Video analysis for Investigation of Criminal and TerrORIst Activities
Main issues and objectives
Video material collected and analyzsed by Law Enforcement Agencies (LEA) have become a critical component in legal investigations following major criminal acts and terrorist attacks. The recent events in London, Nice, Brussels, Paris, Barcelona and Cambrils again prove the importance of these video recordings. At the same time, the amount of video data available is continuously increasing with the rapid deployment of video equipment, surveillance cameras in public and private areas, body-worn cameras of police forces and smartphones or digital cameras used by bystanders.
In spite of this growth, the whole video investigation work is still mostly carried out manually by the LEA officers. These current practices are too resource intensive to handle the huge and steadily increasing volume of videos that need to be analyzesed. Consequently, post-event extraction of vital first clues from videos meet unreasonable delays.
The 3 years EU-funded project VICTORIA , launched on 1st May 2017, is addressing this need and will deliver a video analysis platform that will accelerate the video analysis tasks. The SAMoVA team will be involved in audio and audio-video fusion tasks.
4 Law Enforcement Agencies, 6 research groups, 1 SME and 2 industrial companies, world-leaders in security markets have joined their expertise and efforts as partners in the VICTORIA project consortium:
- OT-Morpho, France
- Thales Communications & Security Sas, France
- AIT Austrian Institute Of Technology Gmbh, Austria
- Fraunhofer Gesellschaft Zür Foerderung Der Angewandten Forschung E.V., German
- The Universityé of Toulouse III-Paul Sabatier, FranceFrance, IRIT (SAMOVA, SIG, TCI, VORTEX)
- Universitat Politecnica de Valencia, Spain
- Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
- The University of Konstanz, Germany
- Ministère de l’Intérieur, France
- Home Office, United Kingdom
- Ministerio del Interior, Spain
- Serviciul de Protectie si Paza, Romania
- ARTTIC, France
The VICTORIA project coordinated by OT-Morpho is also being supported by external experts who will advise the consortium and provide independent peer review to the project and its results all along the project life.
People involved in the SAMOVA team
- VICTORIA is a H2020 – SEC program of the European Commission
- Start time: 1st May 2017
- End time: 31th November 2020