Carbyne将Edgybees集成到实时航空视频的叠加映射中

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基于云计算的911解决方案提供商Carbyne本周宣布与Edgybees集成,该公司提供的软件可将地图增强功能覆盖实时视频上,并实时传输到911或指挥中心,因此公共安全和决策者可以更好地了解紧急情况下面临的挑战

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Edgybees首席执行官兼联合创始人亚当·卡普兰表示,当紧急情况发生时,响应机构越来越多地使用无人机、直升机、飞机或卫星的空中视频,但原始视频并不总是特别有用,尤其是当洪水等灾害使地貌无法辨认时

基于云计算的911解决方案提供商Carbyne本周宣布与Edgybees集成,该公司提供的软件可将地图增强功能覆盖实时视频上,并实时传输到911或指挥中心,因此公共安全和决策者可以更好地了解紧急情况下面临的挑战

Edgybees首席执行官兼联合创始人亚当·卡普兰(Adam Kaplan)表示,当紧急情况发生时,响应机构越来越多地使用无人机、直升机、飞机或卫星的空中视频,但原始视频并不总是特别有用,尤其是当洪水等灾害使地貌无法辨认时

“人们无人机、卫星、飞机和诸如此类的东西上花了很多钱,”卡普兰接受IWCE的紧急通讯采访时说最终的结果是很多人不知道他们看什么的图像

“我们能够实时视频上叠加数据,(帮助急救人员)从空中了解情况。我们收集数据,告诉你街道哪里,人们被困他们的建筑里。所有这些数据都被实时地从视频流传输到地面控制站……我们的软件所发生的事情是,它获取所有数据并将视频背景化,都是实时的。”

卡宾公司市场部主管莫蒂·埃尔凯姆(Moti Elkaim)表示,Edgybees解决方案为公共安全回答点(psap)带来了“巨大的潜力和力量”。也许同样重要的是,这一功能正被添加到卡宾宇宙的产品中,而不需要远程通信者他们的工作站上看到另一个新屏幕

“因为我们的平台和解决方案都有开放的API,所以我们有能力将Edgybees无缝地集成到Carbyne的UI(用户界面)中,”Elkaim接受IWCE的紧急通讯采访时说现,接线员不必呼叫站的多个屏幕上导航,就可以从Edgybees那里获得无人机信号

“我们宇宙界面(用户界面)上有一个图标,他们会点击这个图标,看到无人机通过Edgybees直接进入他们的卡宾屏幕。因此,呼叫接线员端的操作非常简单;他们不需要做任何具体的动作,只需要点击图标从无人机那里获取信息。”

艾尔凯姆说,带有Edgybees地图增强功能的空中视频的价值不必局限于呼叫中心或指挥所

他说:“有了宇宙,我们就有能力与急救人员现场分享信息。”无人机信号和呼叫接线员站的卡宾用户界面上可以看到的一切都可以实时分享给MDT[移动数据终端]或前往现场途中的第一响应者的移动设备

“想象一下这有多强大。Edgybees提供的层次是前所未有的;我们从没见过这样的事。这就是为什么我们对合作感到如此兴奋,因为我们知道我们可以将这些工具带给第一反应者,并以前所未有的方式真正提高反应效率。”

卡普兰说,Edgybees软件需要卫星参考图像——“相当于谷歌地图”——为实时视频流提供映射上下文,前提是无人机部队或其他拍摄录像的实体有适当的权限

卡普兰说:“我们利用计算机视觉和AI(人工智能)将卫星参考图像与视频进行实时图像匹配,确保数据放正确的位置。”

卡普兰说,Edgybees现有几十个客户,包括美国海军和美国空军。他说,军方客户使用Edgybees解决方案的方式与公共安全客户类似,例如,应对加州野火的机构,但“规模更大,飞机更大”

卡普兰说,要实时传输视频,无人机或其他飞行器需要某种连接,通常通过LTE或其他蜂窝技术提供

Elkaim说,Edgybees的集成将立即提供,尽管新功能将需要一些额外的成本,现有的卡宾客户。据Elkaim和Kaplan介绍,对于目前既不使用Carbyne也不使用Edgybees的PSAP,集成解决方案通常可以几天或几周内投入使用,这主要取决于提供空中视频的实体的合作

Elkaim说,这种类型的集成可以如此迅速地实施,这一事实证明了卡宾的目标,即通过“简单、无缝的工作流程,全国任何呼叫中心都可以立即安装新功能,使现有业务零停机、零中断。”

“我们的行业一直谈论下一代911,我们总是想说的是,我们兑现了行业的承诺,”Elkaim说

“卡宾一直寻找创新的方法来提高态势感知和响应效率,与Edgybees和我们宣布的其他合作伙伴合作。它再一次扩大了我们的使命,将公共安全真正提升到我们现需要的所有基本能力。”

 

英文译文:

Cloud-based 911 solution provider Carbyne this week announced its integration with Edgybees, which provides software that overlays mapping enhancements on real-time video being streamed to 911 or command center in real time, so public safety and decision makers can better understand the challenges faced during an emergency.

