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348148000 Vehicular 894
348159000 Plural cameras 260
348152000 Intrusion detection 98
348144000 Aerial viewing 92
348158000 Portable 59
348157000 Sporting event 51
348150000 Point of sale or banking 46
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20130044216APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MONITORING PARTICLES IN A STACK - A method of monitoring particles in a stack comprises generating on a first side of the stack a beam of light directed towards a second, opposite, side of the stack. The beam is reflected back towards the first side of the stack and through the particles in the stack. An image is obtained of light scattered from the particles. The image is obtained using an imager positioned and oriented to have a field of view that includes unwanted scattered light. The method includes the step of blocking the unwanted scattered light from the image.02-21-2013
20130083193ELECTRONIC APPARATUS AND COMPUTER PROGRAM - According to one embodiment, an electronic apparatus includes: an imaging module configured to take an image; a display configured to display information; a detector configured to detect an electrical device from the image taken by the imaging module, wherein the electrical device is configured to consume power; and a display controller configured to control the display to display first information indicative of power consumption of the electrical device and second information, the second information dependent on a type of the electrical device, for evaluating an operation influencing the power consumption of the electrical device.04-04-2013
20130083194VIDEO MONITORING SERVER AND METHOD - A video monitoring server and method are provided. The video monitoring server generates a monitoring list and controls a streaming media server to convert video captured by a camera into streaming media. The video monitoring server downloads the streaming media from the streaming media server and selects a picture from the downloaded streaming media as an icon of a monitoring record corresponding to the camera. The video monitoring server sends the monitoring list to an electronic device, and notifies the streaming media server to send the streaming media to the electronic device when a user clicks the icon of the monitoring record corresponding to the camera.04-04-2013
20130083192Methods and System for Stabilizing Live Video in the Presence of Long-Term Image Drift - Methods and systems stabilization of a camera image for short term or ‘pole shake’ and longer term ‘pole drift’ are provided. The camera is attached to a fixed structure. The pole drift is over periods of times long enough that the imagery can change significantly between a base reference frame and the current stabilized transient frame. A multitude of mapped frames and associated information is maintained. The slowly varying camera orientation (“pole drift”) is decoupled from the rapid motion jitter (“pole shake”), and separate transformations are calculated for each. Up to three transformations may be combined together for any one input frame. The separate transformations are combined together, so that only one full-blown image transformation computation is performed for each frame. A surveillance system applies a stabilization method.04-04-2013
20100165103Camera Monitoring Systems And Methods For Electromagnetic Dryer Applicators - Camera monitoring systems (07-01-2010
20090219388METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DETECTING AN INDIVIDUAL BY MEANS OF PASSIVE INFRARED SENSORS - The invention relates to a method and a system for detecting an individual in a given observation zone by means of N passive infrared sensors (09-03-2009
20090207249CLIMATE CONTROLLED SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM - A climate controlled surveillance system that includes a housing for enclosing a surveillance device. The system includes a Peltier device and a liquid coolant. The Peltier device extracts heat from the housing, which is then transferred to the liquid coolant by conduction and/or convection.08-20-2009
20090213217SECURITY CAMERA CAPABLE OF PREVENTING SPIDERS - A security camera capable of preventing spiders by generating frequencies that pest or spiders detest, includes a key input part for inputting and setting condition of temperature and humidity and controlling ON/OFF operation, an ultrasonic wave generating part for generating ultrasonic waves and outputting the same via speakers, a humidity detecting part for controlling signals transmitted from a humidity sensor, a temperature detecting part for controlling signals transmitted from a temperature sensor, and a display part for displaying the generation of the ultrasonic waves, wherein a microprocessor drives the ultrasonic wave generating part to output the ultrasonic waves in the frequencies of 20,000˜50,000 Hz as the humidity detecting part and the temperature detecting part reach the set values thereof, thereby preventing spiders' webs around the security camera and obtaining clear images for a monitoring section.08-27-2009
20100007731MANAGING MEMORY IN A SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM - Systems and methods to manage memory in a surveillance system are disclosed. The present invention discloses a rule-based storage clearance system or storage archive. A storage server has a user interface, a logic unit, and a storage device. A plurality of video footage files is continuously being streamed to the storage server and recorded on the storage device. The objective is to help erase or archive stored video footage based on static and dynamic surveillance parameters or rules. The rules can be applied either stream-wise or time-wise. The rule checks for clearing or archiving the storage by tallying various parameters such as: events associated with each stream, user bookmarks, the priority of individual streams, and the age of each stream, etc.01-14-2010
20100020173Camera for Use in a Digital Network - The present disclosure relates to a camera for use in a digital network, in particular as a surveillance camera in a working device, including an integrated router having at least two ports for communication with further network components, in particular having a first port for communication with a terminal and having a second port for communication with a further camera.01-28-2010
20090195650VIRTUAL IMAGE GENERATING APPARATUS, VIRTUAL IMAGE GENERATING METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM STORING VIRTUAL IMAGE GENERATING PROGRAM - A virtual image generation apparatus includes an image recording unit configured to record a plurality of images, each containing photography position data. An image selection unit selects, from the images recorded, an image from which to generate a virtual image. A map-image acquiring unit acquires an image corresponding to a map image containing the photography position data contained in the image selected A virtual scene image generation unit generates, from the image corresponding to the map image, a virtual image showing the image selected or showing a scene related to the photography position data contained in the image selected. An output unit outputs the virtual image data, thereby to display the scene represented by the virtual image generated.08-06-2009
20100110183AUTOMATICALLY CALIBRATING REGIONS OF INTEREST FOR VIDEO SURVEILLANCE - Techniques for automatically calibrating one or more regions of interest for video surveillance are provided. The techniques include at a user-defined frequency, determining if one or more regions of interest (ROIs) are present within a field of view of a camera, if one or more ROIs are present within the field of view of the camera, automatically calibrating the one or more ROIs within the field of view of the camera, and if one or more ROIs are not present within the field of view of the camera, sending an alert to a user.05-06-2010
20100149333OBSTACLE SENSING APPARATUS - An obstacle sensing apparatus includes a plurality of cameras which repeatedly outputs object scene images representing an object scene in a direction which obliquely intersects a ground. A CPU transforms each of the object scene images into a bird's-eye view image, and detects a difference between screens of the transformed bird's-eye view image. Moreover, the CPU specifies one portion of difference along a connecting line axis extending in parallel to the ground from each of reference points corresponding to centers of imaging surfaces of the cameras. Furthermore, the CPU specifies one portion of difference along a connecting-line-vertical axis extending in parallel to the ground in a manner to intersect the connecting line axis. When the differences thus specified satisfies a predetermined condition, the CPU multiplexes a rectangular character onto a maneuver assisting image corresponding to a position of an obstacle area, in order to notify the existence of an obstacle.06-17-2010
20100053325IMAGE CONVERTER - Any given part is cut out from a distorted circular image photographed by use of a fisheye lens and converted into a planar regular image with less distortion. A virtual sphere H having a radius R on a distorted circular image S on an XY plane is defined, thereby allowing a user to designate a cut-out center point P, a magnification m, and a planar inclination angle φ. A visual line vector n passing through an intersecting point Q immediately above the point P is determined to define an UV orthogonal coordinate system having an orientation depending on the angle φ on a plane orthogonal to a visual line vector n at a point G in which a distance between two points OG is given as m·R. The UV orthogonal coordinate system is curved along the side face C of a “virtual cylindrical column in which the point G forms one point on the side face to have a straight line V′ parallel to the V axis and also passing through the point O as a central axis,” thereby defining the UV curved coordinate system. Correspondence relationship equations between a point Ci (ui, vi) on the UV curved coordinate system and a point Si (xi, yi) on the XY coordinate system are used to obtain an image in the vicinity of a point P on the UV curved coordinate system, and the image is expanded on a plane T to obtain a planar regular image.03-04-2010
20120169873AUDIO/VIDEO MONITORING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SIMULTANEOUSLY PLAYING AUDIO/VIDEO - An exemplary method for displaying audio/video includes the following. A network camera is zoomed at a first zoom ratio to capture video images, and audio signals transmitted from a first area are simultaneously received. The network camera is zoomed at a second zoom ratio, and simultaneously audio signals transmitted from a second area are received. The video images and audio signals corresponding to the sounds of the first area and the second area are stored. The audio signals of the first area with the video images captured at the first zoom ratio are synchronized, and the audio signals of the second area with the video images captured at the second zoom ratio are also synchronized. Selected of the video images and the corresponding synchronized audio signals are simultaneously played, as required by a user.07-05-2012
20090278928SIMULATING A FLUTTERING SHUTTER FROM VIDEO DATA - A method and system for simulating a fluttering shutter from video data. Composite images can be generated by adding a sequence of video frames, scaling each according to a weight. By selecting an appropriate sequence of weights, the effects of a fluttering shutter can be synthesized, with the additional flexibility of being able to use negative and non-binary amplitudes. In addition, video analytic functions such as background subtraction and tracking can be used to improve the results of the de-blurring. In particular, the use of background-subtracted frames in generating the composite image prevents background intensities from distorting the de-blurred image. Tracking information can be utilized to estimate the location and speed of moving objects in the scene, which can be used to generate a composite image with a fixed amount of motion blur. This alleviates the need to estimate the direction and extent of motion blur from the coded image, errors in which can reduce the quality of the de-blurred image.11-12-2009
20080259158Video Surveillance System Controller - A video surveillance system controller that controls multiple cameras with at least two joysticks (10-23-2008
20100079591WINDOW OF INFRARED SURVEILLANCE CAMERA - Disclosed therein is a window of an infrared surveillance camera, which can prevent that the window gets damp even though there is a difference in temperature between the inside and the outside of the surveillance camera due to a long time operation of the surveillance camera. The window includes: an illumination window mounted on a light path in front of an IR LED arranged around a camera module; a first lens window formed separately from the illumination window and mounted on an image introducing path in front of a lens of the camera module; an intercepting member having an assembly face where the illumination window and the first lens window are airtightly and closely combined with each other, the intercepting member being mounted between the illumination window and the first lens window for preventing that infrared rays are introduced from a light irradiation zone, where the IR LED is mounted, to a photograph zone, where the camera module is mounted; a combining ring assembled in front of the intercepting member for simultaneously restricting the illumination window and the first lens window; and a second lens window assembled to the combining ring and spaced apart from the first lens window through the combining ring so that a sealed air layer is formed between the second lens window and the first lens window.04-01-2010
20110193958SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION (RFID) SYSTEM PERFORMANCE - A system for determining radio frequency identification (RFID) performance includes a radio frequency identification (RFID) system comprising at least one antenna and at least one reader configured to receive an RF indication from an RFID tag, the RFID system configured to provide RFID data and an RFID time stamp relating to the at least one antenna. The system also includes a motion capture video system comprising at least one camera and a processing system. The motion capture video system also includes a recognizable element located proximate to the RFID tag, the motion capture video system also configured to provide position data relating to the position of the recognizable element and a motion capture time stamp. The system also includes an RFID/motion capture system configured to receive the RFID data and the RFID time stamp from the RFID system, the RFID/motion capture system also configured to receive the position data relating to the position of the recognizable element and the motion capture time stamp from the motion capture video system. The RFID/motion capture system is also configured to correlate the RFID data from the RFID system and the position data relating to the position of the recognizable element from the motion capture video system and provide a correlated RFID and motion capture signal.08-11-2011
20130076898APPARATUS, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS FOR TRACKING MEDICAL PRODUCTS USING AN IMAGING UNIT - According to one aspect there is an apparatus for tracking medical products. The apparatus includes a storage depot having a plurality of storage compartments, and an imaging unit having a first camera adapted to observe the storage compartments to track medical products therein.03-28-2013
20130076899METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DETECTING AN INCORRECT REPRESENTATION OF IMAGE DATA ON A DISPLAY UNIT - An incorrect representation of image data on a display unit is detected with the novel method. In order to enable prompt and particularly reliable detection of an incorrect representation of image data on the display unit, the image data to be displayed are transmitted to the display unit, test data are acquired by electronically detecting at least part of the image represented on the display unit, and an incorrect representation of the image data on the display unit is determined by electronically evaluating at least part of the detected test data. A device for detecting an incorrect representation of image data on a display unit makes use of the novel method.03-28-2013
20130076897IMAGING APPARATUS, DETECTING APPARATUS, AND IMAGING METHOD - As light is allowed to impinge from above a microplate M and an imaging unit 03-28-2013
20130044215BI-STABLE SPRING WITH FLEXIBLE DISPLAY - A wearable accessory device is disclosed. The wearable accessory device includes a flexible display coupled to a bi-stable spring. Coupling the display to the bi-stable spring allows the accessory device to be easily worn in a number of convenient locations.02-21-2013
20130044214Real-Time Solar Observations - A system for real-time solar observation comprises an optical detector operable to detect sunlight and to produce image data from detected sunlight, a shadow detector operable to produce image data relating to a shadow cast by a reference object, and a controller operable to receive image data from the optical detector and from the shadow detector. The controller is operable to determine at least one of a sunrise period, a midday period and a sunset period in dependence upon received image data.02-21-2013
20110134239EFFICIENT ILLUMINATION SYSTEM FOR LEGACY STREET LIGHTING SYSTEMS - An LED lamp for outdoor and large space lighting, particularly for streets, warehouses car parks and the like, is adapted for fitting into legacy light fittings designed for sodium bulbs and the like. The LED lamp comprises a plurality of light emitting diodes arranged over a surface of the lamp, is rotatably connected through a rotatable electrical connection to a screw-in adaptor for insertion into a legacy screw-in socket, such that the screw in adaptor is rotatable independently of the lamp, so that the legacy screw in socket can be used even though the light fitting is too small to allow rotation of the LED lamp. Additional embodiments provide for cooling airflow through the light fitting, for temperature control of the LEDs, and for failure protection, to ensure a longest possible lamp lifetime.06-09-2011
20130088592METHOD FOR SEARCHING FOR OBJECTS IN VIDEO DATA RECEIVED FROM A FIXED CAMERA - The invention relates to methods for searching for objects in video data represented by a sequence of frames showing images of a scene received from a fixed video camera and is based on the display of synthetic frames to the operator, each of said synthetic frame being capable of combining objects captured in different source frames. The method comprises constructing movement trajectories of each of the objects of interest to the operator; ordering said trajectories; compiling an updatable schedule for displaying the number of objects preset by the operator and automatically choosing for said schedule the display start times of each trajectory; constructing a plan for forming synthetic frames such that the condition of permissible mutual occlusion of the objects is fulfilled; and forming synthetic frames according to said plan and displaying them to the operator. The technical result consists in speeding the search and reducing memory size requirements and computational load.04-11-2013
20130088593Surrounding Area Monitoring Device for Monitoring Area Around Work Machine - A surrounding area monitoring device for monitoring an area around a work machine displays an immediate range display image as a bird's eye view image indicating the immediate area surrounding the work machine from above the work machine and a wide range display image indicating a wide area including a predetermined range outside the immediate area, selectively. The wide range display image is displayed if a position of a worker is not located within a monitoring area. The immediate range display image is displayed if the position of the worker is located within the monitoring area. The immediate range display image is the bird's eye view image set around the schematic graphic image of the work machine. The wide range display image is an image including a reduced immediate range display image and an image showing the conditions outside the immediate area in the schematic graphic representation.04-11-2013
20130038728IMAGE-TRANSMITTING APPARATUS HAVING A SECURITY FUNCTION - An image-transmitting apparatus having a security function is provided. The image-transmitting apparatus having the security function includes a main body which is provided with a wireless or wired interface, a speaker, and an IP camera, either side of which having slide grooves formed in a horizontal direction in the upper and lower portions thereof; and lamp modules having LED lamps and sliders protruding so as to correspond to the respective slide grooves, such that the sliders are inserted into the respective slide grooves in order to couple the lamp modules to either side of the main body, respectively.02-14-2013
20130038727Cell Image Capturing and Remote Monitoring Systems - The present invention provides a cell culture data and cell image capturing and remote monitoring system that includes an imaging sensor pod having one or more cameras to capture multiple color still and/or motion images of cell cultures and cells located on a support and/or in a liquid located in a culture vessel within an incubator. The images can be taken at varying magnifications, and from different discrete locations on the support or in the vessel round the clock. The captured data and images are wirelessly transmitted to a management control unit, and/or another wirelessly connected and remotely located data transmission device such as PDA, for a researcher to review and analyze to determine the health and viability of cells, and the status of the cell culture. The image capturing and remote monitoring system taught herein alleviates the need for a researcher to be in the physical presence of a biological sample in order to visually ascertain and analyze the health and viability of the sample and status of the cell culture.02-14-2013
20130038729Participant Collaboration On A Displayed Version Of An Object - A projector is associated with a head gear for a first participant of collaboration. The head gear does not obstruct the participant's eyes. The projector is configured to receive an image which was created with respect to a first participant's view point based on a dataset that represents an object. The projector is configured for projecting the received image onto a display surface. The first participant perceives the projected image by receiving at least a portion of diffused light associated with the projected image at the first participant's eye that is closest to the projector.02-14-2013
20130038725HYPERSPECTRAL AND MULTIPLE IMAGING CONTROLLED ENCLOSURE FOR SAMPLE EXAMINATION - The invention pertains to the creation of an enclosed hyperspectral and/or multispectral and/or ultraspectral and/or full spectrum and/or full frame and/or scanning imaging device that will use a multitude of spectral ranges, fluorescence features, polarized filtration, zoom lenses, and con-focal capabilities. The system would also have related imaging attachments, and triggered lights for multiple ranges, including UV, VNIR, SWIR and LWIR. The system collectively will be constructed so that it can hold 4 imaging devices. The system would have a high throughput and processing computer system with large volume data storage and redundancy in order to process large data loads quickly and efficiently. This system would be used to analyze explosives and/or other targets close up from large quantities to micro quantities and feature upgradeable transmission containers for imaging specific targets in their gaseous forms so that viable libraries and classification features can be constructed.02-14-2013
20130038724CAMERA TILT FLEX LOOP FOR HIGH FREQUENCY SIGNALS - A surveillance camera arrangement includes a camera assembly that is tiltable about a tilt axis and that has a first electrical connector. A flat cable includes first and second opposite ends connected to the first electrical connector and to a second electrical connector, respectively. The cable has a thickness, and a width at least twice as great as the thickness. The cable is bent into a J-shape wherein the width direction of the cable is substantially parallel to the tilt axis of the camera assembly.02-14-2013
20130038726ELECTRONIC APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING STEREO SOUND - An electronic apparatus is provided. The electronic apparatus includes a sensor to sense an orientation of the electronic apparatus, an audio processor to divide a stereo audio signal into a left audio signal and a right audio signal, a plurality of speakers disposed at separate locations on a main body of the electronic apparatus to output the left audio signal and the right audio signal, a switching unit to output the left audio signal and the right audio signal from the audio processor to the plurality of speakers, and a controller to control the switching unit to switch the output of the left audio signal and the right audio signal between the plurality of speakers based on a change in the orientation of the electronic apparatus.02-14-2013
20100045795Apparatus and method for remote viewing system - An energy conserving remote viewing system comprising an instantaneous analog video transmission camera, an analog video receiver that receives and transmits a video image to a video monitor and a remote transmitter that activates the analog video transmission camera. The remote camera device is normally in a low power, sleep mode that has a minimal power drain. The system includes a battery powered camera requiring a first voltage to operate and an RF transmitter to send an activation signal to the camera. The activation signal has a duration. A camera power circuit includes a normally sleeping signal receiving circuit and a first timer. The first timer periodically activates the signal receiving circuit to check for the presence of the activation signal and turns off the signal receiving circuit if the activation signal is not present and turns on the camera if the activation signal is present, and wherein the time the signal receiving circuit sleeps is less than the activation signal duration.02-25-2010
20100045793SHOCK ABSORBING FACILITY MONITORING SYSTEM AND APPARATUS FOR VEHICLES - Provided is a shock absorbing facility monitoring system and a shock absorbing facility monitoring apparatus for vehicles, where when a vehicle collides with a shock absorbing facility, the situation before and after the collision is photographed, and the photographed signals are transmitted to a main control center in a wireless transmission method. The shock absorbing facility monitoring system for vehicles comprises: shock absorbing facility monitoring apparatuses installed within a certain distance from the shock absorbing facility; an information communication network for transmitting the vehicle approach signal and the video signal transmitted from the plurality of shock absorbing facility monitoring apparatuses to a remote site; and a central control apparatus installed at a main control center.02-25-2010
20100045792DEVICE FOR CAPTURING THE SILHOUETTE OF AN INDIVIDUAL - A device for capturing a silhouette consisting of a transparent wall, a vision device to capture at least one image of the wall and a processing unit connected to the vision device which analyses the captured images and detects the silhouette of the individual passing between the transparent wall and the vision device. More than one pattern is positioned on the transparent wall and the patterns exhibit a contrast with the transparent wall.02-25-2010
20100045791INFINITE RECURSION OF MONITORS IN SURVEILLANCE APPLICATIONS - Systems and methods for representing and controlling a plurality of cameras in a monitoring station. A security system comprising a plurality of cameras transmits data streams to a monitoring station. The data stream has metadata describing a plurality of attributes for the data stream. The monitoring station is equipped with a Graphical User Interface (GUI) to represent the plurality of data streams in various user-defined layouts. The method comprises generating a display layout for at least one of the plurality of data streams based on the plurality of attributes, displaying the display layout on one of a plurality of windows within the GUI, and providing the ability to recursively display a plurality of display layouts within the plurality of windows in any layout combination based on the attributes for the data streams within the plurality of display layouts.02-25-2010
20130113933Dietary Assessment System and Method - The present system and method provides a more precise way to record food and beverage intake than traditional methods. The present disclosure provides custom software for use in mobile computing devices that include a digital camera. Photos captured by mobile digital devices are analyzed with image processing and comparisons to certain databases to allow a user to discretely record foods eaten. Specifically, the user captures images of the meal or snack before and after eating. The foods pictured are identified. Image processing software may identify the food or provide choices for the user. Once a food is identified and volume of the food is estimated, nutrient databases are used for calculating final portion sizes and nutrient totals.05-09-2013
20100110184ARTICLE MONITORING SYSTEM - By referring to the tracking result of an article location pinpointing section 05-06-2010
20100110185Method, system and apparatus for monitoring loading of a payload into a load carrying container - A method, apparatus and system for monitoring loading of a payload into a load carrying container is disclosed. The method involves acquiring at least one image of a load transfer container during operation of the load transfer container by a first operator to load the payload into the load carrying container, and wirelessly transmitting an image signal representing the at least one image. The method also involves receiving the image signal and producing a display signal for causing the at least one image to be displayed for viewing by a second operator to facilitate monitoring of the loading of the payload.05-06-2010
20100026803IMAGE RECORDING APPARATUS, IMAGE RECORDING METHOD AND IMAGE RECORDING PROGRAM - There is provided an image recording apparatus including an image-capturing section that captures an image of the observed person, an observer's point of sight measuring section that measures a point of sight of the observer when the image-capturing section captures the image of the observed person, an observer's point of sight judging section that judges whether the point of sight of the observer which is measured by the observer's point of sight measuring section is present within a predetermined area, and an image storing control section that stores the image of the observed person which is captured by the image-capturing section, when the observer's point of sight judging section judges that the point of sight of the observer is present within the predetermined area.02-04-2010
20130027552CORRELATED MEDIA FOR DISTRIBUTED SOURCES - A method and a system of associating correlating metadata with data assets, such as video and audio files, so that the files are rendered as a combination presentation are described herein. The system includes a client a media capture device that provides on board storage, network connectivity, preprocessing, preview buffering, file management, and an eventing system. The method includes capturing the media, associating the media with other media via an identifier, and supports associating correlating metadata prior to time of media capture and during media capture on the capture device itself, and after media capture either on a local machine or on an on-line group. When the combination presentation is presented, additional associated advertising and annotations may be provided upon rendering.01-31-2013
20130027551METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR VIDEO INDEXING AND VIDEO SYNOPSIS - In a system and method for generating a synopsis video from a source video, at least three different source objects are selected according to one or more defined constraints, each source object being a connected subset of image points from at least three different frames of the source video. One or more synopsis objects are sampled from each selected source object by temporal sampling using image points derived from specified time periods. For each synopsis object a respective time for starting its display in the synopsis video is determined, and for each synopsis object and each frame a respective color transformation for displaying the synopsis object may be determined The synopsis video is displayed by displaying selected synopsis objects at their respective time and color transformation, such that in the synopsis video at least three points that each derive from different respective times in the source video are displayed simultaneously.01-31-2013
20130027550METHOD AND DEVICE FOR VIDEO SURVEILLANCE - The invention relates to a method and a device for video surveillance, wherein, by means of at least one video camera, an image of an image excerpt of an environment to be monitored in the vicinity of the video camera is recorded, wherein at least one pixel of the image is compared with a corresponding pixel of a short-term background model assigned to the image excerpt and with a corresponding pixel of a long-term background model assigned to the image excerpt.01-31-2013
20130027549METHOD AND DEVICE FOR VIDEO SURVEILLANCE - The invention relates to a method and a device for video surveillance, wherein by means of at least one video camera, an image of an image excerpt of an environment to be monitored in the vicinity of the video camera is recorded, wherein at least one pixel of a short-term background model assigned to the image excerpt is compared at a first point in time with a corresponding pixel of a long-term background model assigned to the image excerpt at the first point in time and with a corresponding pixel of the long-term background model at a second point in time, wherein the second point in time precedes the first point in time.01-31-2013
