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Avigilon partners with G4S in U.K. video analytics trial to prevent smuggling

Avigilon Corp., a B.C.-based surveillance company, has partnered with G4S in a trial to use Avigilon’s video analytics to prevent the smuggling of contraband in a U.K. prison.

December 6, 2016  By  SP&T Staff

Located in Fazakerley, Liverpool, HMP Altcourse is managed by G4S and set to begin a trial of Avigilon’s video analytics this week to help protect against organized criminals who throw drugs and other contraband over prison walls to associates on the inside. The system will be used to detect people at the prison’s perimeter, allowing officers to react prior to incidents occurring.  

The trial is expected to run over eight weeks and afterwards the prison says it plans to share the results across the U.K. prison system where similar issues are occurring.

Avigilon notes its video analytics use artificial intelligence or machine learning, which “continuously improves the accuracy of the alarms as the technology develops a fuller understanding of the environment under observation”. The artificial intelligence is trained to discern object patterns and differentiate between people, vehicles, and other objects.

“Video analytics act as a force multiplier, being able to provide constant surveillance and intelligently notify operators of situations they need to be aware of,” said Mahesh Saptharishi, Avigilon’s chief technology officer. “Avigilon’s self-learning video analytics further build on this notion by constantly learning and adapting to the environment allowing the system to improve accuracy over time.”


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