Swinburne University Integrates Multiple Video Analytics

Swinburne University in Melbourne is using rapidly advancing IVA technology from iCetana, Snap Surveillance, Milestone and Cognimatics to enhance the level of safety and security that it offers across its campuses.

Swinburne’s security and safety surveillance system comprises Axis cameras and Milestone Corporate XProtect software – XProtect Corporate supports unlimited cameras, users and sites. Handy too, it incorporates integrated map applications and there’s built-in support for Milestone’s powerful XProtect Smart Wall.

According to the University’s IT security specialist, Chris Goetze, using IVA with the university’s 1,020 cameras became viable once the system had gone full IP. This is a big application, with cameras installed on all 4 of the university’s campuses at Hawthorn, Prahran, Croydon and Wantirna, with video recordings from these sites recorded centrally where the IVA platforms are also located.

The combination of IP cameras and analytics helps the physical security teams pick up things that happen around the university without having to monitor 600 cameras on screen.

For instance, iCetana automatically detects abnormal behaviour or heavily changed conditions. It does that without a rule base, so we know it will pick up fights, someone falling over, or a car driving the wrong way. – Chris Goetze

Meanwhile, camera-matching Snap Surveillance software gives security staff a visual representation of the camera they’re interested in, along with other cameras nearby.

If the security team wants to follow ‘person of interest A’ across the campus, this tool comes into its own because you find your suspect on the camera, and it shows you nearby cameras they might walk towards. When you see them on the next camera you just click on it to bring it into the central view, and in turn, it shows you other cameras nearby. This simple intuitive functionality makes it much easier for control room operators to track someone without having to remember it’s camera 68 they need to jump to now, which is in this building. The system just does that for them. – Chris Goetze

The use of analytics goes beyond security, with people counting to assist with the planning of library services.

We use it throughout the seven levels of the library to work out which areas are overloaded, which areas they need to expand, which services are used more than others. Are the periodicals more interesting than the computer lab? We’ve taken it a step further and put people counting in a number of study areas, and present that information to students in a phone app, so they can see which study areas have spare seating without having to walk halfway across the campus only to find there’s no seats spare. – Chris Goetze

And now Swinburne is looking to bring facial recognition analytics into the equation.

Read the full article and see the photos in Security Electronics & Networks magazine.