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Hitachi video analytics offering delivers advanced insights, real-time alerts


February 9, 2017  


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Hitachi Insight Group, which is responsible for driving the global unified Internet of Things (IoT) business and go-to-market (GTM) strategy for Hitachi, Ltd. has launched new video analytics software it said is designed to enhance and extend its Smart City and Public Safety offerings portfolio.

Hitachi Video Analytics (HVA) combines computer vision and advanced analytics to extract insights and generate real-time alerts that can provide cities, airports, campuses, transportation agencies, and businesses with:

  • Operational and business intelligence: People counting, queue detection, activity analysis, directional counting, and image enhancement deliver insights that help cities, businesses and other organizations improve operations and customer experiences. It also helps to protect individual privacy, which can help to reduce their risk and liability.
  • Smarter transportation, traffic and parking management: Vehicle counting, traffic analysis, parking space detection and license plate recognition help cities and businesses to improve traffic and parking for residents, commuters and customers.
  • More effective public safety and security: Intrusion detection, left-behind object detection, facial recognition and camera tampering alerts provide a force multiplier for public safety departments to help keep people and property safe.

“Cities and enterprises looking to fully benefit from digital transformation need visibility into a variety of data insights,” said Ruthbea Yesner Clarke, global director, smart cities strategies at IDC. “And as attacks and natural disasters in public and private areas continue to increase, safety has become a top priority.

“Although video is a significant opportunity to increase operational efficiencies, ensure safety and serve as a force multiplier for municipalities, law enforcement and security teams, the proliferating use of video technologies continues to raise privacy concerns,” “With its end-to-end video stack, Hitachi is helping public and private sector organizations to better utilize the full potential of their video assets.”

According to a release issued by Hitachi, “HVA unleashes the potential of video analytics by offering a privacy protection feature that can be used in conjunction with all of its  insights and alerts. With this concern alleviated, HVA can help customers make better use of their video data by providing critical intelligence that can help to improve operations and better protect people and assets.

“Cities, airports, transportation systems, campuses, manufacturers and retail environments are all examples of the types of organizations that may benefit from (it).”

HVA is made up of the following:

  • Object Detector, which provides 4-D reconstruction of two-dimensional video images by using particles, perspective, velocity, path deviation and travel distance to improve accuracy and dramatically reduce the number of false-positive incidents—even in the case of poor visibility due to inclement weather.
  • Scenario-Based Analytics, which ensures that each analytic module uses a custom algorithm for the analytical engine to improve performance and accuracy to further reduce the risk of false-positive incidents.
  • Privacy Protector, which automatically detects and protects entire human figures. In addition, it tracks and records all access to video data to help support transparency and help combat misuse. This feature can also be crucial for organizations like hospitals and schools, where the privacy of patients and minors is vital and protecting PII in video data can help to reduce risk and liability.
  • Video Enhancer, which filters out interference like rain and snow, which could negatively impact video resolution, to provide clearer views and support high quality video monitoring and more accurate analysis.
  • Camera Health Monitor, which provides automated detection of camera-tampering or damage. HVA’s Camera Health Monitor will send an alert if issues arise to ensure valuable video data can be maintained as continuously as possible.

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