5725-H94 IBM Intelligent Video Analytics V3.0

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Revised:  April 23, 2019.

 
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Product life cycle dates

Program NumberVRM Announced Available Marketing Withdrawn Service Discontinued
5725-H9403.00.002018/10/302018/11/23 2019/04/23 -
5725-H9402.05.002018/07/312018/08/14 2019/04/23 -
5725-H9402.00.002016/12/132016/12/15 2018/11/142020/04/30
5725-H9401.06.002014/09/232014/09/29 2019/04/092020/09/30
5725-H9401.05.002013/11/052013/11/07 2016/03/112018/04/30
5725-H9401.00.002013/02/052013/02/07 2019/04/232015/04/30

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Program number

  • IBM Intelligent Video Analytics V3.0.0 (5725-H94)

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Abstract

IBM Intelligent Video Analytics has been helping agencies and organizations worldwide analyze video captured by fixed cameras, such as those used for physical security, closed-circuit television (CCTV), and monitoring traffic, to extract key information from streaming video to uncover insights and patterns within untold hours of camera footage.

The Intelligent Video Analytics base installation includes these functions for live streaming, fixed cameras:

  • Real time alerts to call attention to events
  • Rich content-based indexing to find critical images and patterns
  • Standards-based open and extensible architecture.

Optional capabilities extend the solution to include:

  • Ingestion of pre-recorded videos from both fixed cameras and cameras in motion. With ingested video files, analysts can extract critical information and find relevant images faster, which may help accelerate investigations.
  • Automated, intelligent redaction.
  • Advanced facial recognition, which may improve lead generation and risk assessment. Matching faces on video to an agency's or organization's watch list may help them identify persons of interest and speed investigation.
  • Advanced people search capabilities based on cognitive analytics that may provide more accurate results

Moreover, Intelligent Video Analytics employs a continuous delivery and support model that enables organizations to obtain more rapid access to functional enhancements and fixes.



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Highlights

IBM Intelligent Video Analytics V3.0 introduces new features and functions to enhance already powerful video analytics capabilities that include:

  • Full support for IBM POWER9 infrastructure
  • Deeper integration with IBM PowerAI Vision modeling software to enable dynamic modeling without the need to engage developers or AI experts
  • New object and classification models
  • Container-based delivery for Smart Surveillance Engine (SSE) component, enabling all Intelligent Video Analytics components to be container based
  • Support for 13 additional languages

IBM Intelligent Video Analytics V2.0 offers both traditional and optional cognitive analytics to help users analyze, catalog, and index video captured from both fixed cameras and cameras in motion. Finding the relevant images within the camera footage may help public safety agencies and security organizations uncover insights and patterns to help them disrupt threats and aid investigations.

Intelligent Video Analytics includes comprehensive security, intelligence, and investigative capabilities for live-streaming fixed cameras.

  • Real-time alerts to call attention to events
  • Rich content-based indexing and search
  • A standards-based open and extensible architecture

Cognitive analytic options extend its capabilities.

  • The ability to ingest video from cameras in motion and fixed cameras
  • Automated redaction, which may assist users in addressing their compliance and privacy requirements
  • Facial recognition and advanced people search functions based on cognitive analytics

These capabilities offer far more accurate and adaptive techniques to address various analytic needs when compared to traditional algorithm-based approaches.



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Description

Intelligent Video Analytics delivers deeper cognitive video analytic capabilities more rapidly and easily to help organizations build their own visual recognition models for their domain or industry. This new release also includes a broader set of standard object and classification models that help drive value within your organization. As before, Intelligent Video Analytics can be used with real-time or archived video, captured from both fixed cameras and cameras in motion. Analyzing the video rapidly and accurately helps organizations, across a variety of industries, uncover insights, anomalies, and patterns to help them identify and address operational risks that aid in the process of resolving potential issues.

