Improving the safety of Malaysian businesses and cities with intelligence, analytics: Cisco


Albert Chai, Country Manager for Cisco Malaysia 

Photo - Albert Chai, Country Manager for Cisco in Malaysia


Cisco's recently announced Connected Safety and Security solutions included working with a group of ecosystem safety companies to make Malaysian businesses and cities safer with the use of intelligence and analytics, said the networking solutions company.

Albert Chai, Cisco Malaysia country manager, said the safety and security of Malaysian cities and businesses can be improved with the use of technological innovation fuelled by the Internet of Things [IoT].

"For example, IP cameras, together with video analytics, connected edge storage and IoT connectivity strategically implemented in hotspot crime areas can complement the Government Transformation Programme's (GTP) Safe City Programme by increasing the number of eyes on the street acting as a crime deterrent," said Chai.

"Crime and safety tops the list of the daily concerns of ordinary Malaysians", he added. "Deployment of enforcement personnel to patrol crime hotspot areas, especially if they are scattered, can be a challenge as these agencies face the problem of limited resources."

"That is why we see the Malaysian Government increasingly relying on innovative solutions such as the Safe City Programme through the Government Transformation Programme (GTP) that was built on the Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) principles to reduce street crime levels and making citizens feel safer," said Chai.

 Intelligence and analytics

"In addition, combined with data analytics, authorities can analyse crowds and traffic patterns through video surveillance cameras to identify potential problems and respond quickly to prevent harm or disruption from occurring," said Chai.

He said the core of the new solutions was Cisco's Video Surveillance Manager 7.6 (VSM). "VSM 7.6 is a proven, mature and highly scalable IoT video surveillance platform that helps customers to easily manage highly distributed multivendor, edge-based analytics applications."

The solution now provided new IP Camera application management features that together with video analytics, connected edge storage and IoT connectivity, are solving a broad range of safety and security challenges for public sector, energy, transportation, industrial and service provider customer by delivering reliability at scale, said Chai.

He said the Cisco IP Cameras provided technology partners and application developers with an open application development platform and SDK for IP Cameras, allowing customers to add functionality as needed, "effectively turning IP Cameras into intelligent sensors capable of processing more than just video and supporting multiple analytics apps that provide information and automation at the edge, such as audio analytics, SIP applications and other analytics, acting as IoT-ready smart endpoints."

Chai said video analytics at the edge allowed intelligent event processing and classification and helped exceptional event action and management even before the data was analysed at a central location.

"For example, it can recognise glass breaking, aggression or gunshots through video and audio enabled capabilities via apps in the cameras, and take actions at a local level, such as starting detailed recording, alerting the central monitoring centres or signalling other cameras to focus on the same event from different angles," he said.

Chai said that these capabilities also saved customers on the cost of storage and bandwidth, as only relevant video data is sent back for archiving or detailed analysis. With VSM and edge-based capabilities of Cisco's Smart Endpoints (IP Cameras), customers can manage IoT applications for remote site monitoring of assets across industries, allowing companies to achieve significant ROI benefits from improved operations, even for sites where there is limited connectivity and bandwidth.