The world’s first Video Surveillance as a Service (VSaaS) platform – Ocucon – is set to launch an innovative new video pixelation service. Developed in partnership with Google, Ocucon Pixelate harnesses the power of artificial intelligence to deliver the first of its kind, intelligent video redaction tool for General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliance.
Suitable for all forms of camera footage including body cameras, the web-based software uniquely enables users to select the faces they wish to pixelate. Existing video redaction software, that manually redacts images, can prove extremely costly and time intensive. Meanwhile newer automated, cloud-based technologies have been known to be unreliable, particularly on shaky body-cam footage and are unable to exclude individual faces.
With the introduction of GDPR in May of this year, the need for video redaction software will increase as organisations seek to abide by tougher restrictions on how they process and store identifying personal data, including data contained within CCTV or other security footage. As a result, the new Pixelate service is expected to be of interest to a wide range of organisations including large retailers, property management firms and large corporations, airports and transport hubs, hospitals, universities, local authorities and police forces.
Ocucon Pixelate’s key features include:
- GDPR compliance – including auditable log of video redaction and UK processed data
- Intelligent automated redaction – select the faces you want to pixelate
- Suitable for all types of camera footage, including body-worn cameras
- Quick upload via easy-to-use web-based portal
- Significantly reduced redaction time compared to manual video redaction methods
- End-to-end advanced encryption of all footage and secure user access control via multi-factor authentication
Ocucon co-founder, Gary Trotter, commented: “With the introduction of GDPR, the penalties for organisations who reveal identifying data – whether intentionally or inadvertently – are set to increase significantly, with fines up to €20 million or 4 percent of annual global turnover (whichever is greatest). Images or clips of footage from CCTV footage can reveal large amounts of personal data, from credit card numbers to car number plates. Whereas existing redaction services can prove very costly or unreliable, Ocucon’s Pixelate product is the first of its kind – utilising artificial intelligence and genuine machine learning – to provide intelligent cost effective, cloud based video redaction that is capable of redacting other forms of data, not just faces.”
Users of Pixelate will be able to upload CCTV footage to Ocucon’s secure web-based portal and download redacted files within a matter of minutes. Existing customers who already use Ocucon’s powerful, cloud-based storage and retrieval platform to store their CCTV footage will have full access to the pixelation tool and will able to select video clips to redact from within the cloud.
Launched in October 2017, Ocucon delivers a powerful, cloud-based storage and retrieval platform, combining intelligent data analytics with the facility to store, analyse and retrieve unlimited amounts of HD video surveillance footage from within the Ocucon portal. The technology is set to revolutionise the ability of UK businesses to defend against fraudulent cases of slips, trips and falls – currently estimated to cost the UK economy more than £800 million a year – by removing physical limitations on the amount of surveillance footage an organisation can save. Ocucon is already generating significant interest among large retail and grocery chains and the North East firm recently announced that it is being piloted by a number of globally renowned retailers both in the UK and US.