Connected Community-Entrepreneur uses video analytics with an Eye on Crime

Connected Community-Entrepreneur using video analytics with an eye on crime

When James Stewart was just 9 years old, his parents had the foresight to get him an IBM PC junior computer.

There were no games, so he got himself a BASIC (Beginners All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code) book and began coding, so he could play games.

That was 1984.

33 years later, a degree in computer science and his passion for computers have lead him to create his business, Eh-Eye. It’s an artificial intelligence company that can help companies and organizations identify solutions for problems that could literally be right before their eyes.  He specializes in video analytics.

“I want to make cameras more intelligent, so they can understand what they’re seeing,” says Stewart.

That means eventually creating software or an app that can look at the physical attributes and behaviours of people on camera and give that data, meaning.

Stewart’s software idea could change a lot, including the good old game of cops and robbers.

“If someone robs a bank, our software would automatically send the police real-time video of the robbery in progress, improving  response times and providing more information because a description would already go to police. The software could also be used to improve the subsequent investigation by analyzing older video and matching the physicality or behaviour of the suspect and see if it matches with anyone who has come into the branch before the robbery.”

Stewart has already worked with the Saint John Police force. In 2009, he worked on patterns of break-and-enters in the city with a predictive map to find out where the crimes were happening and to define the nature of the problem.

“At the time when we were these programs, crime in Canada was trending downward but our rates were down by the double digits across almost every crime type-we reduced B&E by half,” says Stewart.

His passion for computers is only equaled by his passion for the community-especially safety- so, that guides a lot of his choices when it comes to projects. Stewart says he’s also been guided by great advice from Enterprise Saint John.

“He lives and breathes entrepreneurship now and this is moving the needle forward in Saint John,” says Momentum Accelerator co-founder, Joanna Killen.

It’s meant he’s been able to take his business to the next level.

“Thanks to Enterprise Saint John, I’ve qualified for SEED loans, grants from Pond-Deshpande, NRC and Catalyst to come up with a prototype,”

Stewart will advance from ESJ’s Vennture Garage to the Momentum Accelerator, which officially launched, this month.  It’s the next step in the entrepreneurship chain where he can get more sales and marketing help to market his prototype to markets beyond New Brunswick.

That prototype, called “RobberyOverwatch”, could be ready for market by March, when Stewart will roll it out in Toronto at a trade show targeted at convenience stores.

If you want to get in touch with James, you can reach him at; james.stewart@eheye.com

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Originally published January 1, 2017 in the Telegraph Journal