Dealing with complex security problems related to the large flow of people and vehicles has been a prevalent challenge over the years. Even with basic monitoring functions, common surveillance solutions nowadays still lack relevant features that address other customer requirements including target searching, customer statistical data, parking management, etc. However, by incorporating AI into surveillance devices, these further monitoring demands can be efficiently solved. AI-powered solutions not only provide early warning and real-time alerts for users to respond to security risks in time, but also offer advanced analytics and data statistics that can assist their business operations.
The Dahua TechMonth for October and November will feature one of Dahua’s key AI technologies that can help solve common surveillance issues and user’s monitoring pain points. To kick off the Dahua TechMonth, Dahua Product Manager, Ms. Shirley Pei provided some insights about the latest Dahua WizMind.
Can you tell us what is WizMind exactly?
Sure. Powered by a deep learning algorithm, the Dahua WizMind is basically a comprehensive portfolio of project-oriented AI products and solutions, including IPC, NVR, PTZ, XVR, thermal imaging devices and software platforms. It is designed to meet the complex requirements of high-end vertical markets, such as retail, energy, finance and transportation. Its main applications are based on human and vehicle, which address the ever-escalating complexity of security challenges like large flow of people and vehicles. At the same time, it also provides applications based on object and thermal imaging.
Aside from providing basic functions, can human-based WizMind benefit business analysis as well?
Yes, of course. The human-based WizMind offers intelligent AI features like face recognition, privacy protection, human video metadata, stereo analysis, people counting and so on. It provides accurate data based on human attributes and behaviours, which can help users to respond to the situation accordingly. The generated data can also be used to help managers optimise their business operation and aid their decision making. And of course, we have considered user privacy for these functions, in fact, there are flexible options for users to customise their monitoring based on their actual needs.
Can you elaborate more about the vehicle-based WizMind and how it can boost road safety and parking efficiency?
As we all know, ensuring traffic safety and efficiency is a headache for a lot of cities all over the world. The WizMind based on vehicles, as its name indicates, pertains to our vehicle-based AI technologies including ANPR, vehicle metadata, illegal parking detection and parking space management. It’s widely used in urban roads, residential communities, parking lots and toll stations to alleviate traffic congestion and improve the driver’s experience. The Dahua Smart Parking Management Solution, for example, can help drivers locate an available parking space in real time. The WizMind ANPR IPC can be deployed at the entrance/exit of a residential complex to automatically identify the residents’ vehicle number plates. It provides convenience to drivers and helps save labour costs.
There’s a WizMind function that can help find missing items, is that true?
Yes! It’s possible using our object-based WizMind. It is equipped with deep learning algorithms that can detect objects like boxes, backpacks, luggage bags, bikes, etc. It effectively filters out interference caused by light, animals and other irrelevant objects, thus providing accurate alarm and reducing false alarms. With these capabilities, it can offer real-time detection of abandoned or missing objects with linkage alarm connected to the administrator to find missing items in time. It is suitable for railway stations, bus stations and airports, where there’s a large flow of travellers and commuters on a daily basis. In some cases, it is also used to detect objects obstructing fire lanes and fire exits.
How does WizMind use thermal imaging technology to detect intrusion and early fire?
WizMind utilises thermal imaging technology to achieve 24/7 ultra-long range monitoring that can recognise humans and vehicles even from long distances and even under harsh environments with fog, haze, snow and so on. A Dahua thermal camera can be deployed in perimeter areas as it can detect both people and vehicles from afar, which helps alert authorities in time in case of intrusion. It is also ideal in ports and docks to detect water vessels even in harsh weather conditions. Aside from that, these WizMind thermal cameras can also help prevent waste and forest fires at an early stage because it can detect mild differences in temperature change.
Can third-party platforms integrate with the Dahua WizMind series?
Yes they can! The Dahua WizMind is compatible with global video management systems, like Milestone, Axxon, Avigilon, ISS, Qognify and Mirasys. Users can use our very own Dahua Open Platform (DHOP) for WizMind IPCs and thermal cameras based on their actual needs. We also offer sufficient API to allow our technology partners to integrate with WizMind products. At present, we already have more than 15 existing technology partners and more than 18 applications available.