From evolution to revolution with physical and cyber security solutions

One vendor has refined video analytics for retail outlets to the point where it can flag up specific behaviour around scan avoidance, at manned and self-checkout areas, with a high degree of accuracy. Interestingly, Malay Kundu, from StopLift Checkout Vision Systems – the leading player in this field – cut his teeth in facial recognition systems in airports and says that StopLift itself actually grew out of a Harvard Business School research study ‘Project StopLift’ on ‘Retail Loss Prevention’.

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Retail security: securing self-service checkouts

Tim Compston of SecurityNewsDesk finds out how the latest technology is helping to assist with loss prevention at self-service checkouts.

As retailers seek to ring the changes with self-service checkouts to keep a lid on their operational costs, this is opening up new loss prevention challenges. In such a scenario staff may struggle to pick out suspicious activity, and the automatic systems built into the checkout can generate too many false alarms, so when a real incident happens it may simply fall under the radar.

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The Future of Analytics

Demonstrating just how far the potential to detect criminal actions, and errors, around the retail point of sale area has come is the software-based checkout vision system pioneered by StopLift (www.stoplift.com). The state-of-the-art ScanItAll solution automatically analyses CCTV video to interpret the behavior of a cashier and customer and, crucially, the handling of individual items moving through the checkout area. By mathematically analysing the pixels of digitized video it can be determined if an item has been properly scanned.

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Retail Realities – Facing up to insider crime

When discussing video surveillance in the retail environment, not surprisingly, much attention is given to the criminal actions of shoplifters and the impact this has on stock shrinkage. Sadly this is only part of the story. Behind-the-scenes retailers are also having to contend with the actions of dishonest staff who account for a significant proportion of total losses. Here we find out more about the extent of the problem and discover how CCTV can be employed, successfully, to tackle this issue in a way that keeps honest staff on-board while identifying the offending behaviour in their less scrupulous colleagues.

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