Alarm.com launches video analytics

AI and computer vision technology power new video analytics service
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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

TYSONS, Va.—Alarm.com announced a newly deployed artificial intelligence architecture and video analytics service, a platform that can monitor video streams in real-time and alert property owners about important events, while ignoring routine movement. The new service is available now for residential and business subscribers.

“Alarm.com’s AI architecture and video analytics program are defining the next generation of smart home and business innovations,” Dan Kerzner, Alarm.com’s chief product officer, said in the announcement. “We’ve been able to rapidly grow our data analytics program, thanks to the scale of our platform and the depth of our research and development efforts. Alarm.com’s commitment to AI will enable our service provider partners to continue to deliver an unmatched smart home and business experience to millions of subscribers.”

Alarm.com’s video analytics engine is optimized to address a wide variety of smart security applications with cost-effective video cameras on the edge, the company said, noting, “Alarm.com’s computer vision research team trained the AI engine with millions of frames of video donated from field-deployed cameras, and extensive feedback from service provider partners and beta program participants. Alarm.com’s video analytics engine provides an intelligent new layer of security and awareness for home and business owners.”

Object classification and object tracking technology can distinguish between people, vehicles and animals, determine an object’s direction of movement, and measure the duration of activity. Alarm.com subscribers can selectively control and manage notifications and assign virtual zones and multi-directional “tripwires” so they can monitor their properties for highly specific activity, including vehicles coming and going, lingering visitors, pet protection, automated deterrence and vendor validation.

Video analytics is the latest in a line of “proactive, intelligent safeguards that differentiate Alarm.com’s smart home security solutions,” the company said. “Crash and Smash protection can deliver an alarm signal even when the panel is disabled. Unexpected Activity Alerts notify families or business managers about unusual events indicating potential safety or security issues, while Geo-Services triggers location-based reminders that make it easy to keep homes and businesses secure.”

Subscribers interested in activating video analytics should contact their Alarm.com service provider to learn about camera and service plan options.