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Image enhancement circuit using nonlinear processing curve and constrained histogram range equalization
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Paper Abstract

For real-time imaging in surveillance applications, image fidelity is of primary importance to ensure customer confidence. The obtained image fidelity is a result from amongst others dynamic range expansion and video signal enhancement. The dynamic range of the signal needs adaptation, because the sensor signal has a much larger range than the standard CRT display. The signal enhancement should accommodate for the widely varying light and scene conditions and user scenarios of the equipment. This paper proposes a new system to combine dynamic range and enhancement processing, offering a strongly improved picture quality for surveillance applications. The key to our solution is that we use Non-Linear Processing (NLP) with a so-called Constrained Histogram Range Equalization (CHRE). The NLP transforms the digitized high-dynamic luminance sensor signal such that details of the low-luminance parts are enhanced, while avoiding detail losses in the high-luminance areas. The CHRE technique enhances visibility of the global contrast for the camera signal without significant information loss in the statistically less relevant areas. Evaluations of this proposal have shown clear improvements of the perceptual image quality. An additional advantage is that the new scheme is adaptable and allows the concatenation of further enhancement techniques without sacrificing the obtained picture quality improvement.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 January 2004
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 5308, Visual Communications and Image Processing 2004, (18 January 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.526814
Show Author Affiliations
Sascha D. Cvetkovic, Bosch Security Systems BV (Netherlands)
Peter H. N. de With, LogicaCMG (Netherlands)
Technische Univ. Eindhoven (Netherlands)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5308:
Visual Communications and Image Processing 2004
Sethuraman Panchanathan; Bhaskaran Vasudev, Editor(s)

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