Video analytics is the practice of using computers to automatically identify items of interest without an operator having to view the video feed. The most commonly used type of video analytic professionally deployed is perimeter violation, which consists of line cross, restricted area boxes and direction detection, and will automatically alarm if anything is left or removed from defined areas.

Automatic Number Plate Recognition vehicle number plates are logged on to a data base and can be used to trigger several different actions. Object counting will count the number of people that enter and leave a building. This can also be set to count cars, commercial vehicles and coaches showing how many vehicles enter a leave an area and what type of vehicle. There is now also heat mapping to show the areas most frequented by visitors, staff and customers, Face detection is where an alert is made if a human face enters the image.