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iOmniscients rules-based, object-enabled software is designed to overcome this problem by noticing "exceptions"–or violations of ordinary behavior–among objects appearing on the screen, and then alerting human security personnel to check into the situation more. The software is designed to work with any sort of CCTV camera.

The user-programmable product is also good at detecting objects in low-contrast conditions, such as a black suitcase against a dark background, according to Kanga.

The Windows-based software also can be used by distribution centers, retail stores and other facilities worried about product shrinkage, or loss, Kanga said.

For instance, a major art gallery in Canada has deployed the system to help guard against theft of valuable artwork.

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Extreme CCTV, on the other hand, showed products meant to overcome a different sort of surveillance issue: the accurate identification of human beings detected in parking lots, fields and other areas at the peripheries of airport and seaport facilities at times when visibility is murky.

Extreme CCTV makes special IR (infrared) lamps designed to work with CCTV cameras, said J.M. Gin, the companys CEO and president.

For better accuracy in identifying humans and other objects, and to avoid white-out, the companys Uniflood lamps use a technology called Cosec. Cosec is geared toward achieving even illumination, so that radiated energy returned to the camera is the same from wherever the subject is situated in the scene.

The lamps can be set up to illuminate local areas, 360-degree-wide areas or specific remote targets such as gateways, doorways or pathways where users perceive high-risk conditions, he said.

Extreme CCTVs lamps come in varying wavelengths, ranging from about 730mm to 950mm. The 950mm lamps, in which visible red glow is greatly reduced for covert operations, must be used with highly sensitive nighttime cameras.

In the days immediately following 9/11, the lamps were set up at U.S. airbases in Hawaii, Alaska and Guam, according to the CEO.

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