IBM Intelligent Video Analytics V3.0

  • Full support on the POWER9 platform for all components
  • Improved ease of installation for Intelligent Video Analytics using containerization for both IBM Power Systems and x86 platform deployments to help enable faster install and upgrades.
  • Deep-learning object detection model that supports a wide variety of object types, including cars, trucks, buses, motorcycles, bicycles, and persons. The new model is combined with the existing fine-grained person parts model that identifies various parts of the body, such as head, shoulder, torso, and legs. This facilitates increasingly accurate detection in many different deployment scenarios.
  • AI-based vehicle color classification model that supports eight different colors (black, white, light gray, dark gray, red, green, blue, and yellow). Applications for this classification model can be extended to object types beyond vehicles with reasonable performance from the system.
  • Basic model management capability to add and remove models on the deep learning engine (DLE), command line interface (CLI) only. This capability enables users to turn models on and off, and deploy them as needed. It gives organizations more control over how the models are deployed.
  • Composite object detection and alerting. This capability lets users combine multiple models in parallel, so that a single image is fed to all models. The results from all models are combined into a single response as though all detections came from a single model.

    For example, if you had a model that detects people's legs, shoulders, and heads, as well as a model that detects dogs, you can create a composition service. This composition service can run these models, and more, on a single image or video, instead of sending the image several times to a server for analysis. This makes the process far more efficient. Using this parallel approach and depending on the number of models, users can see between 50% and 100% improvement in DLE response times.

    Alternatively, multiple models can be combined in sequence, such that a primary model is run first on the input image, and then one or more secondary models are run on specific types detected by the primary model. For example, users can run a model to detect persons, and then run secondary models to detect specific types of safety gear that the persons are wearing. Using this method avoids having to run all the models continuously on all the images, since many images might not have a person in them. This capability boosts the efficiency of the solution while providing a flexible way for users to detect objects and generate alerts.

Collectively, these new capabilities add even more flexibility and ease of use to Intelligent Video Analytics. In addition, Intelligent Video Analytics is now fully supported on the POWER9 platform, extending support beyond the current x86-based platform.

IBM Intelligent Video Analytics V2.0

Intelligent Video Analytics is designed to help security and public safety organizations develop comprehensive security, intelligence, and investigative capabilities using video. The solution supports analytics and alerts for real-time streaming fixed cameras, such as those used for physical security, closed-circuit television (CCTV), and monitoring traffic. Optional capabilities can be added to provide support for video file ingestion, which enables the ability to apply forensic search capabilities of video files from fixed cameras as well as cameras in motion, such as body-worn cameras. The broad capabilities of Intelligent Video Analytics can fully complement and enhance an existing security infrastructure to provide defensive as well as proactive understanding of security vulnerabilities.

Automated redaction

Once video is captured, whether from cameras in motion or from fixed cameras, it may be necessary to share clips with the media, the public, and other security organizations. An optional capability for redaction is designed to assist agencies in their efforts to comply with privacy and criminal justice evidence handling laws for publicly shared video.

To use the redaction function, an agency or organization sets up the criteria to automatically blur out sensitive images that may have been captured by the camera lens. Manually performing such a task would be labor-intensive work. Automated redaction may significantly reduce the time and labor required to release video footage for shared use.

Intelligent Video Analytics supports the following redaction functions:

  • Redact one or more faces for a specified video segment.
  • Optionally redact all detected faces.
  • Redact all pixels for a specified video segment.
  • Redact image pixels that are outside the selected regions for a specified video segment.
  • Manually select an object, such as computer screen, to be redacted from a video segment.
  • Manually redact any content of a single video frame.
  • Automatically redact selected objects with optional user adjustments.
  • Redact specified video content with options of various masking techniques, including blurring, pixilation, blank mask, and gradient map.

Face capture and recognition for lead generation

Faces captured by body-worn cameras or fixed cameras could prove helpful to security analysts and investigators when run through facial recognition tools. However, not all face capture images will yield effective results; the more images of a face that are captured, the greater the likelihood of a resulting match. The accuracy provided by optional cognitive analytics may help users identify good facial images for further recognition analysis, potentially saving time and personnel costs, and possibly identifying a person of interest who might otherwise have been missed.

