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While artificial intelligence offers the power to drive a vast array of analytics solutions, many of the newest technology developments have been driven by current security and health safety challenges emanating from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Many companies have been shifting their focus from conventional surveillance and security monitoring operations to proactive predictive analysis and business intelligence applications. One of them is Panasonic i-PRO Sensing Solutions, whose AI-based analytics technology employs AI and deep learning to recognize and authenticate the identity of a person even if their face is partially covered, if they are at an obscure camera angle or if they have aged – even over a significant number of years. 

The system also offers new extension software for its AI network cameras to detect if an individual is not wearing a mask. This is a critical feature for facilities and businesses that require masks to be worn upon entry, and in many cases is mandated by local or regional law.

The advent of such powerful facial recognition has created more awareness around concern for the privacy of innocent individuals captured on video used for investigations and as evidence in public hearings or trials. To help protect an individual’s privacy, the system offers an AI-assisted redaction plug-in for the Video Insight video management system (VMS). This software enables automatic redaction of faces on video, which saves hours of time for 

security personnel and law enforcement agencies, schools, municipalities, correction facilities and others in responding to FOIA (the right to request access to records) or FERPA (protecting the privacy of student education records) requests in the US.

Panasonic i-PRO offers powerful and versatile AI-Video Motion Detection (VMD) extension software for a wide range of the company’s AI network cameras. Far beyond conventional motion detection analytics, this tool provides multiple modes to detect intruders, loitering, the direction of an object’s movement, if an individual has crossed a predetermined line, suspicious objects left behind, scene change if a camera is moved or covered, people counting, heat-mapping, and moving object remover to remove people from images and only show the background scene. This suite of intelligent analytics adds further depth to any organization’s or municipality’s situational awareness, increasing security and safety, and providing new data sources for numerous business intelligence applications, according to thomasnet.com.