University to add facial recognition system to CCTV security camera network
An Australian university has decided to implement a facial recognition system that would complement its network of 900-plus IP-based CCTV security cameras, a recent news report found.
Swinburne University upgraded from analogue to digital surveillance cameras several years ago, a move that allowed it to centralize its storage of security footage at a data center on its main campus, where the analytics platforms are now hosted.
Tthe university is now able to leverage its IP infrastructure to introduce a number of analytics platforms for detecting unusual behaviour and mapping out the physical relationship between cameras, while also integrating useful features, such as license plate recognition.
The combination of IP cameras and analytics, including abnormal behaviour detection, helps the university’s physical security teams notice activity on campus without having to monitor 900 cameras on screen. And now, in the university is also considering the implementation of facial recognition technology to complete their advanced security solution.
“Facial matching comes on and off the agenda occasionally,” said Swinburne IT security specialist Chris Goetze. “We’re quite interested in it, but at this stage it’s quite an expensive proposition.”
“Because the university is an open campus, in suburbia and in the city, we have no boundaries. And between us and the police, there are persons of interest who we would like to know if they’re on site or not. That’s where facial recognition would be handy.”
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