Northgate offers police forces improved CCTV analysis system

Quick and easy video search

Outsourcer Northgate Public Services says it is partnering with Dublin-based video technology specialist Kinesense to provide police with a "quick and easy" solution to source video evidence from CCTV footage.

Using the latest technology Northgate and Kinesense say they can help police get more actionable intelligence out of video footage. Video content analytics (VCA) technology is said to allow investigators to save up to 95 percent of the time normally spent sifting through CCTV footage to find key events, which the software finds automatically.

In the UK, Northgate says it is estimated that CCTV is used in over 75 percent of major investigations and in over 64 percent of all cases. However, the time and effort required to retrieve, view, analyse and report on video footage as evidence is a huge drain on resources.

The Northgate/Kinesense offering provides quick and accurate video searches, by simply searching for specific information, such as people entering a building or finding a red car.

Kinesense and Northgate will integrate Kinesense's solution within Northgate's Police Services Framework - GEM3 - which includes the established Socrates forensic case management product, and which has a digital asset management capability.

Sarah Doyle, Kinesense managing director, said: "Our solutions have helped many UK and international police forces save time by getting CCTV into a viewable format, enabling investigators to automatically search it and enable easy report making.

"Often the rich information generated from video is not shared or accessible. By partnering with Northgate video data can be merged with other sources of information and will be accessible for greater collaboration."

Northgate executive director Joe Bradley said, "Our link with Kinesense is a key part of our plans to expand Northgate in Ireland and highlights our commitment to take high tech Irish companies into the international markets."

Kinesense says its technology is currently used by nine UK forces, with it also having a presence in the US, Canada, North Africa, Northern Europe and South America.

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