Israeli Technology BriefCam Aids in Deciphering Boston Attack

According to Israeli defense sources, video technology by the Israeli company BriefCam helped in capturing the two brothers behind the deadly Boston marathon attack.

Israeli defense sources have informed IsraelDefense that the advanced technology by the Israeli company BriefCam for summarizing security footage helped US federal forces to locate those responsible for the attack that took place at the Boston marathon.

The Video Synopsis technology in question makes it possible to review many hours of video footage within a matter of minutes – in real time or after an event, for the purpose of providing a precise intelligence picture. The technology developed by BriefCam allows for an hour of footage and more to be summarized into a one minute video duration. The technology used by US security forces has already been installed around the world in police, HLS, intelligence entities and others, saving time and manpower and also providing a solution for the vast challenge of growing amounts of recorded video produced every hour, every day.

The system, which was developed in cooperation with Israeli academic institutes, won the innovation award at the HLS technologies exhibition, held in the framework of the second international HLS conference of the Israel Export and International Cooperation Institute (IEICI).

The system is based on the concept of allowing the simultaneous display of several events that occurred over different timeframes. The system identifies every movement in a certain area, and the system operator can instruct it to focus on a person, a vehicle or another object, while examining its actions across a long period of time – within a matter of minutes. This prevents the need to view through many hours of a given video documentation in order to discover when a certain person arrived at a structure, when a vehicle has left a parking lot, and more. The system can begin  the process of summarizing the video after several minutes of documentation, based among other things on the separation of frames between stationary and portable objects.

BriefCam did not respond to the report.

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Reporting by Moriya Ben-Yosef; Published by Israel Defense.

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