Ocucon partners with Google to launch new AI product for GDPR compliance

Ocucon is set to launch a new video pixelation service. Developed in partnership with Google, Ocucon Pixelate harnesses the power of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to deliver an intelligent video redaction tool for General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliance.

Suitable for all forms of camera footage including that produced by body-worn cameras, the web-based software enables users to select the faces they wish to pixelate. Existing video redaction software that manually redacts images can prove extremely costly and time intensive. Meanwhile, newer automated cloud-based technologies have been known to be unreliable, particularly so on shaky body-cam footage, and are unable to exclude individual faces.

With the introduction of the GDPR at the end of this month, the need for video redaction software will increase as organisations seek to abide by tougher restrictions on how they process and store personal data, including data contained within CCTV or other security footage. As a result, the new Pixelate service is expected to be of interest to a wide range of organisations including large retailers, property management firms and large corporations, airports and transport hubs, hospitals, universities, local authorities and police forces.

Ocucon co-founder Gary Trotter commented: “With the introduction of the GDPR, the penalties for organisations who reveal identifying data – whether intentionally or inadvertently – are set to increase significantly. Images or clips of footage from CCTV can reveal large amounts of personal data, from credit card numbers to car number plates. Pixelate is the first of its kind, using AI and genuine machine learning to provide intelligent, cost-effective, cloud-based video redaction that’s capable of redacting other forms of data, not just faces.”

Gary Trotter

Gary Trotter

Users of Pixelate will be able to upload CCTV footage to Ocucon’s secure web-based portal and download redacted files within a matter of minutes. Existing customers who already use Ocucon’s cloud-based storage and retrieval platform to store their CCTV footage will have full access to the pixelation tool and be able to select video clips to redact from within the cloud.

Launched in October last year, Ocucon delivers a powerful cloud-based storage and retrieval platform combining intelligent data analytics with the facility to store, analyse and retrieve unlimited amounts of HD video surveillance footage from within the Ocucon portal. The technology is “set to revolutionise the ability of UK businesses to defend against fraudulent cases of slips, trips and falls” – currently estimated to cost the UK economy more than £800 million each year – by removing physical limitations on the amount of surveillance footage an organisation can save.

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Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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