BRS Labs' AISight Is Finalist in UK Technology Challenge

BRS Labs' AISight made the final cut in the Technology Demonstrator 2 (TD2) technology challenge, which is managed by the Innovative Science and Technology in Counter Terrorism (INSTINCT) and Thales, under the direction of the UK Government Office for Security and Counter Terrorism.

The challenge focuses on innovative technologies used to enhance aviation across multiple stages – from exterior and interior intrusion detection, baggage screening, and boarding of aircraft, to enhancing the passenger experience and increasing airport revenues.

INSTINCT is a UK Home Office-run initiative, which aims to identify innovative technologies, solutions or ideas in the field of counter-terrorism. TD2 focuses specifically on ideas that could enhance aviation security. Following the live trials, there will be an INSTINCT TD2 showcase event, held at Thales Crawley on Dec. 1 and 2. Ministers and domestic and international VIPs from industry will be invited to view the technologies at the showcase.

BRS LABS invented and developed the world’s first video surveillance intelligence behavioral analytics platform, known as AISight, whereby advanced neural network technology is being applied to video surveillance systems through a patented artificial intelligence framework. Specifically designed to autonomously serve as the eyes and brain for critical security environments, the platform can attach to existing video surveillance infrastructure and watch, learn, and identify unusual behavioral patterns 24/7 in real time. This technology, which has been deployed globally across critical infrastructure facilities, intelligence agency applications, urban areas, seaports, financial institutions and others, is ideally suited for complex environments such as airport security.

The software alerts upon unusual activity the command and control operations center as well as individual response officers in the airport – without interfering with the efficiency of movement or convenience of passengers,” said John Frazzini, company president.

AISight uses an object classification system based on artificial neural network (ANN) technology, an innovation never before applied to video analytics. No human is required to define parameters for the software to recognize behavior or objects; the software reports unusual or suspicious behaviors based on memories it has acquired through observations over time. This innovation addresses two of the most complex identification and tracking problems: accurately classifying objects such as humans, animals, vehicles etc., and efficiently recognizing and tracking large numbers of moving objects in the camera’s view.

With this micro-classification feature, AISight classifies objects without any preprogrammed definitions or specifications, replicating the neural processes of a human. This provides the software with a wider and broader "understanding" of scene content to yield identification, analysis and tracking of behaviors.

Universally compatible with legacy camera and software systems, the platform supports a robust, fully documented software development kit (SDK) with turnkey integration – a time and cost saving complement.

“The AISight system could be used for integrating with other systems, as it supports an open architecture,” said one of the INSTINCT – TD2 panel judges, “the prior field performance is interesting and useful for application in an airport environment … the ability of the system to learn behaviors observed is of significant interest.”

BRS Labs was founded in November 2005 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas with U.S. and international offices in London, São Paulo, and Washington, D.C.

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