Brivo Unveils ‘Snapshot’ to Deliver AI-Enabled Facial Detection

Brivo Snapshot uses machine learning technology to detect the presence of people within an access-indexed video stream.

BETHESDA, Md. — Brivo, a provider of Cloud-based access control and smart building technologies, has launched Brivo Snapshot — a high-accuracy video analytics and forensic tool that uses machine learning to deliver advanced facial and person detection by combining access control and video data streams.

Brivo Snapshot is said to speed up the process of finding relevant images around access events by as much as 20x over conventional search technology in stand-alone video management systems. By detecting the presence of faces and other human characteristics, Snapshot creates a permanent “photo album” that records the complete event-related visual setting, according to an announcement.

Customers no longer have to view entire video clips to research an event. Snapshot is said to provide them with a single, visual history of all the people in view of an entry point for easy reference. Because the video analysis is performed within the Brivo Cloud, Snapshot doesn’t have the compute or storage limitations typical of on-premise video management systems and is compatible with any video stream, according to the announcement.

“The inspiration for the feature was customers’ need for a simpler way to quickly obtain corroborating visual intelligence around access events,” says Steve Van Till, CEO and founder of Brivo. “As workplace usage patterns continue to change post-pandemic, we expect that employers and property managers will find these easily accessible visual records valuable for optimizing space utilization and the flow of people in general.”

Behind the scenes, Brivo Snapshot uses machine learning technology to detect the presence of people within an access-indexed video stream. After finding the video frame with the highest facial detection score around a specific event, it extracts and stores this single image along with the underlying video clip. This means that every situation of potential interest around entry points is already pre-analyzed, pre-indexed and immediately available when someone wants to see what happened.

Brivo Snapshot is part of the company’s broader efforts to deploy advanced technology solutions using artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to better address the day-to-day and strategic needs of their customers’ security practices, the announcement states.

“Brivo isn’t investing in AI and machine learning just for the sake of the technology. We want our customers to experience a meaningful improvement in their results and spend less time doing it,” says Van Till. “These technologies are already making a difference in many other industries. At Brivo we want to extend those benefits to anyone managing access to an office or larger property. That’s a gap that stand-alone systems don’t fill.”

Brivo Snapshot is now available and included with Professional and Enterprise Editions of Brivo Access. It is also included with Brivo Access Cam, Brivo’s camera-to-Cloud video solution that connects video streams to access events, or can be purchased as a standalone add-on feature as part of the 4th generation Brivo Access platform. Through December 31, 2021, purchases of a new Brivo Access Cam subscription will automatically include three months of Brivo Snapshot.

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