A new Walmart security camera system that can detect a thief could make security a lot safer.
The system, developed by security camera manufacturer XSight, can capture and store a single image and a video for up to 24 hours, according to the company.
The footage can be stored in a “super-sized” hard drive that can be accessed via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, XSights says.
“Our system can store a huge number of images and videos, up to 200,000 images per minute,” said XSenses CEO and cofounder Daniel Tovar.
“If we want to detect a crime, our system can help us identify the thief, and that could mean you can catch him or her before he or she goes to the store.”
The system uses a laser sensor, which can see the light of the objects that it is capturing.
If a thief tries to steal an item from the system, the camera can send an alert to the thief’s smartphone or computer to alert them that the system is recording.
“We believe that the biggest threat to security is the lack of a common, easy-to-use tool that can identify thieves in real-time,” Tovars added.
The XSIGHT system can capture a single picture and a single video for as long as 24 hours.
XSIGHTS will also be offering a “Smart” version of the system later this year that will provide more features.
“It’s a big improvement on the existing video surveillance solution that’s in use by businesses,” said Matthew Miller, a senior analyst at research firm Gartner.
“For instance, the security camera will record only the footage that the thief is using to steal the item.
The system can’t automatically identify if the thief has a knife or a screwdriver.”
While XSears cameras are relatively cheap and easy to install, Miller noted that the XSENSE technology is not as secure as a security camera that requires a smartphone or other access devices.
Xsenses does not say how long the footage will last, though Tovaris claims the system can last for up in up to five years.
“The X-series system is the first to use a secure video security system,” said Tovas, adding that it can be deployed in a variety of ways.
“You can use it with your own security cameras, or you can put it into the garage where it will only work with a security robot.”
For instance if you store a video of a stolen item in your garage and then you’re not sure if the camera is working, you could put it in the garage and just use it when you’re out.
“I think that this is the future of security cameras,” Miller said.
“We have this huge problem of security.”
Security cameras have a history of being a target for thieves.
In March 2016, security cameras in the United States and elsewhere in the world were targeted by hackers.
In December 2016, thieves broke into the systems of several banks, and in May 2017, the FBI warned of a growing threat of theft.
In the past few years, companies have begun offering more sophisticated video surveillance systems.
One company, iRobot, announced in May that it would be adding its video surveillance system, The XS System, to its robotic home security systems.