What is Video Analytics?

Video analytics software was created to help review the growing hours of surveillance video that a security guard or system manager may never have time to watch - your video surveillance system is only as useful as the incidents you can actually capture and watch, and video analytics will help you find them.

Using video analytics makes your surveillance system more efficient, reduces the workload on security and management staff, and helps you capture the full value of security video by making your IP camera system more intelligent in its work.

How Video Analytics Software Works

Video analytics software for security cameras is available in several forms: installed on your camera, on your NVR, or as 3rd party software you buy. Each version will do the same thing, however - monitor your videos to search for and alert you to activity.

Each video analytics solution will work a bit differently depending on the manufacturer and application. They all work in the same basic way, however - when setting up the software you set up parameters to the activity the software is looking for, set up the alert notification system, and when the software detects something that meets its search criteria it alerts you.

For example, many businesses use surveillance systems to detect motion in their store after hours. You can set your system to motion detection during the hours your business is closed, so if it detects motion it will send you an email - a quick response that may help you react quickly to a break-in or accident.

How Video Analytics Can Help You

The old idea of a video surveillance system is of a security guard sitting in a booth watching the security camera feed live, hoping to catch suspicious activity. This model relies on having a live person watching and reviewing all your video, however, which is not practical or efficient. Different security guards may have differing levels of focus or different ideas of suspicious activity.

Video management software changes this system by using software to monitor your video feed around the clock, alerting you to an activity so you only need to watch the cameras when something happens. This will help you best utilize your surveillance system, saving you time and effort.

Video analytics can be used for:

  • Motion detection
  • Facial recognition & license plate reading
  • Line Crossing
  • People counting & dwell time monitoring for retail stores
  • Recognizing long lines at checkout and sending alerts
  • And more - Contact our video surveillance experts today to get personalized recommendations for your needs!

Video analytics software comes with a wide range of features, making it easy to fit into any surveillance system. Choose from software that supports every system, from the smallest systems to large multi-campus systems. A variety of leading manufacturers create video analytics software, including Cathexis, Axxon among others.

Learn more with Furwel

With a team of knowledgeable sales and technical support representatives, Furwel Technologies can help you learn more about video analytics and select the software for your surveillance needs. Call us at (+254) 738 827 260 or send us a message today!

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Object Detection

The ability to detect objects and intrusions using various types of cameras and illuminants while ignoring normal environmental conditions


Object Classification

The identification of objects by type: human, car, truck, boat, unknown.  The subsequent classification can then be used for alarming and display.

Image Stabilization

Camera movement is commonplace, annoying, and places havoc on most motion detection products.  The Stabilization algorithm removes this video shifting providing a stable video for 3rd party systems and operator viewing.

Automatic PTZ Following (Single Camera)

The most advanced, single camera, automatic  PTZ following on the market.  Designed specifically for outdoor use, this function tracks objects of interest at varying zoom levels.  It has the ability to change object type mid follow (EX. A person entering a vehicle), continue to follow during obstructed views, changing aspects ratios (crawling, walking, etc) and varying speeds (walking, stopping, running).

Stopped Vehicle

Detection that a vehicle or other object of interest has stopped within a defined region.

Dropped or Thrown Objects

The algorithm looks for objects that have been left in a location, or have been thrown into the view of the camera.

Loitering / Crowd Detection

Often times it is important to not only detect the object but understand how many objects are present and whether they are remaining in a defined area for a suspicious period of time.  This behavior is covered by Loitering and Crowd Detection

Camera Tampering

Video analytics can also be used to detect possible tampering with the camera.  The Camera Tampering function looks for the loss of the video image (Due to coverage or disconnection) or excessive movement of the camera (Due to removal or redirection).

Vehicle Counting


The ability to count vehicles with directional accuracy, while ignoring pedestrians and environmental conditions.
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