Hitachi Video Analytics (HVA) from Hitachi Insight Group is video analytics software. It combines computer vision and advanced analytics to extract rich insights and generate real-time alerts that can provide cities, airports, campuses, transportation agencies, and businesses with operational business intelligence; smarter transportation, traffic, and parking management; and more effective public safety and security.
HVA’s people counting, queue detection, activity analysis, directional counting, and image enhancement deliver insights that help cities, businesses, and other organizations improve operations and customer experiences. It also helps to protect individual privacy, which can help to reduce their risk and liability.
With vehicle counting, traffic analysis, parking space detection, and license plate recognition HVA can help cities and businesses improve traffic and parking for residents, commuters, and customers. Further, its intrusion detection, left-behind object detection, facial recognition, and camera tampering alerts provide a force multiplier for public safety departments to help keep people and property safe.
“Cities and enterprises looking to fully benefit from digital transformation need visibility into a variety of data insights. And as attacks and natural disasters in public and private areas continue to increase, safety has become a top priority. Although video is a significant opportunity to increase operational efficiencies, ensure safety and serve as a force multiplier for municipalities, law enforcement and security teams, the proliferating use of video technologies continues to raise privacy concerns,” said Ruthbea Yesner Clarke, global director, smart cities strategies at IDC. “With its end-to-end video stack, Hitachi is helping public and private sector organizations to better utilize the full potential of their video assets.”
HVA unleashes the potential of video analytics by offering a privacy protection feature that can be used in conjunction with all of its insights and alerts. With this concern alleviated, HVA can help customers make better use of their video data by providing critical intelligence that can help to improve operations and better protect people and assets.
For example, airports can use HVA to help enhance safety for travelers and also to detect long queues and optimize staffing at security checkpoints or enhance passport control processes in customs. As a result, passengers can get through more efficiently and spend time shopping, dining, or enjoying attractions in their terminals. Retailers can also take advantage of HVA to gain the same level of actionable insight from their brick and mortar properties as they do from their websites. Insight that can help them understand where visitors are coming from, how they spend their time in their stores, and what promotions or product placement help to increase sales. And cities can use HVA to improve safety, operational efficiencies, and transparency, while providing better public services through metrics—such as foot traffic combined with traffic analysis in downtown areas—that can help local businesses make smarter decisions about how they position their shops and do business.
HVA brings advanced analytic methodologies to Hitachi’s video security and monitoring stack, which improve user experience, deliver a higher quality video data for analysis, and help to protect privacy. These include:
- Object Detector: Most video analytics solutions available today only analyze video pixels or provide a simple trip-wire methodology that can lead to high rates of false-positives. In contrast, HVA’s Object Detector technology provides 4-D reconstruction of two-dimensional video images by using particles, perspective, velocity, path deviation, and travel distance to improve accuracy and reduce the number of false-positive incidents—even in the case of poor visibility due to inclement weather.
- Scenario-Based Analytics: Ensures that each analytic module uses a custom algorithm for the analytical engine to improve performance and accuracy to further reduce the risk of false-positive incidents.
- Privacy Protector: Cities, government agencies, and private enterprises all share a common concern for the privacy of their constituents and customers when using video security and monitoring technologies. To address this, HVA offers automated and enhanced identity protection. Many technologies today only offer the ability to pixelate faces, which can still reveal personally identifiable information (PII) like clothing or body areas. HVA’s Privacy Protector feature detects and protects entire human figures automatically. In addition, it tracks and records all access to video data to help support transparency and help combat misuse. This feature can also be useful for organizations like hospitals and schools for the privacy of patients and minors and where protecting PII in video data can help to reduce risk and liability.
- Video Enhancer: Filters out interference like rain and snow, which could negatively impact video resolution, to provide clearer views and support high quality video monitoring and more accurate analysis.
- Camera Health Monitor: Provides automated detection of camera tampering or damage. HVA’s Camera Health Monitor will send an alert if issues arise to ensure valuable video data can be maintained as continuously as possible.
HVA is the latest addition to Hitachi’s Smart City and Public Safety solution portfolio. HVA integrates with and extends the Hitachi Video Management Platform (VMP). VMP is a virtualized storage, networking, and computing appliance that offers high availability, fault tolerance, and simple, cost-effective scalability. It can also be used with the Hitachi Visualization Suite, which integrates Internet of things (IoT) data from video cameras and other disparate systems and sensors to provide a map-based unified view for enhanced situational awareness. Together, these solutions form a comprehensive video stack.
“Video is an effective tool for keeping people and property safe, but still remains a significantly underutilized source for operational, business, and public safety data today. In a world where security cameras are mission critical and deployments are growing exponentially, our customers want to get greater value and insight from their video environments,” said Mark Jules, vice president, public safety and smart city solutions at Hitachi Insight Group. “Hitachi Video Analytics is an intelligent solution for public and private sector organizations to extract rich operational and security insights from video data, while helping to safeguard the privacy of their customers, employees and the citizens they protect. With this advancement to our Smart City and Public Safety portfolio, Hitachi is setting a high bar for innovation that challenges the industry to evolve and provide better value to its customers.”