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Public Transit Data Platform Preps Contact Tracing

Stockhouse Editorial
1 Comment| July 23, 2020

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(Images via Gatekeeper Systems Inc.)

When Stockhouse Editorial last covered Gatekeeper Systems Inc. (TSX-V: GSI, OTC: GKPRF, Forum) in part 1 of our feature earlier this month, we highlighted how it is advancing its distinct offering to the global video surveillance market, which is projected to grow from $45.5 billion (USD) this year to $74.6 billion in five years’ time.

In this article we will dive deeper into the technology that the company delivers and explore what that means in the future for Smart Cities as they emerge from lockdowns and embrace technology solutions to address the concerns of passengers using public transit during and following a pandemic.

Just recently, Gatekeeper announced it has installed more than 28,000 intelligent video recorders on school buses, transit buses and trains, which forms the foundation of the Company’s recently introduced Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) business model. PaaS is centered around intelligent devices that the Company is actively installing on multiple modes of public transportation. The intelligent devices collect vehicle data such as video, audio, GPS, time, door open/close, and serve as the "black box" to aid in transit accident investigations. The video evidence data is also used by transit authorities to protect against fraudulent claims. The PaaS units are WiFi enabled, mobile connected, or mobile enabled, allowing public transport assets to become part of the intelligent transportation solution in a Smart City ecosystem.

These units are the “computer onboard” passenger transport modes, delivering powerful connectivity in multiple configurations, and opening the door to be the massive data platform that delivers the new technologies that cities will be turning toward to get public passengers moving again following COVID-19 lockdowns.

Technology on Passenger Railcars

Gatekeeper’s PaaS unit meets EN50155 international standard for electronics on passenger trains. It boosts 4TB of storage Click to enlargeand can record 24 high-def IP cameras using video compression. It was designed to meet the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recommendation that calls for the installation of crash-resistant camera recorder on all rail transit vehicles.

The NTSB stated that “In 47 of the 64 rail transit accidents the NTSB investigated between 1976 and 2015, audio and image recorders would have greatly helped in learning what happened by documenting and preserving data describing the actions and conditions leading to an accident.” Gatekeeper is currently completing a $6.3 million contract to install these recorders for its first rail customer.

Technology on Transit Buses

Video evidence has become a necessity for transit authorities to protect passengers and reduce fraudulent claims. GSI’s Click to enlargelargest customer – the 6th largest transit authority in the US – credits the installation of its surveillance cameras for the reduction of more than US$20M/year in Injury & Damage Claims payouts. However, with their installation of 27,000 cameras, new problems have emerged. Cameras on transit buses are reachable by passengers who can distort the camera image. Moreover, 27,000 cameras that record daily activity create a big data problem. Finding a snippet of video evidence is like finding a needle in a haystack. This is where GSI’s software comes in. GSI’s “HealthCheck” cloud-based software detects when a camera has been obstructed, while their G4 Vision software offers event-based video capture, selective blurring, and export of video clips.

Technology on school buses

Video recording equipment is becoming more and more present on school busses across the United States and Canada. It is an important market that Gatekeeper serves, and the Company has specific experience in supplying cameras for school bus safety. More than 100,000 cameras have been sold by Gatekeeper over its operating history and they are being used to keep children safe when they are riding a bus to and from school. Customers configure their unique solution from Gatekeeper’s product suite. For example:
  • Buses in Tennessee are using GSI’s Video Analytics Software that clips the video evidence needed to deal Click to enlargewith problems such as bullying,
  • Buses in Ontario are using GSI’s Stop Arm Camera to catch cars who illegally pass a bus when children are getting on or off,
  • The sixth largest school system in the US is now factory-installing GSI’s 360 Cameras on new buses to allow drivers to keep an eye on children around the bus,
  • Buses in West Virginia are using GSI’s Interior Camera system to record audio and video inside the bus,
  • Buses in Florida have installed GSI’s Tactical Ready Kit which allows law enforcement personnel to display school bus video and audio in their patrol car when they are close to a bus, even while in motion.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Video:

The Company's Artificial Intelligence (AI) solutions are a key component within the PaaS platform and allow video evidence to be quickly extracted from thousands of hours of video records, which is especially important for passenger transportation safety and security. AI also has the potential to evolve conventional video into machine-vision intelligence to automatically record, alarm, enforce, or take action without human interaction in applications such as abnormal driver behavior, abnormal passenger behavior, passenger counting, or license plate capture and ticketing of vehicles illegally driving in the bus lane or passing streetcars or school buses while passengers are loading or unloading.

GSI’s Traffic Infraction Management System (TIMs) is an AI-based video analytics solution that not only captures the video Click to enlargeevidence and license plate of a car who illegally passes a stopped school bus, it formats the video evidence and presents it in a ticket format that is sent to police for review, allowing them to easily approve the evidence and immediately issue the citation. The software platform also accommodates the ticket payment and collection process making it an end-to-end solution providing districts with a powerful tool to protect passengers from vehicles that illegally pass streetcars or school busses while passengers are loading or unloading.

All of the video data in the world is essentially an endless digital narrative without context if AI isn’t a part of the story. This AI platform solution works to support reliable video evidence collection and it is a crucial component for passenger transportation safety, as well as security. During the quarter, the Company announced new video analytics system installations and is actively pursuing AI and video analytics solutions as part of its Smart City solution offerings.

COVID-19 Contact Tracing

In a press release July 21st, GSI stated they are actively pursuing COVID-19 contact tracing solutions that interface to their PaaS platform and allow government authorities to trace cases on transit applications and school buses. They are researching their own applications and seeking to partner with other companies who have developed specialized contact tracing software.

"Contact tracing in transit is an important initiative, since the transit ride is typically the longest period of time during the day a person spends in close proximity to those who are not family members or work colleagues,” explains Doug Dyment, CEO of Gatekeeper. “Some transit riders and school children do not have smart phones, making tracing difficult. Our PaaS platform is ideally suited to layer on contact tracing since it is already the intelligent device onboard thousands of transit buses and school buses.”

With approximately 28,000 intelligent devices already installed on school buses, transit buses and trains, GSI appears to be very well positioned to capitalize on this initiative.

A well-funded business venture:

Adding strength to these impressive technology capabilities, GSI recently reported revenues of $12.6 million for the nine months ended May 31, 2020. The Company further guided that approximately $4 million of a $6.3 million contract will be additionally billed in its fiscal Q4 ending August 31, 2020, on top of what is typically its strongest fiscal quarter.

Company stock has been steadily climbing since the start of the year:

(Gatekeeper Systems Inc. stock chart – Jan 2020 – July 2020.)

An essential service and important data player in Smart Cities:

Doug Dyment explains that despite being overshadowed by the global COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic and economic uncertainty, the company’s financial performance weathered the storm very well as it operated as an essential business in Philadelphia and surrounding counties during the outbreak.

Click to enlarge“We are now rapidly advancing our new AI-based intelligent platform for Smart Cities and designing technology solutions that improve passenger safety and transit efficiency as cities reopen following COVID-19 lockdowns. This platform will host future applications such as thermal camera sensors or passenger counting and forms the basis of our evolution to a data company, which we expect will significantly contribute to our continued growth.”

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FULL DISCLOSURE: This is a paid article produced by Stockhouse Publishing.

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good company and there is a real need for the tec!
July 23, 2020

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