Edgybees CEO and co-founder Adam Kaplan said that aerial video—from drones, helicopters, planes or satellite—increasingly is being used by response agencies when emergencies occur, but the raw footage is not always particular helpful, especially when disasters like flooding make the landscape unrecognizable.

“People are spending tons of money on drones, satellites, planes and things like this,” Kaplan said during an interview with . “The end result is lots of images where people have no idea what they’re looking at.

“We’re able to overlay data on top of real-time video, to [help first responders] understand situational awareness from the air. We take the data and show you where the streets are and where people are trapped in their buildings. All of that data is being relayed in real time from the video stream to the ground control station … What happens with our software is that it’s taking all of the data and contextualizing the video, all in real time.”

Moti Elkaim, Carbyne’s head of marketing, said that the Edgybees solution brings “tremendous potential and power” to public-safety answering points (PSAPs). Perhaps just as important, the functionality is being added to the Carbyne Universe offering without requiring telecommunicators to look at yet another new screen in their work stations.

“Because our platform and solutions have open APIs, we have the ability to seamlessly integrate Edgybees into the UI [user interface] of Carbyne,” Elkaim said during an interview with . “The call-taker now doesn’t have to navigate multiple screens at the call station to get the drone feed from Edgybees.

“We have an icon on the Universe UI [user interface], and they’re going to click on that to see the drone feeds—through Edgybees—coming in directly to their Carbyne screen. So the operations side from the call-taker’s end is extremely simple; there aren’t any specific actions they need to do, other than to click on the icon to get the feed from the drone.”

And the value of aerial video with Edgybees mapping enhancements does not have to be limited to a call center or command post, according to Elkaim.

“With Universe, we have the ability to share information live with first responders,” he said. “The drone feed and everything that can be seen on the Carbyne UI at the call-taker’s station can be shared live to the MDT [mobile data terminal] or the mobile devices of the first responders to the scene.

“Imagine how powerful that is. The layers that Edgybees provides is something unprecedented; we have never seen anything like it. That is why we’re so excited about the partnership—knowing that we can bring these tools to first responders and really increase the response efficiency in ways that we’ve never experienced before.”

Kaplan said that Edgybees software requires satellite reference imagery—“the equivalent of Google Maps”—to provide mapping context to a real-time video stream, assuming appropriate permissions exist from drone unit or other entity taking the footage.

“We use computer vision and AI [artificial intelligence] to image match—in real time—the satellite reference imagery to that video and make sure that the data is being put in the right place,” Kaplan said.

Edgybees has dozens of customers today, including the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Air Force, Kaplan said. The military customers use the Edgybees solution in a similar manner as public-safety customers—for example, agencies responding to California wildfires—but “on a larger scale and with larger aircraft,” he said.

To stream video live, the drone or other aerial vehicle needs some sort of connectivity, typically provided via LTE or other cellular technologies, Kaplan said.

Elkaim said the Edgybees integration is available immediately, although the new functionality will require some additional cost to existing Carbyne customers. For PSAPs that currently do not use either Carbyne or Edgybees, the integrated solution typically could be operational in a matter of days or several weeks, depending largely on the cooperation of the entity providing the aerial video, according to Elkaim and Kaplan.

The fact that this type of integration can be implemented so quickly exemplifies Carbyne’s goal to make new capabilities available to 911 centers in a “simple, seamless workflow that can be installed immediately in any call center around the country with zero downtime to existing operations and zero interruption,” Elkaim said.

“Our industry has been talking about next-generation 911, and what we always like to say is that we deliver on the industry’s promise,” Elkaim said.

“Carbyne keeps looking for innovative ways to increase situational awareness and response efficiency, collaborating with Edgybees and the other partnerships that we’ve announced. Once again, it amplifies our mission to really advance public safety to where it should be—really delivering all of the essential capabilities that we need to right now.”

 

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