20090015671FEATURES IN VIDEO ANALYTICS - A video analytics function is disclosed for use in a video monitoring applications to control and monitor streaming video from a video source arranged to monitor a field of view (FOV) and providing for end-user input to identify and modify a compression level of at least one object or area field encompassing the field of view (FOV) based on a monitoring priority of the at least one object. The inventive operation realizes reduced bandwidth and processing requirements for monitoring the FOV because of a reduction in streaming video data based on the compression level, which includes a fully-masked compression level. The novel function provides for reconstructing the FOV for viewing at an end-user interface, e.g.’ a remote workstation, and inputting end-user commands at the end-user interface to create an object field encompassing the at least one object or area field within the FOV. The compression level is defined based on a monitoring priority for the at least one object, or object field area. The bandwidth needed to transfer video comprising the FOV and compressed object fields, and the processing required to process the FOV and object fields is reduced in accord with the user-defined compression level of the object field data. The FOV is then monitored.01-15-2009
20100066828VIDEO CAMERA PERSPECTIVE CALCULATION - A method and system are provided for automatic calibration of a video camera by providing automatic perspective calculation. A calibration object detector is arranged to detect a calibration object in video data representing a scene observed by a video camera, and arranged to gather object data for the detected calibration object at a multiplicity of positions, such as three or more positions. The calibration object detector can include an automatic moving object detector and/or a static object detector. An automatic plane calculator is in communication with the calibration object detector and arranged to calculate the perspective of the camera based on gathered object data for at least one calibration object at a multiplicity of positions. The automation provided can enhance the operation of video analytics systems and reduce errors that can be introduced when an unskilled operator manually enters parameters on which the perspective is estimated.03-18-2010
20100134621MULTI-AREA MONITORING SYSTEM FROM SINGLE CCTV HAVING A CAMERA QUADRATIC CURVED SURFACE MIRROR STRUCTURE AND IT, AND UNWRAPPING METHOD FOR THE SAME - There is provided a camera secondary curved mirror structure which is manufactured by removing a predetermined portion of a circular curved mirror for a camera which is equidistant by a predetermined distance of m/R from each side of a line which passes through the center-point of the circular curved mirror in a vertical direction, to result two curved mirror members; jointing the two curve mirror members together to form a joint line; establishing a cutting line which is perpendicular to the joint line and which is at a predetermined distance n/D from a point where the joint line intersects the circumference of the curved mirror members; and cutting along the cutting line so that a lower portion of the jointed curved mirror members results, to form a curved mirror.06-03-2010
20100157050PROCESS OF SEQUENTIALLY DUBBING A CAMERA FOR INVESTIGATION AND REVIEW - A system for and a method of creating a coherent video data stream of an object moving between a plurality of areas covered by a plurality of data collecting devices is provided. The method includes selecting a plurality of data collecting devices from the plurality of data collecting devices, synchronizing video data streams from the selected plurality of data collecting devices, substantially simultaneously reviewing the video data streams from the selected plurality of data collecting devices, specifying periods of interest for the video data streams from the selected plurality of data collecting devices, and sequentially combining portions of the video data streams into the coherent video data stream, the portions corresponding to the specified periods of interest.06-24-2010
20120182420METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CHARACTERIZING CONTEXT OF A MOBILE DEVICE - Information about a context of a mobile device is inferred using measurements from light detectors of the mobile device. The light detectors may be located on multiple different sides of the mobile device. In some embodiments, measurements from one or more cameras may be used to infer context.07-19-2012
20130070094AUTOMATIC REGISTRATION OF MULTI-PROJECTOR DOME IMAGES - Automatic registration of projectors and their images on a curved surface may be performed using non-linear optimization techniques. A camera may capture images on the curved surface. The camera may be un-calibrated. The camera parameters may be estimated using a non-linear optimization of data in the images of the curved surface. The images may be from multiple projectors. In some embodiments, registration may be view independent.03-21-2013
20130070093DIGITAL JUKEBOX DEVICE WITH KARAOKE AND/OR PHOTO BOOTH FEATURES, AND ASSOCIATED METHODS - Certain exemplary embodiments relate to entertainment systems and, more particularly, certain exemplary embodiments relate to jukebox systems that incorporate digital downloading jukebox features along with karaoke jukebox and/or photo booth features. A combined karaoke/photo booth/jukebox may enable more integrated performance-like experiences in an in-home or out-of-home location or venue. By leveraging vast audio media libraries, trusted rights-respecting network infrastructure, and on-site image/video capturing from integrated recorders and/or remote portable devices, a more sociable experience may be created for karaoke jukebox patrons, e.g., where custom content can be generated and shared in a safe and legally appropriate manner.03-21-2013
20130070091SUPER RESOLUTION IMAGING AND TRACKING SYSTEM - In one aspect, the present invention provides an imaging system, which includes an optical system for collecting light from a field of view and directing it to an image plane. One or more image detecting elements are disposed on a movable platform coupled to the image plane. The image detecting elements detect the collected light and generate image data corresponding to the field of view. A processor in communication with the image detecting elements receives the image data. The processor is configured to effect movement of the platform to move the one or more image detecting elements within the image plane to gather the image data.03-21-2013
20130070090SYSTEMS, METHODS AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT FOR MONITORING INTERACTIONS WITH A MEDICATION STORAGE DEVICE - Methods, apparatuses and computer program products are provided for monitoring the stocking and dispensing of medications from an automated medication storage device. In this regard, a method may cooperate with the automated medication storage device to facilitate surveillance of internal components and users of the medication storage device. For example, a user and/or the user's interactions can be imaged by one or more cameras while the user is interacting with the automated medication storage device.03-21-2013
20130070092IMAGE DEVICE, SURVEILLANCE CAMERA, AND MASK METHOD OF CAMERA SCREEN - In a microcomputer included in an image device, a mask 2D 3D converting section expresses coordinates of a 2-dimensional image plane defined by an imaging element having a rectangular contour in a 3-dimensional coordinate system. The image plane is positioned in the state that a focal length corresponding to a zoom position is adopted as a Z coordinate value of the image plane in the 3-dimensional coordinate system. A mask display position calculating section 03-21-2013
20130050477DEVICE FOR SENSING, MONITORING AND TELEMETRY USING VIDEO CAMERAS FOR VISUALIZATION, BROADCAST AND RECORDING - An innovative integrated system destined to perform real-time sensing of a location with multiple sensors simultaneously and to proceed with telemetry, monitoring and command in its equipment and installed systems, inserting all information (data collected or actions taken) on images of a video system, to share its visualization, broadcast and recording. Includes a device, provided with internal processing elements connected to a video camera, be it digital or analog and of various types, and to sensors, also of various types and applications, through compatible input ports, be them analog and/or digital and of various types accompanied by an equal number of output ports of various types, as required. Also, optionally, there may be connected auxiliary devices such as video recorders, data communication and memory chips, among others. The data collected from sensors and internally processed by the elements is displayed in lines and/or columns on the video output. The invention herein can also be incorporated to another device, or even be a block or part of video cameras, video surveillance cameras and IP cameras, among others.02-28-2013
20130050478Systems and Methods For Locating Faults In A Power System - A system for use in locating a fault in a power generation and delivery system is provided. The system includes a fault detection module configured to detect an occurrence of the fault and to generate a fault event notification, a satellite imaging system configured to acquire satellite image data, and a fault location module coupled to the fault detection module and to the satellite imaging system, the fault location module configured to receive the fault event notification from the fault detection module, receive satellite image data of a target area that includes the fault from the satellite imaging system, and determine the location of the fault based on the satellite image data.02-28-2013
20130050481WIRELESS VIDEO AND AUDIO DELIVERY SYSTEM - A wireless video and audio delivery system includes a wireless camera to generate a video and audio feed when operated by a first person. An internet accessible device receives the video and audio feed from the wireless camera, thereby allowing a second person located at the internet accessible device to see and hear the video and audio feed at the same time the wireless camera is operated by the first person.02-28-2013
20130050479METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING MOTION CUES IN COMPRESSED DISPLAYS - An apparatus and method are provided for highlighting a moving object in a compressed visual display. The object and a visual cue indicating motion is displayed in a compressed portion of a display having an adjacent uncompressed portion.02-28-2013
20130050482DIGITAL CAPTURE DEVICE FOR LEARNING - The present invention relates, in general, to a digital capture device for learning which captures (or photographs) images of both/either side of an open book in real time and transmits the captured images of the book to an output unit that enlarges or reduces the captured images (characters, pictures, etc.) of the book and displays them, thus allowing a learner to view the images, or that recognizes the characters of the images and outputs the recognized characters in the from of audio speech, thus allowing the learner to listen to the audio speech. More particularly, the present invention relates to a digital capture device for learning which is configured to exactly capture the images of the book without distorting the images.02-28-2013
20130050480EMERGENCY DISCONNECT SEQUENCE VIDEO SHARING - Emergency disconnect sequence (EDS) video sharing systems and method. The EDS video sharing system may include, among other features, a storage to store EDS evidence, and at least a portion of a communication link to transmit said EDS evidence from a drilling platform to a remote computing device during a video sharing session between a rig computing device and the remote computing device.02-28-2013
20090303325DOME TYPE MONITOR CAMERA DEVICE - There is provided a domed monitoring camera apparatus allowing reduction of a shift in focus dependent on a variation in optical path length caused by a dome cover. The domed monitoring camera apparatus (12-10-2009
20090303324TESTING SURVEILLANCE CAMERA INSTALLATIONS - This invention concerns the testing of surveillance camera installations. In particular, the invention involves an automatic testing system for surveillance camera installations, and a method for testing. The invention involves receiving test or “probe” images from at least one camera in the installations. Storing a reference image from at least the one camera. Comparison of the probe image with a reference image from the same camera, and production of an output when maintenance is required for that camera. The comparison involves the steps of: Extracting salient features from both the probe and reference images. Calculating matching factors between the salient features extracted from both images. And, computing a decision about whether maintenance is required from the matching factors.12-10-2009
20120218408METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR IMPROVING VIDEO SURVEILLANCE - The present invention provides a method and system for improving video surveillance. The system comprises a video surveillance platform ViSS and a first server SVAS connected to the video surveillance platform. The video surveillance platform includes also a second server CSM and a gateway CSG. A user side camera captures the user's head motion and a user side DVS sends the captured video to the SVAS via the ViSS. The SVAS processes the video, analyzes the head motion and sends the result of analysis to the CMS, Then, the CMS sends a corresponding instruction to the CSG according to the result of analysis. Next, the CSG translates the received instruction into a PTZ control instruction and sends this PTZ control instruction to an on-site DVS. Finally, the on-site DVS indicates an on-site camera to perform a corresponding action according to the PTZ control instruction.08-30-2012
20120218407DEVICE HAVING BUILT-IN DIGITAL DATA DEVICE POWERED BY UNLIMITED POWER SOURCE FOR LAMP HOLDER - The device has build-in digital data means and powered by unlimited power source for lamp-holder, LED bulb, light device which connect with unlimited power source by prong-means, base-means, conductive wires from the said device with plug means which has no female-male construction. The said digital data means in desired combination selected from camera head(s), Sensor head(s), tracking means, rotating means, join-means, connector means, motor means, position means, orientation means to take photos, video, audio digital data storage into memory means, send/transmitte/wireless to the said display means, screen means, phone, communication means, computer means of any status for indoor or outdoor at any time under predetermined time, location, function, features, performance as market requirement.08-30-2012
20120218406Method and Apparatus for Push Interaction - A method and apparatus for determining an indication of interaction in a direction towards a webcam. The method includes the steps of determining an object in a region of interest, determining a first size of the object in the region of interest and tracking the object in the region of interest. A second size of the object in the region of interest is then determined, and a push interaction is confirmed as having taken place if the ratio of the second size to the first size is greater than a predetermined value.08-30-2012
20110007160COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, CONTROL DEVICE, AND RECEPTION DEVICE - A control device divides one frame into plural sub-frames, distributes image signals of an embedded image, which is provided to only specific users, to the plural sub-frames such that a sum of signal levels in the one frame is zero, and superimposes the image signals on an image signal of a basic image provided to unspecified people and causes a display device to display the embedded image. The reception device shoots an image displayed on the display device in each period that is the same as the period of the sub-frame and calculates the difference between two image signals obtained in each period that is the same as the period of the sub-frame to acquire and display an image signal of the embedded image.01-13-2011
20110007159VIDEO SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM AND ASSOCIATED METHODS - A video surveillance system includes a video camera and a video data management device in communication with the video camera. The video data management device has a server providing a programmable interface for camera control and video management, a router in communication with the server to provide broadband internet access to the server, and a data storage device.01-13-2011
20130057684CONTENT DISPLAY SUPPORT SYSTEM - When an image of content reproduced by a first reproduction device is shot, a content display support device obtains the shot image and positional information that specifies the position and orientation of a shooting device. The content display support device generates combination content by visualizing and embedding the positional information in the shot image and transmits the combination content to a second reproduction device. A portable terminal obtains the positional information from an image obtained by shooting the combination content reproduced by the second reproduction device. The portable terminal requests supplementary information by transmitting the positional information to the content display support device. The supplementary information associated with the positional information is transmitted from the content display support device to the portable terminal and displayed at the portable terminal.03-07-2013
20130057685Generating and storing an asset at a PORT apparatus - A system for providing video intelligence as a service to a plurality of small and medium sized enterprises to distributed video recordation equipment, comprising an apparatus and computer-implemented method. An apparatus comprises a point of recordation terminal apparatus coupled to a public network. A method for operating a system for video intelligence in a public network in a secure manner.03-07-2013
20130057683TEMPERATURE-DETECTING SYSTEM AND TEMPERATURE-DETECTING METHOD - A temperature-detecting system includes a plurality of detected-objects, an infrared image-detecting apparatus arranged corresponding to the detected-objects, and an image-processing apparatus electrically connected to the infrared image-detecting apparatus. The infrared image-detecting apparatus derives a lens-frame image. The locations of the detected-objects required temperature detection in the lens-frame image are obtained by the image-processing apparatus. The color of the locations of the detected-objects required temperature detection in the lens-frame image are analyzed by the image-processing apparatus to derive related temperature data.03-07-2013
20090040303Automatic video quality monitoring for surveillance cameras - A system for automatically determining video quality receives video input from one or more surveillance cameras (02-12-2009
20090040302Automated surveillance system - An automated intelligent surveillance system comprises one or more fixed reference cameras to spatially map and observe a panoramic field of view, together with a movable narrow-field high resolution camera which is controlled in pan tilt & zoom, and a computing device. The computing device is capable of analysing the reference images received from anywhere within the panoramic field of view, and identifying the presence of specific types of object or specific behaviours of objects. The computing device uses the outcome of this analysis to direct the movable camera to the appropriate area of the spatial map to cause it to zoom in to gather close-up images of one or more of the selected objects or events of interest. These images are recorded synchronously with the related wide angle reference images, in a high speed random access store within the computing device. The parameters defining an object or event as being of interest may be pre-set, user selected, or adaptively learned by the computing device.02-12-2009
20090091616INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM - An information processing apparatus is provided, in which content and position information generated independently of each other are recorded in a recording medium. The apparatus includes a recording medium in which the content and the position information are recorded and a deletion unit deleting position information temporally associated with a piece of the content from the recording medium when the piece of content is deleted from the recording medium.04-09-2009
20090091617ELECTRONIC BABY REMOTE VIEWER - The invention is an electronic remote baby viewer for placement near a baby or child, so that a person interested in monitoring the baby can view the baby from another room of a house, or from outside the house. The unit includes a zoom function which zooms to the lower center, to the right, left, lower left, or lower right of the screen in order to give the user a view of those regions in order to better see a baby. The unit can be mounted crib side, or in a position to view a baby in a car seat in an automobile.04-09-2009
20090091618ELECTRONIC VIEWER FOR PEEPHOLE - The invention is an electronic viewer for placement in a door so that a person inside a residence may view, on an electronic screen, a person who is outside the door. The unit includes a zoom function which zooms to the lower center, to the right, left, lower left, or lower right of the screen in order to give the user inside the door a better view of a person or persons outside the door.04-09-2009
20130135469System and Method for Management of Surveillance Devices and Surveillance Footage - A system or method of transmitting and receiving surveillance video and/or alarm data and converting proprietary video formats into a single, standardized format for viewing on a multiplicity of devices at the surveillance location by authorized emergency responders.05-30-2013
20130135468CAMERA TRACING AND SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SECURITY USING THERMAL IMAGE COORDINATE - A camera tracing and surveillance system and method for security using a thermal image coordinate, whereby an image having high resolution for identification in which a person can be accurately identified within a surveillance area and identity of the person can be accurately checked, can be obtained using a simple algorithm.05-30-2013
20130135467System and Method to Automatically Begin a Video Chat Session - An expanded, Internet enabled regional monitoring system can facilitate communications with a displaced smart phone. In response to a predetermined condition, such as a request to disarm the monitoring system, a video chat session can automatically be initiated with the smart phone.05-30-2013
20110013018AUTOMATED CAMERA RESPONSE IN A SURVEILLANCE ARCHITECTURE - A detection and response device for a surveillance system detects events, responds to events, or both. The detection and response device may be used with or provided by a variety of surveillance systems, including peer to peer surveillance architectures. The device may utilize one or more defined geospaces. If an event occurs in a geospace a predefined response may then be provided. The predefined response may include automatically targeting one or more cameras to areas relevant to the event and presenting one or more predefined views optimized for viewing the event. If an event does not occur within a geospace, the detection and response device may provide one or more default responses.01-20-2011
20110013017MONITORING CAMERA, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND RECORDING MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM FOR EXECUTING THE METHOD - A monitoring camera and a method of controlling the monitoring camera are provided. The monitoring camera includes: a data receiving unit receiving a signal from a terminal; an image acquiring unit having a zoom lens and an imaging device generating first image data of an original image, and further, generates second image data of a user-selected region by performing at least one of zooming, panning and tilting based on control data; a data transmitting unit transmitting the first image data and the second image data generated by the imaging device to the terminal; a control unit including at least one of a zoom control unit controlling the zoom lens according to a zoom value, a pan control unit panning the image acquiring unit according to a pan value and a tilt control unit tilting the image acquiring unit according to a tilt value; a memory storing the control data.01-20-2011
20090268024APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR INFORMATION PROCESSING AND PROGRAM - An information processing apparatus includes an acquisition unit configured to acquire restriction information about imaging functions from an imaging device connected to a network, a setting control unit configured to display a setting window in which after a parameter for one imaging function is selected, selectable parameters for other imaging functions are restricted in accordance with the selected parameter on the basis of the restriction information so that the imaging functions to be used are selected, and an information processing unit configured to acquire image information about an image captured using the selected imaging functions via the network.10-29-2009
20090268023SURVEILLANCE CAMERA DEVICE WITH A LIGHT SOURCE - A surveillance camera device with a light source is composed of a camera, a control unit which is connected to the camera, a light-source control unit which is connected to the control unit, and a light source. The control unit directly gets the illumination of images captured by the camera or its related parameters, to determine whether illumination of the environment of image captured is sufficient. When the illumination of the environment of image captured is changed, the control unit will send lighting control signal to the light-source control unit to activate or deactivate the light source, or adjust the light output intensity of the light source automatically, such that the illumination of the environment of the images captured can be accurately determined to provide the correct light fill-in for shooting clear images.10-29-2009
20090066789Device for Data Routing in Networks - An integrated security system integrates broadband and mobile access and control with conventional security systems and premise devices to provide a tri-mode security network having remote connectivity and access. The integrated security system delivers remote premise monitoring and control functionality to conventional monitored premise protection and complements existing premise protection equipment. The integrated security system integrates into the premise network and couples wirelessly with the conventional security panel, enabling broadband access to premise security systems. Automation devices can be added, enabling users to remotely see live video or pictures and control home devices via a personal web portal or other client device. Camera management enables automatic configuration and management of cameras in the premise network. The camera management extends to remote control and monitoring from outside the firewall of the premise network to include routing of images or video from a streaming source device to a requesting client device.03-12-2009
20120224057SITUATIONAL INTELLIGENCE - A method and apparatus is provided that includes techniques for providing complete solutions for role-based, rules-driven access enforcement, the techniques including situational awareness and video surveillance. An embodiment addresses blended risk assessment and security across logical systems, IT applications, databases, and physical systems from a single analytic dashboard, with auto-remediation capabilities. Further, an embodiment provides capability and functionality for co-relating seemingly innocent events and activities to detect real threats and risks, while providing powerful alerting and automated remedial action strategies for decisive action.09-06-2012
20130063592METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ASSOCIATING DEVICES WITH A COVERAGE AREA FOR A CAMERA - A system and method for managing at least one camera having a coverage area within a data center is disclosed. In one aspect, a method includes obtaining, by a computer, identification information for at least one data center device within the data center from a data center management system through a communications network, associating the at least one data center device with the at least one camera based on the identification information for the at least one data center device, and displaying at least one image captured by the at least one camera associated with the at least one data center device in response to the data center management system detecting an event associated with the at least one data center device.03-14-2013
20130063593MONITORING DEVICE, METHOD THEREOF - A monitoring device includes an indicating unit configured to indicate an object to be monitored; a camera to acquire time-series images; a predicting unit configured to predict the position of destination of the characteristic points belonging to a first aggregation including characteristic points having an amount of movement larger than a reference amount of movement set in advance; a detecting unit configured to detect the position of center of gravity of the changed area; a determining unit configured to determine the positions of destination as an indicating position when representative amount of movement is larger than a first threshold value and determine the position of center of gravity as the indicating position when the representative amount of movement is smaller than the first threshold value; and a control unit configured to control the indicating unit to cause the indicating unit to indicate the indicating position are provided.03-14-2013
20090237505PROCESSING OF ENTERTAINMENT VENUE-BASED DATA UTILIZING WIRELESS HAND HELD DEVICES - A hand held device and system for receiving venue-based data at the hand held device. A server is provided in association with one or more hand held devices that communicate with the server. The hand held device(s) receives the data at the hand held device through a wireless network. The data includes one or more video streams of one or more visual perspectives acquired from an entertainment venue and wherein the data is compiled by one or more venue-based data sources at the entertainment venue. A security unit can be provided for authorizing the hand held device to receive and process the data utilizing the security code. A processor is also provided for processing the data for display on a display screen associated with the hand held device. A display screen is associated with the display screen, wherein the display screen displays video of the visual perspective(s) as streaming video via the display screen in response to a user selection of the visual perspective(s) from the data processed for display on the display screen.09-24-2009
20090237504Wireless video surveillance system and method with DVR-based querying - A surveillance system and method for activating communication between at least one wireless input capture device ICD(s) and a corresponding digital input recorder (DIR) and/or another ICD, including the steps of providing base system; at least one user accessing the DIR via user interface either directly or remotely; the DIR and/or ICD searching for signal from the ICD(s) and establishing communication with them, and the DIR polling for information posted by a remote server computer (RSC) based upon user inputs thereto, for providing a secure surveillance system having wireless communication for monitoring a target environment.09-24-2009
20090237503ESTIMATING MOTION OF AN EVENT CAPTURED USING A DIGITAL VIDEO CAMERA - An event aware video system (EAVS) is to capture video frames during a first time period and process events in the video frames before transferring the processed data to a central computing system. The EAVS may establish a present no-event frame from the video frames by marking the last frame as the present no-event frame if the difference between adjacent pair of video frames is less than a threshold value. The EAVS may establish an event frame, wherein a present frame captured after establishing the no-event frame is marked as the event frame if the difference between the present frame and a previous frame is greater than the threshold value. The EAVS may provide event information including motion vectors to a central computing system by performing one-dimensional search on a moving object of the event frame, wherein the motion vectors may represent displacement of objects moving within the moving object.09-24-2009
20130162819COMMUNICATION METHOD AND CONTROL END APPARATUS AND DETECTION SYSTEM USING THE SAME - The invention provides a communication method, which is applicable for a detection system, and a control end apparatus as well as a detection apparatus using the same method. According to one aspect of the invention, the invention proposes a communication method, which is applicable for communications between a detection system and a control end apparatus, and includes following procedures: the detection system transmitting a first digital television signal to a control end apparatus, and the first digital television signal include one or more video signals; and the control end apparatus transmits a second digital television signal to the detection system, where the second digital television signal includes one or more control commands.06-27-2013
