Sara Verbruggen

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April 27, 2017

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New video analytics standard in the pipeline courtesy of Euralarm

Switzerland-based trade body Euralarm has been working on a new standard for assessing the performance of the various different video content analytics products on the market.

Video content analytics, which first emerged in high-end security systems, is today a more mainstream technique, thanks to developments in IP communications, increasing the demand for the technology across a wider range of security applications.

However, the growing use of video content analytics in critical and non-critical applications has not been covered by any standard. End-users have no way of assessing and comparing the various options available, with some commercial offerings failing to meet expectations.

“WD 62676-6 Video Content Analysis Performance – Testing and Grading” is a new standard drafted to provide the security industry and end-users with a way of measuring the various criteria and reinforce confidence in the technique.

A new work item based on the draft standard has been accepted by the International Electro-technical Commission’s Technical Body TC79.

Application guide

Working Group 12 is in charge of defining the corresponding standard, which will define the evaluation procedure and criteria for both server-based and on-edge analytics. It will result in an application guide on how to install and calibrate video content analytics on site.

A point of focus for the standard will a list of defined situations that are analysed and reproducible for testing the performance of video content analytic algorithms. These include scenarios such as abandoned baggage detection and doorway surveillance.

The new standard will define specific operational requirements for creating scenarios and will also provide examples of evaluation video clips for the listed scenarios of the standard and define each scenario’s parameters.

Euralarm represents the electronic fire and security systems industry, providing leadership and expertise for industry, market, policy makers and standards bodies. Members include companies that supply systems and services for fire detection, intrusion detection, access control, video monitoring, alarm transmission and alarm receiving centres.

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