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    Thought those of you who are involved in commercial/ industrial/ gov't
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    IBM enters video surveillance software market
    Tue Nov 7, 2006 12:01 AM ET



    BOSTON, Nov 7 (Reuters) - IBM said on Tuesday it has started selling
    security software that analyzes data from video surveillance cameras
    in real time, generating instant alerts of potential security
    breeches.

    The new product, dubbed Smart Surveillance System or S3, can transmit
    information collected by digital video cameras over computer networks,
    allowing it to be monitored remotely.

    The software automatically combs through those feeds, cross
    referencing and analyzing the digital information. It issues alarms
    when it identifies suspicious activity.

    In addition to video, the software can integrate information from
    audio feeds, radar systems and chemical detection units as it analyzes
    the data.

    International Business Machines Corp. <IBM.N> will be competing with
    similar products from companies including Nice Systems Ltd. <NICE.TA>,
    Tyco International Ltd.'s <TYC.N> ADT Security Services and Verint
    Systems Inc. <VRNT.O>, said Joseph LaRocca, vice president of loss
    prevention for the National Retail Federation. Other providers include
    privately held IntelliVid Corp. and Westec InterActive, he said.

    LaRocca said he had seen a limited demonstration of S3 and did not get
    a close enough look to to evaluate how it compares to rival products.

    Intelligent video analysis systems have come of age over the past few
    years and are now deployed in supermarkets, department stores,
    pharmacy chains and other types of retail outlets, LaRocca said.

    Those systems can identify questionable situations such as when large
    quantities of merchandise are removed from store shelves. They can
    also identify a cashier who is ringing up a large order when there is
    no customer at the checkout booth, or a clerk who unlocks a jewelry
    case, then walks away, he said.

    IDC analyst Allan Carey, who was briefed on S3, said that demand for
    such software is growing as companies and government agencies buy
    digital video systems to replace aging black-and-white, analog
    surveillance equipment.

    "The business benefits make a lot of sense," Carey said.

    IBM said that S3's target market includes retail outlets, banks,
    airports, freight terminals and mass transit systems. It is also being
    sold to public security agencies and other government departments.

    IBM said it plans to sell S3 in combination with other types of
    software, security consulting services, systems integration work and
    computer hardware.
     
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