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Optimizing Video Analytics in a Correction Setting, Phase I

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $599,742)

In FY2014 NIJ released solicitation NIJ–2014–3723 “Optimizing the Use of Video Technology to Improve Criminal Justice Outcomes”. That solicitation sought proposals for the identification, implementation, and evaluation of the applications of video cameras and advanced video analysis software that provide optimum crime control and prevention outcomes. NIJ’s Standing Scientific Review Panel (SRP) for Technology reviewed applications submitted to this FY2014 solicitation. Two awards were made. The panel recommended three additional applications for secondary review. The Acting NIJ Director at the time approved that recommendation.

This award was made in response to a resubmitted proposal submitted by Urban to the National Institute of Justice FY 2014/2015 solicitation "Optimizing the Use of Video Technology to Improve Criminal Justice Outcomes”

Urban proposes to test the efficacy of the strategic placement of surveillance cameras combined with commercially available analytic software in a correctional institution. The proposed project includes both a process and an outcome evaluation. Urban is teamed in this effort with the Minnesota Department of Corrections (MDOC) and IPVM an independent video analytic information clearinghouse
Urban will collect baseline inmate misconduct data and interview staff and inmates about unsafe areas and gaps in current surveillance capabilities. These data will inform the development of an intervention and a plan for its implementation that will include (1) selection of video analytic technologies to automate the detection of motion and population concentrations and (2) strategic placement of fixed cameras to reduce blind spots. Urban and IPVM will work with MDOC to acquire and calibrate these technologies. Urban expects this study to answer four research questions:
• What effect does the implementation of enhanced analytics have on officer and inmate safety and perceptions of safety?
• What issues and challenges arise in the implementation of these analytics in a corrections setting?
• Which of the deployed analytic capabilities are perceived to be the most effective?
• Is the implementation of an integrated video surveillance intervention cost beneficial?

This project contains a research and/or development component, as defined in applicable law.


Date Created: September 14, 2015