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GSN ASB Winner Profile: PureTech Systems
Beginning this July 17, GSN will publish detailed descriptions by Winners and Finalists of the reasons their entries were selected by the Judges; Don’t miss these in-depth descriptions , which will be available every day in the GSN Airport, Searport, Border Security Weekly; the Daily Insider and Cybersecurity Weekly newsletters!
We would like to nominate the PureTech Systems’ geospatial (map-based) video management command and control, combined with the PureActiv® long range patented video analytics for the GSN Border Security and Immigration“Best Long Range Surveillance Solution” award.
The solution has been selected, deployed, thoroughly tested and fully accepted through a rigorous multi-year process by the Department of Homeland Security’s Custom’s and Border Protection to provide long range border surveillance along the southern border of the United States and Mexico. It is now being considered by the CBP for its mobile deployment solution along the same border.
Most Video Management Systems manage cameras that extend to a few hundred yards at most. As such, the capabilities of the user interface reflect this relatively short distance. However, for border situation, cameras must utilize higher resolutions and larger lenses, and the VMS must include additional technologies to manage these greater distances and larger view volumes.In addition to its capability as a robust VMS system with video analytics, for border applications, several capabilities set it apart from other solutions:
a. Detection and Classification – The ability to detect and classify IOIs (Items of Interest) at extreme ranges and under difficult environmental conditions sets the PureActiv analytics part from others. The ability to not only accurately detect, but also track actual map locations (latitude, longitude and elevation) of IOIs in real time, using only video, provides the CBP officers critical information to monitor and apprehend targets.
b.Advanced camera control algorithms. Providing the user the ability to control a camera with precision at zoom ranges of 5 miles and beyond. This includes pointing accuracies of a few meters at extreme ranges. This feature also extends to camera auto follow, which locks onto the video image of the target and automatically controls the camera to retain lock, allowing the operator to take other response actions.
c.Map-Based sensor control. Manually steering a camera to a target at a range of 5 miles is an almost insurmountable task. The PureActiv map based control, allows a user to steer a camera to a specific map location by clicking on a map, by receiving coordinates from another sensor system or by manually entering target information given by a field officer.
d. The ability to add user landmarks. This provides the ability to direct responders to a geo-location and quicklyre-aim cameras to a location of interest, which can be time consuming when securing a vast area such as a country’s border.
e. Viewshed capability: As viewing distances become greater, more potential obstructions and terrain can block thecamera’s view. Having a map-based visual guide to indicate what the camera can view, and what the camera cannot view, based on these obstructions, can save valuable time in selecting the proper viewing camera.