The majority of our customers use software called iSentry. The iSentry system is completely non-biased. It is not pre-programmed to identify race. Unlike many other behavioural analytics software, iSentry is one of only a few that do not have any preprogramming of what is deemed to be unusual behaviour thus removing any forms of programmed-in bias.
It utilises unsupervised Artificial Intelligence to monitor pixels, so if it detects unusual formations of pixels, that is different to what it observes 24/7 it will send an alert to the security company control room where the company can monitor the situation to determine if it requires intervention.
How are the alerts triggered?
The alerts could be triggered, for example, if someone trips over as they walk, or someone being attacked and mugged in the street. Both incidents will generate an alert. The alert can then be looked at by the security company and either be dismissed or monitored to determine if medical attention is required, while the other can trigger further actions to apprehend a criminal.
The software used minimises human participation in the monitoring process and therefore minimises human bias such as race or gender.
Are license plates being scanned?
The cameras also scan number plates; if there is a wanted or stolen vehicle’s number plate and that vehicle passes a Vumacam, an alert will be sent out to the security companies and law enforcement authorities, in partnership with Business Against Crime operating in that area. Often criminals use stolen vehicles to commit secondary crimes. These can be prevented before criminals can commit that crime. This will also assist in recovering stolen vehicles and the perpetrators can be apprehended. The Vumacams are there to provide the infrastructure and video service to promote safer neighbourhoods.
What is important about this connected network of cameras is that security responders can track these wanted or stolen vehicles in real-time as they pass through the entire network, this vastly increases the likelihood of apprehending the suspects.