20130162820STREET LIGHT HAVING ALARM DEVICE AND ALARM METHOD - A street light includes a post, a light source mounted on the post, a communicating unit, a button unit, a camera unit, a storage unit, and a central control unit. The communicating unit communicates with a server which includes an alarm system. The button unit and the camera unit are mounted on the post. The central control unit enables the camera unit to take photo of an area adjacent to the street light in response to manual operation of the button unit. The storage unit stores location information of the street light and the photos taken by the camera unit. The central control unit further transmits the photo and the location information obtained from the storage unit to the server via the communication unit. A related method is also provided.06-27-2013
20130162821SECURITY SYSTEM BASED ON SOUND FIELD VARIATION PATTERN ANALYSIS AND THE METHOD - The present disclosure relates to security system and method based on sound field variation pattern. The present disclosure identifies a slow variation pattern of a acoustic transfer function occurring due to a gradual change in temperature and humidity of air according to a change in time and a change in a characteristic of an acoustic element, from a sudden sound field variation pattern within an internal space occurring due to an intrusion from an outside, activation of an air conditioning and heating device, and the like, or within a surveillance space induced by a change in an acoustic physical property. The present disclosure identifies sound field variation patterns occurring due to a change in an acoustic structure by an intrusion and a change in temperature and convection by air conditioning and heating. The present disclosure stores and verifies image information using an image obtaining apparatus.06-27-2013
20130162817OBSCURING IDENTIFICATION INFORMATION IN AN IMAGE OF A VEHICLE - What is disclosed is a system and method for processing an image to obscure information which can be used for identification purposes. In one embodiment, an image is received as part of a traffic enforcement activity. A motor vehicle in the image has a visibly discernible license plate. The vehicle's license plate is first isolated in the image. Content in the image which can be used for identification purposes is thereafter identified. The identified content is compared to the license plate. Any content in the image which is different than the license plate is obscured by, for instance, pixelating the content in the image, introducing a distortion into the image at a location of the content, replacing content with other content, or by blurring the content of the image. The modified image containing the obscured content is then provided to an image output device for rendering. Various embodiments are disclosed.06-27-2013
20130162818METHOD, SYSTEM, COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT AND COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM FOR OBJECT TRACKING - A method for object tracking is provided, which is suitable for retrieving and analyzing distributed surveillance data. The method for object tracking includes the following steps: determining a set of surveillance data corresponding to at least one initial object spot in a set of initial object spots according to a location and a time of the initial object spot; retrieving segments of surveillance data in the set of surveillance data; finding at least one discovered object spot matching a target object qualification in the set of surveillance data and adding the discovered object spot into a set of discovered object spots; setting the set of initial object spots to be the set of discovered object spots and repeating the aforementioned steps when the set of discovered object spots is not empty; and outputting the discovered object spot when the set of discovered object spots is empty.06-27-2013
20090009600SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DISTRIBUTING DIGITAL CONTENT AT EVENTS - Methods and systems of offering and distributing digital content to an attendee at an event are described. The system contains a server containing the digital content that can be offered to an attendee as well as recording equipment for creating digital content based on the event. The digital content can be then distributed directly to a portable electronic device accessible to an attendee or distributed indirectly using a kiosk located near the event. The server can communicate both with the portable electronic devices and with the kiosk. Once the attendee has been offered the digital content, the attendee can request that the digital content be distributed from the server to that portable electronic device or distributed to a kiosk where the digital content can be retrieved by the attendee. Other embodiments are described.01-08-2009
20090009599Intelligent surveillance system and method of controlling the same - An intelligent surveillance system and a method of controlling the same. The intelligent surveillance system and method monitor a specific surveillance region. When detecting a specific object in the surveillance region during surveillance, the intelligent surveillance system and method determine the risk of the detected object and automatically changes a tracking object based on the determined result. The intelligent surveillance system includes a surveillance unit installed in a specific region for monitoring at least a portion of the specific region as a surveillance region and detecting a plurality of moving objects in the surveillance region, a control unit for determining the risk of each of the moving objects detected by the surveillance unit and selecting at least one of the moving objects as tracking objects on the basis of the risk, and a tracking unit for tracking the tracking object.01-08-2009
20090009598MONITOR RECORDING DEVICE - The monitor recording device (01-08-2009
20090009597Method Apparatus and System of Remote Monitoring - Embodiments of the present invention provide a method, apparatus and system of remote monitoring. The apparatus according to some demonstrative embodiments of the invention may include a camera positioned to capture an image within a field of view including a monitored area; a transmitter to transmit data corresponding to the image over a communication channel during a transmission time period; and a blocking arrangement to selectively block at least part of the field of view during at least part of said transmission time period, in a conspicuous manner. Other embodiments are described and claimed.01-08-2009
20120113255APPARATUS, SYSTEM, AND METHOD OF IMAGE PROCESSING, AND RECORDING MEDIUM STORING IMAGE PROCESSING CONTROL PROGRAM - An image processing apparatus at one site obtains a currently captured image that includes a drawing image of a drawing area of a drawing object and an image of a peripheral area of the drawing object, determines whether the drawing image changes from a time when a previously captured image is obtained, and transmits a differential image that reflects the drawing image to a counterpart site.05-10-2012
20120113254MINIATURE BILLBOARD ADVERTISEMENTS HAVING SECURITY FEATURES - Street-level advertising billboards may offer advertisers an additional method to reach consumers, either while they are driving or walking through city streets. The billboards may be located on stoplights, walk/don't walk signs, or the like. The billboards may include an electronic display panel for displaying an advertisement, a network interface for wirelessly sending collected data to and receiving advertisement display data from the advertisement system, and a sensor for collecting external data. The billboards may include one or more additional sensors for sensing security threats.05-10-2012
20120113253Residential Video Surveillance Device - A video surveillance device for monitoring an area nearby the entryway to a residence. The device is a single unit that can be removably secured to an exterior door. Movement in a monitored area is perceived by a motion detector that sends an initiation signal to a video camera, which records for a pre-determined length of time and saves the resulting video to a storage media. Video files can be played back on an associated digital display. Playback may be live or at a later time. The device provides residents of a dwelling with the ability to view individuals who approach the dwelling while the resident is away, asleep or otherwise occupied. The single unit construction of the device makes it easy for users to install and remove from a door with an existing peep hole. Consequently there is no need for costly set-up or maintenance.05-10-2012
20120236147SYSTEMS AND METHODS OF CENTRAL STATION VIDEO ALARM VERIFICATION USING AN ON SITE USER VIDEO SYSTEM - Systems and methods that balance the need for privacy by a primary user with the need for remote access by a secondary user to an on-site video surveillance system are provided. Methods include defining at least one predetermined condition, determining when the at least one predetermined condition is met, providing a primary user with remote access to an on-site video surveillance system in a region regardless of when the at least one predetermined condition is met, and providing a secondary user with remote access to the on-site video surveillance system in the region only when the at least one predetermined condition is met.09-20-2012
20110025846Mobile Surveillance System - A system and method comprising a mobile device in communication with a server, wherein the server is adapted for receiving surveillance data transferred electronically from a surveillance area. At least one camera is positioned at the surveillance area for capturing surveillance data, wherein the surveillance data comprises metadata comprising at least one of audio, video, images, point in time and location of the surveillance area. The surveillance data is transferred from the server to said mobile device and displayed on the mobile device upon a user request. The surveillance data may be transferred automatically using a combination of a radio, a network, or a base station. A motion detection means can be engaged to the system to detect variations in motion measurements and provide global positioning data at the surveillance area. The system provides automatic updates to a user regarding delivery surveillance data corresponding to the user request.02-03-2011
20120268597Monitoring System - To construct a system composed as described hereafter, capable of easily calling out monitoring data from a monitoring system, where task information along with index information is a key, and for which tracking by a task system is desired, by linking the index information of the monitoring data managed by the index information of the task information and monitoring system, with the storage location, and which is composed of a first and second type work area where tasks are performed, a monitoring system server, a monitoring data storage device, monitoring objects, a task system server, and a task data storage device.10-25-2012
20120268593Surveillance Monitor - A surveillance monitor includes a monitor assembly and a control hub. The monitor assembly includes at least one display unit for displaying a predetermined image. The control hub includes a control housing and a control module. The control housing is positioned at a distance from the monitor assembly. The control module is electrically communicated with the monitor assembly, wherein the control module comprises a central processing unit and a control panel provided on the control housing, wherein the central processing unit is arranged to process video signals, and transmit the processed video signal to the monitor assembly for generating a corresponding video image on the monitor assembly, so that a user is able to control video display on the monitor assembly by conveniently controlling the control module which is distant away from the monitor assembly.10-25-2012
20100157053Autonomous Recall Device - An autonomous recall device is described. A camera is movably mounted in a housing so that the camera, in some embodiments, may automatically pan and tilt. One or more environmental sensors are incorporated, such as microphones in some embodiments. In other embodiments sensors are provided physically separate from the recall device but in communication with the recall device. At least one processor in the device controls the movement and actuation of the camera according to conditions monitored by the sensor(s). Also an attention device is provided in the recall device and is controlled by the microprocessor. In an embodiment the attention device comprises light emitting diodes, actuation of the pan and tilt mechanisms, and optionally opening and closing of a cover concealing the camera. The recall device may be perceived as having its own “character”. Captured content may be retrieved via a web service in some embodiments.06-24-2010
20110176001METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MONITORING OPERATION OF AN LED DISPLAY SCREEN - A method and a system for monitoring operation of an LED display screen are provided. The method comprises: A. transmitting a monitoring video image to the LED display screen, shooting a corresponding monitoring image by a video camera, and transmitting the monitoring image back to a computer apparatus; and B. analyzing and computing pixels in the monitoring image to determine a working status of modules in the LED display screen. Prior to the step A, the method further comprises a step of: transmitting a geometric video image to the LED display screen, shooting a geometric image by the video camera, transmitting the geometric image back to the computer apparatus, and acquiring and storing coordinate information by the computer apparatus. The system comprises a computer apparatus, a video controller, an LED display screen and at least one video camera. The system is characterized in that: the computer apparatus transmits a monitoring video image to the LED display screen; the video camera shoots a monitoring image; the computer apparatus receives and stores the monitoring image; and the computer apparatus analyzes and computes pixels in the monitoring image to determine a working status of modules in the LED display screen. The present invention features a low cost and strong adaptability.07-21-2011
20120307049Networked security camera with local storage and continuous recording loop - A networked surveillance audio-video recorder for security applications with local storage and continuous record loop using high-definition video and encrypted data is described. Evidentiary audio-video is locally stored on a non-volatile storage media, and later transmitted in accordance with channel bandwidth with optional temporal, spatial or peak signal-to-noise ratio (PSNR) scalability and in accordance to display capabilities of target viewing device upon request of time regions of interest or window around alarm trigger events, or for periodic archival reasons.12-06-2012
20120293652LED Module with Integrated Thermal Spreader - LED module with integrated thermal spreader. In an aspect, an LED module is provided that includes an LED light source, a driver connected to energize the LED light source, and a thermal spreader thermally coupled to at least one of the LED light source and the driver, the thermal spreader configured to provide a thermal conduction path to conduct heat energy away from the LED module. In another aspect, a lighting device includes a heat sink and an LED module mated with the heat sink. The LED module includes an LED light source, a driver connected to energize the LED light source, and a thermal spreader thermally coupled to at least one of the LED light source and the driver, the thermal spreader forming a thermal conduction path with the heat sink to conduct thermal energy away from the LED module.11-22-2012
20120293654IMAGE TRANSMISSION APPARATUS, IMAGE TRANSMISSION METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An image transmission apparatus configured to transmit a captured image captured by an imaging unit to a display apparatus via a network includes a detection unit configured to detect that an image capturing direction of the imaging unit reaches a reference direction, a limiting unit configured to limit display of an entire or partial region of the captured image, a providing unit configured to provide information for composing a screen to be used for displaying the captured image on the display apparatus, and a control unit configured to cause the limiting unit to limit display of an entire or partial region of the captured image captured during a detection period after starting of changing of the image capturing direction and before detecting that the image capturing direction reaches the reference direction, and to allow providing the information for composing the screen during a period including the detection period.11-22-2012
20090040300Removably Mountable, Portable Vision System - A removably mountable, portable vision system, the portable vision system including a portable, auto-focusing camera, which is removably mountable to a surface, for capturing and transmitting video to a portable hand-held receiver where the video is displayed as an aid to the user. The system may be used in a variety of vehicle applications, such as attaching a snow plow or backing up and connecting a trailer hitch. The auto-focusing camera provides for quick installation by eliminating manual focusing of the camera by the user. In addition, the system utilizes a single wireless channel for data transmission, eliminating the need for the user to select a wireless channel before use. Finally, the receiver has normal and reverse image display modes of operation, enabling the system to provide the user with an optimal video image regardless of the mounting location of the camera and the current application of the system.02-12-2009
20100171829DRIVE RECORDER - An object of the present invention is to provide a drive recorder that can record all video information required and only what is required. More particularly, the invention provides a drive recorder for recording video information received from an image capturing unit onto a recording medium, includes an acceleration sensor which outputs acceleration information representing an acceleration applied to a vehicle, and a control unit which, determines that a recording condition holds and records video information captured for a first predetermined period of time before the occurrence of the recording condition and video information captured for a second predetermined period of time after the occurrence of the recording condition on the recording medium when the acceleration information equals or exceeds a threshold, wherein after the recording condition holds, the control unit does not record newly captured video information on the recording medium when the acceleration information again becomes equal to or exceeds the threshold in less than a third predetermined period of time which is shorter than the second predetermined period of time.07-08-2010
20110279672COPLANAR CAMERA SCANNING SYSTEM - A system for scanning objects having at least two linear array sensors, adapted to detect light input signals, is provided. A lens is optically connected to each of the linear array sensors, and are adapted to receive and transmit an optical image located in a respective lens field of view along a respective lens axis to the respective one of the at least two linear array sensor. A light source which generates an illumination stripe in general linear alignment with the lens axis across a depth of the field of view is provided. A cylindrical lens is positioned between the light source and an object to be scanned. The cylindrical lens adapted to collect, transmit and focus light from the light source to form the illumination stripe. This arrangement provides a wider system field of view with generally more uniform resolution.11-17-2011
20110279671DEVICE FOR MONITORING A FACILITY PROVIDED WITH CAMERA - A device for monitoring an installation comprising means for issuing a cue to the environment of a camera indicating that the camera is passing from a state in which it is not capable of picking up images to a state in which it is capable of picking up images, or is indeed picking them up, and vice versa. The cue is issued in at least one of the following two forms: a movement of a mask suitable for covering a lens of the camera; and a sound signal.11-17-2011
20100020171SURVEILLANCE DATA RECORDING DEVICE AND METHOD - A surveillance data recording device includes a display, a digital tuner, and a control mechanism. The display displays a received surveillance data signal over a first bandwidth. The control mechanism allows a user to select a frequency band of interest. The digital tuner truncates the received signal to produce a narrowband signal comprised only of portions of the received signal that are within the frequency band of interest. A digital storage unit, such as a fixed or removable hard drive or solid state storage device, stores the narrowband signal over a period of time.01-28-2010
20080309760METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING A VIDEO SURVEILLANCE CAMERA - A method of controlling a video surveillance camera comprising the steps of creating a first camera control to cause the camera to perform one of the control functions from a group of control functions comprising pan, tilt, zoom, and focus, storing the first camera control in memory, providing a video analysis module for analyzing the video images generated by the camera, and associating the first camera control with the video analysis module so that the video analysis module analyzes the video images generated by the camera when the first camera control is implemented.12-18-2008
20110128378Modular Electronic Display Platform - A modular touchscreen platform enables dynamic reconfiguration of the touchscreen for different functions. The touchscreen platform includes the touchscreen display and one or more removeable and replaceable modules that each enable different functions in the touchscreen platform. The modules provide different functionality through the touchscreen depending on needs of the user. The touchscreen platform can be used as an in-home consumer touchscreen with uses including home management, energy management, security, surveillance, health monitoring, elder care and other consumer applications.06-02-2011
20080284848Security surveillance planning tool kit - A surveillance planning and analysis tool kit for planning and analysis at a region. The tool kit includes a computer system programmed with software adapted to simulate optical and imaging parameters at the region including a realistic geo-spatial map of the region, a number of surveillance cameras, camera specifications and lighting conditions. Preferred embodiments include computer software to permit planning and analysis of optical imaging technologies in the 400 nm-1700 nm spectrum that comprises the visible, near infrared, and short wave infrared where the primary signal is ambient light reflected from objects.11-20-2008
20090066788System for Data Routing in Networks - An integrated security system integrates broadband and mobile access and control with conventional security systems and premise devices to provide a tri-mode security network having remote connectivity and access. The integrated security system delivers remote premise monitoring and control functionality to conventional monitored premise protection and complements existing premise protection equipment. The integrated security system integrates into the premise network and couples wirelessly with the conventional security panel, enabling broadband access to premise security systems. Automation devices can be added, enabling users to remotely see live video or pictures and control home devices via a personal web portal or other client device. Camera management enables automatic configuration and management of cameras in the premise network. The camera management extends to remote control and monitoring from outside the firewall of the premise network to include routing of images or video from a streaming source device to a requesting client device.03-12-2009
20090309968Accessorizable security camera - An accessorizable security camera has at least one functional accessory and a camera body having a case, security camera optoelectronical module, a front cap assembly and a rear cap. The case is tubular and has a front opening, a rear opening, an outer surface and at least one guiding structure. The at least one guiding structure may be a recess being formed longitudinally on the outer surface of the case. The at least one functional accessory may be a weather cover, an auxiliary light source, an auxiliary mounting bracket, a motion sensor, a combination thereof or the like. The at least one functional accessory has a mounting structure corresponding to the guiding structure and being selectively and detachably mounted in the guiding structure. Therefore, the at least one functional accessory may be easily mounted on the camera body by using the mounting structure to increase flexibility of use.12-17-2009
20090309967Hand-held inspection tool and method - The hand-held inspection tool enhances the ability of an on-site inspector to detect and communicate the presence of contamination on an object or in an area. An on-site inspector directs an excitation light in the sensing head of the tool into an area of interest. If the targeted contamination is present, the excitation light causes the contamination to emit fluorescence. The emitted fluorescent light passes through a narrow spectral band-pass video camera filter and is detected by a video camera mounted in the tool sensing head. The video camera transmits the image to a display visible to the on-site inspector. The invention also includes a means of recording, documenting, and wirelessly communicating the inspection process so that remotely located personnel can view the inspection, and respond to the inspection findings in real time.12-17-2009
20090309970Vehicle Operation System And Vehicle Operation Method - A vehicle operation system has: a shot image acquisition portion acquiring a shot image from an image shooting device mounted on a vehicle; an input portion to which movement information on the vehicle is input; and a display portion displaying an image based on the movement information in a form superimposed on an image based on the shot image. The vehicle operation system operates the vehicle based on the movement information.12-17-2009
20090309969CAMERA SYSTEM FOR MONITORING A SPACE AREA - A camera system for monitoring a space area has a camera unit including an image sensor and a number of optical elements which form an imaging optics. A system body has at least one receptacle for the camera unit. A mounting part serves for aligning the system body relative to the space area. The optical elements are fastened on an objective body which has a mounting flange. The objective body is fastened in the receptacle by means of the mounting flange.12-17-2009
20100128126MONITORING DEVICE AND INTERFERENCE DETECTION METHOD - There is provided a monitoring device includes an imaging unit which images an image, a turning unit which turns an angle of the imaging unit between a plurality of predetermined positions, an interference detection unit which detects an interference action based on an image sequence imaged in one of the plurality of predetermined positions, a past image storage unit which stores an image imaged before the imaging unit turns, and a turning-period interference detection unit which detects an interference action in a period the imaging unit turns, using the image imaged in a predetermined position before the imaging unit turns and the image stored in the past image storage unit, when the imaging unit turns after the past image storage unit stores the image, and turns back to a predetermined position before its turn.05-27-2010
20110298922SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR OBJECT EXTRACTION - Systems and methods for extracting an image of a physical object constructed of for example bricks are presented. The method and system may detect boundaries and edges of a background using an edge detection operator, perform a perspective transformation calculation to compute a corrected virtual grid that is substantially aligned with the physical object's image, locate a color calibration palette in the digital image and extract color value information for pixels of the color calibration palette, and discern bricks as part of the physical object's image, the discernment being based in part on a determination of the brick's color compared to the color palette and the background color, the discerned bricks forming the extracted image. A computer readable medium may include instructions causing a system to extract an image of a physical object constructed of bricks according to the method.12-08-2011
20090207247Hybrid remote digital recording and acquisition system - A surveillance system includes an event module that receives an event detection signal that indicates an event external to the surveillance system. The system also includes a power control module that selectively operates a data recording device at least partially concurrent with the event based on the event detection signal. The system also includes a selection module that selects a portion of data recorded by the data recording device based on content of the data. A data transmission module transmits the portion over a remote communication link.08-20-2009
20090079827SENSOR FOR IMAGING INSIDE EQUIPMENT - A system for monitoring performance of a machine for detection of visible signs of failure, the system including: a machine enclosure housing a plurality of machine parts; a visual conduit for providing a view of an interior of the machine; an interface to the machine configured to receive images from the visual conduit; and a repair network for linking the interface to a monitoring center that provides for the repair of problems with the machine.03-26-2009
20110298920Removable Storage Cartridge for Harsh Electromagnetic Environment - A removable storage cartridge includes centring pins allowing the guidance of its connection with a receiver chassis while retaining the separation of the electrical grounds and mechanical grounds. The cartridge comprises a housing in which is encased a storage medium, a cartridge connector linked to a connector of the storage medium, and two centring pins. The centring pins allow at one and the same time the guidance of the connection between the cartridge connector and a connector of a receiver chassis for the cartridge, and the electrical connections, insulated from one another, between a mechanical ground of the cartridge and a mechanical ground of the storage medium on the one hand, and between an electrical ground of the cartridge and an electrical ground of the storage medium on the other hand. The device may be applied in the field of the storage of videosurveillance data, notably for on-board videosurveillance.12-08-2011
20110298921ROTATIONAL DRIVING DEVICE, IMAGE CAPTURING DEVICE, AND NETWORK CAMERA SYSTEM - A rotational driving device has a rotation body and a plurality of magnetic rotation drivers so as to rotate the rotation body by generating a magnetic force in a rotation direction. Provided in an area formed between the magnetic rotation drivers are a first magnetic sensor that detects a position of the rotation body in a radial direction; a second magnetic sensor that detects a position of the rotation body in an axial direction; a first electromagnet that controls the position of the rotation body in the radial direction by generating a radial-direction magnetic force; and a second electromagnet that controls the position of the rotation body in the axial direction by generating an axial-direction magnetic force. The rotational driving device is capable of providing a long-term dependability, inhibiting vibration, as well as using space effectively.12-08-2011
20110298919Apparatus Using an Accelerometer to Determine a Point of View for Capturing Photographic Images - Methods and apparatuses for operating an electronic device based on an accelerometer to capture photographic images with a camera integrated into the display screen are described.12-08-2011
20110285847REMOTE MONITORING - Remote monitoring and inspection of measurement devices, emergency equipment, parking spaces, and other items is accomplished by using an image sensor (e.g., a CMOS sensor) to capture an image containing information about the monitored item. A signal containing information about the image (e.g., data representing the captured image or data indicating the state of the captured image) is transmitted to a remote central station.11-24-2011
20120105633System And Method For Controlling Devices At A Location - A system and method for controlling, by an outside entity, one or more devices associated with a location. A representative embodiment of the system architecture comprises an internal computer system through which a device may be remotely controlled by the outside entity during a communication session between the outside entity and the internal computer system through an external computer network. The external computer network can be the Internet. When the outside entity is requested to control the device, the outside entity's identity information is authenticated before the communication session is established.05-03-2012
20080303902SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR INTEGRATING VIDEO ANALYTICS AND DATA ANALYTICS/MINING - A method and system detects potential suspicious behavior in a monitored facility. The monitored facility includes at least one point of transaction terminal. Video content of an activity occurring at the monitored facility and transaction data relating to a transaction processed at the transaction terminal are collected. The video content is correlated with the transaction data to produce correlated data. A set of user-defined rules are applied to the correlated data. Responsive to identifying a match between the correlated data and at least one rule of the set of user-defined rules, the transaction is determined to be potentially suspicious.12-11-2008
