Industry’s First Video-Based Security Solution Designed With Privacy As The Guiding Technological Principle

NEW YORK (LIGHTFAIR International) – May 5, 2015 – At LIGHTFAIR International (LFI), Sensity Systems, the pioneer of Light Sensory Networks (LSNs), announces its NetSense ‘Security Without Surveillance’ solution ushering in an era of ‘privacy-first’ video-based security solutions. The Sensity Security Without Surveillance solution for the NetSense platform is a comprehensive approach to security that incorporates distributed storage and processing, distributed analytics, and a pervasive sensory network to improve security while also protecting personal privacy. By leveraging analytics rather than human-monitored surveillance, Sensity’s privacy-enabling technology can identify potential incidents occurring in designated ‘hot zones’ in real time to alert security officials and improve responsiveness without the need for people to monitor or watch video feeds.

“Privacy is a core element of how Sensity operates, and we use both technology and process to enable privacy in practice,” said Scott Shipman, chief privacy officer at Sensity Systems. “As a leader in the IoT industry, our intent is to set standards for privacy and to educate and inform customers and partners that are part of the NetSense Partner ecosystem. Our latest step exemplifies what’s possible through a privacy-first approach: a video-based security solution that delivers security benefits while minimizing the amount of incidental video collected, and reducing the potentially privacy-eroding aspects of recording boundless video surveillance footage and storing it indefinitely.” 

Cities, airports and malls are interested in increasing public safety and security. At the same time, however, individuals are growing more concerned about personal privacy and about how data related to them is gathered, stored and used. Relying solely on human-monitored surveillance video is both inefficient and potentially intrusive. Sensity’s Security Without Surveillance solution can be run as a stand-alone solution, along side, or in conjunction with traditional human-monitored surveillance systems allowing customers the ability to easily transition toward our privacy-enabled solution.

NetSense Security Without Surveillance Overcomes the Security-or-Privacy Dilemma

Sensity’s Security Without Surveillance solution runs on the NetSense platform, which is installed in conjunction with LED lighting systems outdoors or in large spaces such as airports or shopping malls. By integrating NetSense-enabled lights, video sensors, and distributed analytics to create a Light Sensory Network for public safety and security, lighting owners can use real-time data analytics to receive alerts on potential security threats as they happen. The solution is configurable, ranging from storing no video and just reporting security events, to storing time-bounded segments of video while reporting security events, minimizing data collection while maximizing situational awareness. This alleviates the need to have security staff manually monitor and review full video feeds 24x7, store volumes of video that captures both normal daily life and potential security events.

NetSense provides situational awareness of safety events by combining the platform’s high-speed wireless communications with distributed DVR-like video buffering, allowing officials to view real-time alert streams as well as full-resolution video clips just prior to incidents. This approach can minimize danger to first responders.

In addition, to help customers easily transition toward our privacy-enabled solution, Sensity also offers video archival application programming interfaces (APIs) that allow data owners to retrieve video data/stream buffers from the distributed video system and save or organize them for future forensic analysis, or to destroy them in compliance with their own organization’s privacy policy.

Demonstration at LIGHTFAIR – May 5-7 – Sensity Booth #3057

Throughout its LIGHTFAIR booth, Sensity will showcase joint partner solutions that leverage its NetSense platform as a foundational element. Application-specific demonstrations include “Security Without Surveillance,” “Smart+Connected Cities,” “Smart Parking Management” and more. Demonstrations incorporate video streaming and embedded video analytics, such as object detection and forbidden zone identification. Live demonstrations will show parking and traffic analytics and the capabilities of NetSense-enabled luminaires to improve security and operational efficiency for malls, cities and parking areas.

Lighting the Way to the IoT Panel Discussion – May 6, 4:30pm ET – Room 1E10

Security Without Surveillance will also be a topic of discussion on the panel moderated by Hugh Martin, chairman and CEO of Sensity. Join the discussion at the LFI Controls & Connectivity Forum, panel titled, “Lighting the Way to the IoT” on Wednesday, May 6, at 4:30-6:00 p.m. ET in Room 1E10. Panelists include:

  • Ed Davis, former Boston Police Commissioner
  • Ed Sayers, vice president of Energy at Simon Properties
  • Steve Steinhilber, vice president of Cisco’s Industry Solutions Group – Ecosystems
  • Heather Zichal, former deputy assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change

 About Sensity Systems

Sensity Systems uses energy-efficient LED lighting as the foundation for a high-speed, sensor-based Light Sensory Network (LSN). The company enables light owners to capitalize on the LED conversion process by embedding networking technology within both retrofit and new LED luminaires. With Sensity’s open, privacy-by-design, multiservice NetSense platform, lighting owners are able to reduce energy costs and implement a variety of applications and services, including public safety, environmental and weather monitoring, parking management and location analytics. For more information, please visit