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LONDON, January 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Switzerland-based EMITALL Surveillance SA is the recipient of the 2006 Frost & Sullivan Technology Innovation Award in the field of investigative support for Homeland Security. Frost & Sullivan commends the company for its cutting-edge research into remote video surveillance and privacy protection systems - advances that are set to have a profound impact on the homeland security sector.
A leading developer of intelligent video surveillance technologies, EMITALL provides sophisticated solutions for remote video surveillance systems and privacy protection in public video surveillance. Supported by a global team of experts in encoding and compression technologies as well as in video and image analysis, the company delivers high-performance video surveillance solutions for residential, retail, police departments and public (security as well as defence departments) markets.
The company's two new product lines (poised for commercialisation in 2006) span remote video surveillance and privacy protection systems. "The surveillance system offers not only easy and seamless access to video and images of a video surveillance system, any time and from anywhere but also allows residential areas to be equipped with cost-effective video monitoring systems that provide high-quality images for criminal identification," says Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Haritha Ramachandran.
"Similarly, EMITALL's privacy protection systems offer a cost-effective technology for public institutions, which can be implemented either with existing or new video surveillance installations," adds Ms. Ramachandran. "The privacy protection system's features, which often involve multiple levels of scrambling, allows security departments to allay concerns about violations of privacy and boost public acceptance of video surveillance systems."
Advanced, high-performance technologies underpin EMITALL's solutions. For instance, the company's surveillance technology leverages the multiple benefits of the recent JPEG 2000 standard. Used to encode video, JPEG 2000 allows the detection of events and the identification of regions of interest. The resulting regions of interest can then be encoded with better quality and scrambled. Moreover, EMITALL's new technology offers enhanced functionality, security and reversibility in comparison to currently available masking counterparts.