20110285845DISTANT FACE RECOGNITION SYSTEM - A method and system for automatic face recognition. A primary and a plurality of secondary video cameras can be provided to monitor a detection area. The primary video camera can detect people present in the detection zone. Data can be then transmitted to a prioritizor module that produces a prioritized list of detected people. The plurality of secondary video cameras then captures a high-resolution image of the faces of the people present in the detection area according to the prioritized list provided by the prioritizor module. The high-resolution images can be then provided to a face recognition module, which is used to identify the people present in the detection area.11-24-2011
20110285846ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND METHOD FOR MONITORING SPECIFIED AREA - A method for monitoring a specified area using an electronic device sets a detection region and a detection mode in a captured image of an image capturing device using a display screen of the electronic device, and sends the detection region and the detection mode to a host computer. The method further displays an image sent from the host computer on the display screen upon the condition that the host computer detects a missed object or a leaving object in the image according to the detection region and the detection mode.11-24-2011
20090278931VIDEO DATA TRANSMISSION SYSTEM FOR REMOTE-MONITORING AND REMOTE-MONITORING EQUIPMENT USING THE SAME - A video transmitter for remote monitoring includes at least one transmitter and a concentrator. The at least one transmitter is installed in the establishment to be monitored and connected to a predetermined number of surveillance cameras, receives video signals of the surveillance cameras in parallel, and transmits the video signals of the surveillance cameras to the central control center at a predetermined upstream data rate, the transmitter being controlled by control data transmitted by the central control center. The concentrator is installed in the central control center, includes at least two receiving modules for concentrating the video signals transmitted by the respective transmitters, transmits the concentrated video signals to the central control center's manager, receives control data for the transmitters from the central control center's manager, and transmits the control data to the transmitters at a downstream data rate that is equal to or less than the upstream data rate.11-12-2009
20110292206IP-Closed Circuit System and Method - The invention relates to a switching module for creating and operating secure networks of data sources and monitoring stations, and for providing controlled access to the data sources and monitoring stations from public networks.12-01-2011
20110292207NETWORK SWITCH CONTROL DIGITAL VIDEO RECORDER - A network switch control digital video recorder (DVR) is provided. The network switch control DVR includes a network switch module configured to include a plurality of ports via which data is input to or output from at least one camera, a network storage, an external computer, and a DVR module and to multiplex data input or output via the plurality of ports; and the DVR module configured to control the input or output of data to or from the network switch module by monitoring a state of the input or output of data via the plurality of ports.12-01-2011
20110141277SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING A VIRTUAL COMMUNITY WATCH - Embodiments of the disclosed invention include a system and a method for monitoring a location. For example, the disclosed embodiments may be utilized to monitor a border, such as, but not limited to, the border between the United States and Mexico. In addition, the disclosed embodiments may be utilized to monitor any location including, but not limited to, residential locations, businesses, warehouses, and mass transportation facilities. In one embodiment, a web portal is provided in which the general public may view streaming video and/or still images associated with cameras placed along the monitored location. A user viewing one or more selected cameras is provided with an option to report suspicious activities seen on the one or more selected cameras. The report is sent to one or more local law enforcement agencies associated with the location of the camera.06-16-2011
20080239072Door monitor with a portable storage medium - A door monitor with a portable storage medium includes a host module disposed behind the door, a night-vision camera module disposed outside the door and electrically connected with the host module, a sensor disposed outside the door for detecting whether any object is approaching, and a microphone connected with the host module. The host module has a multimedia processor, a display, a touch panel, and a portable storage medium connecting interface. The user enters monitoring criteria using the touch panel. When an object approaches and stays for a period of time, the night-vision camera module starts recording. The recorded video data are sent to and played on the display. The video data are compressed in a format and stored on the portable storage medium. The door monitor readily monitors situations outside the door and records and stores video images for the purposes of home security.10-02-2008
20090002490ACOUSTIC RECOGNITION APPARATUS, ACOUSTIC RECOGNITION METHOD, AND ACOUSTIC RECOGNITION PROGRAM - An acoustic recognition apparatus determines whether or not a pre-stored target acoustic signal of a target sound subject to detection is contained in an entered input acoustic signal. The acoustic recognition apparatus includes an acoustic signal analysis part, a target sound storage part, a characteristic frequency extraction part, a calculation part, and a determination part.01-01-2009
20090079825PSEUDO-COLOR COVERT NIGHT VISION SECURITY DIGITAL CAMERA SYSTEM - A digital security camera system and method for pseudo-color covert night vision is provided. The system includes one or more light sources adapted for providing selective illumination at a plurality of infrared wavelengths, such as 730 nm, 830 nm and 940 nm. A monochrome digital image capture device records multiple images of a target illuminated in the plurality of wavelengths and stored in a storage device. A processor retrieves the set of recorded images and assigns each wavelength to a specific color channel. The color channels are combined into a composite color image.03-26-2009
20100033569IMAGE PROVIDING APPARATUS, IMAGE DISPLAYING APPARATUS, IMAGE TRANSMITTING SYSTEM AND IMAGE TRANSMITTING METHOD USING THE SAME - An image providing apparatus, an image displaying apparatus, an image transmitting system and an image transmitting method thereof. The image providing apparatus includes a storage unit, a transceiver to receive transmission request information and a stored image, and a controller to process the image using extracted information. Accordingly, a waste of resource required for data processing at an external device is reduced and an image optimized for display is provided to the external device.02-11-2010
20090284595COMMUNICATIONS AND SURVEILLANCE SYSTEMS, METHODS, AND APPARATUS - A method for communicating with a person at a remote area includes sensing, by a motion sensor of a surveillance module, motion; transitioning, by the surveillance module, from a home configuration, in which a head of the surveillance module is disposed generally in abutment with a bulb of the surveillance module, to an active configuration, in which a head of the surveillance module is not disposed generally in abutment with the bulb; capturing, by a video camera of the surveillance module, video of an area proximate the surveillance module; capturing, by a microphone of the surveillance module, audio proximate the surveillance module; communicating, from the surveillance module, data representative of the captured video and audio; receiving, at the surveillance module, data representative of speech; playing, over a speaker of the surveillance module, the speech; transitioning, by the surveillance module, from the active configuration to the home configuration.11-19-2009
20090189979Method for Providing Images of Traffic Incidents - A method for providing traffic incident information is disclosed. Selected images of a traffic incident are associated with corresponding traffic incident data. The combined information is provided to an end-user application, such as a navigation system, the Internet, and a television station. A user can obtain the combined traffic incident information from the end-user application and/or device to obtain a better understanding of the traffic incident.07-30-2009
20110216192BROADBAND PASSIVE TRACKING FOR AUGMENTED REALITY - Technologies are generally described for a broadband passive sensing and tracking system that may employ a number of passive receivers that each have the capability of sensing electromagnetic waves (e.g., Radio Frequency “RF” signals) from surrounding broadcast sources. Each passive receiver may be adapted to sense through one or more antennas. Multiple receivers at different positions may be utilized to form a broadband sensing network adapted to perform collaborative tracking of a scene of interest. According to some examples, a beam-forming algorithm may be applied over the broadband sensing network utilizing an antenna array formed by the passive receivers to localize and track objects.09-08-2011
20110216191SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR EFFICIENT INSTALLATION OF SURVEILLANCE SYSTEMS AND FOCUS TOOL SYSTEM - A system and method for the installation of surveillance systems and a focus tool system. In operation, a focus tool is coupled to a camera. The focus tool provides power to the camera. Through the focus tool, a user can view the image provided by the video camera make adjustments, including position and focus adjustments, to the camera. The focus tool may include a PoE network interface controller. The focus tool provides power to the camera and also includes a communications link for receiving images that are captured by the camera. The images from the camera are displayed on a screen at the focus tool.09-08-2011
20120188371Stabilizing Directional Audio Input from a Moving Microphone Array - A device includes a microphone array fixed to the device. A signal processor produces an audio output using audio beamforming with input from the microphone array. The signal processor aims the beamforming in a selected direction. An orientation sensor—such as a compass, an accelerometer, or an inertial sensor—is coupled to the signal processor. The orientation sensor detects a change in the orientation of the microphone array and provides an orientation signal to the signal processor for adjusting the aim of the beamforming to maintain the selected direction. The device may include a camera that captures an image. An image processor may identify an audio source in the image and provide a signal adjusting the selected direction to follow the audio source. The image processor may receive the orientation signal and adjust the image for changes in the orientation of the camera before tracking movement of the audio source.07-26-2012
20090219387INTELLIGENT HIGH RESOLUTION VIDEO SYSTEM - An automated electronic video surveillance system enables a high-resolution mega-pixel camera to capture high quality, detailed, magnified images at multiple locations, simultaneously with an overview of the whole scene. A preferred embodiment requiring no moving parts provides full 360-degree continuous viewing with up to 5× all-digital zoom capability. The system performs continuous surveillance and active resolution allocation in the form of a feedback control subsystem that dynamically allocates resources so that important details within a scene receive appropriate scrutiny, while uninteresting areas are imaged at a lower resolution.09-03-2009
20100110186SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR REMOTELY MONITORING AND/OR VIEWING IMAGES FROM A CAMERA OR VIDEO DEVICE - A system and method are provided for remotely monitoring images from an image capturing device. Image data from an image capturing component is received where image data represents images of a scene in a field of view of the image capturing component. The image data may be analyzed to determine that the scene has changed. A determination may be made that the scene has changed. In response to this determination being made, a communication may be transmitted to a designated device, recipient or network location. The communication may be informative that a scene change or event occurred. The communication may be in the form of a notification or an actual image or series of images of the scene after the change or event.05-06-2010
20110267464REMOTE TELEMETRY AND VIDEO - This invention concerns remote telemetry and video. In a first aspect, the invention is a remote telemetry and video support platform for communicating with at least one remote mobile telemetry video monitoring installation, and with users. The platform stores a profile for each remote installation and uses this profile to assemble a message for transmission to each remote installation to enable automatic configuration of the remote installation's hardware, and establishment of a monitoring regime. Thereafter as the monitoring regime is performed by the remote installation and monitoring data is generated, the server platform receives, stores and interprets the data, and provides the data to users as required and according to the respective profile. In another aspect a remote mobile telemetry and video monitoring installation. In a further aspect the invention is a remote telemetry and video network comprising the platform and plural remote installations.11-03-2011
20090153660SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM AND METHOD INCLUDING ACTIVE ALERT FUNCTION - A surveillance system including active alert function has a recognition system and an information processing system linking to the recognition system. The recognition system sets a monitoring area and identifies whether a visitor entering the monitoring area is an authorized user and gets monitoring information of the visitor. The information processing system saves the monitoring information and sends the saved information to the authorized user through an output system. Through the invention the authorized user can be actively informed of the monitoring in formation got in the monitoring area to avoid possible risks that might otherwise occur due to non-timely informed of the monitoring information.06-18-2009
20090153661METHOD FOR BUILDING AND EXTRACTING ENTITY NETWORKS FROM VIDEO - A computer implemented method for deriving an attribute entity network (AEN) from video data is disclosed, comprising the steps of: extracting at least two entities from the video data; tracking the trajectories of the at least two entities to form at least two tracks; deriving at least one association between at least two entities by detecting at least one event involving the at least two entities, said detecting of at least one event being based on detecting at least one spatio-temporal motion correlation between the at least two entities; and constructing the AEN by creating a graph wherein the at least two objects form at least two nodes and the at least one association forms a link between the at least two nodes.06-18-2009
20090066790SMART NETWORK CAMERA SYSTEM-ON-A-CHIP - Aspects of a method and system for processing video data are disclosed and may include detecting, within a single chip in a programmable surveillance video camera, one or more moving objects in a raw video signal generated by the programmable surveillance video camera. One or more characteristics of the detected one or more objects may be extracted within the single chip in the programmable surveillance video camera. The extraction may be based on the raw video signal and may be performed prior to compression of the raw video data. The characteristics of the detected one or more objects may include shape, texture, color, motion presence, motion direction, sequence name, location, links, and/or alarm type. One or more textual representations of at least one of the characteristics of the detected one or more objects may be generated within the single chip in the programmable surveillance video camera.03-12-2009
20090147084WIRING TOOL AND MONITOR CAMERA DEVICE - The wiring fixture has a base unit, which is to be mounted on a predetermined position, and a functional unit that is formed as a removable structure and is to be electrically connected to the base unit. The base unit has a connecting body having a connecting section for connecting a first line from a control section of an electric device. The connecting body is rotatably disposed to the base unit so that the connecting section not only faces in a mounting direction of the base unit but also faces in a direction different from the mounting direction of the base unit. The structure copes with a layout change and offers easy wiring between the base unit and lines led through the ceiling or a wall.06-11-2009
20110169952VIDEO DATA PROCESSING DEVICE AND VIDEO DATA PROCESSING SYSTEM - When a main video data stream that is selected and decoded is changed, a video data processing device 07-14-2011
20080266393INFRA-RED CLOSED CIRCUIT TELEVISION CAMERA HAVING IR LED MOVING ACCORDING TO THE MOTION OF LENS - The invention relates to an Infra Red Closed Circuit Television (IR CCTV) surveillance camera equipped with IR LEDs that can irradiate IR light on a subject, properly illuminating the entire subject according to the distance to the subject, by moving the IR LEDs back from the subject and retracting the LEDs into reflecting sections when the subject is at a far distance, to thereby concentrate the IR light at a distance via a focused, concentrated, and/or collimated beam. The camera moves forward the IR LEDs toward the subject when the subject is nearby, such that the LEDs protrude from the reflecting sections to provide a dispersed beam to properly illuminate the entire nearby subject.10-30-2008
20080266392INFRA-RED CLOSED CIRCUIT TELEVISION CAMERA ADJUSTING DISTANCE AND FOCUS BY ONE ELEMENT - The invention relates to a distance adjusting and focus adjusting Infra Red Closed Circuit Television (IR CCTV) surveillance camera offering distance adjusting and focus adjusting in a single unit, enabling a smaller sized camera while lowering production costs. A focus adjusting shaft, configured to drive a focus adjuster that adjusts focus by enlarging or reducing the lens aperture, is configured as a single unit with a distance adjusting shaft, configured to drive a distance adjuster that adjusts distance to the subject, by rotational adjustments.10-30-2008
20080266395USER ASSISTED CUSTOMIZATION OF AUTOMATED VIDEO SURVEILLANCE SYSTEMS - A surveillance system allows a user to characterize the user's environment and/or the user s surveillance application, via a selection from among a variety of predefined environments and/or applications. Preferably, the selection is from among a variety of scene configurations, such as the expected number and type of targets in a typical scene, the lighting conditions of the scene, and so on. The selected environments and/or applications effect a determination of the parameters that are used in the various algorithms and processing modules within the surveillance system. Because the selection is preferably from a variety of common scene configurations, no technical skills are required to effect an optimization of the performance of the surveillance system for a particular environment.10-30-2008
20090079824Security Camera System and Method of Steering Beams to Alter a Field of View - A security camera system according to present invention embodiments includes a telephoto type lens with one or more factors of optical zoom. A set of prisms that steer incoming beams from the surrounding environment (to adjust the field of view) is disposed in front of the lens. The security camera system preferably includes a wide angle staring mode that encompasses a large field of view, where the prisms are oriented to provide no steering effect. The security camera system further includes a high-resolution zoom mode, where the telephoto lens focuses on a region of interest and the prisms perform beam steering to adjust the field of view and enable the region of interest or an object to remain at the center of the security camera system view. Image processing techniques may be employed that consider the beam steering angle and the field of view to compensate for distortion effects.03-26-2009
20120188370Surveillance systems and methods to monitor, recognize, track objects and unusual activities in real time within user defined boundaries in an area - A surveillance system and method that utilize computer vision technology and background subtraction to monitor, recognize, and track objects or unusual activities within user specified boundaries. The system and method comprises at least one camera and at least one computer with a software program showing one or multiple windows of camera's field of views in real time. The program allows users to define one or multiple boundaries within any window. The program further utilizes background subtraction technique to establish normal “home-position” of objects within defined boundaries. The program compares current image of the objects against the normal “home-position” to determine/calculate the difference of pixel intensity values. If the difference is beyond the predetermine threshold, the program will flag the movement of the object and give off alert.07-26-2012
20100128123SECURITY SYSTEM INCLUDING LESS THAN LETHAL DETERRENT - A security system includes a video system for capturing images of an intruder. A deterrent dispensing device dispenses a deterrent substance in a selected direction. An actuator module is communicatively coupled to the video system and is coupled to the deterrent dispensing device. The actuator module receives a video signal from the video system and, in response thereto, controls the deterrent dispensing device to thereby aim the dispensed deterrent substance in a direction of the intruder.05-27-2010
20100118144MERCHANDISE SECURITY SYSTEM INCLUDING DISPLAY STAND HAVING VIDEO CAMERA - A merchandise security system includes a display stand for supporting and displaying an article of merchandise, a video imaging device and an actuator operably coupled to the video imaging device for actuating the video imaging device to collect video data in response to a displacement of the article of merchandise relative to the display stand. In exemplary embodiments, the actuator includes a first activation element disposed on a sensor housing configured for attachment to the article of merchandise and a second activation element disposed on the display stand. The first activation element and the second activation element actuate the video imaging device between the inactive state and the active state to collect the video data when the article of merchandise is displaced relative to the display stand. The video imaging device may be a video camera housed within, positioned adjacent to, or integrated with the display stand.05-13-2010
20100118143EXTENDED LIFE VIDEO CAMERA SYSTEM AND METHOD - An extended-life video camera system comprising a video detector assembly (VDA) directable at a viewing region, the VDA having: a video camera module maintainable in a normally inactive state; a passive detection module (PDM) operatable to selectively activate the video camera module; and a non-mains power source capable of powering the VDA for an extended period.05-13-2010
20120169874METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING REMOTE CONTROL FROM A REMOTE CLIENT COMPUTER - A method and system for remotely controlling a device via a computer network is provided. A client computer generates a client difference program indicative of a change of a state of the device last received from a server computer and transmits the same to the server computer. Upon receipt, the server computer executes the client difference program and determines an updated state of the device, generates control data indicative of the updated state of the device, provides the control data to the device, and generates and transmits a server difference program having encoded a difference between the state of the device and a state of the device last transmitted to the client computer. The client computer executes the server difference program for updating the state of the device last received from the server computer and for displaying the same in a human comprehensible fashion.07-05-2012
20090290019SYSTEM, METHOD AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT FOR INTEGRATION OF SENSOR AND WEAPON SYSTEMS WITH A GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE - A system, method and computer program product provides for integrating a sensor system data and a weapon system data with a graphical user interface (GUI) is provided. An area surrounding the mobile object on the GUI system is displayed. The respective locations of one or more sensed objects sensed by the sensor system in the area may be determined in response to a user selected sensor system input. The one or more sensed objects on the GUI system may be displayed. The weapon system may be targeted upon the one or more sensed objects in response to a user selected weapon system input.11-26-2009
20110199481VIDEO SURVEILLANCE RECORDING SYSTEM - Embodiments of the present invention may provide a system and method for providing airflow through a video surveillance system enclosure. A video surveillance system enclosure may have a first hole and a second hole. An incoming conduit may have a first incoming opening fitted into the first hole. A first plurality of holes may along at least a portion of a length of the incoming conduit. An outgoing conduit may have a first outgoing opening fitted into the second hole. A second plurality of holes may run along at least a portion of a length of the outgoing conduit.08-18-2011
20120033072MONITORING SYSTEM AND RELATED METHOD FOR RECORDING MOTIONED IMAGE, AND MACHINE READABLE MEDIUM THEREOF - A method for recording a monitored image is disclosed. The method includes the following steps. First, a monitored image is captured. A foreground image and a background image are obtained according to the monitored image and a previously monitored image. Brightness information and a threshold value are generated according to the foreground image and the background image respectively. It is determined that whether a moving object has displayed on the monitored image based on the brightness information and the threshold value. If so, the recording of the monitored image starts.02-09-2012
20090207248SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR HIGH-RESOLUTION STORAGE OF IMAGES - An image-creation method includes capturing an image as digital data, locating an area of interest of the captured image, extracting, from the digital data, at least some data corresponding to the located area of interest, digitally magnifying the extracted at least some data to yield digitally magnified data, and combining the digitally magnified data with at least some of the digital data of the captured image to yield combined data.08-20-2009
20100079592Method for Monitoring a Predetermined Photographed Area Via A Website - A method for monitoring an area with digital cameras via the Internet is disclosed which uses a database and server to provide user interface to the camera and storage capabilities.04-01-2010
20110169950ARCHITECTURE FOR WIRELESS COMMUNICATION AND MONITORING - An apparatus and a method for wireless communication and remote surveillance are disclosed. According to one embodiment, the apparatus includes a CMOS based high definition video camera with the structure to perform analytics. Furthermore, the same network access point that sends/receives audio-video signals from the video camera also sends/receives wireless broadband Internet data, which can comply with any wireless networking standard, including but not limited to WiMAX, Wi-Fi and LTE.07-14-2011
20090201369Weight Monitoring System For Scrap And Recycled Materials - A scrap metal recycling monitoring system, wherein a container, identified and of a known tare weight is associated with a scale while scrap metal is placed therein. The scale continuously monitors the weight of the container, and can be polled, or automatically produces an auditable data stream revealing the change in weight of the container over time as it is associated with the scale. A camera records the container while it is on the scale and also produces auditable image data. As containers near capacity, a notice is automatically generated to coordinate dispatch activities of persons transporting containers.08-13-2009
20090284596INFRARED SURVEILLANCE CAMERA HAVING DETACHABLE LIGHTING DEVICE ROTATABLE WITH CAMERA LENS - An infrared surveillance camera essentially includes a base, a camera lens, a horizontal rotation device, a vertical rotation device, a transparent cover, a shielding cover, at least one lighting device, and at least one connector. The shielding cover is provided in the base and configured for shielding components received in the base. The at least one lighting device is connected to the camera lens by the at least one connector so as to rotate with the camera lens, thereby providing supplementary illumination and enhancing the quality of images captured with the camera lens.11-19-2009
20080211910Surveillance Camera, Method For Calibrating the Surveillance Camera, and Use of the Surveillance Camera - Video monitoring systems are commonly used for monitoring streets, junctions, squares, and also public buildings, museums, prisons. Video monitoring systems which output the results for the viewing areas/objects in the scene in metric units, such as lengths in meters and speed in meters per second, or the absolute and/or relative positioning in a camera network, require knowledge of camera parameters such as e.g. the position, orientation, and aperture angle of the camera(s). These parameters are usually manually measured at high cost during the installation process, for example special patterns (sample patterns) are used, or people walking backwards and forwards in front of the camera. A monitoring camera 09-04-2008
20100201813WHEEL-LESS MOBILE SECURITY SYSTEM DEPLOYMENT - A mobile security apparatus without wheels is provided. The mobile security system may be suitable for transportation to and/or deployment in locations that are not accessible by roads, such as those covered by ice or snow, those in a body of water, etc. For some embodiments, the mobile security apparatus includes surveillance equipment, a pole for supporting the surveillance equipment, a base unit for supporting the pole, and wheel-less positioning means for transporting the mobile security system. Methods and apparatus for deploying the wheel-less mobile security systems are also provided.08-12-2010
20100201812ACTIVE DISPLAY FEEDBACK IN INTERACTIVE INPUT SYSTEMS - A method for distinguishing between a plurality of pointers in an interactive input system comprises calculating a plurality of potential coordinates for a plurality of pointers in proximity of an input surface of the interactive input system, displaying visual indicators associated with each potential coordinate on the input surface, and determining real pointer locations and imaginary pointer locations associated with each potential coordinate from the visual indicators.08-12-2010
20080204553System and method for obtaining and utilizing maintenance information - A system for obtaining, recording, displaying, storing, transmitting and receiving maintenance and other information is provided. The system, which may include an electronic maintenance apparatus that may be in the form of a hand-held digital computer, allows a user to capture and store images, sound, and/or error codes and related text or voice data and other information concerning the system or object being maintained. The information can be stored locally and/or transmitted to remote locations. Retrieval of the images and other data at a later date provides an historical perspective of the object, enabling one using the maintenance apparatus to compare and contrast the condition of the object over time. Instruction on how to accomplish a job at hand, diagnostic information and/or support information may also be transmitted to and from the maintenance apparatus.08-28-2008
20090273670Door cam security - A remote viewing system is disclosed for providing video surveillance of an entry or doorway of a building. A video camera is positioned to obtain video images of the entryway or doorway and to transmit them to a remote viewing station. Video data can be transmitted from the driver to any of a variety of electronic devices, including PCs, PDAs, cell phones, and the like. The video information can also be stored for future reference.11-05-2009
20090278929Video camera with interchangable optical sensors - A video camera 11-12-2009
20090278930IMAGE SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM AND METHOD THEREOF - An image surveillance system and a method thereof are disclosed. The image surveillance system comprises an image-capturing apparatus, which connects to the Internet, and has an IP address for capturing an image of a predetermined area to produce a digital image signal. At least a display device connects to the Internet. The display device comprises a frame body which resembles a conventional picture frame, a search engine, a receiver and a monitor which are all disposed in the frame body, and a microprocessor which is disposed in the frame body and connects to the search engine, the receiver, and the monitor to lock down the IP address of the image-capturing apparatus so as to make the digital image signal be captured and displayed.11-12-2009
20090262190Interactive Display Recognition Devices and Related Methods and Systems for Implementation Thereof - An interactive display recognition tool uses imaging devices to determine the location of a display and position an icon on the display via a computer. The tool comprises various input devices, which can be used to control the icon and interact with a computer driven multimedia platform.10-22-2009
20090290020Stationary Object Detection Using Multi-Mode Background Modelling - Disclosed is a method 11-26-2009
