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New CCTV Image Quality Assessment System to be launched by SGW consultancy

by Brian Sims

Independent security consultancy SGW is set to launch the company’s new CCTV Image Quality Assessment System. The solution is aligned with the requirements of IEC 62676-4:2014 in order to achieve a consistent, objective and repetitive evaluation process relating to video surveillance system images.

The global video surveillance market has increased at a significant pace over the years and forecasts suggest that the market will continue to burgeon across the next four-year period. That increase is expected as a direct result of heightened safety concerns, the rising urban population, an upsurge in infrastructural investment and growth in the usage of Artificial Intelligence, etc.

However, the market faces some challenges, one of which includes ensuring systems are fit for purpose, meet operational requirements and render the appropriate image quality to satisfy the requirements of law enforcement agencies and the criminal justice system.

SGW’s all-new CCTV Image Quality Assessment System comprises several assessment toolkits  including the Video Image Calculator (‘VIC’), the Screen Assessment Matrix (‘SAM’) and the 3(R)D Man ‘add-on’ pack (aka ‘Harry’).

Performance characteristics of CCTV installations

Commenting on this development, Simon Whitehouse (managing director of SGW) stated: “As CCTV and digital video surveillance technology has evolved over the last decade, it has become more challenging to objectively measure and record whether or not the performance characteristics of an installation have been met by the installing company as a result of using the legacy CCTV test tools that have been historically available in the market since the 1990s. At SGW, we’re wholly committed to raising the bar in terms of the way in which we ensure a system is delivered as fit for purpose according to the needs of the system user and appropriate regulatory authorities.”

Whitehouse continued: “When I was first approached by Sam Samuels (‘VIC’, ‘SAM’ and ‘Harry’’s creator) for SGW to take his inventions to market, I was quick to acknowledge that his system would add further value and assessment accuracy for SGW’s consulting projects. I’m delighted to announce that SGW has entered into an exclusive UK and European manufacturing and distribution agreement which aims to ensure that ‘VIC’, ‘SAM’ and ‘Harry’ become the assessment tools of choice for all CCTV and video surveillance system engineering professionals.”

In conclusion, Whitehouse observed: “We’re committed to working with the regulatory authorities and our peers in order to ensure that the Image Quality Assessment System evolves over time, with additional tools being made available in the future. Everything is aligned with a process of continual improvement.”

Translating Operational Requirements into usable images

Sam Samuels responded: “Working within the requirements of IEC 62676-4:2014, I was unable to find the tools necessary for the set-up, commissioning and auditing of CCTV fields of views which provided quantified, consistent and repeatable results. This convinced me of the need to develop a solution able to identify effective pixel densities not simply at the time of image capture, but following storage and the recovery of compressed files. Further, the lack of competent Best Practice in the setting up of fields of view had left commissioning engineers unable to translate an Operational Requirement into a usable image. Having developed the hardware and software tools and guidance for my own use, I identified Simon Whitehouse as the best person to bring the product to market given his professional and commercial skills and shared passion for security excellence.”

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