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Near-lossless image authentication transparent to near-lossless coding
Author(s): Roberto Caldelli; Giovanni Macaluso; Franco Bartolini; Mauro Barni
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Paper Abstract

In this paper attention is paid to the problem of remote-sensing image authentication by relying on a digital watermarking approach. Both transmission and storage is usually cumbersome for remote-sensing imagery and compression is unavoidable to make it feasible. In the case of multi-spectral images, used for classification purposes, too large valuemetric changes can cause miss-classification errors, so near-lossless compression is used to grant a given peak compression error. Similarly it is likely that also watermarking based authentication should grant such a maximum peak error and the requirements to be satisfied are: to allow valuemetric authentication, to control the peak watermark embedding error, to tolerate near-lossless compression. To achieve these requirements, a methodology has been designed by integrating into the standard JPEG-LS compression algorithm, by means of a stripe approach, a known authentication technique derived from Fridrich. This procedure points out two advantages: firstly, the produced bit-stream is perfectly compliant with the JPEG-LS standard, secondly, when the image has been decoded, it is always authenticated because information has been embedded in the reconstructed values. Near-lossless coding does not harm authentication procedure and robustness against different attacks is preserved. JPEG-LS coding/decoding has not got worse from the point of view of computational time.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 June 2004
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 5306, Security, Steganography, and Watermarking of Multimedia Contents VI, (22 June 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.524738
Show Author Affiliations
Roberto Caldelli, Univ. degli Studi di Firenze (Italy)
Giovanni Macaluso, Univ. degli Studi di Firenze (Italy)
Franco Bartolini, Univ. degli Studi di Firenze (Italy)
Mauro Barni, Univ. degli Studi di Siena (Italy)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5306:
Security, Steganography, and Watermarking of Multimedia Contents VI
Edward J. Delp III; Ping W. Wong, Editor(s)

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