20090295919MONITORING SYSTEMS AND CONTROL METHODS THEREOF - A monitoring system with two detectors arranged on left and right sides of a camera thereof. The two detectors divide the area around the monitoring system into a non-detectable region, an overlapped detecting region, and first and second non-overlapped detecting regions. According to the detection result of the detectors, the control unit wakes up from a sleep mode when an object leaves the non-detectable region and enters the first or second non-overlapped detecting region. Meanwhile, the control unit turns on the camera to start shooting when the object has further entered the overlapped detecting region.12-03-2009
20110169951ESTIMATING STATES OF A PLURALITY OF TARGETS TRACKED BY A PLURALITY OF SENSORS - A method of estimating states of a plurality of targets tracked by a plurality of sensors. The method includes obtaining a plurality of data sets based on measurements taken by a plurality of sensors, each data set including information on states of a plurality of targets. The method then generates a plurality of target correlation data sets describing correlation of the targets within a first data set and at least one other data set. A Generalised Covariance Union (GCU) technique is used to merge at least some of the plurality of target correlation data sets to generate an estimate of the states of the plurality of targets.07-14-2011
20120293653BASE STATION - A base station (11-22-2012
20100134620Food Item Positional Display System and Method - A system and method for displaying the actual position of one or more food items on a conveyorized oven system on a display monitor. Digital images of each food item are captured, stored and processed into positional imaging data using data transmitted from sensors adjacent to the conveyorized oven system. Characteristic data for each food item may be associated with the positional imaging data. The characteristic and positional imaging data of the food items may be stored or communicated to a display monitor for the user to view.06-03-2010
20110205361DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CONTINUOUS MONITORING OF PERSONS, VEHICLES, CONTAINERS OR PACKETS - A device for continuously monitoring persons, vehicles, containers or packets comprising a device for detecting and identifying in real time a moving gamma radiation source.08-25-2011
20110205360SUPERVISING SYSTEM FOR IMAGE - The object of the invention is to provide a supervising system for image to detect a scheme at high accuracy. The supervising system for image is provided with a first portion for detecting change of time detecting the change of time in amount of feature of an image taken pictures by a image forming device, a second portion for detecting change of time in the illuminance detected by an illuminance sensor, and a scheme judging portion detecting a scheme against the image forming device in accordance with the change of time in amount of feature and the change of time in the illuminance as detected.08-25-2011
20110205358TAG SENSOR SYSTEM AND SENSOR DEVICE, AND OBJECT POSITION ESTIMATING DEVICE AND OBJECT POSITION ESTIMATING METHOD - A position identifying system (08-25-2011
20100277586Method and apparatus for updating background - Techniques for updating background in a video surveillance system are disclosed. According to one aspect of the present invention, a background frame is obtained before detecting motion. An absolute value of a difference between a pixel of the current frame image and a corresponding pixel of the current background frame is calculated; a probability density of the one pixel of the current frame image is calculated to update the corresponding pixel of the current background frame according to the one pixel of the current frame image, unless the absolute value is larger than a difference threshold and the probability density is less than a probability density threshold.11-04-2010
20100277585VOICE AND VIDEO OVER INTERNET PROTOCOL ENABLED SECURITY SYSTEM - A method and apparatus are provided for operating a security system. The method includes the steps of providing a security panel coupled to a plurality of security sensors, a central monitoring station monitoring the security panel, coupling the security panel to the central panel through an Ethernet connection and periodically generating a heartbeat within the security panel that is periodically sent to the central station to confirm the operability of the Ethernet connection. The Ethernet connection may include a voice over Internet protocol connection or a voice and video over Internet protocol connection.11-04-2010
20100277584Systems and Methods for Video Surveillance - Surveillance systems and units that are secure, self-contained and readily moveable to satisfy changing surveillance needs are disclosed. The surveillance systems are capable of essentially indefinite operation by way of a battery system and solar panels. The surveillance systems include a unique telescoping mast that elevates a camera or other surveillance device, thereby improving surveillance capabilities while simultaneously deterring theft, vandalism, or other activity to disable the surveillance device. The surveillance units/systems also include an enclosure that contains electronic equipment to serve the surveillance purposes of the surveillance systems. The enclosure may also completely enclose the telescoping mast and any attached surveillance devices during storage or transport, providing an additional measure of security and mobility. The connections between the surveillance device and the electronic equipment may be entirely housed within the telescoping mast, thereby further discouraging tampering and enhancing the security of the surveillance systems.11-04-2010
20120293655Vertical Rod Engaging Latch Lock - A door is secured to a frame with a vertical rod engaging lock operated by a handle. The handle is secured inside a latch lock with a housing attached to the door and a moving part movable inside the housing, both having an opening enabled to receive the handle in a first position with the moving part inside the housing in a first position. The housing includes a first and second side slot. The moving part is enabled to be moved into the housing in a blocking position by the handle being moved into the first and second side slot causing the moving part to fill at least partially the opening in the housing to provide a secured handle.11-22-2012
20110199484CAMERA CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD, AND CAMERA CONTROL SYSTEM - A camera control system having a terminal device connected to a plurality of cameras via a network is provided. In response to an operation that exceeds a maximum control value (maximum control angle) of the PTZ of a camera that is the target of control, the terminal device displays peripheral camera information, which corresponds to a shooting direction in which the operation has been requested, together with video shot by the camera being controlled. The peripheral camera information includes installation camera position information, viewable angle information, control status information and peripheral map information as well as at least one item of captured video from a camera other than the camera being controlled.08-18-2011
20110199483METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A VIDEO MONITORING DEVICE - The invention relates to a method for controlling a video monitoring device comprising at least one digital camera, an event sensor, an illumination adaptation device having at least one light source, and an Ethernet connection. The light source is provided with energy by means of a rechargeable battery, a battery, a remote feed, or the Ethernet connection, and is switched on and off in a pulsed manner by a control circuit of the digital camera. The on and off switching pulses are synchronized with an illumination phase within the image changing period of the digital camera.08-18-2011
20110199482Long Range Day/Night Surveillance Video Camera - This invention relates to video cameras and, more specifically, to a high-resolution day/night video camera with a long lens, fast optics and pan/tilt/zoom electronics, coupled with a diode-pumped solid state laser illuminator for long range low light illumination. Potential applications include ports, borders, pipelines, power stations, communication transmitters and prisons.08-18-2011
20120194675Method and System for Providing Access to Image System Services - A method and system according to the disclosure facilitates subscription based access to services for image systems including an image acquisition device configured to generate image data describing a target object in a target area of the image acquisition device and an image display device configured to generate a human perceptible rendering of the target object based on the image data.08-02-2012
20100060733REMOTE SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM - The present invention provides apparatus and methods for providing a wired and wireless camera surveillance and control system. The system comprises a high sensitivity camera with enhanced infrared response, an infrared light surveillance. The system also comprises light source which can be operated using a switch. The system combines optimized controller which can control the camera and the light source. The apparatus contains a receiver and computer or recording device and display device where the signals obtained are recorded using computer and recording device or viewed in the display device and further observed as decision support system. The nature of the system is transparent to the user due to the integrated automated control of the system and allows reduced power consumption making the system very suitable for a wired or wireless remote, self contained system that draws power from the ambient environment.03-11-2010
20100060731Monitoring Camera - A monitoring camera has a base, a camera module and a casing. The base has a parapet formed on the base. The parapet has a memory slot and at least one pair of guide slots formed oppositely on the parapet. Each guide slot has a notch extending toward the bottom of the parapet. The casing corresponds to and covers the parapet and has at least one pair of guide protrusions formed on the casing. The guide protrusions respectively engage corresponding guide slots. When unscrewing the casing, the guide protrusions will correspondingly move and be mounted in the notches and the memory slot is accessible. Therefore, the casing need not to be completely detached from the base to allow a removable memory to be installed or removed easily.03-11-2010
20110267465System and Method for Acquiring Images of Medication Preparations - A system for holding a camera for acquiring images of preparations includes a rail that can be mounted above a preparation surface. A camera carrier couples a camera with the rail such that the camera is movable relative to the rail and such that the camera can acquire images of preparations on the preparation surface.11-03-2011
20080239073System for Detecting Incorrectly Functioning Sensors in a Visitor Counting System - In a visitor counting system a plurality of sensors (10-02-2008
20080239075METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR IMPROVING VIDEO PERFORMANCE IN A WIRELESS SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM - A method of improving video performance in video surveillance system having a wireless encoder connected to a video surveillance network by a wireless access point device comprises the steps of allocating channel bandwidth to the wireless encoder from the wireless access point device, transmitting packets of video data from the wireless encoder to the wireless access point device, transmitting signals from the wireless access point device to the wireless encoder, monitoring the strength of the signals received by the wireless access point device, the strength of the signals received by the wireless encoder, and the number of lost packets of video data transmitted from the wireless encoder to the wireless access point device, sending a request from the wireless encoder to the wireless access point device to change the bit transmission rate of the wireless encoder if the strength of the signals received by the wireless access point device is less than a first threshold, if the strength of the signals received by the wireless encoder is less than a second threshold, or if the number of lost packets of video data is greater than a third threshold, and changing the bit transfer rate of the wireless encoder if the wireless access point device approves the change.10-02-2008
20100097462WEB LONGITUDINAL POSITION SENSOR - Methods and systems for determining longitudinal position of an elongated web are described. Sensors are used to detect one or more substantially continuous fiducial marks disposed longitudinally on the web. The sensors generate signals associated with the fiducial marks. A position detector receives the signals and determines a longitudinal position of the web using the sensor signals. The fiducial marks may be periodic fiducial marks, such as sine and/or cosine marks on the web and/or may be piecewise continuous marks. The coarse longitudinal position of the web can be determined based on periodically recurring features of the fiducial marks. The fine longitudinal position can be determined based on continuous portions of the fiducial marks between the periodically recurring features.04-22-2010
20120287272METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DESCRIBING AND ORGANIZING IMAGE DATA - Methods and systems for describing and organizing image data. An analysis system includes a sensor, a processing unit, a machine, a database, and/or a display. The analysis system is connected to an electronic device. The sensor generates sensor data which is imported by the processing unit. The processing unit analyzes the sensor data to determine features of the sensor data such as the subject, the time, the location, the object, the event, and/or the action in the sensor data. The processing unit creates entries for the sensor data in a features index. The processing unit receives a query for an item and uses the features index to determine search results including the item, such as a location and a time of the item. The processing unit can also determine whether a machine has completed its mission using the features in the sensor data.11-15-2012
20100039513IMAGE-BASED INVENTORY CONTROL SYSTEM WITH AUTOMATIC CALIBRATION AND IMAGE CORRECTION - Systems for monitoring an inventory condition of objects based on captured images are described. An exemplary system includes at least one storage drawer, each storage drawer including a plurality of storage locations for storing objects, wherein each drawer is associated with an identifier with known color attributes; and an image sensing device configured to capture an image of one of the storage drawers along with the associated identifier. A data storage device of the system stores, for each storage drawer, information of the known color attributes of the associated identifier. A data processor of the system is configured to access information of the known color attributes of the identifier associated with the drawer corresponding to the captured image; determine color attributes of the identifier in the captured image; determine a correction factor based on the color attributes of the identifier in the captured image and the known color attributes of the identifier; and apply the correction factor to subsequent images captured by the image sensing device.02-18-2010
20090167862SECURITY MONITORING WITH PROGRAMMABLE MAPPING - An integrated security arrangement is implemented in a variety of embodiments. In one such embodiment an integrated security arrangement includes a plurality of intrusion sensors that sense an intrusion in a target area, a motion sensor, and an image-capture device that is responsive to the motion sensor. When the image-capture device is enabled it captures images of the target area in response to movement in the target area as indicated by the motion sensor. The integrated security arrangement also includes a mapping database that contains data used to associate one or more of the plurality of intrusion sensors with the image-capture device. A user configures the mapping database to select at least one of the intrusion sensors for enabling the image-capture device. The integrated security arrangement further includes a control unit that enables the image-capture device in response to the selected intrusion sensor as configured in the mapping database.07-02-2009
20090167858METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR OPERATING A CAMERA ASSEMBLY - A method and a system for video camera assembly are provided. The video camera assembly includes at least one of a pan mechanism rotatable about a pan axis and a tilt mechanism rotatable about a tilt axis. The pan mechanism includes a pan motor and a pan position encoder. The tilt mechanism includes a tilt motor and a tilt position encoder. A controller is communicatively coupled to at least one of the pan mechanism and the tilt mechanism and is configured to apply a filter to a power drive signal of at least one of the pan motor and the tilt motor based on a determined corresponding rotational speed of the at least one of the pan motor and the tilt motor with the effect of reducing steady state vibrations which degrade the visual and audible qualities of said video camera assembly.07-02-2009
20090167857Individual detector and a tailgate detection device - An individual detector comprises a range image sensor and an object detection stage. The range image sensor is disposed to face a detection area and generates a range image. When one or more physical objects exist in said area, each image element of the range image includes each distance value up to the one or more physical objects, respectively. Based on the range image generated with the sensor, the object detection stage separately detects the one or more physical objects in the area. Accordingly, it is possible to separately detect one or more physical objects in the detection area without increasing the number of constituent elements for detecting the one or more physical objects.07-02-2009
20090167860SIMULTANEOUS RECORDING OF A LIVE EVENT AND THIRD PARTY INFORMATION - Embodiments of the present invention address deficiencies of the art in respect to live event recording and provide a novel and non-obvious method, system and computer program product for recording a live event. In this regard, in one embodiment of the invention, a live event recording method can be provided. The live event recording method can include wirelessly acquiring third party information regarding a live performance from a third party information source over a computer communications network, and simultaneously recording both the live performance and also the third party information onto a single recordable medium.07-02-2009
20090167859SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR COLLECTING MEDIA ASSOCIATED WITH A MOBILE DEVICE - A mobile device (07-02-2009
20080273087Method for gathering and storing surveillance information - The invention relates to a method where an event involving at least one object is detected. The bearing of an electronic device is determined. The electronic device is positioned to obtain its position. The identity of a user of the electronic device is determined. A number of sensor devices are located based on the bearing and the position to obtain a set of target sensors. A first sensor recording is obtained from a first sensor device among the set of target sensors. The first sensor recording is associated with the identity of the user.11-06-2008
20090295918SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR VIDEO MONITORING USING LINKED DEVICES - A subject can be tracking using a plurality of physical video monitoring or image acquisition devices deployed in a delimited area. A map represents the delimited area. Icons representing the physical monitoring devices can be placed and configured on the map representing the delimited area. Some or all of the placed and configured video monitoring devices can be logically linked together to form scenes. The video feed from the physical video monitoring devices may be recorded in stable storage. A layout for display of the video feeds may be selected. Upon playing the video feed, whether live or recorded, a subject can be tracked through the delimited area by selecting one of the video monitoring devices in one of the available scenes.12-03-2009
20080278578PAN/TILT TRACKING MOUNT - A pan tilt tracking mount is disclosed. In a first embodiment, the pan tilt tracking mount includes an at least one housing, wherein interior dimensions of the at least one housing are precisely defined; a first assembly located within the at least one housing based upon at least one of the precisely defined interior dimensions, the first assembly including a first shaft and a first worm gear set, wherein the first worm gear set allows tilt rotation of the first assembly; and a second assembly located within the at least one housing based upon at least one of the precisely defined interior dimensions, the second assembly including a second shaft and a second worm gear set, wherein the second worm gear set allows pan rotation of the second assembly.11-13-2008
20100128127TRAFFIC VIOLATION DETECTION, RECORDING AND EVIDENCE PROCESSING SYSTEM - A traffic violation or event detection, recording and processing system and method is disclosed which includes at least one camera (05-27-2010
20080291273BRUSH HOLDER ASSEMBLY MONITORING APPARATUS, ASSEMBLY, SYSTEM AND METHOD - Methods and systems for monitoring a brush holder assembly and/or detecting wear of a brush in a brush holder assembly are disclosed. One method includes sending data from a plurality of remote monitoring locations to a central control unit, where the data may be evaluated in order to monitor states of brushes at a plurality of remote electrical facilities. For example, multiple images of a marker tracking longitudinal movement of the brush may be acquired. A comparison of the images, for example, a comparative imaging technique, such as pixel-by-pixel comparison, may then be performed in order to evaluate a condition of the brush, such as the wear rate, wear state, or life expectancy of the brush.11-27-2008
20080291274Method for Operating at Least One Camera - The invention relates to a method for operating at least one camera (11-27-2008
20080291272METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR REMOTE ESTIMATION OF MOTION PARAMETERS - A system and method, the method including calibrating an image capturing system; capturing a video sequence with the image capturing system; detecting a subject of interest in the video sequence; tracking the subject over a period of time; and extracting data associated with a motion of the subject based on the tracking.11-27-2008
20080309759STB/DVR video surveillance - There are provided a method, a system and machine-readable medium for managing surveillance video at a broadcast video terminal device. The method comprises detecting a security event associated with at least one surveillance video camera communicatively coupled to the broadcast video terminal device and requesting insertion of a surveillance entry associated with storage of a surveillance video of each of the at least one surveillance video camera into an electronic program guide that includes at least one broadcast entry. There is also provided a method, system and machine-readable medium for managing surveillance video entries and a method, system and machine-readable medium for playing a surveillance video.12-18-2008
20110267462VERSATILE REMOTE VIDEO MONITORING THROUGH THE INTERNET - A communication device for monitoring an infant remotely has a controller and a memory. The communication device also has a transmitter, a receiver, a display screen, and a speaker. The receiver receives data associated with the infant. The data is adapted for display on the display screen and is adapted for outputting audio via the speaker. The controller controls the transmitter for transmitting the data along at least one communication path of a plurality of communication paths to a remote destination.11-03-2011
20110267463IMAGE CAPTURING DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE CAPTURING DEVICE - A method for controlling an image capturing device captures a plurality of images of a monitored scene by a lens of the image capturing device, detects a pedestrian in the monitored scene, and detects if a human face is in the pedestrian. The method further adjusts the lens according to movement data of the human face if the human face is detected, or adjusts the lens according to movement data of the pedestrian if no human face is detected.11-03-2011
20080211907Video surveillance system - Viewing a three dimensional area from numerous camera angles at different exposures using intensity and chromaticity data at the different exposures to create a pixel model for each pixel. A current image is compared with the background model to find pixels that have changed from their pixel model. These novel pixels are processed using contiguous region detection and grouped into foreground figures. For each camera, software extracts features from each foreground figure. A central processor maintains an object model for each foreground figure. A graphical user interface displays the relative location of foreground figures in a world model. The location and identification of the foreground figures is checked against a table of permissions so as to selectively generate an alert. If a figure leaves or is about the leave a cell, the invention accounts for its approximate position and notifies adjacent cells of the expected arrival of the foreground figure.09-04-2008
20080291271REMOTE VIEWFINDING - A system receives video from a user device, the video providing an indication of user device motion, and determines movement of a camera, separate from the user device, based on the user device motion.11-27-2008
20080211909APPARATUS, METHOD AND COMPUTER PROGRAM FOR IMAGE-BASED TRACKING OF SURVEILLANCE OBJECTS - In automatic assessment or surveillance with camera-based surveillance systems, it is of particular interest to detect moving surveillance objects, such as persons or motor vehicles, and track them over time so that if there are unusual trajectories or unusual behavior, an alarm can be tripped. An apparatus for image-based tracking of surveillance objects in front of a scene background in a surveillance scene is proposed, having an object segmentation module that is embodied for ascertaining moving object areas in front of the scene background on the basis of a comparison of one or more camera images with a reference image of the scene; having an administration module which is embodied for assigning surveillance objects to the moving object areas detecting fusion of two or more surveillance objects and marking them jointly as an object group; and having a feature detection module which is embodied in terms of programming and/or circuitry for determining local features for tracking the surveillance objects of the object group in the image areas defined by the moving object areas.09-04-2008
20080211911OBJECT DETECTING APPARATUS AND METHOD, PROGRAM AND RECORDING MEDIUM USED THEREWITH, MONITORING SYSTEM AND METHOD, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM AND PROGRAM USED THEREWITH - An object detecting apparatus and method accurately detect an event while reducing power consumption. A photosensor is used to detect an object entering a monitoring region, and a microwave sensor is used to detect the object, which enters another monitoring region. State data representing the state of the object is generated based on detection information obtained by both sensors.09-04-2008
20080211908Monitoring Method and Device - A method for monitoring including capturing video frames over time, processing data from the captured video frames into derived data representing a rate of change of the captured data, creating new frames from the derived data, and storing and/or displaying the new frames.09-04-2008
20080211905TEMPORARY SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM - A surveillance system is provided including a platform having a plurality and variety of cameras or sensors mounted thereto, and a base enclosure adapted to accommodate a power supply, a variety of electronics and other equipment for controlling and providing power to the surveillance equipment. The base is constructed to be tamper resistant and immovable by manual means. A substantially hollow support pole includes a lower portion detachably mounted to the base, and an upper portion mounted to the platform. Wires and cables for connecting the surveillance equipment with the electronics and power supply are run through the support pole. Power to the system may be supplied through existing power sources, for example a 120V power source.09-04-2008
20080204554Electronic Article Surveillance System - An electronic article surveillance system (08-28-2008
20080284849Roofing site monitoring system - The present invention discloses a monitoring system for use at roofing project sites and, in particular, roof installation, repair and replacement sites. The monitoring systems include image-capturing devices, such as cameras that are positioned at a roofing project site and associated transmitters and a transmission system to send the project images to a remote and centralized project management location. The project images are received and processed for review at the project management location. In addition, the monitoring system can include a reciprocal communications system that permits a project manager, in the project management location, to send command signals to the image-capturing devices and adjust the position and focus of these devices. Further, the system may include a remote third party interface that permits a third party, such as a client/owner, design professionals including architects, engineers and other designers, material suppliers including manufacturers and distributors and inspectors/consultants, to remotely view the images transmitted from the project site and also control the position and focus of the image-capturing devices. Finally, the system may include a recording system to record the transmitted images from a particular site. In operation, the system may be replicated over multiple roofing project sites so that centralized and contemporaneous review of these sites from one location. The present invention also includes a method for simultaneous monitoring of multiple roofing site projects, with this method including the capturing, transmission and display of project site images at a centralized project management location. This method may also include centralized control and recording of the project site images, as well as an interfacing with third parties so that interested third parties can remotely view and control the project site images.11-20-2008
20080303903Networked video surveillance system - A method of storing and accessing surveillance camera video data is provided. Captured video data as well as corresponding metadata is stored, at least temporarily, at the user sites. Additionally, the metadata and at least a portion of the video data is transmitted to a remotely located third party site where it is stored. The user server systems located at the independent user sites are connected to the third party server system via the Internet. Parties having data access rights, i.e., validated users, access the data stored at the third party site using Internet connected secondary computer systems.12-11-2008
20130215267System and Method for Capturing, Storing, Analyzing and Displaying Data Related to the Movements of Objects - A system and method for the capture and storage of data relating to the movements of objects, in a specified area and enables this data to be displayed in a graphically meaningful and useful manner. Video data is collected and video metadata is generated relating to objects (persons) appearing in the video data and their movements over time. The movements of the objects are then analyzed to detect the movements within a region of interest. This detection of movement allows a user, such as a manager of a store, to make informed decisions as to the infrastructure and operation of the store. One detection method relates to the number of people that are present in a region of interest for a specified time period. A second detection method relates to the number of people that remain or dwell in a particular area for a particular time period. A third detection method determines the flow of people and the direction they take within a region of interest. A fourth detection method relates to the number of people that enter a certain area by crossing a virtual line, a tripwire.08-22-2013
20130215265SURVEILLANCE CAMERA - Provided is a surveillance camera. The surveillance camera includes a main body casing; a front cover that forms a camera housing by being combined with the main body casing; a first protrusion unit that protrudes frontward of the front cover from a front surface of the front cover; a second protrusion unit that is formed on an outer edge of the first protrusion unit by being separated from the first protrusion unit; and a lens mounting unit that combines with the front cover, wherein the lens mounting unit comprises a first guide unit that protrudes toward the front cover and contacts the first protrusion unit and a second guide unit that contacts the second protrusion unit. Accordingly, tilting of the lens mounting unit is effectively prevented.08-22-2013
20080259159SUPPORTING CONTINUOUS PAN ROTATION IN A PAN-TILT CAMERA - The invention relates to a method for moving a maneuverable part of a pan-tilt camera from a first pan-tilt position, having a first pan coordinate and a first tilt coordinate, to a second pan-tilt position, having a second pan coordinate and a second tilt coordinate. The maneuverable part is moved by inverting the maneuverable part of the camera and panning to the second pan coordinate. The first pan coordinate is part of a pan-tilt coordinate system and the second pan coordinate is part of a complementary pan-tilt coordinate system, which represents positions of the inverted maneuverable part. The maneuverable part is moved from the first tilt coordinate to the second tilt coordinate. The first tilt coordinate is part of the pan-tilt coordinate system and the second tilt coordinate is part of the complementary pan-tilt coordinate system. The invention also relates to a corresponding device and a corresponding computer program.10-23-2008