To enable facial recognition, the agency enrolls or loads a set of facial images representing potential persons of interest into their Intelligent Video Analytics watch list. The analytic software automatically compares the faces identified in ingested video clips with the faces in the watch list. The facial recognition function detects high-quality matches and sends them to Intelligent Video Analytics as a recognition alert. This process can take a matter of minutes rather than the hours previously needed to review footage and manually cross-check with all the persons of interest.

Intelligent Video Analytics' basic detection, classification, and indexing algorithms can index hundreds of millions of events and alerts to create a full index for live-streaming fixed cameras that can be quickly searched, analyzed, and correlated in seconds. Users can data mine the index for a wide array of criteria, including searches of real-time and historical data for specific items, such as vehicles and objects.

To help search further, the data mining capabilities allow for searching by such attributes as color and size. Additionally, Intelligent Video Analytics provides a statistical analysis of events that can be sorted by date and time, or over an extended period of time, in order to perform a trend analysis. These figures are directly linked back to their particular video feed or ingested file for immediate viewing when a potential anomaly has to be reviewed promptly.

Rapid searching for persons of interest

Optional cognitive analytics in Intelligent Video Analytics may help make forensic searching for images of people within video files simpler and faster. The solution can search hundreds of hours of footage across multiple files from a variety of camera types.

The agency can set search criteria for characteristics such as hair color, baldness, facial hair, age range, glasses, skin tone, gender, clothing colors or patterns, and more. Once the agency sets the characteristics, searching for such attributes is done automatically. This capability may reduce the extensive time and effort that would otherwise be required of an analyst or officer to view all the footage manually.

Real-time alerts to call attention to events

Intelligent Video Analytics provides event-based security that analyzes streaming video feeds from fixed cameras to provide real-time alerts about user-predefined behaviors of people, vehicles, or objects. It can help identify perimeter or tripwire breaches, abandoned objects, objects removed, vehicles moving in unexpected directions, and more. In addition, a key differentiator from other analytics offerings is that Intelligent Video Analytics indexes these alerts along with other activities across cameras and sensors. It can index a whole set of attributes about each and every event.

Standards-based open and extensible architecture

The Intelligent Video Analytics architecture is designed specifically to facilitate interoperability with products from different vendors to broaden and enhance the overall security framework for the particular environment in which it is deployed. This approach to video analytics and security helps an organization to deliver preventive security controls, countermeasures, and safeguards, and to evolve, as necessary, by incorporating third-party products and services (such as specialized analytics, sensor data, and integration with transactional information technology systems). Intelligent Video Analytics interoperability contributes to its ease of implementation by leveraging and enhancing current technologies rather than isolating them. As a result, it provides the necessary framework to help implement effective security controls that can adapt to ever-changing and new threats.

The optional capabilities in Intelligent Video Analytics deliver cognitive analytics that may provide a higher degree of accuracy. Cognitive technology can:

  • Interpret unstructured video and structured metadata tagging at high speeds and volumes.
  • Prioritize recommendations, which may help humans make better decisions.

Intelligent Video Analytics uses IBM DB2. DB2 offers increased data protection, scalability, and performance for all its database intensive operations. It is designed to help manage data more effectively and efficiently. Greater availability is delivered through enhancements, such as online, automated database reorganization. In addition, the increased scalability and the ability to leverage the latest in server technology helps deliver increased performance of backup and recovery processes.

IBM Intelligent Video Analytics V1.5

IBM Intelligent Video Analytics V1.5 helps increase the efficiency of your physical security and public safety staff in two ways:

  • Alerting operators in real time based on predefined events, such as a person entering a restricted area
  • Allowing operators to search previous activity for specific events, such as finding all yellow cars that drove by the building yesterday

IBM Intelligent Video Analytics examines each frame of video, extracts information about events in that video, and stores it in a database for future reference. This approach allows for real-time alerts as well as rapid searching of hundreds of millions of past events. In addition, it is able to incorporate data from other sources.

