The press room at the Pennsylvania Convention Center played host to the latest technology announcements from exhibitors. Company representatives took time out from the exhibit hall to talk to members of the media during press conferences held throughout the week. Here are a few highlights from press conferences held on Monday and Tuesday.
AVIGILON (BOOTH #3201)
Avigilon representatives showcased the best of many worlds in their new Avigilon Control Center 5.0 (ACC 5.0). Combining the high-tech innovations from IT, Web design, and video game technology, the new software is designed to be intuitive and can help users manage video footage from unlimited analog and megapixel cameras. “We designed this system for ease of use,” said Andrew Martz, COO of Avigilon. “You don’t need days of training to use this system.”
Another new feature, according to Martz, is that the software can facilitate collaborative investigations in real time. Multiple operators can interact while viewing the same video footage. Video feeds can also be pushed out to team members or law enforcement agencies instead of being exported via e-mail or requiring the viewer to physically travel to a workstation.
Those control centers that have video walls or a group of multiple monitors can transform them into intelligent video walls with ACC 5.0’s virtual matrix. Users can change layouts, manipulate video, zoom, rewind, and isolate footage.
In a demonstration of technology reminiscent of science fiction, Martz demonstrated the company’s voice and motion detection commands. Using technology designed for the Xbox video gaming system, Avigilon is currently developing a system that allows the user to control video through voice commands and hand gestures. Martz was able to tell the system to pull up video from certain feeds, while using his hands to manipulate views and see events within a timeline. Martz urged attendees to come to the Avigilon booth to try the system out for themselves.
ARTEC ID (BOOTH #4217)
More high-tech security technology was on display from Artec ID (booth #4217) as Sergey Sukhovey, the company’s chief marketing officer, demonstrated the company’s new 3D facial recognition system. The system uses a 3D image of the face to capture a unique biometric identifier. The system can identify up to 60 people per minute using 3D facial recognition sensors and high-speed access.
The benefits of the system, according to Sukhovey, include the fact that the biometric requires no contact with the user and it can identify a person even when the face is blocked by sunglasses or headwear. Enrollment takes less than two seconds and can be integrated with existing access control systems.
The technology is currently in use in Russia at the Kremlin in Moscow, at the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, and at Norilsk Airport.
DICE CORPORATION (BOOTH #2457)
The Matrix Universal Video system from DICE Corporation (Booth #2457) is a cloud-based system that uses PSIM technology and can be hosted at a company facility and then used in the field or hosted by DICE. The system can bring costs down by allowing users in the field to view the system on mobile devices such as an iPad or Android.
The system can be used for more than just alarms and video. For example, managers can set up the system to track the number of customers using a certain service or to gauge the effectiveness of advertising.
SENTRY VIEW SYSTEMS (BOOTH #2251)
Sentry View Systems announced the launch of its SentryPOWER CORE renewable energy solution for remote applications at a press conference on Tuesday. “The SentryPOWER CORE can be used in any application where you’re putting a surveillance solution or anything that you want to power in remote locations,” said Justin Thompson, Sentry View president and COO.
The SentryPOWER CORE combines solar power, a wind turbine, fuel cell, grid, and generator to provide an all-conditions green, renewable, power solution. The system is made to withstand extreme weather conditions. “When the sun is not shining because of a thunderstorm, you probably have a lot of wind so you can get a lot of power that way,” Thompson said.
But it’s not just a power source. It also includes a Web interface and can be configured to use SATCOM, wireless, IP, cellular, and fiber optics communication. Thompson said the solution would be ideal for remote petrochemical or military sites where there was a need to power surveillance equipment or a sensor package. It is currently deployed on the U.S.-Mexico border and in use by the Istanbul Police Department in Turkey.