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From a surveillance standpoint, we have seen CCTVs becoming important tools in enhancing security in indoor settings such as houses, residential and commercial complexes. The video feed in such cases need manual intervention and used usually post-fact i.e. manually analyzing the feed after a crime has taken place. The real value kicks in with real-time video analytics, reducing the manual intervention and thereby helping in quantifying and enhancing user experience in various indoor and outdoor settings.
CCTVs in education institutions are becoming an important aide to teachers and the administration staff for tracking attendance, indexing student engagement, misbehaviour, security and safety etc. In the US, schools are seen adopting video analytics for gun detection, gunshot and fire detection, crowd behaviour and fight detection to improve response time for law enforcement, without needing someone to initiate a phone call or push an emergency button manually.
Power Transmission and Distribution
Traditionally, engineers have to physically climb power transmission towers to assess the condition of critical infrastructure. Drones fitted with cameras and sensors can obviate the need for this reducing the associated risk, accelerating the inspection process covering the entire power line spanning long distances without inconveniencing customers with power cuts. Video analytics can help in identifying foreign objects, tree contacts, damaged insulation, loose parts and corrosion damages.
Ports and Airports
Besides surveillance of passengers, crowd management and detection of abandoned objects and harmful substances, video analytics can be used for monitoring critical infrastructure such as cargo depots, hangars, runway health and surrounding areas for preventing illegal entry. While CCTVs capture the feed indoors, drones fitted with cameras are being used for monitoring external assets.
The fourth industrial revolution is taking place in the manufacturing sector with IoT enabled smart machines helping improve and speed up productivity and reducing wastage. Quality assurance (QA) plays a key role in limiting manufacturing defects. While many manufacturers still use manual intervention for inspecting products, the ability to spot these defects isn’t fool-proof.
As products are becoming more complex and varied with custom configuration, it is impossible for human eyes to spot the variances. That is where video analytics comes in to automate the quality assurance process; identifying mismatches ranging from missing components, scratches and damages etc. Post the lockdowns, factories opening up have been using video analytics to monitor social distancing and wearing of masks besides mandatory safety gear.
AI-based video analytics is making supply chains smarter by recognizing aberrations and sending real-time alerts in order to improve efficiency along the chain. By monitoring loading and unloading of goods, driver wellness, and tracking truck utilization patterns, video analytics can improve safety, timeliness, and productivity.
A loyalty card or even a phone number alone can give retailers an idea of what people buy and when, but video analytics can give them an edge in improving the overall customer experience. CCTVs have been traditionally used as a deterrent to theft in retail. Today, the use cases are far more diverse. In a grocery store, CCTVs that capture movements through the aisles can help optimize floor design and arrangement of merchandise; crowding at checkout counters can help determining scheduling of employees and through a combination of facial recognition and mobile, shoppers can get personalized recommendations.
So, the next time you walk across the road and look at a digital signage showing an advertisement of your favorites brand, it may have just been programmed for you!