A Melbourne-based construction company needs help guarding their sites against break-ins and thieves
About Crema Constructions
With 65 years of experience in property and construction, Crema Constructions is a fixture in the Melbourne building scene. They are known for developing, building, or supplying materials for quality residential and non-residential properties, including the newly completed Derby Place development project.
But at one site, Crema ran into a serious problem: Thieves and break-ins. In one recent incident, thieves made off with tens of thousands worth of tools and copper, despite having IP security cameras installed onsite. The reason the cameras did not help? They were attached to a NVR with motion and IVS events. With so many false alerts, no alarm monitoring company was willing to take on the task. Crema’s security company needed solutions, so they turned to Umbo Computer Vision for help.
To save the day, Umbo needed to accomplish two major goals:
Detect intrusions early: Allows security and law enforcement to respond with enough time to capture intruders onsite
Lower false positives: Prevents security from being oversaturated with alerts by keeping them focused on actual threats
To achieve these goals, GSA Systems & Umbo overcame a fair share of challenges, such as:
Adapting to an existing system: Blending extant traditional security cameras with the ultra-smart Umbo Light for a more accurate system overall
Painless integration: Assimilating the new system had to be as uncomplicated and painless as possible, so that security didn’t need to learn new procedures
Complicated Scenes: Construction sites have a lot of complex, moving objects. Any reliable security system would have to ignore those false positives while accurately reporting when someone is actually there
Even though the existing traditional NVR/IP camera system didn’t work properly due to the many false alarms it generated, the GSA Systems team knew they couldn’t just completely scrap the current system in favour of their own.
Light was the ideal solution for Crema due to its ability to identify human-related events with near-human visual recognition ability. Light could spot any unexpected human intrusions onto the premises and warn Crema’s designated employee the instant it occurred.
Piggybacking off of the IP cameras onsite, Umbo acquired several cameras’ RTSP URLs and integrated them with Light, Umbo’s cloud-based artificial intelligence service. After confirmation that Light was receiving images from Crema’s cameras, it took just a few minutes to create regions of interest. And with just a few more minutes and clicks in Umbo’s TruePlatform web dashboard, Crema had set a schedule for when Light would automatically turn itself on or off.
Results (July 2019)
In July 2019, a Light-enabled camera at a Crema site notified the security team at 2:00AM that someone was there at the site. A designated Crema employee was immediately alerted via mobile phone notifications to the presence of two thieves who had broken into the construction site to steal.
Because of the early tip off, the employee called the police, and the nine officers who responded were able to arrest the thieves before they had even left the premises.
This thrilling success story left Crema satisfied and grateful that they had entrusted their security to Umbo. It opened up the possibility of future collaboration between the two — including the use of Umbo hardware.
An easy-to-use system that is accurate and able to react early enough for law enforcement response can be a powerful protector of your business. With Light, you can lower false positives in your security system and get alerts about intruders who might be up to no good.
About Umbo Computer Vision
Umbo is an artificial intelligence company that makes autonomous video security systems for businesses. We are the minds behind Light AI, the vision intelligence that identified and caught the thieves in the Crema Construction case.
If you’re curious about how Umbo’s beautifully engineered security solutions could benefit you and your business, request a demo from GSA Systems today. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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