Network cameras are increasingly being used in a range of fields beyond security, such as management and marketing.
IT integration and advanced video analysis will lead to a safer, more secure world and bring higher productivity to businesses.
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Canon’s network camera systems, which combine cloud services and image analysis technologies, have a key role in our business growth. Their use is expanding into a broad range of fields, from security systems for factories, warehouses and retail outlets to business solutions that analyze flows of people and physical objects for marketing research or productivity improvement.
JAL Engineering Co., Ltd., which handles aircraft safety and quality control, adopted a Canon network camera system for the company’s hangar and facilities at Haneda Airport in Tokyo, Japan. Routine aircraft maintenance is conducted in the hangar, along with inspections carried out on an aircraft in the short period of time between its landing and next takeoff. Emergency repairs are also carried out there if a malfunction occurs. Previously, a monitoring system with 60–70 cameras was utilized in the hangar with a constant traffic of people, vehicles, and aircrafts. However, due to increased security needs, they decided to upgrade to a system that offered higher resolution. Ko Misawa, in charge of the project, explains what his company needed in a new security system.
“To establish a higher level of safety management, we placed top priority on a system that would produce clear, sharp images. However, due to wiring issues, we couldn’t install cameras in some places in the hangar. To cover every part of the very large hangar, we needed advanced camera functionality that would be able to easily control the zoom, change the direction of the lens and also produce clear images at night. We were impressed with models that could produce distinct images even in the dark, and cameras that could capture ultra-wide-angle shots, even in cramped spaces. Only a camera manufacturer, I felt, could offer such capabilities.”
The combination of lens and video technologies cultivated by Canon over its history makes it possible to create network cameras that provide high-definition, high-resolution images while maintaining a wide angle of view. The cameras also adjust for optimal shooting day or night, producing clear images from corner to corner.
At the introduction stage of the new system, Canon’s team of engineers repeated on-site verification and numerous meetings with the client. “JAL Engineering had objectives and key locations to improve monitoring. We explained these to the Canon team, and they set about designing a plan.”
Further progression was made to the high-capacity data management system, according to Mr. Misawa.
“Thanks to cutting-edge data compression technologies, it is now possible to store video for long periods of time. If a problem occurs, we can now go back in time and verify video in chronological order to thoroughly troubleshoot the issue.”
Canon has created a monitoring system that reduces strain on the network even when transmitting high-quality video, thanks to an image compression system that realizes high image quality with a high compression ratio. High compression reduces the hard disk drive capacity requirements and makes the long-time video recording possible, allowing for a high volume of footage from multiple cameras to be stored.
“When the completed system began operating, we witnessed improvements on the hangar floor,” says Mr. Misawa.
Before, a late arrival of an aircraft, in spite of numerous exchanges made with the aircraft, resulted in lost time waiting at the hangar. After the system was introduced, it became possible to monitor the aircraft coming in or leaving in real-time via the system. Additionally, we are able to now visually check the progress of work using the cameras.”
The primary mission of maintenance crews is to precisely complete the work without any error in the limited time available.
“At JAL Engineering, we coined the term ‘Zero Zero 100’ to represent our goal of zero irregular operations, zero in-flight malfunctions and 100% on-time departures. I feel that the system renewal has allowed us to achieve improvements in both security and productivity.”
Canon’s network camera system watches over and helps improve business operations for the aircraft maintenance floor. Using the power of cutting-edge technologies, Canon will strive for the contribution to safety and security in a range of various fields.
Canon’s high-precision, high-resolution network cameras offer even greater value when used in combination with software to provide video content analysis solution.
The People Counter video content analysis software developed by Canon can count the number of people in an area or the number of people that cross a specified line.
Canon’s Moving Object Mask video content analysis software can render a moving object as a silhouette. It enables monitoring the availability of seats at a venue, overcrowding, while protecting privacy.
Canon will continue to commercialize video content analysis software for marketing and other applications, adding value to network camera video.
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