Hitachi advises video analytics for smart city safety

Hitachi advises video analytics for smart city safety

Marut Manistitya, managing director of Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) for Thailand and Myanmar.
Marut Manistitya, managing director of Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) for Thailand and Myanmar.

Policymakers must embrace video analytic capabilities for existing camera surveillance systems to maximise the potential of smart cities, says a US-based storage and data infrastructure firm.

"By 2020, spending on video analytic technology in Asia-Pacific will surpass the US and European markets because of rapid adoption of smart cities for urbanisation and economic growth," said Keith Roscarel, director of public safety and smart cities for Asia-Pacific at Hitachi Data Systems.

The market for video analytic software and services in the Asia-Pacific region was worth US$3.3 billion (109 billion baht) in 2016 and is expected to reach $6 billion by 2020.

Thailand's video analytic spending is growing at 19% a year, slower than in China (21%) and India (22%).

"Thailand's infrastructure is good, with plenty of CCTV cameras," Mr Roscarel said. "High-speed internet is widely available in Bangkok and major cities. However, the utilisation of digital technology here is still pretty low."

Rather than only security monitoring, the automated use of data can be done through video analytic software and integrating multiple data sources.

He said advanced video analytic technology will let state officials detect suspicious objects, recognise number plates and count people in crowds, helping the country cope with emergencies and terror attacks.

The company offers Hitachi Visualisation Suite, which integrates real-time video and Internet of Things sensor data from disparate sources on a single pane of glass. It enables public and private groups to gain situational awareness and insights for smarter public safety.

Marut Manistitya, managing director of Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) for Thailand and Myanmar, said the e-government strategy road map should cover public safety as part of the Thailand 4.0 initiative.

HDS is providing integrated solutions for big data analytics in Phuket's smart city project by analysing tourist spending patterns, but the system is yet to be used for public safety with digital surveillance.

"By integrating video analytic technology, HDS will enable the city to count people on the beach and increase tourist safety if there is any suspicious behaviour," Mr Marut said.

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