i-PRO to Introduce AI Scene Change Detection at ISE West

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TOYKO—At ISC West 2023 in booth # 10037 i-PRO Co. Ltd., a global manufacturer of professional security solutions for surveillance and public safety, will add AI Scene Change Detection to its collection of edge-based AI analytics applications.

i-PRO boasts that its new AI-based technology is the first AI-based analytic application that provides easy on-site learning of a scene. When anomalies occur within the camera’s field of view, an alert can be sent to security and operations teams.

“We believe that i-PRO’s Scene Change Detection represents the industry’s first edge AI-based scene change detection app to optimize the scene detection algorithm by learning from captured images,” says Norio Hitsuishi, head of product management at i-PRO Co., Ltd..

“Our unique implementation is very powerful and allows for users to specify how much change triggers an alert after a specified elapsed time. For example, an outside door should be able to open and close routinely without triggering an alarm. Using Scene Change Detection, users can set it to only alarm if the door is left open for more than five minutes. This is something that traditional motion detection analytics can’t do.”

AI Scene Change Compatible with a Variety of i-PRO Products

The company points out that its new application will be deployable to more than 100 i-PRO AI camera models. Unlike traditional AI-based object detection analytics which alert or flag when objects cross lines or enter predefined zones, i-PRO states scene change detection allows users to teach a surveillance camera what an entire scene looks like in a normal state. The analytic then flags an anomaly whenever any preselected part of the scene varies from normal.

i-PRO says for example, scenarios include a door that gets propped open longer than normal or stock on a store shelf that sells out beyond a preset limit. Because of the customized threshold settings, brief changes in the scene are ignored since the scene returns to normal within an acceptable timeframe. Utilizing AI-based object detection ensures that people that pass through the scene can be automatically excluded.

The Scene Change Detection app can be operated simultaneously with other apps such as AI-based motion detection of objects allowing security professionals to conduct multiple detections with one camera. i-PRO emphasizes that a high-end server is not necessary as all processing occurs on the edge. The Scene Change Detection application can learn multiple different detection scenarios with up to 16 monitored regions of change per scenario. An alarm event can be received via i-PRO’s Active Guard plugin installed on popular VMSs such as Genetec, Milestone and Video Insight.

Setup is easy through the i-PRO Configuration Tool which guides users every step of the way, including learning the scene with multiple images captured at intervals that cover a variety of lighting conditions, to setting image and area change thresholds for the area being monitored.

“Scene Change Detection is particularly good at object left behind or illegal parking scenarios. Because objects in motion, such as humans and vehicles, are excluded, false alarms are rare,” adds Hitsuishi.

“When you think about all the potential applications, both for security as well as for operations and logistics, the possibilities are endless. Being able to have a security camera also do double duty as a stockout monitor in a warehouse or retail outlet are perfect examples of the enhanced utility this application can provide.”

ISE West 2023 takes place in Las Vegas from March 28 with educational classes from SIA (Security Industry Association) to March 31.

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