Since the 2001 attacks on the Twin Towers, public safety has become a worldwide issue and the demand for more sophisticated security has grown.
One University of Adelaide spinout company is at the forefront of large scale video surveillance, helping protect citizens around the world.
SNAP Network Surveillance, established in 2009, is the result of a world-leading research project—led by Professor Anton van den Hengel—at the University’s Australian Centre for Visual Technologies (ACVT).
SNAP technology enables closed circuit television operators to track targets from camera to camera, even among the largest CCTV networks—airports, large sporting venues, shopping malls and more.
Security personnel at these sites are struggling against a huge information overload, trying to spot events in video walls displaying hundreds or thousands of cameras.
SNAP automatically integrates data from thousands of security cameras, reducing risks in a high-profile security environment, especially in times of emergency. Using this technology, video surveillance operators are readily able to take control of large-scale networks.
During a trial at a major international airport, SNAP’s software was able to demonstrate a multi-million dollar benefit.
The software was a star of Sydney’s Security 2012 Trade Show, and was awarded ‘Best in Show’ by the editor of the Security Electronics and Networks Magazine.
Over the past few years, SNAP has been successful in many rounds of funding from investors, which has given the company significant momentum.
The company has now partnered with Pacific Communications, a division of Hills Holdings, to market the product in Australia and New Zealand.
It is potentially the most successful commercial venture to come out of the ACVT, no mean feat considering the Centre is the largest of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, servicing contracts with major international companies such as BHP Billiton, BAE Systems, Canon and Google as well as both the Australian and United States military.
Now employing seven full-time staff in Adelaide, SNAP is on the fast track to commercialisation success but more importantly, the SNAP technology might one day save your life.
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