Experts at London’s Kingston University have played a key part in developing a new CCTV system that has scooped a major industry award. The pioneering surveillance software, created in conjunction with security companies Ipsotek and BAE Systems, is able to pinpoint potentially suspicious or vulnerable people in public spaces and monitor them continuously as they move between camera networks. Known as Tag and Track, it has just been named CCTV system of the year, beating off competition from technology giants Samsung and Panasonic at the annual International Fire and Security Exhibition and Conference (IFSEC) awards.
“The notion that you can tag a person and let the system do the tracking is a dream come true for CCTV operators,” Professor Sergio Velastin, a specialist in applied computer vision at Kingston University and co-founder of Ipsotek, said. “The system relies on two things – firstly the identification of a person through features, such as their appearance, which different cameras can then pick up on. Secondly, it has the ability to stop cameras searching for those traits over an unnecessarily wide area.”