Feeds

Face-recognising spy drone tech tapped up by... Quantum

Storage giant jumps into live video processing game

Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction

Quantum's StorNext file system could be used in the hunt for terrorist suspects in the near future. The storage giant has invested in video search tech biz NerVve so images and footage - such as material recorded from military surveillance drones - can be indexed and retrieved from StorNext vaults.

StorNext is a suite of software that stores unstructured data on disk and on tape, and presents a single storage pool. It can scale to a billion files and supports tiering. NerVve's technology is expected to index, search and process videos and other imagery in StorNext repositories.

NerVve Technologies is a privately-held company that automates the retrieval of videos for analysts, who are usually looking for a particular moment, face or detail to pop up on the screen. The company says its software "automatically extracts the most relevant or interesting information from huge volumes of video" to pick out frames that investigators are looking for.

But how does it work? The company describes this object-recognition tech:

NerVve provides the analyst the ability to search-by-example by cropping out images and video frames containing the desired objects, or by selecting objects obtained from the web or other user files, and then searches incoming video data or the vast repositories of raw video data automatically for those objects.

There are three areas highlighted by Quantum for a StorNext-NerVve combo:

  • Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance
  • Media and entertainment
  • Social media

In the intelligence arena, video archives and real-time full-motion video can be "automatically searched or monitored to recognise objects and content and alert analysts". Think videos from surveillance cameras, drone aircraft, and cameras carried by military personnel, all linked to location coordinates and other metadata.

For the media and entertainment industries NerVe provides this:

Embedded branding, ad placement, celebrities and athletes can be quickly located in audiences of live sporting events or large gatherings. This enables content owners to quickly log footage, adding the descriptive information that simplifies content search for editors and shortens the cycle to create new, revenue-generating content. Product images can also be easily retrieved, analysed and contextually targeted for real-time advertising placement during news, sports and entertainment broadcasts.

This ability to track celebrities and athletes - people, essentially - in videos can be applied to the sphere of government and military surveillance; imagine how much intelligence agencies could be interested in the automated scanning of airport videos for terrorist suspect detection. Consider videos coming from drones, satellites and other state installations, and NerVve itself uses the language of the military to say it provides:

  • Automatic and assured object identification
  • Provides the analyst a tactical edge for mission success
  • Increases the value of intelligence obtained

Obviously "object identification" could include some form of people recognition.

For social networks, "images of branded products can be discovered and analysed to determine which video and pictures are associated with brands within social media channels. This can provide media buyers with more detailed information regarding certain brands".

Tom Slowe, CEO of NerVve Technologies, said in a canned quote: "Quantum's decision to invest in us is testament to the value we can provide to the government, broadcasters and social media, and we look forward to working with Quantum to benefit a broad range of customers."

Google is experimenting with neural networks, specifically software that simulates neurones in the brain, to detect things in pictures and videos, such as faces, and it automatically "learns" what they are and how to look out for them. Its software can detect house numbers, for example, in Street View imagery.

The amount of Quantum's investment in NerVve has not been revealed. It looks like Quantum has got itself a handle on useful niche technology that could pull along StorNext sales in its wake, and vice versa. ®

Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction

More from The Register

next story
This time it's 'Personal': new Office 365 sub covers just two devices
Redmond also brings Office into Google's back yard
Kingston DataTraveler MicroDuo: Turn your phone into a 72GB beast
USB-usiness in the front, micro-USB party in the back
Dropbox defends fantastically badly timed Condoleezza Rice appointment
'Nothing is going to change with Dr. Rice's appointment,' file sharer promises
BOFH: Oh DO tell us what you think. *CLICK*
$%%&amp Oh dear, we've been cut *CLICK* Well hello *CLICK* You're breaking up...
AMD's 'Seattle' 64-bit ARM server chips now sampling, set to launch in late 2014
But they won't appear in SeaMicro Fabric Compute Systems anytime soon
Amazon reveals its Google-killing 'R3' server instances
A mega-memory instance that never forgets
Cisco reps flog Whiptail's Invicta arrays against EMC and Pure
Storage reseller report reveals who's selling what
Microsoft builds teleporter weapon to send VMware into Azure
Updated Virtual Machine Converter now converts Linux VMs too
prev story

Whitepapers

Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.