Gary Trotter, Co-Founder (L) and Simon Gardner, Business Development Manager (R) of Ocucon
Gary Trotter, Co-Founder (L) and Simon Gardner, Business Development Manager (R) of Ocucon

North East-based Technology Start Up – Ocucon – announces free trial of video redaction tool developed in partnership with Google

The world’s first Video Surveillance as a Service (VSaaS) platform – Ocucon – has announced that it is offering a free-trail of its innovative new video pixelation service, Pixelate. Anyone registering for a Pixelate account before the 30th June will receive a free 20 min trial of the new service.

Developed in partnership with Google, Ocucon Pixelate harnesses the power of artificial intelligence to deliver the first of its kind, intelligent video redaction tool for General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliance.

Suitable for most forms of camera footage including body cameras, the web-based software, uniquely enables users to select the faces they wish to pixelate. Existing video redaction software, that manually redacts images, can prove extremely costly and time intensive. Whereas newer automated, cloud-based technologies have been known to be unreliable, particularly on shaky body-cam footage and are unable to exclude individual faces.

With the introduction of GDPR, the need for video redaction software will increase as organisations seek to abide by tougher restrictions on how they process and store identifying personal data, including data contained within CCTV or other security footage. As a result, the new Pixelate service is expected to be of interest to a wide range of organisations including large retailers, property management firms and large corporations, airports and transport hubs, hospitals, universities, local authorities and police forces.

Ocucon Co-Founder and CEO, Gary Trotter, commented: “With the introduction of GDPR, the penalties for organisations who reveal identifying data – whether intentionally or inadvertently – are set to increase significantly, with fines up to €20 million or 4 percent of annual global turnover (whichever is greatest). Images or clips of footage from CCTV footage can reveal large amounts of personal data, from credit card numbers to car number plates. Whereas existing redaction services can prove very costly or unreliable, Ocucon’s Pixelate product is the first of its kind – utilising artificial intelligence and genuine machine learning - to provide intelligent cost effective, cloud based video redaction that is capable of redacting other forms of data, not just faces.”

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