20120092494DIRECTED ATTENTION DIGITAL VIDEO RECORDATION - Some embodiments include incorporating detailed snapshots of targeted areas of interest into a video or digitized recording of an overall scene. In some embodiments, a single fixed high-resolution scene camera or a fixed standard resolution scene camera of analog or IP connected type is used. The scene camera can be co-located with at least one pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) camera or used in a mode where less than full resolution of the scene camera is used for video but full resolution snapshots of areas are captured by the same camera. The area of interest is selected by the object-tracking feature of an intelligent video system, operated without human intervention, by electronically-implemented identification of the existence of area-specific subjects or targets of interest in the scene image field.04-19-2012
20090189980APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING COLOR OF MASK OF MONITORING CAMERA - A method for controlling a monitoring camera, and which includes generating a mask image using a first mask color, synthesizing the mask image on a specific region of a camera image captured by the monitoring camera, detecting a brightness value of the camera image, determining a second mask color corresponding to the detected brightness value of the camera image, and changing the first mask color of the mask image synthesized on the camera image to the determined second mask color.07-30-2009
20090189981Video Delivery Systems Using Wireless Cameras - Systems, apparatuses, and techniques for video delivery can include one or more of the following: a wireless camera arranged in a wearable form factor comprising a battery to provide energy, and configured to generate a video feed, and a base station in wireless communication with the wireless camera and configured to receive the video feed from the wireless camera and process the video feed, and a video portal device communicatively coupled with the base station and configured to receive the processed video feed from the base station and deliver at least a portion of the processed video feed to one or more remote clients. A base station can reserve a wireless channel for the wireless camera for a video transmission.07-30-2009
20110205359VIDEO SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM - A video surveillance system is disclosed. The system includes a model database storing a plurality of models and a vector database storing a plurality of vectors of recently observed trajectories. The system includes a model building module that builds a new motion model corresponding to the motion data of the current trajectory data structure. The system generates a current trajectory data structure having motion data and abnormality scores. The system also includes a database purging module configured to determine a subset of vectors that is most similar to the current trajectory data structure based on a measure of similarity between the subset of vectors and the current trajectory data structure. The database purging module is further configured to replace one of the motion models in the model database with the new motion model based on an amount of vectors in the subset vectors the recentness of the subset of vectors.08-25-2011
20100141762Wireless Network Camera Systems - Apparatus, systems and techniques associated with battery powered wireless camera systems. One aspect of the subject matter described in this specification can be embodied in a system that includes a battery powered wireless camera including an internal battery to provide energy and a burst transmission unit to transmit information during burst periods. The system includes a base station, separated from the battery powered wireless camera, in wireless communication with the battery powered wireless camera to receive information from the battery powered wireless camera. The base station is configured to process the received information and includes a web server to transmit the processed information to a client. Other embodiments of this aspect include corresponding systems, apparatus, and computer program products.06-10-2010
20100141760PAN, TILT, ZOOM DOME CAMERA WITH OPTICAL DATA TRANSMISSION METHOD - A surveillance camera that includes a device for capturing video signals and that converts the video signals to optical signals. The surveillance camera has a first component with a first aperture and a second component with a second aperture The second component engages the first component such that the first component rotates relative to the second component. The surveillance camera has a first optical component that extends through the first aperture of the first component. The surveillance camera also has a second optical component that extends through the second aperture of the second component. The first optical component is separated from the second optical component by a gap. The first optical component is operatively connected to the device. The first optical component receives the optical signals and transmits the optical signals to the second optical component across the gap to permit a continuous rotation of the first component relative to the second component. The second optical component communicates the optical signals to a destination.06-10-2010
20090179988INTEGRATED MOTION-IMAGE MONITORING DEVICE WITH SOLAR CAPACITY - Security systems and methods are implemented using a variety of devices and methods. According to one such implementation, a security system uses a controller to communicate with security-monitoring devices and has an integrated image-capture device with a circuit board structure with an angle-setting support article, a circuit board with a nonadjustable surface, and data-communicating conductors. A camera is secured to the nonadjustable surface and is directed at a first angle relative to the nonadjustable surface. A motion detector is secured to the nonadjustable surface and is directed at a second angle relative to the nonadjustable surface of the circuit board. The support article sets the first angle relative to the second angle for capturing both images and motion in a target area. A data-communication circuit communicates data from the camera and the motion detector and wirelessly communicates the data to the controller. A solar circuit provides power to the device.07-16-2009
20100141761METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR STABILIZING VIDEO IMAGES - A method and system for video camera assembly are provided. The video camera assembly includes at least one of a pan mechanism rotatable about a pan axis and a tilt mechanism rotatable about a tilt axis. The video camera assembly further includes an accelerometer coupled to the at least one of the pan mechanism and the tilt mechanism and a controller communicatively coupled to the at least one of the pan motor and the tilt motor, the controller further communicatively coupled to the accelerometer, and the video camera. The controller is configured to receive acceleration data from the accelerometer, determine an oscillatory displacement of the video camera using the received acceleration data, generate a motor angular modulation signal, and apply the motor angular modulation signal to at least one of the pan motor and the tilt motor to reduce the oscillatory displacement of the video camera.06-10-2010
20130120569COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM STORING INFORMATION PROCESSING PROGRAM, INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE, INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD - An example game device includes a virtual camera, a localization calculation microphone, and a volume calculation microphone in a virtual space. The localization calculation microphone is provided at the location of the virtual camera, and the volume calculation microphone is located away from the virtual camera. The game device calculates a left-right position and a front-back position of a sound source as viewed from the localization calculation microphone. The game device also calculates the volume of a sound based on a distance between the volume calculation microphone and the sound source. The game device outputs the sound based on the calculated localized position and volume.05-16-2013
20130120570METHOD, APPARATUS AND SYSTEM FOR PRIORITISING CONTENT FOR DISTRIBUTION - A method of prioritising content for distribution from a camera to a server over an Internet Protocol (IP) network, the method comprising: storing a plurality of audio and/or video data packages to be distributed to the server over the IP network; obtaining information indicating the priority at which each audio and/or video package is to be distributed over the IP network, the priority being determined in accordance with the content of the audio and/or video package; and sending each audio and/or video data package over the IP network, the order in which each audio and/or video data package is sent being determined in accordance with the indicated priority.05-16-2013
20130120571SECURITY CAMERA AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING AUTO-FOCUSING OF THE SAME - A security camera and a method of controlling auto-focusing of the security camera. The security camera continuously performs auto-focusing during a period of time, from the time of power-on and the start of a boot sequence until the time of completion of the camera installation, and stops the auto-focusing thereafter. Accordingly, it is possible to improve the durability of a camera mechanical system and to achieve easy installation and manipulation of the camera.05-16-2013
20090079823METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR OPERATING A VIDEO SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM - Methods and systems for a video surveillance system are provided. The system includes a plurality of network buses, a plurality of surveillance sensors, control devices, and sensor data storage devices and a keypad controller communicatively coupled to the at least one network bus. The keypad controller includes a plurality of interchangeable control modules communicatively coupled to said keypad controller that matingly engage a complementary portion of said keypad controller. The keypad controller further includes a processor configured to decode codec independent video streams, said processor further comprising a module configured to receive and transmit streaming video data to a network, a synchronous memory interface, and a plurality of universal asynchronous receiver/transmitter (UARTs). The keypad controller also includes a universal serial bus (USB) interface.03-26-2009
20090160936METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR OPERATING A VIDEO CAMERA ASSEMBLY - Method and apparatus for a video camera assembly are provided. The video camera assembly includes a pan mechanism rotatable about a pan axis, a video camera mounted on the pan mechanism such that the video camera is rotatable about the pan axis, and a controller communicatively coupled to the pan mechanism and the video camera. The controller is configured to control the rotation of the video camera about the pan axis at a predetermined speed, acquire a plurality of images from the video camera at a predetermined rate, and display the acquired images panoramically.06-25-2009
20090128628SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM AND METHOD - A system for surveillance of a region of interest. The system includes a number of monitors, each monitor operative to acquire and to transmit periodically a description of a respective portion of the region of interest. The monitors are operative to transmit the descriptions in a first communication channel with insufficient bandwidth for all the monitors to transmit the descriptions simultaneously. The system also includes a control station for allocating respective portions of the channel to the monitors for the transmissions according to a number of rules. One or more of the rules includes feedback from the monitors that is separate from the descriptions.05-21-2009
20120069180INFORMATION PRESENTATION APPARATUS - An information presentation apparatus includes a display frame having a display surface to display a display object, wherein an arbitrary information provision image is generated on an information provision region included in at least part of a region in which the display object is present, a display object image for projecting an image on the display object is generated, a display object region of the information provision region in which the display object is present is set, a projection image obtained by synthesizing the information provision image and the display object image is generated, and the projection image is drawn to be projected by an image projecting unit.03-22-2012
20120069179APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ASSESSING VISUAL ACUITY - Disclosed is an apparatus and associated method an apparatus and method for assessing visual acuity of an image captured by a digital security camera. The user is able to select a desired level of visual acuity based on displayed sample images and receive data regarding the hardware, settings, and placement required to reproduce the desired level of acuity. The sample images may account for acuity variations based on the type of object being imaged.03-22-2012
20080316311Video Retrieval System, Method and Computer Program for Surveillance of Moving Objects - Video surveillance systems are used to monitor public places, streets, buildings, cities and other premises or surroundings and comprise a multitude of cameras which are monitoring relevant points in the surroundings. One of the problems of surveillance systems is, that the multitude of cameras produce a large amount of video data to be monitored, which requires a lot of human observers resulting in high personnel costs. A video retrieval system (12-25-2008
20080316310Method and apparatus for monitoring a region - A method and device for monitoring a monitored area with at least one camera (12-25-2008
20090015672SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR GEOGRAPHIC VIDEO INTERFACE AND COLLABORATION - One embodiment of the present invention relates to a method for facilitating a geographic video data interface and interactive collaboration system. The method includes displaying representations of stored video data sets on an interactive geographic interface to facilitate collaboration among users. The interactive geographic interface includes a visual representation which may be manipulated including pan, zoom level, content, filtering, map type, elevation, etc. Video data sets are received from the video owner including at least video data/sequences and associated characteristic data. The received video data sets are correlated with a geographic location at which the video data was captured. The correlated geographic location is aggregated with the video data set. The video data set is displayed on the interactive geographic interface by a visual representation at the correlated location. Collaboration data about the video data set is received from users or clients other than the video owner.01-15-2009
20090015673MONITORING CAMERA DEVICE, DEHUMIDIFYING DEVICE, DEHUMIDIFYING METHOD, AND DEHUMIDIFYING PROGRAM - A surveillance camera (01-15-2009
20110221895Detection of Movement of a Stationary Video Camera - A method of detecting movement of a video camera is provided that includes computing a reference spatial derivative image from a reference frame, computing a temporal derivative image based on two frames of a video sequence captured by the video camera, and determining whether the video camera has moved based on the number of pixels in the temporal derivative image that match pixels in the reference spatial derivative image.09-15-2011
20110221898CAPTURE AND PLAYBACK OF COMPUTER SCREEN CONTENTS AND ACCOMPANYING AUDIO - Computer screen contents and accompanying audio are captured by a method, embodiments of which are implemented by a specialized apparatus. Embodiments of the method include capturing an image of the computer screen contents at predetermined time intervals and determining one or more changes between a current captured image and a previous captured image. The method also includes modifying color data associated with a changed region of the current captured image and encoding the modified color data for the changed region.09-15-2011
20080239074REMOTE DISPLAY METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR A MONITOR APPARATUS - A remote displaying method for monitor apparatus, comprises: converting step, for converting a plurality of graphic elements which constitute a displayed graphic on the monitor apparatus into a plurality of corresponding display instructions; transmitting step, for transmitting the display instructions to a remote display apparatus; receiving step, for receiving the display instructions on the remote display apparatus; and displaying step, for displaying on the remote display apparatus in accordance with the display instructions.10-02-2008
20110141279SURVEILLANCE CAMERA SYSTEM AND METHOD - A surveillance camera system including an optical imaging apparatus, a first reflective device and a second reflective device is provided. The optical imaging apparatus is capable of switching between a first magnification level and a second magnification level. The first reflection device is disposed at a position relative to the optical imaging apparatus for guiding a first field of view into the optical imaging apparatus, wherein the first reflective device has an opening region. The second reflective device is disposed within the opening region of the first reflection device for guiding a second field of view into the optical imaging apparatus. The second reflection device can have a relative motion relative to the first reflection device.06-16-2011
20090051766Monitoring System and Imaging Device - An imaging device has a frame selector that performs frame removal processing for removing certain image frames from the image data such that groups of successive image frames remain at predetermined intervals. A monitoring center has a high resolution processor that uses received multiple image frames to perform high resolution processing. The frame selector has a motionless frame generator for generating motionless image frames indicating no motion compared with an image frame to be referenced. The frame selector inserts the motionless image frames into positions in the image data at which image frames have been removed by the frame removal processing to form image data to be transmitted. It is therefore possible to reduce the amount of data to be transmitted and display an acquired image at a high resolution.02-26-2009
20090086021DYNAMICALLY GENERATING REAL-TIME VISUALIZATIONS IN INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION ENVIRONMENT AS A FUNCTION OF CONTECT AND STATE INFORMATION - A visualization system that generates customized visualization(s) of real-time video in an industrial automation environment is provided. A reference component identifies, determines, or maps angle of view, zooming or panning in connection with an image within an industrial automation environment. A view component identifies at least one of a plurality of real-time video cameras of a plurality of cameras to utilize in connection with viewing the image. A transition component retrieves image data from a new camera as a function of expected or actual change in viewing angle, zooming of panning in connection with the image. A visualization component generates a visualization of the image using the at least one camera.04-02-2009
20090086023SENSOR SYSTEM INCLUDING A CONFIGURATION OF THE SENSOR AS A VIRTUAL SENSOR DEVICE - The sensor system of the preferred embodiment includes a sensor, a sensor configuration ROM adapted to store a sensor description including a root directory, a unit directory, a first dependent unit directory to configure the sensor as a first virtual sensor device, a second dependent unit directory to configure the sensor as a second virtual sensor device, and a software driver adapted to interface with the first virtual sensor device and the second virtual sensor device. The sensor system of the preferred embodiments extends the conventional IIDC camera software model to include the concept of multiple sensor/camera units that reside within a single node on an IEEE 1394 bus.04-02-2009
20110228083OUTDOOR SECURITY COMMUNICATION DEVICE - An outdoor security communication device comprises: a fixing substrate; a base that is combined with the fixing substrate and has a first waterproof washer, a groove and an anti-thief shrapnel being further disposed on the base; an upper lid combined with the base to form an accommodating space; and a cover plate covering over the surface opposite to the one where the upper lid and the base are combined. A main circuit board, an amplifier module, a shooting module, an audio input module and a button module are further disposed in the accommodating space for operation of the outdoor security communication device.09-22-2011
20110141280SIP-BASED NETWORK VIDEO SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM AND METHOD - The present invention provides a SIP-based network video surveillance system and method, which relates to the application field of network video surveillance. The network video surveillance method comprises the steps of: receiving a request message from a client by a call control server (CCS), the request message comprising an ID of a Premises Unit (PU) and a channel ID; forwarding the request message to a center management server (CMS) by the CCS for access authentication; transmitting the request message to the PU by the CCS after the request message passes the access authentication; responding by the PU an acknowledgement message containing video codec information to the CMS via the CCS; forwarding the acknowledgement message containing the video codec information and an access path to the client by the CMS, then establishing, by the client, a video stream connection with a network element directed by the access path on the basis of the acknowledge message. The present invention uses SIP in conjunction with other protocols to build a complete video surveillance architecture, improving the extensibility of a platform and makes the whole system more stable and reliable.06-16-2011
20090086022Method and device for consistent region of interest - The present invention describes a system and method for surveillance cameras that maintain proper mapping of a mapped region of interest with an imaged region of interest based on feedback received regarding the current orientation of a surveillance camera. The system or method first determines the location of the imaged region of interest within the surveillance camera's imaged current field of view based on mechanical or imaged feedback, or a combination of both. The system or method then remaps the mapped region of interest within the surveillance camera's imaged current field of view such that the mapped region of interest is coextensive with the imaged region of interest.04-02-2009
20090086024SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR IMPROVING VIDEO COMPRESSION EFFICIENCY - A system and method for improving the efficiency of video compression is based on the characteristics of the video to be stored. Operating characteristics of the video capture device, as well as content characteristics of the video signal to be compressed, are utilized to control various processes that manipulate the video signal to maintain areas of interest in high quality, while lowering the amount of processing and storage dedicated to areas of low interest. The processes and encoding methods may also be adjusted based on these operating characteristics and content characteristics, as well as inputs from additional sensors or devices.04-02-2009
20090102920IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS - An optical apparatus includes a zoom lens unit, a pan/tilt unit configured to at least one of pan the zoom lens unit and tilt the zoom lens unit, and a center-shift information storage portion configured to store a shift amount of an optical axis for every zooming position, and has a mechanism configured to correct a shift of the optical axis caused by zooming, by driving the pan/tilt unit by the shift amount of the optical axis stored in the center-shift information storage portion.04-23-2009
20090102919AUDIO-VIDEO SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TELECOMMUNICATIONS - An AV system and method for teleconferencing includes input and output subsystems. The input subsystem includes at least a pair of cameras and a microphone. The cameras can be mounted on a portable cart and adapted for repositioning in order to provide optimum camera spacing and angles to accommodate particular subject matter being covered. The input subsystem is connected to a controller, which can be connected to the Internet or some other network whereby systems at various sites can be linked for teleconferencing multiple participants, who can be either geographically remote from each other or located in close proximity. The output subsystem includes multi-screen displays, which are configured for simulating live participation by viewers. The display devices can be mounted on the cart, along with speakers for playing audio content.04-23-2009
20110228087Method for Manufacturing Black Plastic Article Capable of Transmitting Infrared Ray - A method for manufacturing black plastic article capable of transmitting infrared ray, which includes mixing a black colorant, produced by mixing several transparent colorants of different color, into a transparent resin used as support, and processing the resulting mixture to manufacture a black plastic article. Said black plastic article is capable of absorbing visible light and transmitting infrared ray, and may be used in combination with an infrared region-sensitive CCD camera. The infrared region-sensitive CCD camera can take photos of the subject in a long distance through the black plastic article, if sufficient infrared ray from a subject may penetrate the black plastic article.09-22-2011
20110228085Method and Apparatus for Acquiring Images of Car License Plates - Apparatus and method for acquiring images of car license plates, the apparatus is configured to be part of an LPR (License Plate Recognition) system. The apparatus includes a camera, a multi band-pass filter, LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes) and an illumination control board. The camera is configured for acquiring the images, having a focus shift corrected lens. The multi band-pass filter is coupled to the focus shift corrected lens, being configured for allowing only wavelengths of multiple predetermined spectrum ranges to reach the lens. Each one of said LEDs is configured for emitting light in at least one of the multiple predetermined spectrum ranges for the purpose of illuminating the car license plates and their vicinity. The illumination control board is coupled to the LEDs and to the camera, for controlling operation thereof.09-22-2011
20090231427Method and Apparatus to Facilitate Using a Camera As Pertains to a Self-Storage Facility - Dim lighting can be provided in a given area that is monitored by a camera. Though such lighting is not bright enough to ensure capturing an image that can in turn be used with assurance to, for example, recognize the visage of a person in this given area, this dim lighting is nevertheless sufficient to permit using the camera's captured images for motion detection purposes. Accordingly, images from this camera are processed to detect motion in the given area. In response to detecting such motion, these teachings then provide for automatically providing an increased level of lighting in the given area that is sufficient to permit capturing a clear and distinct image in the given area with this camera.09-17-2009
20090231426IMAGE RECORDING REPRODUCING DEVICE - An image recording/reproducing device is provided which, when a removable recording unit is mounted, can continuously use the unit while keeping previously recorded images and can improve convenience. A recording device 09-17-2009
20130215266IMAGE SURVEILLANCE AND REPORTING TECHNOLOGY - Image surveillance and reporting technology, in which an event that is indicative of potential physical activity within an area corresponding to a location of a camera unit is detected. In response to detection of the event, the camera unit is controlled to capture one or more images of the area corresponding to the location of the camera unit. The one or more images captured by the camera unit are analyzed to determine whether the one or more images include image data that is indicative of relevant physical activity within the area corresponding to the location of the camera unit. The one or more images are handled based on the determination of whether the one or more images include image data that is indicative of relevant physical activity within the area corresponding to the location of the camera unit.08-22-2013
20130215264END-TO-END VISUAL RECOGNITION SYSTEM AND METHODS - We describe an end-to-end visual recognition system, where “end-to-end” refers to the ability of the system of performing all aspects of the system, from the construction of “maps” of scenes, or “models” of objects from training data, to the determination of the class, identity, location and other inferred parameters from test data. Our visual recognition system is capable of operating on a mobile hand-held device, such as a mobile phone, tablet or other portable device equipped with sensing and computing power. Our system employs a video based feature descriptor, and we characterize its invariance and discriminative properties. Feature selection and tracking are performed in real-time, and used to train a template-based classifier during a capture phase prompted by the user. During normal operation, the system scores objects in the field of view based on their ranking.08-22-2013
20090167861Observation System - An operator-controllable observation system including an observation assembly including a housing having a generally ellipsoidal configuration with a flat base surface, an imaging subassembly including at least one lens coupled to at least one imaging sensor, control and processing circuitry operative to process outputs of the imaging subassembly and an observation assembly transceiver operative to receive outputs from the control and processing circuitry and to transmit the outputs from the control and processing circuitry.07-02-2009
20090051768Loop Recording With Book Marking - A surveillance apparatus continuously records imaged data from a camera into a circular buffer in a local memory. When a record signal is received, the system records the video stream that was recorded before the record signal was received, and the video stream that is recorded after the record signal was received. The recorded segment is then write-protected, so that the surveillance apparatus does not overwrite the recorded segment. The recorded segment could then be sent to a remote memory via a wireless connection to free up local memory for future recording sessions.02-26-2009
20110141278Methods and Systems for Collaborative-Writing-Surface Image Sharing - Aspects of the present invention are related to systems and methods for detection of content change on a collaborative writing surface and for image update and sharing based on the content-change detection.06-16-2011
20080316309Computer Network Security - The invention relates to a computer equipment security system (12-25-2008
20090122137Surveillance Systems, Methods and Products Thereby - A surveillance system and a computer readable medium is provided. The surveillance system includes a video capture device and a processor. The processor configured to write video from the video capture device to a first memory card, configured to determine when a capacity of the first memory card is reached, and configured to automatically write to a second memory card when the capacity of the first memory card is reached. The computer readable medium having stored thereon a set of instructions, which when executed by a computer having a processor and memory, cause the computer to perform operations, including writing data to a first storage medium, determining when a capacity of the first storage medium is reached, and automatically writing to a second storage medium when the capacity of the first storage medium is reached.05-14-2009
20110221899LIGHTING APPARATUS AND LIGHTING CONTROL METHOD FOR A CLOSED-CIRCUIT TELEVISION CAMERA, AND LIGHTING CONTROL SYSTEM INTERLOCKED WITH THE CLOSED-CIRCUIT TELEVISION CAMERA - A lighting apparatus and a lighting control method for a closed circuit television camera, which turn on LEDs in accordance with the exposure time of an imaging element in the closed-circuit television camera, and a lighting control system interlocked with the closed circuit television camera, which turns on a plurality of lights in connection with a closed-circuit television system. The lighting apparatus has a lamp module, a lamp module driver, a synchronous signal extraction unit, and a microcomputer which generates a turn-on signal in which pulses corresponding to the shutter exposure time of the imaging element of the camera are repeated using a shutter delay time as a gap, and which drives the lamp module driver in accordance with the generated turn-on signal to turn on the lamp module in the pulse period corresponding to the shutter exposure time.09-15-2011
