Smart Video Surveillance for Workplace Applications: Implications, Technologies and Requirements

M.H. Sedky, M. Moniri, and C.C. Chibelushi (UK)


Smart video surveillance, workplace surveillance, and artificial intelligence.


The objective of most of video surveillance systems was originally security, however in practice they are being used for other purposes. Unintended opportunities offered by video surveillance have been discovered; for example, video surveillance systems are being used for improvement of efficiency in the workplace, in terms of workflow, management of resources, handling critical situations and coordination of services and information. There are immediate commercial and industrial needs for intelligent visual assistance systems that can make use of the advance of artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms, to assist in managing resources in the workplace. However, workplace surveillance has a number of implications, such as its impact on employee’s privacy. There are conflicting rights and interests; employers have legitimate interests in efficiency, profit, and various liabilities, while employees have rights to privacy. Ways must be found to resolve these conflicts. This work introduces implications, technologies and requirements of workplace surveillance using smart video surveillance systems. Our goals are first to review the implications of workplace surveillance. The second goal is to define technologies of smart video surveillance for workplace applications, and finally to propose requirements of smart video surveillance systems for workplace applications.

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