Press Release 15 September 2022

AI eliminates effects from water reflections and waves

“Ship Detection” video analysis reliably detects watercraft

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Regensburg (Germany), 15 September 2022 – Dallmeier, a leading manufacturer of video security technology, introduces an AI-based video analysis application that reliably detects watercraft on open water surfaces despite wave impact and light reflections. The software application helps, for example, port operators and refineries to protect themselves against unauthorised access from the water side and associated risks (e.g., terrorist attacks, piracy) as well as to comply with legal regulations such as the ISPS Code.

Developed under real-world conditions
The specially developed, AI-based Dallmeier video analytics app “SEDOR® AI Ship Detection” reliably detects large ships and small boats on open water surfaces – even under naturally difficult environmental conditions such as waves and water reflections. The core of the solution is a specially trained neural network that enables powerful AI object recognition of ships and boats. The solution was developed in cooperation with a port customer: Through a multitude of images and videos of real conditions, the neural network was able to consider and learn the specific requirements “at sea”. Thus, the software can deliver reliable results by analysing the defined monitoring area in an adjustable cycle. If a ship or boat enters this area, the software issues a message. The false alarm rate is reduced by up to 99 percent compared to conventional analysis systems.

Hazard prevention in real time
“As a refinery with a tanker port, we are at risk of small watercraft entering the transhipment area without permission. The Dallmeier solution notifies us when such watercraft pass our port basin entrance”, says Bernd Birnbacher, Head of Refinery Security at HOLBORN Europa Raffinerie. “This allows us to react immediately to a potential danger and once again significantly increase the level of security towards the water side. The Dallmeier solution also helps us to meet the requirements of the ISPS Code.”

“We developed the video analysis app so that companies located by the sea can further improve their security and protection on the water side. However, application scenarios to improve business processes are also possible”, says André Haack, Managing Director of Dallmeier Systems GmbH in Hamburg, which was entrusted with the implementation of the project. “For example, a container terminal operator can optimise its workflow by receiving automatic notifications when watercraft enter its port facility. Commercial port operators can also think of a variety of possible applications.”

The SEDOR® AI Ship Detection App is designed for optimal use in combination with Dallmeier network cameras and Panomera® systems. Further information can be found in the manufacturer’s official data sheet.

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In 1984 Dieter Dallmeier founded what is now Dallmeier electronic – not in the proverbial garage, but in a garden shed in Regensburg, Germany. Today, the company, which can justifiably call itself a hidden champion for video information technology "Made in Germany", has several hundred employees worldwide, more than 250 of them at the company headquarters in the centre of Regensburg alone.

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Dallmeier's camera, recording, software, and analysis solutions optimise security and processes for B2B end customers in a wide range of industries in over 60 countries. The focus is on users from the casino, smart city, airports, logistics, stadiums, and industrial sectors. But also, banks, critical infrastructure facilities as well as medium-sized companies from all sectors.

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With pioneering innovations, Dallmeier has succeeded time and again in placing itself at the forefront of technology: From the world's first digital image storage system with motion analysis in 1992, the patented "multifocal sensor technology" Panomera® with its "Mountera®" mounting system, to the latest Domera® camera family, which allows up to 300 camera variants with only 18 components. These and many other innovations provide real, tangible customer benefits. And with a low Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and a high Return on Investment (ROI) they can easily compete with systems produced and supplied from low-wage countries.

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