Intelligent Video Analytics V1.5 enhancements:

  • Upgrade to people search: It now has the ability to do single attribute and combined attribute search on a person's features or clothing, such as baldness, hat, glasses, sun glasses, hair color, skin tone and texture, and up to three colors combination search on torso area with 13-color palette.
  • Provides tricolor combinational search capability on upper and lower body areas with 13-color palette for clothing.
  • Provides enhancements to optimize detection rate and reduce false positives for critical and specialized video analytics for city counter terrorism operations and crime investigation such as abandoned object detection, and face detection which enhances face recognition integration.
  • Provides enhancements to optimize detection rate and reduce false positives for critical and specialized video analytic alerts for rail and subway security and safety such as rail crossings in undesignated areas, people or animals entering a tunnel, objects or people on the tracks or close to the platform's edge.
  • Provides enhanced analytics capability to handle crowded scenes and challenging environmental conditions such as lighting, shadows, reflections, and clouds.
  • Provides capability for event detection and searching based on actual world measurements (for example, object length, height, size, and speed).
  • Enhanced ability to detect and search objects of interests (such as cars, busses, and trucks) with multiple colors (bigger selection and better colors).
  • Improvements to analytic installation, configuration, and tuning in order to reduce deployment time while enhancing alert accuracy.
  • Ability to run multiple frameworks on a single physical server for improved scalability.
  • Includes an operator UI framework to improve operator usability by making the operator UI more flexible, which:
    • Is customizable to meet the specific needs and operational processes of a given user environment, and to support unique requirements specific to forensic search and alert response
    • Supports globalization and localization
    • Provides integration with Global Information System (GIS) functionality to allow for event displays on maps
    • Enables analytic functionality, such as people search, augmented color support, and support of worldwide coordinates
    • Delivers native federated proxy capabilities where several Intelligent Video Analytics instances can be federated together into a seamless user experience. This allows the system administrator to enable all or a portion of the channels (cameras) for single sign-on, alert passing, forensic searching, and adjudication (alert dispositioning) between instances to specific or all operators.

IBM Intelligent Video Analytics V1.0

IBM Intelligent Video Analytics V1.0 is a combination of Smart Vision Suite Video Analytics V3.6.7 running on the IBM Intelligent Operations Center infrastructure.

IBM Intelligent Video Analytics is designed to facilitate comprehensive physical security to enable city or other infrastructure planners, administrators, and managers to quickly ascertain and intelligently react to current situations, improve their operational efficiencies, and effectively manage their operations. Line-of-business executives and chief security officers, tasked with finding a more effective way to process, store, and respond to surveillance data, can provide network-based video analytics that include real-time alerts, post-event searching capabilities, and remote access. Results can provide increased levels of security, faster incident response time, reduced risk of loss, and prevention of malicious events.

IBM Intelligent Video Analytics delivers real-time alerts for predefined behaviors such as people or vehicles or objects crossing a tripwire or being in a secured area. In addition, a key differentiator from other analytics packages is that it indexes these alerts along with other activities across cameras and sensors. It can index a whole set of attributes about each and every event. As an example for vehicles, categories can include the size, the color, the trajectory, when it entered the secure zone, when it exited. For people, categories can be the color of jacket or shirt, and the trajectory. For objects, categories can be the size, color, time removed from the field of view.

You can index hundreds of millions of events to provide a full index that can be quickly searched, analyzed, and correlated in seconds.

Comprehensive security, intelligence, and investigative capabilities

IBM Intelligent Video Analytics provides event-based surveillance that analyzes video feeds in real time to provide real-time alerts for security personnel. Additionally, it supports activity search, cross- correlation, and trend analysis to allow for efficient analysis of video footage in both real-time and investigative circumstances. IBM Intelligent Video Analytics has the functionality to develop a comprehensive threat model customized to the environment in which it is implemented. It can identify perimeter breaches, as well as abandoned objects, objects removed, and people and vehicle activity. IBM Intelligent Video Analytics framework can integrate specialized analytics such as license plate and face recognition. The broad capabilities of IBM Intelligent Video Analytics fully complement and enhance an existing security infrastructure to provide defense as well as proactive understanding of security vulnerabilities.

