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Scalable encryption using alpha rooting
Author(s): Eric J. Wharton; Karen A. Panetta; Sos S. Agaian
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Paper Abstract

Full and partial encryption methods are important for subscription based content providers, such as internet and cable TV pay channels. Providers need to be able to protect their products while at the same time being able to provide demonstrations to attract new customers without giving away the full value of the content. If an algorithm were introduced which could provide any level of full or partial encryption in a fast and cost effective manner, the applications to real-time commercial implementation would be numerous. In this paper, we present a novel application of alpha rooting, using it to achieve fast and straightforward scalable encryption with a single algorithm. We further present use of the measure of enhancement, the Logarithmic AME, to select optimal parameters for the partial encryption. When parameters are selected using the measure, the output image achieves a balance between protecting the important data in the image while still containing a good overall representation of the image. We will show results for this encryption method on a number of images, using histograms to evaluate the effectiveness of the encryption.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 April 2008
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 6982, Mobile Multimedia/Image Processing, Security, and Applications 2008, 69820G (3 April 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.777083
Show Author Affiliations
Eric J. Wharton, Tufts Univ. (United States)
Karen A. Panetta, Tufts Univ. (United States)
Sos S. Agaian, The Univ. of Texas at San Antonio (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6982:
Mobile Multimedia/Image Processing, Security, and Applications 2008
Sos S. Agaian; Sabah A. Jassim, Editor(s)

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