20090213218SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MULTI-RESOLUTION STORAGE OF IMAGES - A data-storage method includes capturing video data, identifying an object of which a high-resolution image is desired, the object being represented by a subset of the captured video data, compressing, to a first resolution, the subset of the captured video data, and compressing, to a second resolution, data of the captured video data other than the subset of the captured video data. According to the method, the first resolution is greater than the second resolution. The method further includes storing the compressed video data.08-27-2009
20090256907VIDEO MONITORING DEVICE PROVIDING PARAMETRIC SIGNAL CURVE DISPLAY FEATURES AND RELATED METHODS - A video monitoring device may include an input for a video input signal, a display, and a video processor coupled to the input and the display. The video processor may be for obtaining from the video input signal at least one parametric signal defining a curve, calculating derivative values for the curve, and displaying pixel intensity values on the display based upon the derivative values so that more rapidly changing portions of the curve appear dimmer and more slowly changing portions of the curve appear brighter.10-15-2009
20090244281MONITORING APPARATUS AND DISPLAY PROCESSING METHOD FOR THE MONITORING APPARATUS - A monitoring apparatus causes a display unit to display an image of a monitor target at entering a room together with an image of the monitor target at exiting the room transmitted from an image capturing apparatus corresponding to a gate terminal apparatus.10-01-2009
20090219390High Throughput Security Screening System for Transportation Applications - A high throughput security screening system employed at access points of a transportation system includes a control portion, an ID portion and a screening portion. The screening portion includes a main housing, an input port provided in the main housing for receiving exhibits, sampling media positioned in the main housing that obtains a trace sample from the exhibits and a processing system for scanning the trace sample for a threat indicator. The screening system also includes a memory for storing information related to threat indicators for later processing. The memory also stores image data, time data and date data relating to each trace sample. With this arrangement, the screening system is capable of processing a high volume of exhibits while mitigating passenger inconvenience or wait times while still maintaining a high level of security.09-03-2009
20100265328CAMERA DEVICE CAPABLE OF SYNCHRONOUSLY SHOOTING IMAGES INSIDE AND OUTSIDE A CAR - A camera device includes a case having a first camera and a second camera arranged therein. The case is assembled from a first and a second half-case. The first camera is used to shoot images of the driver inside a car and the second camera is used to shoot images of the road in front of the car. The camera device also includes a mounting mechanism that allows adjustment of the case of the camera device to different orientations. Therefore, when the camera device is installed in a car, the first and second cameras can be adjusted to a desired shooting angle and images inside and outside the car can be synchronously shot and be used in an accident to determine which party should be responsible for the accident.10-21-2010
20090251539MONITORING DEVICE - A monitoring device that is capable of setting both of the tour monitoring time and the unmoving object monitoring time without restriction. A tour monitoring unit causes an image pickup unit to perform a tour monitoring. An unmoving object monitoring unit performs an unmoving object detection process and an unmoving object determination process at positions subjected to the tour monitoring. A control unit performs a control such that the tour monitoring is performed at a position different from the position where the unmoving object detection process is performed after the unmoving object detection process is performed and the unmoving object determination process is performed after the tour monitoring is performed at the different position.10-08-2009
20090251537OBJECT CONTENT NAVIGATION - A surveillance system for monitoring a selected object that comprises a multiplicity of video cameras, a software application and at least one computerized medium. The computerized medium enables operating the application and the application is operatively associated with the cameras, which are installed in different locations in a surveillance area. The system allows a user to select at least one object such as an image or an area that is filmed by at least one of said cameras and monitor said object by automatically operating cameras that are associated with the object's coordinates' location, where the associated camera enables filming the selected object.10-08-2009
20110228084CONTENT MANAGEMENT IN A VIDEO SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM - The present disclosure provides a method and system for content management in a video surveillance system. The present disclosure provides content management by which a video management system (VMS) can provide transparent access to video content recorded on edge device storage. The video content access is provided without transferring or copying the video content from the edge device storage to the VMS storage. This access is provided to a client within the VMS framework, without requiring any user intervention to switch or reconfigure connections. The present disclosure also provides a VMS service reflector arranged to reflect services provided by the VMS by having the client establish direct connections to the edge devices when a connection to the VMS is unavailable. The functionality is still provided in the framework of the VMS, and the direct connections are closed when the VMS connection is restored.09-22-2011
20120105634AUTOMATIC VIDEO SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM AND METHOD - Apparatus and method for automatic surveillance of a monitored area having one or more regions of interest using a video imaging device are disclosed. The method includes receiving data defining said one or more regions of interest and one or more characteristics of an object of interest; pointing the line of sight of the imaging device at a region of interest selected from said one or more regions of interest; automatically scanning the selected region of interest to detect said one or more characteristics of the object of interest and upon detection issuing an alert; and when said one or more regions of interest includes more than one region of interest, repeating the steps of pointing the line of sight of the imaging device and automatically scanning in a predetermined order of viewing of the regions of interest, and upon detection of said one or more characteristics of the object of interest issuing an alert, for each of the regions of interests.05-03-2012
20120105632Video Surveillance Sharing System & Method - A surveillance system and method with at least one wireless input capture device ICD(s) and a corresponding digital input recorder (DIR) and/or another ICD, including the steps of providing base system; at least one user accessing the DIR via user interface either directly or remotely; the DIR and/or ICD searching for signal from the ICD(s) and establishing communication with them; providing DIR interface and setup options, for providing a secure surveillance system having wireless communication for monitoring a target environment.05-03-2012
20120105631Method and Device for Tele-Viewing - A method of tele-viewing in which a virtual image of a place to be viewed, obtained on the basis of old images of this place, is presented on the screen (05-03-2012
20120105629AUTOMATIC CONFIGURATION OF CONNECTION FROM CAMERA TO VIDEO MANAGEMENT SERVER - A method and system are provided for configuring or registering an edge device with a video management server (VMS) in a digital video network. The edge device initiates a registration process and sends an unsolicited pre-registration request, including edge-device-specific configuration information, to the VMS. This is in contrast to known approaches in which the VMS initiates registration. The VMS automatically pre-registers the edge device based on the received unsolicited pre-registration request. An edge device registration activator is displayed for the pre-registered edge device. In response to activation or selection of the edge device registration activator, the VMS registers the pre-registered device to the VMS using the edge-device-specific configuration information received in the unsolicited pre-registration request. The registration can be performed in a single operation, without the VMS having to gather further information. The edge device can be configured to more than one VMS at a time.05-03-2012
20090256908INTEGRATED IMAGE SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM AND IMAGE SYNTHESIS METHOD THEREOF - Disclosed is an integrated multi-view surveillance system which integrates multiple surveillance camera images of an area into a large-coverage image of the area in order to monitor the area. The system includes a first camera, a second camera, a third camera, an image processing device, and a display device. The image processing device includes a first defining component, a first synthesis component, a second defining component, an adjusting component, a transforming component, a third defining component, and a second synthesis component.10-15-2009
20090244280DETECTION DEVICE AND METHOD FOR DETECTING FIRES ALONG A MONITORING PATH - A detection device for detecting fires and/or fire features in a monitoring region along a monitoring path includes a camera device that is located and/or may be located in the monitoring region in order to generate image data, an evaluation device which is designed to detect fire and/or fire features in the monitoring range by evaluating the image data, in the case of which the detection device may be used to select a section of the monitoring range in which the evaluation is carried out, and the detection device is designed such that the monitoring range section has a maximum viewing angle alpha of less than 10-01-2009
20090244279Surveillance systems - Systems and methods are disclosed for surveillance including surveillance units which, in certain aspects, include a first unit for surveillance at a site, the first unit having a first base, a first local archiver, first surveillance apparatus on the base including at least one first surveillance component, the at least one first surveillance component for producing first surveillance signals, first transmitting apparatus for transmitting the first surveillance signals from the first surveillance component to the first local archiver, the local archiver including processing apparatus for processing the first surveillance signals to produce a first record of the surveilling of the site, and the local archiver including connection apparatus for making the first record available by remote access. This abstract is provided to comply with the rules requiring an abstract which will allow a searcher or other reader to quickly ascertain the subject matter of the technical disclosure and is submitted with the understanding that it will not be used to interpret or limit the scope or meaning of the claims, 37 C.F.R. 1.72(b).10-01-2009
20120194676VIDEO ANALYTICS METHOD AND SYSTEM - A method for performing video analytics comprises capturing video data using a video source disposed at an acquisition end. The captured video data is stored at the acquisition end, and non-adjacent single frames of the captured video data are transmitted from the acquisition end to a server via an IP network. The non-adjacent single frames of captured video data are transmitted one at a time at known time intervals, or a burst of a plurality of non-adjacent single frames is transmitted at another known time interval. At the server, video analytics is performed on a current one of the non-adjacent single frames for detecting an actionable event relative to a previous one of the non-adjacent single frames. In response to detecting an actionable event, a signal for requesting previously stored video data captured between the current one of the non-adjacent single frames and the previous one of the non-adjacent single frames is transmitted to the acquisition end via the IP network.08-02-2012
20120194674Method and System of Progressive Analysis for Assessment of Occluded Data and Redendant Analysis for Confidence Efficacy of Non-Occluded Data - A method of progressive analysis for assessment of occluded data is disclosed. In a particular embodiment, the method includes capturing sensor data from at least one sensor, identifying a target of interest using the sensor data, and determining a location and orientation of the target of interest using a last computed direction of travel of the target. The method also includes segmenting the sensor data of the target of interest into segments for analysis and determining whether a particular segment of the segments is occluded. In addition, the method includes determining whether additional sensor data from the at least one sensor confirms that the particular occluded segment is no longer occluded allowing unresolved analysis to be supplemented with progressive analysis to provide incremental resolution to the analysis.08-02-2012
20100039511Device of monitoring system and method thereof - The present invention provides a device of a monitoring system and a method thereof. The device of the present invention includes a monitoring camera that includes at least one red light-emitting diode and contains motion detection monitoring camera therein and at least one auxiliary visible light source, cooperating with the method of the present invention that includes steps of monitoring and video-recording a monitored zone, detecting the monitored zone, activating an auxiliary visible light source, detecting the monitored zone, and de-activating the auxiliary visible light source. Whereby, with the least power consumption, images obtained in the nighttime can contain color contents as clear as those obtained in the daytime.02-18-2010
20100013917Method and system for performing surveillance - A method and system for performing surveillance includes receiving location information for a detected object via a first sensor and slewing a second sensor to the detected object in accordance with the location information provided by the first sensor. In one embodiment, the first sensor detects the presence of the object (which may or may not be moving), and the second sensor provides more refined or specific information about the detected object, such as a higher-resolution image of the detected object.01-21-2010
20100013926Video Surveillance System Employing Video Primitives - A video surveillance system is set up, calibrated, tasked, and operated. The system extracts video primitives and extracts event occurrences from the video primitives using event discriminators. The system can undertake a response, such as an alarm, based on extracted event occurrences.01-21-2010
20090315991Wireless Video Surveillance Jamming and Interference Prevention - A wireless video surveillance system having automatic self-configuration of the input capture devices and digital input recorder(s), and further including jamming and interference prevention capabilities.12-24-2009
20090315990APPARATUS FOR SURVEILLANCE CAMERA SYSTEM - The present invention relates to surveillance systems using closed circuit television surveillance cameras, and in particular, to an apparatus that reduces the amount of heat received by a sensor of a surveillance camera. The apparatus comprises a first enclosure containing a lens assembly, a sensor coupled to the lens assembly, and a processor coupled to the sensor for producing a video signal. The apparatus further comprises a second enclosure separate from the first enclosure. The second enclosure contains a camera control mechanism operable with the lens assembly and the sensor, and a power supply for supplying power to the first and second enclosures. The first and second enclosures are configured such that the lens assembly and the sensor are generally insulated from heat generated by the power supply and the camera control system.12-24-2009
20100149330SECURITY SYSTEM WITH OPERATOR-SIDE PRIVACY ZONES - A system and method for operator-side privacy zone masking of surveillance is provided. The system includes a video surveillance camera equipped with a coordinate engine for determining coordinates of a current field of view of the surveillance camera; and a frame encoder for embedding the determined coordinates with video frames of the current field of view. The system also includes a privacy zone information database for storing coordinates of predefined privacy zones; and a video viewing unit for viewing stored video frames. The video viewing unit is in communication with the frame storage unit and the privacy zone information database.06-17-2010
20100149331TIME STAMPED IMAGERY ASSEMBLY FOR COURSE PERFORMANCE VIDEO REPLAY - Embodiments of the present invention address deficiencies of the art in respect to video imagery assembly for course oriented activities and provide a method, system and computer program product for time stamped imagery assembly for course performance video replay. In an embodiment of the invention, a method for time stamped imagery assembly can include acquiring different images from different cameras disposed about an activity course traversed by a moving object and time stamping each of the different images. The method also can include repeatedly acquiring position and time stamp data for the moving object as the moving object traverses the activity course. Finally, the method can include assembling the different images acquired from the different cameras in a single sequence of images with positions in the sequence determined by correlating time stamps for each of the images with the acquired position and time stamp data of the moving object.06-17-2010
20110228086Method and System for Light-Based Intervention - A method and system are provided in which a device having one or more illumination sources and may receive information for a target location through a network connection. The information may be based on video captured by a surveillance camera. The device may adjust a projection position of one of the illumination sources based on the target location information and may project a light beam generated by the illumination source onto the target location when the projection position is adjusted. The light beam may project a pattern onto the target location, which may comprise an image, a letter, a word, a symbol, or a combination thereof. The device may receive an indication of a type of situation taking place at the target location and may utilize the indication to select an illumination source and/or a type of pattern to project onto the target location.09-22-2011
20100157054MULTI-REGION MONITORING SYSTEM - A multi-region monitoring system comprises: an image-capturing module having a lens assembly; and a mirror assembly having at least two mirrors, wherein the mirrors face the lens assembly. By adjusting the rotation angle of the mirrors, objects of several specific regions can be reflected in the mirrors, and the image-capturing module captures a digital image of the mirrors and the objects reflected therein. Due to the capturing range of the image-capturing module including the mirrors only, the captured digital image is able to have high resolution.06-24-2010
20110128377Lens Distortion Method for Broadcast Video - A method, apparatus, and computer program product are described to improve a lens distortion curve which roughly approximates distortion caused by a camera lens to capture an event onto video. The present invention selects a generic lens distortion curve that roughly approximates the distortion caused by the camera lens while capturing the event onto the video. The video as well as information from the generic lens distortion curve is used to generate a camera model. This camera model is used to integrate virtual insertions into the video. If the camera model is sufficiently accurate to present a realistic appearance of the virtual insertions to the remote viewer, this camera model is then used to integrate more virtual insertions into the video. However, if the camera model is not sufficiently accurate, an iterative process is employed to refine this camera model.06-02-2011
20100157049Apparatus And Methods For The Semi-Automatic Tracking And Examining Of An Object Or An Event In A Monitored Site - A method and apparatus for the investigation of an object or an event in a video clip, by playing video clips of the object or objects associated with the events. The video frames comprised within the video clips comprise information regarding the creation time and coordinates of the objects appearing in multiple frames, thus enabling an operator to immediately play video clips tracking the object starting at the object's creation time within the field of view, until its disappearance from the field of view. By defining neighboring regions, and keeping the creation time of each object within each video stream, an object is tracked between different fields of view.06-24-2010
20100157051SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETECTING AND DETERRING RFID TAG RELATED FRAUD - An approach that allows for detecting and deterring RFID tag related fraud is provided. In one embodiment, there is a generating tool configured to generate a set of tag-item models based on results of a cumulative training process; detecting tool configured to detect discrepancy between an expected appearance of the item as determined from analyzing corresponding tag-item model and an actual appearance of the item as captured by color camera, and an acknowledging tool configured to acknowledge said detected discrepancy.06-24-2010
20100182428CENTRALIZED-CONTROLLED SURVEILLANCE SYSTEMS CAPABLE OF HANDLING MULTIPLE DATA STREAMS - A surveillance system including a plurality of network video recorders (NVRs), a plurality of network video capturing devices and a plurality of streaming media presentation devices (SMPDs) is provided. The NVRs can receive and store digitized data packets, as well as transmit video/audio streams, event notifications, authorization codes and control signals. The network video capturing devices, each connected to a corresponding NVR among the plurality of NVRs via a network, can capture video/audio data and providing the digitized data packets by encoding the captured video/audio data. The SMPDs are connected to the plurality of NVRs via the network and can play captured video/audio data and alerting messages associated with the event notifications.07-22-2010
20100020172PERFORMING REAL-TIME ANALYTICS USING A NETWORK PROCESSING SOLUTION ABLE TO DIRECTLY INGEST IP CAMERA VIDEO STREAMS - The present invention discloses a solution for an intelligent video surveillance (IVS) system able to perform real-time analytics on internet protocol (IP) video streams which are directly ingested by the IVS system. An internet protocol camera can be identified and connected to the intelligent video surveillance system which lacks an intermediate video management component. The raw video stream can be received directly from the camera in the form of a real-time video stream such as real-time streaming protocol (RTSP). One or more real-time analytics can be performed on said video stream based on one or more system criteria and user established criteria. When an incident event is detected one or more programmatic actions can be performed in response to analytics enacted.01-28-2010
20100259613WATCHING CAMERA - According to the present invention, there is provided a watching camera, comprising: a housing main body that is fixedly installed at a wall surface or a ceiling of a building; a camera module that is installed at the housing main body to acquire image information on a watching region; an angle control bracket that is installed at the bottom of the housing main body and is mounted to allow the camera module to have a multi-shaft freedom in up, down, left and right directions; and a horizontal display device that is installed at the camera module and light-emits a lamp in response to a slope in a left and right direction of the camera module.10-14-2010
20100194882Method and apparatus for monitoring using a movable video device - Methods, devices, and systems for monitoring using a movable video device. The video device is movable to a plurality of positions definable by three dimensions. In an example method, the video device is moved to one of the plurality of positions. Within the video device, video data is acquired at the one of the plurality of positions. Further, within the video device, the acquired video data is processed using a processing algorithm that is configured according to a predetermined profile associated with the one of the plurality of positions. The result of the processing is sent to an external receiving device.08-05-2010
20100259611System, method, and device for controlled user tracking - In a system and method for controlled user tracking, a mobile device is provided for transmitting an identification signal, and a reader unit, which is statically located at a location, is provided for receiving the identification signal and transmitting to a surveillance control unit, in response to receipt of the identification signal, either the received identification signal or another signal that identifies the mobile device, for logging by the surveillance control unit of a presence of the mobile device at the location, where the mobile device and/or the reader unit is configured to transmit at least one surveillance control message for control of surveillance at the location.10-14-2010
20100013922Surveillance camera - A surveillance camera has a case, an optoelectronical module and an assistant light module. The optoelectronical module is mounted securely inside the case and has a camera lens and a contact pad module. The contact pad module is a printed circuit board that has at least two contact pads thereon and is mounted adjacent to the camera lens. The assistant light module is detachably mounted around the camera lens and has an assistant light unit. The assistant light unit is detachably mounted around the camera lens and has at least two contact members. Each contact members is disposed corresponding to one of the at least two contact pads and is electronically contacted to a corresponding contact pad when the assistant light unit is mounted in the case.01-21-2010
20100013925PORTAL PROXIMATE DIGITAL COMMUNICATIONS DEVICE - A device which incorporates a digital camera and video display monitor that displays, in real time, live video of activities occurring in the proximity of the device and as a digital signage electronic display that is capable of receiving and displaying video information, advertising and other messages transmitted from a network. The device is typically mounted on or proximate to a door of a residential dwelling or a hotel guestroom. A group of devices can be managed locally or remotely over a network. The multi-functional display is capable of displaying live video of the area located on the exterior side of the door and/or video advertising that may or may not be specifically directed to a specific group of devices. The device includes, among other things, a miniature camera and camera housing located on the exterior of the door and a video display and motion sensor located on the interior of the door and controlled by a microprocessor.01-21-2010
20100013923MONITORING SYSTEM - The invention relates to a monitoring system equipped with low-power-consumption camera devices. A main monitor device (01-21-2010
20100013921Monitoring system and terminal device - A monitoring system for surveiling an object substance includes plural movable bodies periodically patrolling surveillance areas each having a prescribed area and acquiring image data and/or audio data showing statuses during a patrol, an area local control institution installed in each of the surveillance areas for receiving from the movable bodies and storing various data including the image data and/or audio data, plural communicating devices installed in the surveillance areas for functioning as access points for building up a wireless network and a terminal device the object substance takes along or is provided with.01-21-2010
20080211904Situation Monitoring Device and Situation Monitoring System - A situation monitoring device which enables monitoring of a variety of situations and reporting in response to the situation using a single device is provided. The situation monitoring device is easy to install and to use and a system therefore can be implemented inexpensively. The situation monitoring device recognizes a place or installation where the device is installed (step S09-04-2008
20080211906Intelligent Remote Multi-Communicating Surveillance System And Method - The remote surveillance system contains: 09-04-2008
20100259612Control Module For Video Surveillance Device - A control module for a video surveillance device comprises a sensor detecting the movement of the video surveillance device and generating detection data; and a microprocessor receiving the detection data via an analog/digital conversion circuit, analyzing the detection data, controlling the output of an alert signal according to an analysis result of the detection data, and calculating picture-adjusting data according to the analysis result of the detection data, and using the picture-adjusting data to correct the definition of the picture.10-14-2010
20100188505PARAMETER SETTING METHOD AND MONITORING APPARATUS USING THE METHOD - In a monitoring apparatus for monitoring an object which intrudes into a monitoring subject area by using an image pickup device, it is demanded to adjust parameters according to conditions such as the monitoring purpose and the surrounding environment in order to execute suitable monitoring. To this end, in the monitoring apparatus, parameters corresponding to monitoring conditions are subject to grouping. Suitable values of parameters in each group obtained by the grouping are previously determined according to a degree of a monitoring condition. A monitoring condition and its degree are selected by using an ordering device having user interface components such as push buttons mounted thereon. It is made possible to instantaneously alter parameters belonging to a group corresponding to the monitoring condition all at once at this time. Parameter adjustment free from troublesomeness and skill is thus implemented.07-29-2010
20100225758Wearable system for filming, recording and communicating during sport activity - A system for acquiring and displaying images obtained from a user's field of vision back to said user, especially useful for a user engaged in an active motion activity. The system includes: at least one body mounted camera (BMC) for acquiring at least one image of a user's field of vision; at least one body-mounted remote control unit (RCU) in electronic communication with said BMC for controlling said BMC; and, at least one body mounted remote display (RD) in electronic communication with said BMC and said RCU, for displaying said at least one image back to said user. The RD is mounted on said user's body such that said image is displayed to said user whilst said field of vision of said user is constantly maintained clear and unobstructed. A clear and unobstructed field of vision to said user is constantly maintained.09-09-2010
20100238286DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS - Data processing apparatus comprising a video data receiver configured to receive video data, and an audio data receiver configured to receive audio data. The apparatus further comprises an alarm engine configured to analyse said received video and audio data and generate an alarm signal based on an output signal generated by said analysis.09-23-2010
20100225759Extended depth-of-field surveillance imaging system - An extended depth-of-field (EDOF) surveillance imaging system (09-09-2010
20100225760VIEW HANDLING IN VIDEO SURVEILLANCE SYSTEMS - A method of video processing may include analyzing input video information to determine if a current video frame is directed to a same view as a previous video frame; determining whether a new view is present; and indicating a need to use video processing information pertaining to the new view if a new view is determined to be present.09-09-2010
20100253778MEDIA DISPLAYING SYSTEM AND METHOD - A media displaying system includes a displaying unit, an image capture unit, a processing unit, and a storage system. The image capture unit captures a number of viewer images. The system examines the number of viewer images to find faces in each viewer image, identifies characteristics of each found face in each viewer image, determines information about viewers accordingly, selects media content from the storage system according to information about the viewers. The displaying unit displays the selected media content.10-07-2010
20100238285IDENTIFYING SPATIAL LOCATIONS OF EVENTS WITHIN VIDEO IMAGE DATA - An invention for identifying a spatial location of an event within video image data is provided. In one embodiment, there is a spatial representation tool, including a compression component configured to receive trajectory data of an event within video image data, and generate a set of compressed spatial representation of the trajectory data of the event within the video image data. A database component is configured to input the set of compressed spatial representations into a relational database, and a search component is configured to search the relational database to identify a spatial location of the event within the video image data.09-23-2010
20100238287SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR FRACTIONATION OF A CENTRIFUGED SAMPLE - The present invention relates generally to a fractionator for collecting at least one of a plurality of segregated components from a segregated sample disposed in a sample tube. The fractionator has a head with a head surface at its forward end. The head may be configured to form a slideable seal with the inside surface of a sample tube. A collection port is disposed forward of the head surface, and a fluid passageway is in fluid communication with the collection port and is configured and arranged to allow fluid transport from the sample tube to a sample receptacle. The fractionator may have a valve in fluid communication with the collection port and may have a valve controller configured and arranged to operate the valve based, at least in part, on the location of the collection port with respect to a sample disposed in the sample tube.09-23-2010
