SOURCE: BRS Labs

September 15, 2008 08:00 ET

BRS Labs Debuts AISight, Industry's First Adaptive Learning Video Analytics Software

AISight Adaptively Learns Behavior Patterns in Complex Surveillance Environments to Recognize a Broad Range of Abnormalities With Unprecedented Accuracy

ATLANTA, GA--(Marketwire - September 15, 2008) - ASIS INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE - Behavioral Recognition Systems, Inc. (BRS Labs) advanced the state-of-the-art in video analytics today with the commercial introduction of its Cognitive Video Analytics™ software, called AISight™. Following the human cognitive model for processing visual inputs into knowledge, AISight is the only surveillance technology available that incorporates patented innovations in computer vision, video analytics, and machine learning to learn and adapt to new environments and new security threats on its own, without human intervention.

With adaptive learning capabilities designed specifically to address the challenges of complex video-surveillance environments, AISight offers these critical benefits:

--  Automatically learns, detects, tracks, and classifies new threats,
    without the need of constant human involvement to calibrate rules and
    update settings
--  Identifies abnormal behaviors and alerts security operators in real
    time, enabling informed, proactive responses; instantly sends alerts and
    video to portable handheld devices carried by field personnel
--  Dramatically lowers false positives so that security operators can
    focus on actual threats
--  Adapts automatically to changes in the scene over time, further
    improving the value of the system
--  Due to standards-based design, integrates easily with existing camera
    infrastructure and watch-center user interfaces
--  Scales to cost-effectively support even the largest and most complex
    surveillance environments
--  Works with pan/tilt/zoom (PTZ) cameras by quickly learning new scenes
    each time the camera is moved
    

"The physical security market has long been lacking in innovation, but by combining machine learning with computer and video analysis, BRS Labs is ushering in the era of Video Analytics 2.0," said Steve Hunt, founder and CEO of Hunt Business Intelligence. "Software which adapts to new scenes and learns from experience will no doubt detect critical events that rules-based systems will miss."

Breakthrough Learning Capabilities for Video Analysis Deliver Better Intelligence and Scalability

The AISight Cognitive Video Analytics software takes visual input from either a live camera or recorded video, learns what activities and behaviors are normal, and generates real-time alerts that notify appropriate security personnel of potentially threatening behaviors. Unlike rules-based video-analytics software, the intelligent AISight solution identifies threats and behaviors that were not previously defined or anticipated, and it does so with fewer false positives. In 10 months of beta testing, outside of a controlled laboratory environment, AISight has achieved a false-positive rate and overall accuracy previously unseen in the video-analytics industry.

AISight consists of the following modular components:

--  The Video Analysis Engine (VAE) uses input from multiple sources to
    create a 2.5D visual model of the scene without the need for security
    personnel to define "trip lines," newly defined threats, and other criteria
    required by current video-analytics software.  The VAE continuously refines
    its model over time, allowing it to detect, track, and classify more
    behaviors and threats with greater accuracy.
--  The Machine Learning Engine (MLE) uses advanced learning technology
    based on human cognition to build behavior pattern models called
    hypocepts™, or hypothetical concepts.  No human operator is required to
    define or train the software to recognize objects, terrain, or scenarios or
    to detect anomalous behavior.
--  The System Manager provides administrative functionality for multiple
    AISight analysis servers, controls how AISight issues alerts and to whom,
    and displays archived alerts.
--  The Operator Console provides operators with real-time views and
    notifications of alerts, displays live feeds for closer analysis, and
    manages the frame-by-frame observations of objects and behaviors from any
    standard desktop computer.
    

"New requirements for video surveillance can create a huge manpower burden in large, complex environments, yet typically yield little positive impact on accuracy or effectiveness," said Eric Eaton, chief technology officer at BRS Labs. "AISight is the only solution that can overcome the limitations of current rules-based surveillance technology to deliver much stronger security with greater scalability and effectiveness."

Adaptive Learning Capabilities Deliver Even More Value over Time

In addition to the cost and scalability benefits derived from automatically learning any new environment without requiring human input or guidance, AISight continues to deliver superior value over time because of its capability to adapt to changes in the scene or changes in behaviors over time. AISight is constantly self-calibrating and self-improving to continuously provide the best analysis of potentially threatening behaviors and to keep security personnel as accurately informed and proactive as possible.

Easily Integrates Into Existing Video Environments

The standards-based AISight software seamlessly integrates with existing video-surveillance environments by providing compatibility with a wide range of third-party surveillance applications, data sources, and video-management software and devices. AISight supports the Real Time Streaming Protocol (RTSP) for video streaming and a plethora of application and device interfaces, including XML, SOAP, Web Services, JAVA, and Windows.

AISight Availability

The AISight Cognitive Video Analytics software is currently available from BRS Labs or authorized resellers. For more information, contact sales@brslabs.com.

About BRS Labs

BRS Labs is a software development company that provides the industry's first cognitive video analytics software that adaptively learns behavior patterns in complex surveillance environments. BRS Labs is the only company that has been able to apply computer-vision and machine-learning capabilities to video analytics, thereby greatly enhancing operator awareness and effectiveness in improving security. No human is required to define parameters for the software to recognize behavior; the software reports unusual or suspicious behaviors based on memories it has acquired through observations over time. BRS Labs was founded in November 2005 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas. The company is funded by $22 million in private equity.

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