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The application of advanced image processing to rescue camera systems
Author(s): Duncan Hickman; Lindsay Swan; Tom Riley; Charles Humpoletz
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Paper Abstract

Hand-held thermal imaging systems are an important tool for fire and rescue services conducting search and rescue tasks. However, in order to achieve wide-spread deployment the cost of such systems must be minimised, and this generally leads to reduced image quality. Within this paper the use of advanced image processing functions to increase the imaging system performance is discussed. Of particular note is the use and benefits of noise reduction and contrast enhancement. Results from a developed camera system are presented, and the performance gains are illustrated and discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 May 2010
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7661, Thermosense XXXII, 76610A (4 May 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.850019
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Duncan Hickman, Waterfall Solutions Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Lindsay Swan, Waterfall Solutions Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Tom Riley, Waterfall Solutions Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Charles Humpoletz, ISG Thermal Systems Ltd. (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7661:
Thermosense XXXII
Ralph B. Dinwiddie; Morteza Safai, Editor(s)

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