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Avigilon Partners with G4S in Video Analytics Trial to Prevent Smuggling


~Avigilon's video analytics selected for UK prison trial to increase security~

VANCOUVER, CANADA, December 6, 2016 /CNW/ - Avigilon Corporation ("Avigilon") (TSX: AVO), provider of trusted security solutions, today announced that it has partnered with G4S in a trial to use Avigilon's video analytics to help prevent the smuggling of contraband in a UK prison.

Located in Fazakerley, Liverpool, HMP Altcourse is managed by G4S and set to begin a trial of Avigilon's video analytics this week to help protect against organized criminals who throw drugs and other contraband over prison walls to associates on the inside. The system will be used to accurately detect people at the prison's perimeter allowing officers to react prior to incidents occurring.  The trial is expected to run over the course of eight weeks, at which time the prison plans to share the results across the UK prison system where similar issues are occurring.

Avigilon's video analytics use artificial intelligence or machine learning, which continuously improves the accuracy of the alarms as the technology develops a fuller understanding of the environment under observation. The artificial intelligence is trained to discern object patterns and differentiate between people, vehicles, and other objects.

"We are constantly looking for new ways to support our vigilant security teams and we are hopeful that this initiative could dramatically improve the chances of catching the criminals on the outside who target Altcourse with contraband," said Steve Williams, Director for HMP Altcourse. "This smart technology of instant alerts could reduce false alarms and also provide the speed of response which is so vital if the police are to catch the criminals behind this activity on the outside.  We'll be sharing the results of this trial with our colleagues across the prison system."

Avigilon's video analytics are being used to protect sites of critical importance all over the globe, including airports, power stations, ports and other high security locations.

"Video analytics act as a force multiplier, being able to provide constant surveillance and intelligently notify operators of situations they need to be aware of," said Dr. Mahesh Saptharishi, Avigilon's Chief Technology Officer. "Avigilon's self-learning video analytics further build on this notion by constantly learning and adapting to the environment allowing the system to improve accuracy over time."

About Avigilon
Avigilon Corporation provides trusted security solutions to the global market. Avigilon designs, develops, and manufactures video analytics, network video management software and hardware, surveillance cameras, and access control solutions. To learn more about Avigilon, visit

About G4S
G4S is the leading global, integrated security company, specializing in the provision of security services and solutions to customers. Our mission is to create material, sustainable value for our customers and shareholders by being the supply partner of choice in all of our markets.

G4S is quoted on the London Stock Exchange and has a secondary stock exchange listing in Copenhagen. G4S is active in over 100 countries and has 610,000 employees. For more information on G4S, visit

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