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Multiple-watermarking scheme for the European article-number bar code using adaptive phase-shift keying
Author(s): Wen-Yuan Chen; Chen-Chung Liu
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Paper Abstract

This paper reviews the theory of the European article-number barcode (EAN-13) and describes the use of the bar-code pattern as watermarks for embedding into a cover image. The mechanisms that are used to construct a multiple-bar-code watermarking scheme, including the discrete Fourier transform (DFT), adaptive phase-shift keying (APSK), amplitude boost (AB), nearest-phase selection (NPS), and bar-code pattern size shrinking (BPSS), are also discussed. Compared with other watermarking techniques, our proposed method has four advantages: (a) We develop a BPSS mechanism to shrink the bar-code size and increase the amount of bar code to be embedded into the cover image. (b) We use the APSK mechanism to determine the phase modulation strength automatically according to the signal magnitude. This decreases the degradation of the cover image enormously. (c) Two strategies—AB and NPS—are used in the scheme. AB enhances the robustness, and NPS improve the imperceptibility. (d) A bar-code pattern error-correcting mechanism is adopted to correct the extracted watermarks. It enhances the robustness greatly. In order to demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed scheme, simulations under various conditions were conducted. The results show that the proposed scheme can sustain most common attacks, including JPEG compression, rotation, resizing, cropping, painting, noising, and blurring.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 June 2007
PDF: 12 pages
Opt. Eng. 46(6) 067002 doi: 10.1117/1.2747544
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 46, Issue 6
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Wen-Yuan Chen, National Chin-Yi Institute of Technology (Taiwan)
Chen-Chung Liu, National Chin-Yi Institute of Technology (Taiwan)

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