iOmniscient launches Smart City Book: a Comprehensive Smart City Solution

Many ATMs including Hong Kong locations have been found contaminated with pinhole cameras and illegal card readers over the past month. Credit Card fraud from various kinds of devices used for skimming information from the credit cards of unsuspecting customers not only results in millions of dollars of losses but it significantly affects customer satisfaction and their confidence in their banker.

Many methods have been tried to thwart attempts at skimming credit cards and of course the miscreants have developed techniques for overcoming them.

iOmniscient has developed a video based capability which can detect skimming devices (even those that are almost invisible to the human eye). Further the system can detect the person who placed the device and, if he is in a database of known criminals, the system can recognize him. The capability is incorporated in iQ-Bank, a comprehensive portfolio of products specially tailored for the banking industry.

Traditionally video analysis was defined as technologies based on simple motion detection. License Plate Recognition (LPR or ANPR) and Face Recognition were offered by suppliers of biometric solutions for controlled and cooperative environments.

Today iOmniscient has brought together all these technologies so that they work together in uncontrolled non-cooperative environments of the type one confronts in a typical city surveillance situation. Further, the needs of customers have moved beyond just video analytics to analytics in general. To accommodate this iOmniscient recently introduced audio and smell analysis (e.g. for detecting gas leaks).

There is also much talk about PSIM systems (Physical Security Information Management) which are essentially systems that bring in information from a number of different types of sensors and then provide the operator with instructions for manual responses. iOmniscient has taken this concept to the next level with a patented ability to provide Automated Responses for given situations. Such systems can reduce the load on Operators who invariably become the bottlenecks during a crisis.

These concepts along with the ability to feed all the Meaningful Meta Data (MMD) generated by iOmniscient’s systems into Big Data engines for further analysis is what Smart Cities is all about. It goes beyond the narrow definitions of various individual technologies and allows all of them to operate together.

A city is a very complex environment and requires information from many different sources to function effectively. It has to coordinate traffic and ensure a safe environment for pedestrians. During special events the authorities have to manage crowds. Cities have railways and metros, sports stadiums, entertainment centers, car parks and airports and all of these have special requirements. But they also need to work together. If a criminal that was detected at the airport later turns up in a football stadium the authorities may need to be made aware of this.

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iQ-Bank supports the needs of different stake holders in the bank with a single integrated system. It can count the traffic and manage queues. It can help the Occupational Health and Safety team respond if a customer has slipped and fallen, it can recognize known culprits, detect theft of assets and generally improve the security, safety and efficiency of the bank.

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In future thieves who want to place devices on ATMs will be easily recognized and caught.

Want a free copy of our Smart City book?

The book is available free in any quantity for iOmniscient’s signed Resellers, Systems Integrators and also for customers (as long as they cover the postage/ courier charges). For all others the book is available at US$20 +postage from

Soft copies of the book can be downloaded free by iOmniscient’s signed up Resellers, Systems Integrators and by its customers. For others the cost is $20 per copy. Please contact for a download authorization code.


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