A growing need for maritime surveillance
With double-digit growth, the worldwide video surveillance market is meeting increased demand for site safety and security and reduced costs for surveillance personnel.
Being able to travel freely and safely at sea currently represents one of the world’s crucial economic and political issues, whether for movement of people, transport of goods, resource harvesting or protection of the environment.
The continuing growth of trade increases risks and vulnerabilities and requires more secure and more high-performance protection solutions.
Video surveillance is assuming an increasingly prominent role in providing relief for personnel responsible for watch activities and addressing the shortcomings of other detection and alert methods:
- close-in areas not covered by automatic radar extraction systems (ARPA – Automatic Radar Plotting Aid),
- non-cooperative ships not fitted with AIS (Automatic Identification System) transponders.
This market is being driven by new technologies (processors, compression, IP cameras, on-board ‘intelligence’, etc.) and by the large-scale deployment of real-time video content analysis (VCA) systems that are able to detect intrusions or track suspicious behaviours.
An innovative technological solution already in service
ASV is a pioneer in this market and, after eight years of research, has launched the first VCA software system designed to operate at sea: an innovative technology that outperforms all competing solutions (designed to operate on land) and is already in service in all target sectors, with more than 500 software solutions sold to a dozen integrator entities.
An intelligent network of surveillance cameras
The innovations developed by ASV to facilitate the operation of a network of cameras at sea are contributing to increasing its effectiveness and reinforcing security and safety levels.
The ASV software suite makes it possible to use all of the information in the images captured by the camera network and reduce the work of the operators. Watch functions are processed automatically by a software solution that:
- extracts from each image the position of any object present on the sea surface(detection),
- follows the objects (tracking),
- analyses the characteristics of the objects, using criteria defined in advance by the user (situation management),
- alerts the operator in the case of a potential danger (acoustic and visual alarms).
For networks equipped with pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) cameras with identification capability, the ASV software suite provides automatic zooming into the suspicious object without the intervention of the operator, allowing that operator to concentrate on the risk evaluation required for an appropriate decision.
ASV is a manufacturer of image analysis software for the marine environment and provides software components for OEM that are integrators of surveillance systems, such as:
- modular software servers that include standard functions
- application software libraries, supplemented by subscriptions to a maintenance service.
ASV also offers specific development and integration support services and provides its industrial partners with its unique expertise in image content analysis.