Below follows a post from Tim Frederick, our director of engineering, with a few thoughts around the megapixel camera industry and real-world benefits for end users. Keep an eye out for more technical posts coming from Tim going forward.
Once upon a time, it was relatively simple to select a surveillance camera. You’d choose price, TVL, dynamic range, low-light lux performance, back light compensation, form factor and you’d be done. But network cameras – high-definition megapixel cameras in particular – are different beasts entirely with each manufacturer pushing different features.
Municipal grids have become almost commonplace across the world -- England houses one camera for every 14 people -- and yesterday, the Associated Press reported China camera installations have topped 2.75 million since 2003. However, the reviews are mixed as far as the return on such investments.
Our chairman and co-founder, Steve Russell, recently sat down with Rajiv Shah, an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and the author of the Smart Cameras blog. Below are some of his answers to Rajiv's questions around privacy, vendor comparisons, industry connections to academia and the future of the smart camera market.
Earlier this week, Security Director News reported findings from a study conducted by ADT that show 39 percent of retailers polled expect to increase security expenditures over the next three years. That is music to our ears!
Protecting expensive retail goods and reducing retail theft -- by both customers and employees -- as well as ensuring worker safety and cutting down on organized retail crime (ORC) were cited as the primary reasons to increase the investment. In fact, 46 percent of those polled said that they were "...looking to technology to reduce the effects of ORC."
Below follows a short guest post from 3VR Senior Director of Field Services Bob Herold, who attended the NRF Loss Prevention Conference this May. The post includes his reflections on the show, our experience there and thoughts on the industry: With the economy as it is, I didn’t expect a significant turnout at NRF's Loss Prevention Conference this May. However, while the numbers were down from last year, we were very pleased to see that the professionals that did make the trip were there for business.
As a company with a foot in various niches within the security industry – facial recognition, biometrics, surveillance, etc. – we're looking to start discussing some of the headlines that are catching our eyes here on the 3VR blog. Hope it can provide you with some insight into what we're fascinated by, some of the cool technologies out there and where we're looking to go!
There has always been a thin line between privacy and security in the surveillance industry and a new piece in New Scientist this week discusses around our new method of scrambling CCTV image to preserve the privacy of innocent persons.
As Paul Marks, New Scientist chief technology correspondent, writes:
We've had this one in the oven for quite some time and are very happy to announce the release of CrimeDex 2.0 -- incorporating several new and exciting features, including a collaborative group interface, video and image support, and complete integration capabilities with the award-winning 3VR surveillance platform.
We're also excited to announce that MVFCN and CFCIA will be two of the first law enforcement associations to transition from CrimeDex 1.0 to the 2.0 beta this month!
Two big retail-focused announcements out of 3VR today, including the release of a full suite of video surveillance features specifically tailored to the security needs of retailers. These include people counting capabilities, advanced object tracking and surveillance, and integrations to critical retail systems like point-of-sale, electronic article surveillance systems and access control, and are available on all 3VR SmartRecorders, including the newly released S-Series.
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