Scyron, the security and surveillance services company, launched today the availability of its 'intelligent, incident-based surveillance system' to the private sector. It follows successful deployments at 48 UK police forces, transforming the efficiency with which they gather surveillance evidence against criminals and analyse surveillance/CCTV videos - in some cases reducing the time it takes to analyse a 24 hour tape from one week to less than three hours.
The break-through technology is saving police forces millions of pounds
while removing the need for blanket surveillance of law-abiding people. If
all UK surveillance footage was analysed manually, the estimated cost
would be nearly GBP1.25 billion per annum.(x) Automating the process saves
more than 90% of the cost.
Scyron believes the use of its technology in the private sector has
positive implications for protecting civil liberties.
"There are over 4.2 million CCTV cameras in the UK making us the most
spied upon country in the world," said Scyron CEO, Mike Wilks.
"Collectively, they record around 35 billion hours of footage. Analysing
footage of everyday people going about their business costs tax payers
millions of pounds every year. What our technology does best is to sort
the wheat from the chaff by helping target the criminals."
Scyron's technology uses a sophisticated 'intelligent' algorithm that
triggers a surveillance/CCTV camera to record specific events or be used
retrospectively on a video tape to capture specific incidents. For
example, it may be set to capture only people lingering longer than a
specific time, such as five seconds at a known haunt for drug dealers
while ignoring passers by. Alternatively, it can be set to trigger an
alarm if people approach a perimeter fence, while ignoring animals or
unusual light anomalies.
The technology was developed by former University of Birmingham scientists
based at the company's headquarters and labs at the University of
Birmingham Research Park. The privately-owned company has seen rapid
growth in the public sector and is now launching the system to the private
sector, focussing upon: law enforcement; commercial security; transport;
energy and the leisure sectors. Its aim is to build Scyron's market share
in the UK and overseas.
Former Chief Inspector of Constabulary and Chief Constable of West
Midlands Police, Lord Dear commented, "With an intelligent approach to
surveillance, I foresee a significant market for private security
companies, transport, defence, and indeed any businesses wanting to
protect high-value assets. But also I see massive potential for CCTV,
liberating the operator so that not every screen needs to be watched."
Scyron is a security and surveillance services company focussed on helping
public and private sector companies with its world-leading intelligent
The company is privately-owned and headquartered at the University of
Birmingham Research Park, UK. Scyron is using its innovative software to
forge a new category of security solution - 'incident-based security and
surveillance'. It offers an innovative and complete solution from the
capture, transmission, analysis and editing of visual and audio data, such
as CCTV/ surveillance footage, through to its presentation as evidence in
Customers include 48 police forces in the UK as well as foreign police
forces and government agencies, including the FBI and the US Department of
For further information see: http://www.scyron.com/press