Video surveillance system can check for bombs

Japan’s Oki Electric Industry Co. Ltd. will release a video surveillance system next week that can issue alerts when it detects suspicious behaviour or intrusions, the company said Tuesday. The system could prove useful for beefing up security at airports, factories and other locations, Oki said.

The company’s VisualCast-SS system uses software developed by ActivEye Inc. of Briarcliff Manor, New York, to watch for 35 different behavioral parameters. When the system spots something suspicious it can sound an alarm or send an e-mail alert to security staff, according to Naomi Takeuchi, a spokeswoman for Oki in the U.S.

The system could be set to detect an entity about the size of a human on a perimeter fence or a wall. It can also monitor areas for objects of a particular size that are left unattended for a certain amount of time. “We don’t call this a ‘bomb alert’ function, but yes, it can be used for that sort of thing,” Takeuchi said.

The system can monitor objects ranging in size from a briefcase to an automobile, and can be used for tasks as mundane as preventing illegal parking, she said.

The system relays MPEG-4 video via an Internet Protocol-based network to a server on which the monitoring software runs.

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