Dublin tech firm in deal to bring CCTV video analytics to UK police

8 Apr 2014

Dublin video analytics start-up Kinesense has partnered with Northgate Public Services to provide police in the UK with a technology to allow them to source video evidence from CCTV footage quickly and easily.

Using the latest technology, Northgate and Kinesense can help police obtain more actionable intelligence out of video footage.

Video content analytics (VCA) technology allows investigators to save up to 95pc of the time normally spent sifting through CCTV footage to find key events, which the software finds automatically. 

“Our joint innovative solutions will help to make CCTV surveillance faster and more efficient and in turn to help deploy police resources where they are most needed,” explained Ian Blackhurst, executive director, Northgate.

In the nick of time

In the UK, it is estimated CCTV is used in more than 75pc of major investigations and in more than 64pc of all cases. However, the time and effort required to retrieve, view, analyse and report on video footage as evidence can be a huge drain on resources.

Kinesense and Northgate will integrate Kinesense’s solution within Northgate’s Police Services Framework, GEM3, which includes an evolution of its Socrates forensic case-management product to include digital asset management capability.

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

“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.” 

CCTV surveillance image via Shutterstock

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years