CHeKT Firmware Update Offers Video Analytics Supervision in Monitoring Centers

Security integrators can use cameras with analytics as new security zones or as additional alarm zones to an existing alarm system.

SHREVEPORT, La. — CHeKT, provider of a visual-monitoring platform, announces support for video analytics and AI with integration into alarm monitoring centers. With this firmware update, the Optex Visual Verification Bridge can now supervise cameras with analytics over the IP network and generate alarms based on the camera’s analytics, according to the announcement.

When an analytic event occurs, the Bridge creates a video clip of the incident and transmits the contact ID alarm code into the monitoring center, giving operators instant access to the site’s live video and the pre/post-alarm event video. This advanced level of integration allows security integrators to use cameras with analytics as new security zones or as additional alarm zones to an existing alarm system. The announcement states this makes the Bridge function like a video analytics zone expander.

Camera analytics and specifically AI technology have gained momentum and have become increasingly more accurate over the past 12 months, according to CHeKT. While AI and improved video analytics can help users move through video footage on their recorder or VMS with a high level of accuracy, it has not provided clients with an effective solution for a 24-hour, real-time response to AI events. The CHeKT Visual Monitoring solution now solves this for professional security companies, according to the company.

“When integrators can trigger detection from both physical detection zones and cameras with reliable analytics, you can quickly scale a site into a modern security solution. This allows security companies to leverage an existing alarm system with cutting edge AI technology, ensuring an operator response to AI events,” says John Milliron, vice president of CHeKT.

Traditionally the Bridge has allowed integrators to pair any camera with any physical trigger zone.  Now, according to Milliron, the security industry has a device that can create an alarm and video event from either a physical trigger point or video analytics.

“This is a significant announcement for dealers who install sites with high-quality video analytics and need a central monitoring station to provide monitoring service of these cameras,” he says. “Integrators won’t have to configure cameras or recording schedules.  With the Bridge connected to an on-site alarm system, analytics-based alarm events will only transmit to the central station when the alarm panel is armed.  The monitoring centers can treat these cameras like a traditional alarm panel zone.”

This solution allows security companies to leverage the familiarity and reliability of the alarm system with analytics and deliver an alarm and video event into their alarm monitoring center, according to the company.

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Although Bosch’s name is quite familiar to those in the security industry, his previous experience has been in daily newspaper journalism. Prior to joining SECURITY SALES & INTEGRATION in 2006, he spent 15 years with the Los Angeles Times, where he performed a wide assortment of editorial responsibilities, including feature and metro department assignments as well as content producing for Bosch is a graduate of California State University, Fresno with a degree in Mass Communication & Journalism. In 2007, he successfully completed the National Burglar and Fire Alarm Association’s National Training School coursework to become a Certified Level I Alarm Technician.

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