Established in September 2009 and based in Adelaide, South Australia, Snap’s core technology has been commercialized from world-leading research in large-scale video surveillance undertaken between 2005 and 2009 in the Australian Centre for Visual Technologies (ACVT). Snap has taken the unique approach of focusing on a camera network as a whole, rather than applying computer vision techniques to individual cameras in isolation. This results in software with the ability to automatically learn the relationships between cameras across the network, and to apply this knowledge of the network topology in generating a simple, robust and intuitive video pursuit tool for security operators.
Snap Force Multiplier (FMx) was first released in 2012 and was named Best Product at ASIAL’s Security 2012 trade show. It complements the standard functionality of modern Video Management Systems and helps deliver more value from security systems – making operators more productive in managing video evidence, and more effective at live incident tracking.
Led by our Chief Technology Officer, Dr Henry Detmold, the Snap engineering team continues to develop the product and expand support for Video Management Systems, which currently include Milestone XProtect, Honeywell’s DVM500, Genetec Security Center, Avigilon Control Center and DVTel Latitude NVMS.
Located within the University of Adelaide and with its heritage dating back to 1992; ACVT is now the largest Computer Vision research centre in the Southern Hemisphere, employing well over 40 researchers. Led by Snap Chief Scientist Prof. Anton van den Hengel, ACVT has research grants from the Australian Research Council and South Australian Premier’s Science and Research Fund, and research contracts with major international corporations such as BHP Billiton, BAE Systems, Canon and Google.