How AI CCTV works

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AI CCTV is the idea of adding a layer of Artificial Intelligence to security camera technology, allowing users to get more out of their CCTV imagery. The ‘AI layer’ can be added at various points of the technology stack - at camera-level, NVR-level or at a cloud-level.


Camera AI

Certain specialist cameras have an AI chip added to them to give them processing power to enhance various elements of functionality and enable them to achieve various tasks e.g. people counting, perimeter detection (human vs animal differentiation), ANPR (number plate recognition).


Recorder AI

The most common level of AI is ‘recorder-level’ - i.e. data is sent from a standard camera to a NVR / DVR recorder, and is then processed with a layer of artificial intelligence layer - making sense of the raw video data provided. This recorder-level approach means it’s possible to turn standard / legacy CCTV cameras into AI-enhanced cameras.


Cloud AI

Running the artificial intelligence layer in the ‘cloud’ means that the AI software is applied virtually.  The main benefit of this is that no hardware upgrades are needed, and instead the intelligence is added on top of the existing hardware infrastructure - remotely.  

The presence of an AI layer at any x1 level will provide sufficient intelligence, however adding AI to x2 levels will add an extra level of accuracy and is recommended in business critical scenarios.

Edge & Cloud implementation options

We’ve packaged together x2 different implementation approaches for our clients ‘Edge’ and ‘Cloud’-based AI. Put simply (and avoiding jargon), an ‘edge’ solution is one executed locally using hardware, and a ‘cloud’ solution is one that is executed remotely using software.

Core tech features

The core technologies that all of our AI CCTV solutions are based on, are built up from the following components - giving you an overview of what’s possible:

Core tech features

The core technologies that all of our AI CCTV solutions are based on, are built up from the following components - giving you an overview of what’s possible:

Movement detection: Identify and send alerts based on either human or vehicle movement detection. Read more >

Object abandoned detection: Recognise when a specified object is abandoned. Useful to secure public and private spaces.

Object missing detection: Recognise when certain objects are moved. Useful to secure stock outside and to aid with stock control. Read more >

Area protection: Recognise when a vehicle or human enters and/or exits a specified ‘area’.

Loitering detection: Recognise when bodies move into a specified ‘area’, and remain in that area for a specified time.

Stranger detection: Identify when an individual is not registered on the database when they are spotted by a camera.

Face recognition: Get different alerts based on different people enrolled to a GDPR complaint “face library” database. For example, if a pre-enrolled VIP walks in to your lobby, you can set the system to notify your team. Read more >

Passive access control: Enable access to a specific location when a person registered on the database is spotted (e.g. by connecting to a door / barrier control system). And create alerts when a person who is not permitted in a certain location is identified (e.g. a cleaner operating in the safe room).

People-counting / people management: Track and manage people entering/exiting your property, how many people enter specific areas of your property, track building utility over time (e.g. levels of usage of different areas of the building).

ANPR: Identify and log vehicles via their number plates; track car park usage over time. Video structuration / smart search: Allows you to easily search for events / persons based information such as what the subject was wearing including colour of clothing / gender of subject or what a colour of a vehicle and much more. Read more >

The SmartCamera approach


We’re a technology agnostic company.  We’re not tied to one single technology, and work with the best / most appropriate technologies available.


We prefer open technologies and protocols like ONVIF, to ensure our clients don’t get locked into one specific technology stack, that could cause future conflicts / integration issues.


We’re a cost conscious company, and choose technologies that balance cost and quality.  We always strive for value for money.

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