Artificial intelligence (AI) was a major focus at ISC West for Irvine, Calif.-based Dahua Technology USA. The company presented a session titled “AI Creates Value” during the conference, and showcased two new products incorporating AI technologies, including front-end devices, back-end storage, and platform management through Dahua’s New DSS Pro.

Artificial intelligence is on the cusp of becoming the next technology to disrupt the security industry, the company stated. AI has the ability to perceive and learn the environment so when something abnormal is detected, authorities can quickly respond before a situation arises. Similar to how the human brain remembers large amounts of data, AI has the ability to classify and recognize thousands of features and then perform corresponding actions based on what the system has learned. The more features the system can capture, the higher the accuracy, the company stated.

“There have been several noteworthy advancements in AI in intelligence, computing, ecosystem and sensing,” said James Wang, deputy general manager of Dahua’s overseas business, one of the keynote presenters at the AI session. “Dahua AI-powered security technologies mitigate the data challenges in physical security solutions like low processing efficiency, isolated data and massive data. Dahua AI security solutions, when applied to applications like retail, traffic management, logistics and warehousing, can boost business intelligence and performance, creating true value for physical security industry.”

The IPC-HF8242FN-FR AI Network 2MP box camera is a standalone front-end intelligent solution that performs complex facial recognition without additional licenses or servers. This camera features backwards-compatible H.265/H.264 smart codecs, Starlight Technology for low-light applications and true wide dynamic range (120dB) for high-contrast scenes. By interpreting video data at the source, the camera dissects and learns data for easier processing and higher efficiency.

The camera includes human facial feature extraction, real-time facial snapshots, and a comparison database of up to 10,000 face images and five libraries that are stored on-board. The facial recognition feature enables a proactive way to identify persons of interest before an incident occurs. For example, by simply adding profiles of known criminals, prior offenders, suspended students, sexual predators or disgruntled persons to the database, an alert will be sent if the person is detected on camera.

An additional feature the camera offers is accurate, real-time facial analysis that includes six types of facial features: age, gender, expression, glasses, mouth mask, and mustache; and five types of expressions including happy, normal, surprised, sad and rage. This information can be valuable demographic information for profiling the type of customers a business attracts.

The IVSS7016 all-in-one 256-channel AI NVR supports 4K ultra HD resolution for recording, live viewing and playback; and combines video management functions with traditional video storage, video decoding and deep learning in one device. With its integrated, high-performing GPU module, and Dahua’s advanced deep learning algorithms, the device can perform a powerful video structure analysis using metadata and achieve high-precision facial analysis.

“AI is changing typical passive video surveillance into a preventative approach. Dahua is excited to provide the most advanced technology for predicting incidents before they occur,” said Jennifer Hackenburg, senior product manager at Dahua Technology USA.

A key facet of Dahua’s new facial recognition technology is the alerting system that informs operators to persons of interest. Designed for places with high-throughput traffic and risk of theft, such as casinos, this technology is a critical tool to prevent blacklisted people from entering a facility.

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