2) Video Analytics: Loitering Detection
Loitering detection takes people and vehicle detection to the next level. For example, loitering detection can let a business owner ad a “dwell” time. The security camera will ignore people and vehicles unless they are present for more than a specified time frame. Loitering detection reduces the amount of video recorded. It is ideal for proactive alerts. Whether a video clip is sent in real-time to a phone or a monitoring station, loitering detection reduces the number of false alarms coming through. Any location with a high volume of people and vehicles can use loitering detection to distinguish events further.
Example 1: Construction Site Security
Monitoring a construction site, either live or recorded, can be overwhelming due to the high volume of activity. By incorporating a loitering detection rule, a security camera will ignore people and vehicles moving and only send an alert when the object stops in a region for a specific amount of time. New home residential construction sites are typically wide open for anyone to drive in. People are often already living nearby. For example, creating a rule that looks for vehicles stopping in front of “lot 55” triggers an alert for more than five seconds. During condo construction, the rule can ignore people walking by the front gate but alerts the monitoring station when someone stops for more than 20 seconds.
Example 2: Commercial Plaza Security
People and vehicle detection will help reduce video storage and speed up video searches. Still, loitering detection at a commercial plaza will help actively monitor the site. Some businesses a the plaza may run 24 hours/day, such as Tim Hortons. However, by integrating loitering detection video analytics cameras, areas can be identified that should not have any people or vehicles stopping for a set amount of time.
For example, a person can walk by all the shops. Still, if they stop in front of a closed business for more than 20 seconds, a monitoring station can look at the cameras. A vehicle driving into the plaza entrance and around the parking lot is fine. As well vehicles can drive through and behind the plaza, but a set rule can catch people stopping in front of the garbage bin for more than 10 seconds. Having an alert sent to a phone when people congregate at the plaza could be a useful tool to deter people from loitering.
Example 3: Warehouse, Distribution, and Logistic Center Security
Many distributions and logistics centres run 24 hours a day, but this does not mean that the whole building is open. Setting up loitering detection rules will draw attention to areas that people or vehicles stop when they should not be. A car can drive into the driveway, circle around, and drive out without an alert being issued. However, suppose, for example, the vehicle stops for more than 30 seconds. In that case, a notification is pushed to a live monitoring station or a security guard for further investigation.