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January 2011: Vigilant Eye Camera

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

January 2011: Vigilant Eye Camera

An innovative camera system developed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology FIT will, in the near future, enhance security in public areas and buildings. The system analyzes live video stream in real time and then immediately flags up salient features and unusual scenes. The system hardware consists of a fixed surveillance camera which covers a certain area, and two ultra-active stereo cameras. Like human eyes, these can fix on and follow various points very quickly in succession, but also zoom in on details.

At the heart of Vigilant Eye System is innovative software that automatically analyzes the image sequences. The software learns what is salient by building observation models of activities and then automatically detecting unexpected events. In addition, the system guides the active cameras to record the detected events in high resolution. Its inherent flexibility allows application of the Vigilant Eyes Software in very different indoor and outdoor scenarios. The software application ranges from observation of crowded public places, e.g. airports, subways, malls or sport arenas, to monitoring of secluded zones with restricted entering rights.

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