set up by machine learning and artificial intelligence experts, Mohammad Rashid Khan and Boris Ploix, has developed algorithms that can process and analyse hours of video feeds to provide alerts and detailed reports for applications where real-time video monitoring is important.

Potential deployments include traffic enforcement, road accidents and public disorder.

The Calipsa engine uses a feedback loop to evolve and improve. Human operators can ‘teach’ the artificial intelligence using a point and click interface. This automates repetitive parts of their jobs.

Calipsa is designed to work with any existing camera or video source. The technology can be deployed via the cloud or within premises. No retrofit is needed. The technology is adaptable to all weather and lighting conditions, with 95% accuracy.

“There are around 250 million video surveillance cameras in operation worldwide today, capturing 1.6 trillion hours of video annually. Yet despite the fact that we live in the 21st century, the majority of video surveillance carried out by the police, military, transport operators and security companies, is still done by humans,” explains Mohammad Rashid Khan, co-founder and CEO at Calipsa.

Manually viewing large quantities of video data for hours and hours can lead to potential errors, through tiredness and lapses in attention.

Calipsa will be demonstrating its technology on stand B415, showing how the technology works in different applications, including municipal cases, such as monitoring traffic flows and congestion, traffic surveys and incident detection.

Another application is in mass transit hubs, such as airports, bus and train stations.

Others include law enforcement, defence, critical infrastructure and commercial sites, like shopping centres, offices and casinos.

Calipsa is already working with customers in the UK, France and India and is now seeking strategic partners to assist in commercialising its technology.

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