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The future of video surveillance amid the rise of artificial intelligence

Willem Ryan


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Willem Ryan is senior director for global marketing at Avigilon.
July 18, 2017

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‘Secure by default’ in the age of converged security

A vast majority of recorded video data is never viewed.

This isn’t for a lack of interesting content or inadequate resources, but rather a gradual decline in human attention spans. Adding more cameras increases the amount of video data collected, but if it’s not viewed, the useful information is missed.

There is an imbalance between the amount of video data collected and the human attention available to effectively mine that data.

As security technology continues to evolve, exciting developments are taking place with the inclusion of artificial intelligence (AI). Powerful tools are being created that will allow us to modify our approach to video search.

Site-wide intelligence

Effective search uses a wealth of data to find necessary information. A person conducting a search needs to answer who, what, when and where, not just in the context of a single camera, but across an entire site. This is where the need for AI comes in.

Avigilon Appearance Search video analytics technology is a sophisticated deep learning AI search engine for video data.  It sorts through hours of footage to quickly locate a specific person or vehicle across all cameras on a site. With this technology, users can initiate a search by simply clicking on a button and selecting to search for all instances of a person or vehicle of interest across recorded video.

Looking to the future

Using AI in video search can help reduce hours of work to minutes, managing resources so that site security is more effective and efficient. The continued evolution of AI will provide security personnel with even more powerful tools not just for forensic purposes, but for real time event response.

By designing video surveillance search technology to be as simple to use as searching the internet, Avigilon is better focusing human attention on what matters most, to dramatically change the way users interact with their security systems.

Avigilon Appearance Search technology is a sophisticated deep learning AI search engine that enables users to quickly locate a specific person or vehicle of interest across an entire site.

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video surveillance is without a doubt a segment that is going to see remarkable technological changes. whether it is artificial intelligence or IOT based devices being integrated with the solutions, we can all expect a much safer business environment with video surveillance being adopted now at large scale.


Looking forward for the new platform. This is the only way forward for everything.

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