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Embedded vision finds new uses in security and surveillance applications

Embedded vision technology is advancing security and surveillance capabilities in a number of different ways.

By AIA July 19, 2018

Vision systems have been used for security and surveillance applications for decades. These vision systems, however, have been limited in scope and function. Embedded vision systems in are changing the nature and potential applications of security and surveillance systems. Embedded vision technology is advancing security and surveillance capabilities in a number of different ways.

Vision automation through advanced motion detection for surveillance

Embedded vision can be used for advanced motion detection in security or surveillance applications. In most motion detection systems, alerts are signaled when frame-to-frame changes in the video are detected. This capability has been available for years and most cameras offered for surveillance applications can do this.

Embedded vision is advancing these capabilities, however. The problem with current motion detection systems is the high number of false positives. Advanced algorithms that require high levels of processing in a compact space are required for more intelligent video and fewer false alarms. The powerful, compact design of embedded vision systems makes them a perfect candidate to automate and improve motion detection in surveillance.

Embedded vision applications in security

Embedded vision is used in security applications in many different ways. Artificial intelligence capabilities, for example, are being introduced in security with embedded vision systems sharing processing responsibility at the edge of the network.

Embedded systems can also be deployed in drones for better security at industrial facilities, high-security prisons, cultural landmarks and more. Even in indoor environments, embedded vision systems are being put in mobile security guard robots at major malls.

For security applications, embedded vision systems offer many advantages due to their powerful processing abilities, compact design and versatility in a wide range of indoor and outdoor settings. Embedded vision systems are advancing the technologies that security and surveillance applications rely on day in and day out.

This article originally appeared on the AIA website. The AIA is a part of the Association for Advancing Automation (A3). A3 is a CFE Media content partner. Edited by Chris Vavra, production editor, Control Engineering,

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