Rich content based indexing and search

IBM Intelligent Video Analytics advanced detection, classification, and indexing algorithms enable the user to data mine the index of events for a wide array of criteria. Users can search real time and historical data for specific items such as vehicles and objects. To narrow the search further, the data mining capabilities allow for searching by the color, size, or speed of a moving object such as a car or truck. Additionally, it provides a statistical analysis of the activity such as people entering a building. This can be sorted by date and time or over an extended period of time in order to perform a trend analysis. These figures are directly linked back to their particular video feed for immediate viewing when a potential anomaly has to be reviewed promptly.

Standards-based open and extensible architecture

IBM Intelligent Video Analytics architecture has been designed specifically to facilitate interoperability with products from different vendors to broaden and enhance the overall security framework for the particular environment in which it is deployed. This approach to video analytics and surveillance allows for an organization to deliver preventive security controls, countermeasures, and safeguards, and to evolve, as necessary, by incorporating third- party products and services (such as specialized analytics, sensor data, and integration with transactional information technology systems). IBM Intelligent Video Analytics interoperability contributes to its ease of implementation by leveraging and enhancing current technologies rather than isolating them. As a result, it provides the necessary framework to implement effective security controls, which can adapt to ever changing and new threats.

Cities around the globe are faced with the common challenges of aging infrastructure, shrinking budgets, shifting populations, and increasing threats. Innovative city leaders understand that to address these challenges, they not only have to work harder, but smarter. This requires analyzing information to make better decisions, anticipating problems to resolve them, and coordinating resources to operate effectively.

Content based searches

IBM Intelligent Video Analytics supports a variety of content-based searches of surveillance events. The search can be based on the following attributes:

Object                              Description
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Object class                        Vehicle, person and group
Object appearance                   Color and size
 
Object location                     Position in the scene, as
                                    marked by users using a
                                    bounding box
 
Object movement                     Speed and duration of presence
 
Time range of event occurrence      Time ranges can be set either
                                    relative to the current time
                                    (e.g. last 4 days) or within an
                                    absolute date/time range
                                    (Monday at 4 PM till Tuesday 10
                                    AM)
 
License plate number                Partial digit string from a
                                    license plate or the entire
                                    license plate string

Table 1: Search attributes

Unstructured text-based keyword/clustering/semantics is supported by Intelligent Video Analytics. A users can search through the database of events in the following ways.

Search                              Description
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Composite region-based search       This feature allows a composite
                                    sub-region of the scene. For
                                    example, find red car of
                                    certain size traveling on lane
                                    one.
 
Multi-camera search                 Any search query can be applied
                                    to a list of cameras, one or
                                    more, selected by the users.
Saving searches                     Any search query can be saved
                                    and named for later use by the
                                    users.  The search queries
                                    saved by a particular users are
                                    accessible only to that users.
 
Applying retrieved searches         A users can retrieve any saved
                                    search and apply it to the same
                                    cameras at a later time or to a
                                    different set of cameras. A
                                    relative time search (for
                                    instance, last 4 hours) can be
                                    applied to the same or a
                                    different camera at a later
                                    time to get the most recent
                                    results.

Table 2: Database search functions

Pan-Tilt-Zoom (PTZ) adjustments in event recognition

Alerts can be enabled and disabled according to the preset positions of the camera. If a Pan-Tilt-Zoom (PTZ) camera moves off of its home position, alerts that depend on observing a specific location can create false alarms. Intelligent Video Analytics can detect the change and disable alerts defined on the home position.

Crowd management

Function                            Description
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Crowd density analysis              Intelligent Video Analytics
                                    available space and can alert
                                    if a certain threshold is met.
 
Queue management                    The users can define when a
                                    queue is too long or determine
                                    approximately how many people
                                    are currently in a queue.
 
Overcrowding alarms                 Thresholds are defined to
                                    determine when a space becomes
                                    overcrowded.
 
