Multiple camera coordination in a surveillance system

Nguyen, N.T., Venkatesh, S., West, G. and Bui, H. H. 2003, Multiple camera coordination in a surveillance system, Zidonghua xuebao/acta automatica sinica, vol. 29, no. 3, pp. 408-422.

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Title Multiple camera coordination in a surveillance system
Author(s) Nguyen, N.T.
Venkatesh, S.ORCID iD for Venkatesh, S.
West, G.
Bui, H. H.
Journal name Zidonghua xuebao/acta automatica sinica
Volume number 29
Issue number 3
Start page 408
End page 422
Total pages 15
Publisher Kexue Chubanshe
Place of publication Beijing, China
Publication date 2003-05
ISSN 0254-4156
Keyword(s) camera allocation
distributed surveillance system
human tracking
Summary We present a distributed surveillance system that uses multiple cheap static cameras to track multiple people in indoor environments. The system has a set of Camera Processing Modules and a Central Module to coordinate the tracking tasks among the cameras. Since each object in the scene can be tracked by a number of cameras, the problem is how to choose the most appropriate camera for each object. This is important given the need to deal with limited resources (CPU, power etc.). We propose a novel algorithm to allocate objects to cameras using the object-to-camera distance while taking into account occlusion. The algorithm attempts to assign objects in the overlapping field of views to the nearest camera, which can see the object without occlusion. Experimental results show that the system can coordinate cameras to track people and can deal well with occlusion.
Language eng
Field of Research 080104 Computer Vision
Socio Economic Objective 890205 Information Processing Services (incl. Data Entry and Capture)
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2003, Kexue Chubanshe
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