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DNC deployed video analytics as security measure

The Democratic National Convention, which was held last week in Charlotte, N.C., used intelligent video analytics to help protect the event.


September 13, 2012
By Canadian Security

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Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS), which maintains the transportation system in and around the Charlotte metropolitan area, installed a PureActiv Wide Area Surveillance system from PureTech Systems to provide security along and around the rail tracks for the convention and beyond. The installation, performed by SimplexGrinnell, a Tyco company, included Pelco day/night cameras and PureTech’s proven geospatial video analytics, providing around the clock protection.

PureTech’s PureActiv 10.0, provided authorities real-time intrusion detection and situational awareness by way of its geospatial command and control. This enabled transit security officials and the Secret Service to precisely locate potential threats on a GIS map while simultaneously viewing and controlling the relevant live video feeds. Additionally, the system provided a forensic search capability, allowing authorities to rapidly search recorded video to find suspicious activity.

“The system we deployed in Charlotte is specifically design to analyze real-time video information and identify potential threats,” says Larry Bowe, president and CEO of PureTech Systems. “Once a potential threat is identified, the system performs a series of actions to present the relevant information to the operator with a high level of situational awareness.  This saves first responders valuable time in understanding and reacting to the situation.”

These actions include the ability to classify targets as human, car, etc.;  plot the track of the targets on a GIS map-based command and control; and steer standard PTZ cameras to the exact latitude and longitude of the target’s current position and automatically control the PTZs to track the threats.

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