Stationary people or object         With the proper camera view,
 alarms                             Abandoned Object alerts can be
                                    defined to alert officials to
                                    when an object or person is
                                    stationary in a camera view.
 
Congestion analysis in high         Using the Crowd Density
 traffic                            Analysis tool, an alert can be
                                    defined to alert the users to
                                    congestion in an area.
 
Counter flow                        In one way paths, the users can
                                    define an alert that triggers
                                    when a person walks in the
                                    opposing direction. At an exit
                                    only door, for example, an
                                    alert is triggered when an
                                    individual enters through this
                                    door.
 
Bi-directional counting             Using the directional motion
                                    alert, the system can count
                                    individuals moving in two
                                    different directions on the
                                    same camera view. These counts
                                    an be recorded in reports with
                                    time frames that are defined by
                                    the users.
 
Counting in a crowd                 Count the number of people or
                                    vehicles in an area.
 
Real time flow rates                Calculate average speed of
                                    objects moving thru scene.
 
Aggregate values                    Statistical and graphical
                                    reports can be created with
                                    this data.

Table 3: Crowd management functionality

People counting

Intelligent Video Analytics has a high accuracy people counting profile. This profile is applicable to top down cameras, which are specifically placed for the purpose of people counting. This system can be tuned based on the expected size of a person. It has the ability to differentiate between a single person and group.

The people-counting module uses calibration information to estimate the number of people within each moving cluster.

The module is expected to be 90-95% accurate in a typical entrance environment. The current version is likely to operate at a higher error rate in the presence of children, shopping carts, heavy crowding and strong lighting artifacts.

People search

Intelligent Video Analytics can identify individuals with specific features and store these characteristics into the metadata repository. This gives Intelligent Video Analytics operators the ability to search for features of a person. For example, operators can search for individuals that are wearing yellow shirts. In a situation where police officials are searching for a person with these type characteristics, this will significantly reduce the amount of time searching through hours and hours of video. This is a key feature for law enforcement scenarios (i2 Analyst Notebook and i2 COPLINK up-sell opportunities).

Face capture

The following face analysis profiles are supported:

Face analysis                       Description
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Face tracking                       Supports the capture of one
                                    face image per person (highest
                                    resolution frontal image) as
                                    people approach a camera.
 
Sensitive face tracking             Supports the capture of one
                                    face image per person as people
                                    approach a camera, with
                                    additional indexing to capture
                                    a person image in case the face
                                    is not visible. This is a key
                                    feature for law enforcement
                                    scenarios (i2 Analyst Notebook
                                    and i2 COPLINK up-sell
                                    opportunities).

Table 4: Face tracking functionality

Face tracking

Face tracking can distinguish the presence of a face in a given video frame, track the face in subsequent video frames and produce a single key frame zoomed in to show the person's face, for every person that walks in front of a camera. The users will be able to query Intelligent Video Analytics in the following ways when looking for a person.

Query                               Description
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Find last                           100 faces approaching the
                                    camera
 
Range query                         Find all faces of people who
                                    entered the building between a
                                    specified start-time and
                                    end-time
 
Statistic view                      Show the statistics, via bar
                                    chart, of number of faces
                                    captured over time, including
                                    drill down capability

Table 5: Query descriptions

Traffic surveillance

Traffic surveillance functionality provided by Intelligent Video Analytics:

This is a key feature for law enforcement scenarios (i2 Analyst Notebook and i2 COPLINK up-sell opportunities).

Function                            Description
------------------------------      --------------------------------
Average speed                       Intelligent Video Analytics can
                                    determine the average speed a
                                    vehicle is moving through the
                                    camera view.
 
Individual speed                    Likewise, the application can
                                    determine the individual speed
                                    of a moving object.
 
Travel time                         Travel time can be calculated
                                    by measuring the flow of a
                                    vehicle between two points.
 
