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Sensor configuration for coverage optimization in surveillance applications
Author(s): Firdaus Janoos; Raghu Machiraju; Richard Parent; James W. Davis; Alan Murray
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Paper Abstract

In any surveillance or remote monitoring system, the location and configuration/orientation of directed optical sensors is critical for efficient resource utilization as well as correct system behavior. In this paper we introduce a method to determine the set of configurations (pan-tilt-zoom) for a system of cameras in a given a 3D environment with well-characterized human activity. The mainstay of our method is a metric that measures the ground plane coverage by a sensor. Our goal is to seek configurations that provide maximal coverage of areas in a scene that have been deemed important or have intense human activity. Our method was deployed on a portion large urban campus covering a region with multiple buildings, sidewalks, trees and other occluding objects. We built a 3D CAD model of the environment and tested our method on a system of six pan-tilt-zoom cameras. We used activity information gathered from surveillance of the environment to determine the coverage requirements. The resulting sensor configurations satisfied the real-world security and surveillance concerns of the environment.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 January 2007
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 6491, Videometrics IX, 649105 (29 January 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.704062
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Firdaus Janoos, The Ohio State Univ. (United States)
Raghu Machiraju, The Ohio State Univ. (United States)
Richard Parent, The Ohio State Univ. (United States)
James W. Davis, The Ohio State Univ. (United States)
Alan Murray, The Ohio State Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6491:
Videometrics IX
J.-Angelo Beraldin; Fabio Remondino; Mark R. Shortis, Editor(s)

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