Want the best VCA there is? Connect the CCTV system to our brain!

brain-wiredToday a human being is filled out with the best in the world availliable VCA system. Our eyes see pritty good during day and night times and our brains will take care of a mostly perfect content analysis! The system works so good that rain, snow, leaves, flags, spotlights (dark/light), animals, crowling people etc et etc, is perfectly detected or filtered out!

Let’s be honest to eachother, Isn’t it true that we do not mention that leaves are moving when it is windy? Isn’t it true that we perfectly see the difference between a dog or a human beiing who behaves like a dog? Our human brain is developped to recognize these kind of situations. It is prepared to take care of dangerous situations and helps us to react as fast as we can on it. We know how smoke looks like and we know that we have to take care of it.

Imagine that we could connect our today’s CCTV systems on a human brain. We then would have simply the best VCA system there is in relation to the today’s on the market availiable Day/Night CCTV systems. In Lausanne (Swiss) the Blue Brain project is located. This project is based on a human brain replica. Within 10 years, the project leader expects that the replica brain is ready and will function. Nowadays to represent the total human brain, we need a capacity of 12 football fields filled out with super computers and a huge amount of power…

Funny isn’t it that the best VCA system is as big as a football and only needs a sandwich with peanut butter 😉


4 Responses to “Want the best VCA there is? Connect the CCTV system to our brain!”

  1. Chris Boyce Says:


    You are right, the human body in general, and the brain in particular, are wonderful things. Evolution is a slow but very effective new product development strategy!

    Today’s most effective security systems are a combination of the two. A monitored CCTV system uses technology to try to identify “events”, things regarded as outside the parameters of a preconceived “normal”, and relies on human operators in the control room to classify these events as meaningful (e.g. intruder alert) or meaningless (e.g. wandering wildlife). The challenge of VCA is to do a better job of filtering and/or creating events such that the human response is more effective (more needles, less haystack) and more cost effective to deliver (more monitored sites per control room operator).

    On a technical note, much of the brain’s ability to differentiate between objects is a result of stereo vision. There is an inherent 3rd dimension (i.e. range) input into the processing unit that makes object classification considerably easier than the 2D projection of a 3D world onto a CCD sensor (the aforementioned control room operators are limited in this sense). Couple that with a database that has been learning since birth and its easy to see why VCA has such a dominent competitor!

    The great thing about the VCA sector, however, is that the headroom for innovation, the ratio between how good is today’s technology compared to how good we would all like it to be, is massive. There remains money in them there hills for bright, innovative companies that offer new capabilities and move us further up the technology curve.

    Chris Boyce
    Founder & Managing Director

  2. Nicola Bartesaghi Says:


    human mind is not suitable to work continously 24/24h, to control static scene, or monitoring field of view containing many elements, etc…. etc…
    In many mission critical applications, CCTV systems (and like this many others security and safety systems) must works 24/24 hours per day, all year. Only superman with hyper power, can resist in these working conditions.
    For this reason, also if brain seems to be more smart than our, industrial computers tire less and offers higher quality in many fields of applications. Intelligent vision systems, was created – with all their limits – for these reasons.
    I can assure you that there are several CCTV applications all around the world, based on intelligent vision systems, where total benefits of these technologies are far more than more human brains and human eyes in front of many monitors.
    After few minutes your brain will switch off your capability to detect a danger, a crime, a critical situation and so on.
    There are serveral scientific studies that prove this.
    There is a really interesting book that explain in easy way all scientific studies regarding this matter:
    “Why We Make Mistakes: How We Look Without Seeing, Forget Things in Seconds, and Are All Pretty Sure We Are Way Above Average”
    by Joseph T. Hallinan

    Best Regards.


    This is m

  3. Norbert Says:

    Hi Nicola,
    Partly I agree. That is just why I wrote an article around project Blue Brain. I agree that finaly we need the help of a computer to take care of a 24×7 VCA solutions.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts and also for sharing your tip about the book.
    I just ordered it!
    For all the others who want to order it also:
    ISBN10 : 0767928059
    ISBN13 : 9780767928052

    Kind regards Norbert

  4. George Aspland Says:

    Hi Norbet,

    My company ReTel Technologies thinks the solution to poor video is the human brain. We’ve developed a unique solution that merges analytics with a globally distributed workforce to analyze small video tasks. Our platform leverages the same optimization techniques used in assembly lines to accomplish massive economies of scale. These economies allow us to analyze massive amounts of video with a human validation at a very low cost. A good analogy is to think of Henry Ford’s assembly line. In 1908, Ford produced 128 cars. By the end of the next decade, he was producing 1.25 million and each car was substantially cheaper.

    Similar techniques are used Google, Facebook, and Amazon to categorize and index online images and video. Google’s product development has said it’ll be a decade or more before computers alone will be able to index their images.

    George Aspland
    ReTel Technologies, Inc

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