Vehicle counts                      Using the tripwire or
                                    directional motion alerts,
                                    Intelligent Video Analytics can
                                    count the number of vehicles,
                                    for example, a count of the car
                                    traveling
 
Density calculations                Vehicle density analysis can be
                                    determined by evaluating the
                                    used space to available space.
 
Accidents                           The system can help determine
                                    if there is an accident if the
                                    flow of traffic has stopped.
 
Slow, fast or stopped vehicles      Slow moving, fast moving or
                                    stopped vehicles can be
                                    identified by the system.
 
Wrong direction                     Alerts can be defined for
                                    vehicle moving in the wrong
                                    direction on city streets.
 
Unauthorized vehicles               Vehicles parked in an
                                    unauthorized spot can be
                                    identified using the Smart
                                    Vision Suite.

Table 6: Traffic surveillance functionality

Real-time alerting

The following real-time alert attributes are fully supported by Intelligent Video Analytics. This is a key feature for law enforcement scenarios (i2 Analyst Notebook and i2 COPLINK up-sell opportunities).

Alert attributes                    Description
------------------------------      --------------------------------
Multi-zone                          All alerts in Intelligent Video
                                    Analytics are multi-zone, for
                                    instance, the users can set
                                    multiple alerts on a single
                                    camera field of view
 
Region of un-interest               The users can indicate multiple
                                    regions of un-interest in a
                                    camera to mask out high false
                                    alarm zones
 
Scheduling alerts                   All alerts that are set by a
                                    user can be scheduled to
                                    operate on a schedule of choice
                                    by the users (day of week, hour
                                    of day, and so forth.)
 
Setting alerts                      Users with the right privilege
                                    can configure the alerts on any
                                    camera from any browser
 
Storing and retrieving alert        Alerts that are active on a
 definitions                        camera are archived in the
                                    database and become persistent
                                    for a given camera, even if the
                                    camera and engine are restarted
 
Annotating and archiving alerts     Users can annotate an alert
                                    with additional information and
                                    save the alert for future
                                    reference
 
Searching alerts                    Users can search through
                                    user-archived alerts or current
                                    database for a text string,
                                    which can be the name of the
                                    alert or the comment entered by
                                    a user
 
Alert priority                      Any alert can be assigned a
                                    different priority level. The
                                    priority level can be used to
                                    search and sort through alerts
                                    in the forensic mode
 
Alert auto play                     Any alert that is defined as
                                    priority Urgent will trigger an
                                    auto-play of the video. This
                                    feature is very useful in
                                    systems with large numbers of
                                    cameras. Critical alerts will
                                    automatically start playing on
                                    the user interface - as soon as
                                    the alert occurs.
 
Adjudication                        Users can intercept an incoming
                                    alert, annotate it and
                                    determine if the alert will
                                    display onto a common dashboard
                                    such as a video wall.

Table 7: Real-time alert attribute descriptions

Real time alert types

The following real-time alert types that are fully supported by Intelligent Video Analytics. This is a key feature for law enforcement scenarios (i2 Analyst Notebook and i2 COPLINK up-sell opportunities).

                                    Intelligent Video Analytics
Real-time alert name                Features
--------------------------------    --------------------------------
Motion detection alert:  Allows     Users specify minimum and
the users to detect motion in a     maximum object sizes, minimum
specified region of the camera      number of frames motion should
image                               last, minimum number of
                                    objects. Users can mark (set)
                                    object size with mouse
 
Tripwire alert:  Allows the         Users specify multi-segment
users to detect the directional     tripwire location, direction of
crossing of a trip wire - setup     line crossing and maximum and
by the users                        minimum object sizes. Users
                                    optionally specify color of
                                    object, type of object (vehicle
                                    and person) and minimum and
                                    maximum speed of object. Users
                                    can mark object size with
                                    mouse.
 
Region alert:  Allows the users     Users specify the minimum and
to detect various types of          maximum object size and have a
object behaviors within a zone,     number of choices regarding how
such as starting, stopping,         the moving object interacts
entering, leaving                   with the region of interest.
                                    Users can mark object size with
                                    mouse.
 
