Many cities - as well as businesses - have installed video surveillance systems in subways, buses and city centers. Now IBM has started selling software that can analyze all that video in real time and send instant alerts of problems or security breaches, Reuters reports.
The new product, dubbed Smart Surveillance System or S3, can transmit information collected by digital video cameras over computer networks, allowing it to be monitored remotely. The software automatically combs through those feeds, cross referencing and analyzing the digital information. It issues alarms when it identifies suspicious activity. In addition to video, the software can integrate information from audio feeds, radar systems and chemical detection units as it analyzes the data.
IBM is entering a growing market as government agencies responsible for airports, mass transit and public security - as well as private companies like banks and stores - move from old analog equipment to full-color, digital systems.
IDC analyst Allan Carey, who was briefed on S3, said that demand for such software is growing as companies and government agencies buy digital video systems to replace aging black-and-white, analog surveillance equipment. "The business benefits make a lot of sense," Carey said.