The San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC), the largest U.S. Department of Defense Level I Trauma and Burn Research Center, is in the process of deploying the NICE Suspect Search video analytics solution from NICE Systems. This, it says, will enable personnel to track and locate missing patients or suspicious persons during time-critical scenarios to help ensure ongoing security and safety at a facility that serves hundreds of thousands of U.S. service members and their families.
The adoption of Suspect Search, NICE stated, builds on SAMMC’s existing NiceVision video surveillance solution, which has been used to investigate incidents related to patient safety and well-being. Now, the combined solution will help SAMMC teams locate and track persons of interest in a matter of seconds and amidst hours of footage. NICE boasts that by providing near-real-time, actionable information about someone’s whereabouts and movements, Suspect Search accelerates response times to mitigate the impact.
SAMMC will also integrate Suspect Search into an existing system designed to prevent infant abduction. The system, which combines wireless radio frequency technology, RFID bracelets, and video surveillance, automatically triggers an alarm and streaming video if an infant is removed from a designated area. Suspect Search will add another layer of protection against such incidents by providing a means to visually identify and track the subsequent movement of a suspected abductor within minutes of an alert, before the suspect has been able to leave hospital grounds.
“By using Suspect Search to significantly accelerate its response time to security and safety incidents, SAMMC can better fulfill its mission of delivering world-class medical care while ensuring that every patient’s visit is safeguarded, ” said Chris Wooten, Executive Vice President, NICE Security Group.
NICE Suspect Search can be used to aid investigations in a number of time-critical scenarios-for example, in locating missing children; searching for an active shooter, intruder, or other criminal suspect; identifying the owner of unattended or suspicious baggage; or finding the perpetrator of a checkpoint breach at SAMMC entrances, the company asserted. Suspect Search analyzes video as it’s recorded to create unique body signatures which are captured and stored with the video. This enables organizations to use a video image, uploaded photo, or user-generated composite to scan hours of video in minutes, automatically filtering out 95 percent of irrelevant images.
Possible Missions and Precision Task Group of Houston are the system integrators for this project.