Abandoned object:  Allows the       Users specify the minimum
users to detect objects that        object size, maximum object
have been abandoned                 size and wait time before
                                    triggering alarm. Significant
                                    improvements in the base
                                    algorithm which have been
                                    tested in real urban
                                    environments.
 
Directional motion:  Allows the     Users specify minimum and
users to detect movement of         maximum size, tolerance range
objects in a specified direction    for direction. Users optionally
                                    specify color of object, type
                                    of object (vehicle and person)
                                    and minimum and maximum speed
                                    of object. Users can mark
                                    object size with mouse.
 
Camera move - blind:                Users specify sensitivity to
Automatically detects changes in    camera movement and the minimum
camera state like movement of       pre-event recording duration
the camera and blinding of the
camera
 
Camera movement atop:  Alert        Users specify how long camera
will be triggered when a            should be stopped before the
Pan-Tilt-Zoom camera stops          alert triggers
moving

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Operating environment

Hardware requirements

IBM Intelligent Video Analytics can support large-scale deployment for thousands of video camera channels through federated and clustering architecture. For example, a small (20 camera) installation would consist of the following hardware components.

Smart Surveillance Engine (SSE) server: Either one IBM BladeCenter HS23 or one IBM System x3650 M4

  • CPU - Dual quad-core 3 GHz, 4 GB memory
  • Dual 73 GB 10K SAS hard drives

Middleware for Large-Scale Surveillance (MILS) server

  • Either one IBM BladeCenter HS23 or one IBM System x3650 M4.
  • CPU: Dual Quad-core 3 GHz, 4 GB memory (16 GB for clustering).
  • Storage: Dual 146 GB 10K SAS hard drives. (Dual disk drives are used for mirroring the operating system and middleware and application components installed on the blade server.)
  • Connectivity to an external storage system requires Fibre Channel connectivity components (for example, Qlogic 4 GB Fibre Channel Expansion card - 46 M6-065)
  • High speed network connectivity (for example, two Cisco Catalyst Switch 3110X for IBM BladeCenter).

Analytics Engine capacity: The video analytics consist of the Smart Surveillance Engine (SSE) and the Middleware for Large-scale Surveillance (MILS)

  • SSE server capacity: A SSE server is able to process approximately 20 channels (cameras) of video (depending on view activity level).
  • MILS server capacity: MILS can be deployed for small instances as a single node that supports up to 100 channels (cameras) or for larger installations in a clustered configuration that supports up to 500 channels (cameras) per instance.
    • Multiple instances can be federated to enable single sign-on, alert passing, forensic searching, and adjudication (alert dispositioning) between instances.
  • Video management server capacity: The Video Management Server capacity will vary depending on the selected partner product.

IBM Intelligent Video Analytics uses a video feed via a direct show filter. IBM Intelligent Video Analytics is currently integrated with the following video management providers:

  • Genetec
    • Omnicast 4.7
    • Omnicast 4.8
  • Milestone
    • XProtect Corporate 5.0
    • XProtect Corporate 6
  • ELSAG License Plate Recognition
  • Microsoft Windows Media Player

Video can be received for analytic process from Internet streaming video, which are video streams associated with your configured Video Management Server provider or other streaming source.

Software requirements

Supported desktop operating systems

  • Microsoft Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise, or Ultimate x86 (32 bit) and x64 (64 bit) SP1
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Business, Enterprise, or Ultimate x86 (32 bit) and x64 (64 bit) SP1, or later

Supported server operating systems

  • SSE - Microsoft Windows 2008 Server, 32 bit and 64 bit.
  • MILS - For small configurations, single-node environments are typically deployed with either a Microsoft Windows 2008 Server or a Linux SUSE SLES 11 SP3, 32-bit only OS environment. For larger configurations (above 100 cameras), a clustered environment running Linux SUSE SLES 11 SP3 is recommended.

Supported web browsers

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 and 9

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Customer responsibilities

The customer is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communication facilities.



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Security, auditability, and control

IBM Intelligent Video Analytics uses the security and auditability features of the host software.
 

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