Video Analysis – Not Just for Discussing Offside Goals!

Video analysis and analytics have been around for a number of years now, especially in a sporting sense. Television and media agencies have been slowing down and repeating action for viewers at home to see the key events of matches and competitions from whole new angles with detailed analysis to prove things like whether a goal should have been ruled as offside, the tennis ball bounced outside the lines on the court or that the batsman did in fact hit the ball and should not have been given out.

While this kind of technology has undoubtedly benefitted the sporting world by helping us to understand why and how decisions are reached, there have also been benefits to the business world with video analytics helping to provide comprehensive surveillance and improving security.

With companies placing more emphasis on all areas of security in the modern age, it can be difficult to stay on top of all of the systems and cameras, especially when you’re in a large building with several floors and cameras all over the premises ranging from the car park to the corridors, the foyer to the roof.

Those having to monitor even larger locations, such as outdoor events, have even more cameras and screens to look at making it particularly difficult to keep up and run their eye over everything, things do get missed. Luckily, there are now solutions such as video analytics that can take away a lot of the work and stress while reducing the margin for error. The systems are capable of detecting breaches in security and alert staff to the activity so that they can respond to the threat quickly, before it escalates. The video is capable of presenting alerts and highlighting important data that can be used to work on and reinforce security measures in the future so that future security breaches can be planned for or even prevented.

Examples of where video analysis has benefitted industries include airports, where the system can highlight a lack of security at certain gates, excess queuing that needs to be resolved and overcrowding issues; helping those moving through the airport to have a much better experience. After all, nobody likes to queue.

City centres have also benefitted due to the fact that those monitoring the street cameras are able to keep on top of large numbers of people in certain areas so that people can be sent to disperse the crowds if required or move vehicles blocking access for emergency services and businesses. It’s like having a second pair of eyes!