LP evaluated all the technologies and narrowed it down to the two strongest contenders. “They were separated by extremes,” he says. “One involved sending the video to a third party to review and after a week or two, we’d get a response back. That was too long. We wanted to provide answers as quickly as we could.”
The other contender was BriefCam, by BriefCam Ltd. of Neve Ilan, Israel, an award-winning product suggested by an integrator who had worked with Stew Leonard’s on its CCTV system. (BriefCam was the winner of the 2011 ASIS International Accolades Award for Surveillance, as well as the 2010 Wall Street Journal Technology Innovation Award for Physical Security, and other honors.)
Kennedy contacted the company. “They were just starting to get a hold in the industry in the United States. They said, ‘Give us a try,’ and from the onset we saw the possibilities.”
BriefCam offers two solutions: BriefCam Video Synopsis (VS) Enterprise and VS Forensics, both of which use the same technology to allow video reviews to proceed at a greatly quickened pace. VS Enterprise can fully integrate with almost all IP cameras and digital video recorders (DVRs) or networked video recorders (NVRs). The software interface allows users to pull recorded footage by specific dates and times; it then uses video-analytic software to compress the footage into a radically shortened synopsis. One hour of footage can be viewed in an average of one minute.
Kennedy explains that what he and his team see when they review the footage is a series of superimposed streams of activity—for example, if the camera feed is from a camera focused on the entrance to one of the Stew Leonard’s stores, the synopsis will show every customer or employee coming and going, each one with a time stamp following them along. “When we see something of interest, we click on the time stamp or the image,” he says. “BriefCam isolates that specific video stream.”