Briefcam's algorithms can spot murderers and monitor bees

January 9, 2017

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Originally appeared in Wired UK

Developed at the Hebrew University, Briefcam is changing how CCTV works 

Briefcam is being used by the police, in retail and beekeeping
Briefcam is being used by the police, in retail and beekeeping.

Briefcam has helped police find mass murderer Anders Breivik, spot the Boston marathon bombers and make sense of the Brussels attacks. How? By distilling hours of CCTV footage into minute-long clips.

"We call it video-synopsis," explains Dror Irani, Briefcam's CEO. "We extract the motion over a stationary background, store it in a database and show it over a short time."

This feature is piquing interest in Briefcam from sectors outside security, from road traffic management and retail to beekeeping: "A New York convention centre has installed beehives on its roof and it's using Briefcam to count the bees, to know how many come in and out of the hive during the day," says Irani.

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