Q: Is the software offered as installed product or SaaS?
A: The software is currently offered as installed project on a workstation. It can run on both Linux and Windows OS (Windows7/10 Pro). The recommended specs for the workstation are Intel i7 with 8GB RAM.
Q: How this software is different from any other video editing tools?
A: The aim of the software is to reduce user time by at least 80% as compared to conventional video editing tools. We have taken a slightly different approach to other software, in conventional video editing tools, all the individuals in the video are un masked and user have to manually anonymize one by one. Facit Identity Cloak on the other hand anonymize every single individual in the video footage and then allow user to un mask person(s) of interest by simple tag and track functionality.
Q: Is the degree of blurring and size of the blur configurable?
A: Yes, the software is easy for users to setup and fully flexible in terms of size and degree of blur.
Q: Does the software works on playback footage or can it also work on live view?
A: The Facit Identity Cloak application is server based and is designed to work on recorded footage. The masking function is applied as post processing on the footage. However, Facit also have “FacitIDCLive” that is available as Out of the Box on Hanwha/Samsung WiseNET5 application as well as Axis ACAP. “FacitIDCLive” allows users to record masked and unmasked footage using their VMS. For more information on “FacitIDCLive” please get in touch with our support team.
Q: On the movie clip on Facit website, all the faces are blurred. How a user can unmask on person while leaving the others masked?
A: Using Tag & Track functionality the user is able to unmask any individual in the video footage. It is a very simple process in which user is asked to click on the person on keyframes in the footage and the software automatically leaves the selected person unmasked.
Q: GDPR also talks about “right to be forgotten” – Article 17. Does the software handle this too? E.g. one person wants to use their right but there are 10 other people on the recording. What then?
A: Yes, the software also helps users keep the footage while ensuring Article 17. Using the same Tag & Track functionality the software allows user to mask on any individual(s) who wants to exercise their right to be forgotten while keeping the other individuals unmasked.
Q: Can the software work with existing VMS/DVR/NVR?
A: The software is completely independent of the recording platform. It is installed as a separate piece of software on the workstation. It currently takes AVI (mpeg4 codec) file as input and exports an AVI file as output, as its default configuration.
If you utilise alternative codecs within your own organisations please contact the Facit team directly, who will be happy to assist in discussing your specific requirements.
Q: Why as a CCTV user I need this software when I don’t have much requirement to share the footage outside my organisation?
A: The software allows user to reduce their risk and help them comply with the new GDPR regulations. Even though organisations might not have a need to share data with 3rd party, they are required to put adequate policies in place, together with procedures and tools, to allow who can access and view the recorded footage. Since recorded data is now classified as personal data, same measure of care is required for recorded CCTV footage as for any other personal data. Facit Identity Cloak application gives organisation extra security feature and reduce risk.