20110058037FIRE DETECTION DEVICE AND METHOD FOR FIRE DETECTION - Fire detector installations comprise fire detectors as sensor devices for detecting fires, smoke, flames or other signs of fire, and are used in both public buildings, such as schools or museums, and in private buildings. The invention relates to a fire detector device (03-10-2011
20110058036BANDWIDTH MANAGEMENT AND CONTROL - A camera system comprises a camera that produces a video signal, a video compressor that compresses the video signal, a system control processor that passes the compressed video signal, and a network interface that receives the compressed video signal, wherein the video compressor comprises configurable parameters that affect a bandwidth of the compressed video signal.03-10-2011
20110058035SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR RECORDING SECURITY SYSTEM EVENTS - An event-based recording access control and security management system includes an access control system having one or more access control devices, a recording system having one or more recording devices, a first gateway configured to generate a message identifying time of occurrence of a hardware event representative of operation of an access control device, and an event video recorder (EVR) configured to command information capture by a recording device of the recording system based on the hardware event, and to associate the captured information with the message by including in the message a timestamp of the hardware event and of the information capture.03-10-2011
20110058034Sharing of video surveillance information - A method of sharing the monitoring of video surveillance information between different users is provided. The video surveillance information from a user is transmitted over a network such as the Internet to a third party surveillance center. A user, or designated parties of that user, may access his own video surveillance information from the surveillance service in addition to video surveillance information that has originated from other users. Which other user video surveillance information may be accessed by a user is determined by a set of rules that are enforced by the surveillance service. The rules for allowing a user to view other users' video surveillance information may be based on geographical location, group affiliation, network of users, or otherwise. A user accessing other users' video surveillance information may or may not know these other users.03-10-2011
20100208063SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR IMPROVING ACCURACY AND ROBUSTNESS OF ABNORMAL BEHAVIOR DETECTION - A surveillance system improves accuracy and robustness of abnormal behavior detection of a monitored object traversing a space includes a metadata processing module, a model building module, and a behavior assessment module. The metadata processing module generates trajectory information for a monitor object and determines attributes of the monitored object. The model building module at least one of generates and updates normal motion models based on at least one of the trajectory information, the attributes, and an abnormal behavior score. The behavior assessment module generates the abnormal behavior score based on one of a plurality of methods. A first one of the plurality of methods defines wrong direction behavior. A second one of the plurality of methods defines wandering/loitering behavior. A third one of the plurality of methods defines speeding behavior.08-19-2010
20100208064SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MANAGING VIDEO STORAGE ON A VIDEO SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM - A system and method for managing video storage on a video surveillance system is disclosed. The system calculates an importance score for a video segment based on a weighted average of multiple scores corresponding to the video event. The multiple scores include an event correlation score correlating a video event with a plurality of other video events, an abnormality score indicating the abnormality of the observed event, a user entered score, a score relating to the number of times a specific location was visited by a moving object, the amount of times a video has been retrieved, and a predicted future storage space. The importance score may be used to determine a video retention operation, such as retaining the video event, purging the video event, reducing the video quality of the event, or storing the video in mix-reality format.08-19-2010
20100208068SURVEILLANCE CAMERA APPARATUS, REMOTE RETRIEVAL AND MOUNTING BRACKET THEREFOR - A digital image recording surveillance camera apparatus and system for 24-hour home or business security, surveillance, or to monitor and detect animal movement. The apparatus has a camera, which when activated, photographs an object entering a heat-in-motion detection zone. The apparatus includes a passive IR sensor, multiple infrared emitting diodes, image storage, radio frequency transmission and reception, a remote control and image retrieving device and a tree mounting bracket therefor.08-19-2010
20100253777VIDEO MONITORING SYSTEM, IMAGE ENCODER AND ENCODING METHOD THEREOF - A video monitoring system includes a camera, an image encoder, and a recording unit. The camera captures a plurality of images of an object to be watched. The image encoder detects the plurality of images to determine key portions of each image, compresses data of portions of each image other than the key portions. The recording unit records the plurality of images from the compressing module to make sure the images displayed have high definition of the key portions.10-07-2010
20110175999VIDEO SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR OPERATING SAME - A method for operating a video system includes performing a visual surveillance tour of a predetermined control area with a pan/tilt/zoom (PTZ) camera. The method also includes recording at least one video image frame of the predetermined control area. The method further includes recording at least one coordinate value associated with a predetermined coordinate system. The method also includes transmitting each of the at least one video image frame and the at least one coordinate value to at least one storage device. The method further includes indexing the at least one video image frame as a function of the at least one coordinate value. The method also includes retrieving the at least one video image frame based on the at least one coordinate value and displaying the at least one video image frame on at least one video display device.07-21-2011
20100033566DIGITAL LOGGING VCR META DATA BASED SYSTEM CONSTRUCT - A system and method of digitally logging surveillance operator actions create a computer-implemented data structure object, monitor and receive one or more operator actions of a security monitoring operator, record in real time said one or more operator actions in said data structure object, and store said data structure object in memory.02-11-2010
20100271479METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR REMOTE MULTIPLE PROCESS GRAPHICAL MONITORING - A network of controllers for controlling and monitoring associated assay testing systems coupled to a remote monitoring unit for monitoring and controlling the controllers and/or the assay testing systems is disclosed. Each controller transmits a display image representing the status of the respective assay-testing system. The remote monitoring unit automatically detects if the number of display images from the controllers is greater than a threshold number of displayable, static thumbnail images and, when the threshold is exceeded, displays thumbnail images dynamically in a scrolling or streaming motion. The thumbnail images, whether static or dynamic, are updated in real-time or pseudo-real-time to reflect updated status of the assay testing systems.10-28-2010
20090251538DOME CAMERA AND HOUSING FOR DOME CAMERA - A dome camera (10-08-2009
20090040301DIGITAL PAN, TILT AND ZOOM - Video capture systems, methods and computer program products can be provided and configured to capture video sequences of one or more subjects during an activity. The video capture system can be configured to include a communications module that is provided to receive a set of successive frames of video image data of a defined coverage area in an activity location and to receive tracking information indicating a position of the subject in the activity location. A content selection module can be further provided to determine a location of the subject in the defined coverage area based on the tracking information to thereby determine a subset of the image data in one or more received frames, or in a set of frames, of video image data that contains image data of the subject.02-12-2009
20130128038METHOD FOR MAKING EVENT-RELATED MEDIA COLLECTION - A method for making a media collection associated with an event having an event location includes using a processor to receive one or more media elements from each of a plurality of media-capture devices, each media element having a capture location; defining the event in response to receiving one or more media-capture-device signals having the event location; and associating media elements having the event location received at the same time or after the event definition with a stored media-event collection corresponding to the event for subsequent use.05-23-2013
20130128040SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ALIGNING CAMERAS - A method is provided for determining a position where a reference point should be located on a display (05-23-2013
20130128041MOBILE AND ONE-TOUCH TASKING AND VISUALIZATION OF SENSOR DATA - The technology described herein includes a system and/or a method for data tasking and visualization of data. The method includes receiving, by a computing device, a screening policy selection from a user associated with the computing device; transmitting, by the computing device, the screening policy selection to one or more sensor platform devices; receiving, by the computing device, one or more data sets from the one or more sensor platform devices in response to the transmission of the screening policy selection; and displaying, by the computing device, the one or more data sets to the user.05-23-2013
20090322874SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR REMOTE SURVEILLANCE - A remote camera system having a view of a surveilled space is equipped with microprocessors to wirelessly convey encrypted, full motion digital images of the surveilled space to a monitoring network remotely separated from the surveilled space. The monitoring network includes analog and/or digital displays that may be fixed, in mobile vehicles, or be hand held personal digital assistants.12-31-2009
20080231699Dome Type Camera09-25-2008
20110032355MONITORING METHOD AND TERMINAL USING DIFFERENT MONITORING PRECISIONS - This invention discloses a monitoring method and terminal using different monitoring precisions. The method comprises: a user sends, to a monitoring terminal, monitoring precision setting information which includes one or more time periods and monitoring precisions corresponding to respective time periods; and according to the received monitoring precision setting information, the monitoring terminal applies, in each time period indicated in the received monitoring precision setting information, the corresponding monitoring precision to monitor a monitored place, and gives an alarm to the user when an alarming condition is met. Using the method of the present invention can enable the user to set the monitoring precision of the monitored place according to the user's practical requirement, make the monitoring precision automatically adapt to different monitoring situations, and not only decrease the false alarm, but also make the utilization of the monitoring terminal more convenient and meet the using requirement of the user.02-10-2011
20080266394Audio Module for a Video Surveillance System, Video Surveillance System and Method for Keeping a Plurality of Locations Under Surveillance - The present invention refers to an audio module for a video surveillance system, a video surveillance system and a method for keeping a plurality of locations under surveillance. Video surveillance systems are widely used to monitor critical locations of public or private buildings or institutes like private homes, museums, prisons, factories, hazardous areas and so on from one or more central surveillance rooms. Commonly, the surveillance rooms are equipped with a plurality of monitors each displaying one of the critical locations or a mosaic display, which is divided in a plurality of cameos, whereby each cameo displays one of the critical locations. Additionally audio signals corresponding to the images displayed on the single monitors or cameos can be played. An audio module (10-30-2008
20110109742BROKER MEDIATED VIDEO ANALYTICS METHOD AND SYSTEM - A method comprises transmitting video data from a source end to a central server via a Wide Area Network (WAN). The video data includes video data relating to an event of interest, and is captured using a video camera disposed at the source end. Via a plurality of streams, the video data is transmitted from the central server to each one of a plurality of different video analytics engines. Different video analytics processing of the video data is performed using each one of the plurality of different video analytics engines.05-12-2011
20100295944MONITORING SYSTEM, IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, ANALYSIS APPARATUS, AND MONITORING METHOD - Monitoring system is provided which includes an image capturing apparatus including a basic analysis section that performs analysis processing based on image data input from an image capturing section that captures an image of a subject and generates first metadata, and a first metadata output section that outputs the first metadata and second metadata different from the first metadata to a monitoring apparatus connected to a network via the network, and an analysis apparatus including an extended analysis section that performs analysis processing different from that of the basic analysis section based on the image data received from the image capturing apparatus and generates the second metadata, and a second metadata output section that outputs the second metadata to the image capturing apparatus.11-25-2010
20090046146SURGICAL COMMUNICATION AND CONTROL SYSTEM - Systems and methods for communication during surgical or other procedures. A system can include a mounting piece adapted to be received on a user's head, and a beam projecting device coupled to the headpiece and configured for selectively directing attention to a particular object or location. A system that can transmit beam locations to a remote screen indicating anatomic locations, and can be used to control medical devices based on where the beam projecting device is directed on a video display.02-19-2009
20100302367INTELLIGENT SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR THE SAME - An intelligent surveillance system and method for the same uses an image sensor (12-02-2010
20110122248CAMERA POSITIONING SYSTEMS - Embodiments of camera positioning systems are disclosed. Certain embodiments include a ball swivel mechanism that joins a camera mounting plate to a bracket arm. In some embodiments, the bracket arm is joined to a grip plate that can be secured to an object such as a tree. In other embodiments, the bracket arm is joined to a monopod that can be secured to the ground. Some embodiments of camera mounting plates are configured to secure multiple types of game-security cameras.05-26-2011
20110122246APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING A SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM - A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a media processor having a controller to receive media content from a content provider operating in an interactive television (iTV) network, wherein the media content is associated with a plurality of channels, wherein the media content comprises audio and video content, change each channel of the plurality of channels based on a time interval provided by a monitoring system, analyze audio content of the media content for each channel for detecting an undesired condition associated with the video content, wherein the audio content is encoded by an iTV audio encoder, and transmit the media content to the monitoring system if the undesired condition is detected, the media content being transmitted for analysis by the monitoring system and for creation of a trouble ticket if a qualitative threshold for the media content is determined to not be satisfied. Other embodiments are disclosed.05-26-2011
20110128376System and Method For Monitoring and Capturing Potential Traffic Infractions - The present invention refers to a system and method for monitoring and supervising potential traffic infractions, comprising the detection of potential traffic infractions and the capture of the images thereof, wherein the images preferentially relate to a sequence of images of the pre and post events, further comprising a multi-thread module which enables the capture of images of one or more potential traffic infractions occurring in the same or in different lanes of the road, with almost simultaneous pre-event and post-event sequences.06-02-2011
20110001824SENSING APPARATUS, EVENT SENSING METHOD, AND PHOTOGRAPHING SYSTEM - A sensing apparatus determines a location and a direction where a display and an event are sensed, and causes a separate event to occur based on the location and the direction where the event is sensed. Accordingly, a user may set a direction where the event is sensed on a photographed screen more easily and conveniently.01-06-2011
20110109740Method and Apparatus for In Situ Solar Flat Panel Diagnostics - Techniques for analyzing performance of solar panels and/or cells are provided. In one aspect, a method for analyzing an infrared thermal image taken using an infrared camera is provided. The method includes the following steps. The infrared thermal image is converted to temperature data. Individual elements are isolated in the infrared thermal image. The temperature data for each isolated element is tabulated. A performance status of each isolated element is determined based on the tabulated temperature data. The individual elements can include solar panels and/or solar cells. In another aspect, an infrared diagnostic system is provided. The infrared diagnostic system includes an infrared camera which can be remotely positioned relative to one or more elements to be imaged; and a computer configured to receive thermal images from the infrared camera, via a communication link, and analyze the thermal images.05-12-2011
20110007156VIDEO BASED REMOTE OBJECT ACTIVATION/DEACTIVATION AND CONFIGURATION - A system and method of monitoring a region and directly controlling objects in the region via a single interface are provided. The method includes displaying a video data stream on a viewing interface and controlling an object in a region via the viewing interface. The video data stream is associated with a data collection device monitoring the region, and the video data stream includes a representation of at least one object in the region that is displayed on the viewing interface.01-13-2011
20110007158TECHNIQUE FOR AUTOMATICALLY TRACKING AN OBJECT - Automatic tracking by a camera (01-13-2011
20110001823Method for Detecting a Target - The invention relates to a method for detecting a target in a scene comprising: a step of acquiring digital images of the scene by means of a sensor, these images comprising pixels, then, for each pixel: —a step of estimating the background of the pixel, —a step of estimating the signal-to-noise ratio of the pixel, —a decision step by thresholding this signal-to-noise ratio to determine whether the pixel is a pixel of the target. The step of estimating the background of the pixel is based on the selection, for each pixel, of a so-called neighboring area, centered around the pixel, this area satisfying a predetermined uniformity criterion and the size of this area being as close as possible to a predetermined maximum size.01-06-2011
20110043631USE OF VIDEO CAMERA ANALYTICS FOR CONTENT AWARE DETECTION AND REDUNDANT STORAGE OF OCCURRENCES OF EVENTS OF INTEREST - Video analytics and a mass storage unit are contained in a camera housing of a video camera. Video data representing a field of view of a scene observed by the camera are stored in the mass storage unit. The video analytics analyzes video data produced by the camera and detects whether there is an occurrence of a defined event of interest. A video clip of the scene representing the event of interest is sent to a remote storage unit. Since only about 1% of security video data is reviewed, storing only video data representing events of interest remotely, while storing more complete video data of the scene observed by the camera local to the camera, reduces the remote storage capacity and bandwidth demand for the video system. Remote redundant storage of events of interest also provides higher reliability and fault tolerant storage for the video data that are most important.02-24-2011
20090066791Monitoring system - Disclosed herein is a monitoring system, including an infrared camera; an image pickup direction control section configured to vary the image pickup direction of the infrared camera; a correction section configured to correct irregularity in brightness of a screen image of image data picked up in each of the image pickup directions by the infrared camera and output the corrected image data whose irregularity in brightness is corrected; an image processing section configured to connect the corrected image data corresponding to the image data picked upon in the individual image pickup directions by the infrared camera to produce a whole image; and a display section configured to display the whole image.03-12-2009
20110032353PRESENTING VIDEO DATA - A method of displaying video surveillance system information is disclosed. Video clips associated with events are represented by event cards. The event cards include frames selected from the video clips associated with the events. Event cards include metadata, and can be annotated. Display of overlapping event cards causes a compressed event card to be displayed. Selection of a compressed event card dynamically expands the compressed event card to display a paneled event card.02-10-2011
20110018995SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR VIDEO- AND POSITION-BASED IDENTIFICATION - A system having interfaces to receive images from one or more cameras and location information with respect to wireless communication terminals. A notification may be received regarding an individual observed in the images. Next, wireless communication terminals located in a vicinity of the individual may be identified. From the identified wireless communication terminals, identification information applicable to the individual may be obtained. The identification information may be, e.g., personal information related to a subscriber of the given wireless communication terminal.01-27-2011
20110018996Area Monitoring for Detection of Leaks and/or Flames - A solution for monitoring an area for the presence of a flame and/or a leak, such as from a pressurized fluid, is provided. An imaging device can be used that acquires image data based on electromagnetic radiation having wavelengths only corresponding to at least one region of the electromagnetic spectrum in which electromagnetic radiation from an ambient light source is less than the electromagnetic radiation emitted by at least one type of flame for which the presence within the area is being monitored. An acoustic device can be used that is configured to acquire acoustic data for the area and enhance acoustic signals in a range of frequencies corresponding to a leak of a pressurized fluid present in the area.01-27-2011
20110018998CORRELATED MEDIA SOURCE MANAGEMENT AND RESPONSE CONTROL - Response personnel may be dispatched based on nature of the data assets received. A data asset that is captured by a user device is received, the data asset includes capture time and date data. The data asset is reviewed for an event that warrants dispatch of a responder. The responder is dispatched to the location of the event when the capture time and date data indicates the event occurred within a predetermined time of a current time.01-27-2011
20110018994Wirless controlled pet toy dispenser with camera - A wirelessly controlled pet toy dispenser with camera provides a user opportunity to view the user's pet from a remote location and to select a pet toy for dispensing and to select the timing of dispensing. A pet toy main housing has a plurality of compartments to hold pet toys for subsequent dispensing, each compartment having a first pet toy holding state, and having a second pet toy dispensing state; a movement mechanism connected to each of the compartments to independently move each compartment on separate command signals from the first position to the second position to dispense pet toy; controller for receiving wireless signals, including a unique signal for each of the compartments to activate the movement mechanism; camera connected to the main housing; camera transmission mechanism for wirelessly transmitting a camera picture to a remote user; a remote user transmitter and receiver, keyed to the control mechanism to permit a remote user to select a compartment and activate pet toy release at will, the receiver including camera picture screen keyed to the pet camera. In some embodiments, there is a display screen, near the pet toy main housing for a pet to see the user.01-27-2011
20110109741ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND MONITORING METHOD THEREOF - An electronic device includes a communication unit, a capturing unit, and a processing unit. The capturing unit is adapted to capture video images of a monitored area. The processing unit is adapted to transmit the captured video images to a predetermined network address via the communication unit.05-12-2011
20110025847SERVICE MANAGEMENT USING VIDEO PROCESSING - A service management system includes a camera capturing video of the site. The service management system further includes a monitoring system remote from the camera and the site. The service management system also includes a video processing system configured to analyze the video for one or more conditions and, in response to a determination that the one or more conditions have been met, to cause a data message to be sent to the monitoring system. The monitoring system is configured to cause a service event relating to the one or more conditions to be scheduled for the site.02-03-2011
20110032354Remote-controlled Pointing - A remote-controlled pointing system (02-10-2011
20090231428Surveillance apparatus and program - A surveillance apparatus capable of connecting via a communication network with a video recording device that records a video signal output from at least one surveillance camera and obtains surveillance camera trouble information pertaining to the surveillance camera detected by the video recording device. The surveillance apparatus comprises a timetable storage unit in which a timetable compiled based upon a monitoring target operating-hours schedule is stored, a trouble information judging unit that judges surveillance camera trouble information obtained during monitoring target operating hours to be valid and judges surveillance camera trouble information obtained at a time outside the monitoring target operating hours to be invalid based upon the timetable and a trouble information reporting unit that reports the surveillance camera trouble information having been judged to be valid. The structure allows the surveillance camera trouble information to be reported in an optimal manner.09-17-2009
20110043629MULTI-MEDIA IMAGING APPARATUS WITH COMPRESSION AND AUTOFOCUS - The present invention is directed to a surveillance device that provides a wide range of monitoring and is adapted to log and transmit video, audio, collateral environment data, and event data over a network, utilizing a relatively low bandwidth and low power consumption, while maintaining a resolution and features that greatly enhance surveillance applications. The multimedia surveillance device of the present invention provides support for dynamic addressing, compression, auto-focus and alarm notification.02-24-2011
20110043625SCENE PRESET IDENTIFICATION USING QUADTREE DECOMPOSITION ANALYSIS - Techniques are disclosed for matching a current background scene of an image received by a surveillance system with a gallery of scene presets that each represent a previously captured background scene. A quadtree decomposition analysis is used to improve the robustness of the matching operation when the scene lighting changes (including portions containing over-saturation/under-saturation) or a portion of the content changes. The current background scene is processed to generate a quadtree decomposition including a plurality of window portions. Each of the window portions is processed to generate a plurality of phase spectra. The phase spectra are then projected onto a corresponding plurality of scene preset image matrices of one or more scene preset. When a match between the current background scene and one of the scene presets is identified, the matched scene preset is updated. Otherwise a new scene preset is created based on the current background scene.02-24-2011
20110115906MONITORING SYSTEM AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - The present invention discloses an improved monitoring system and a control method thereof. After a visitor operates an input unit of the improved monitoring system and triggers a driving unit, an image capturing module is driven to capture a still image of the visitor and simultaneously a warning module is driven to send out a prompting message. Subsequently, the still image is stored in a storage unit and transmitted to an internal communication device. If a host makes a response within a certain time period, the host can talk with the visitor and get a dynamic image of the visitor from the internal communication device. If the host has no response to the system within a certain time period, the still image is then transmitted to an assigned external communication device.05-19-2011
20110043626INTRA-TRAJECTORY ANOMALY DETECTION USING ADAPTIVE VOTING EXPERTS IN A VIDEO SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM - A sequence layer in a machine-learning engine configured to learn from the observations of a computer vision engine. In one embodiment, the machine-learning engine uses the voting experts to segment adaptive resonance theory (ART) network label sequences for different objects observed in a scene. The sequence layer may be configured to observe the ART label sequences and incrementally build, update, and trim, and reorganize an ngram trie for those label sequences. The sequence layer computes the entropies for the nodes in the ngram trie and determines a sliding window length and vote count parameters. Once determined, the sequence layer may segment newly observed sequences to estimate the primitive events observed in the scene as well as issue alerts for inter-sequence and intra-sequence anomalies.02-24-2011
20110115909METHOD FOR TRACKING AN OBJECT THROUGH AN ENVIRONMENT ACROSS MULTIPLE CAMERAS - A method and system for tracking a subject through an environment that includes collecting visual data representing a physical environment from a plurality of cameras; processing the visual data; constructing a model of the environment from the visual data; and cooperatively tracking a subject in the environment with the constructed model and processed visual data.05-19-2011
20130155233MONITORING CAMERA - A camera and a method is used for monitoring a scene, the camera having a camera lens and an illumination device arranged to create an illumination pattern for illuminating the scene. The illumination device comprises at least one light source and a plurality of light guiding elements mounted in a plurality of mounting positions essentially along the circumference of the camera lens. The light guiding elements direct light emitted from the at least one light source in a respective direction unobscured by the camera lens to create essentially mutually complementary parts of the illumination pattern.06-20-2013
20110085034SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM FOR TRANSCODING SURVEILLANCE IMAGE FILES WHILE RETAINING GEOSPATIAL METADATA AND ASSOCIATED METHODS - A surveillance video system may include a surveillance image database storing a sequence of surveillance image files for a common area having geospatial metadata associated therewith. A processor may cooperate with the surveillance image database and configured to transcode the surveillance image files into a sequence of surveillance video frames retaining the geospatial metadata. The processor may also be configured to assemble a surveillance video transport stream from the sequence of surveillance video frames retaining the geospatial metadata, and to selectively deliver the surveillance video transport stream retaining the geospatial metadata to at least one surveillance video user.04-14-2011
20100141763VIDEO MONITORING SYSTEM - A video monitoring system, comprises a camera, and a monitor apparatus, to which video data from the camera is transmitted, wherein the camera comprises a video obtaining unit for obtaining a signal from an image pickup device, a camera image recognizer unit for executing video processing upon an input video obtained from the video obtaining unit, an encoding unit for executing an encoding process upon basis of a result of the processing within the camera image recognizer unit, thereby producing the video data, and wherein the monitor apparatus comprises a decoding unit for decoding the video data, and an image recognizer unit for selecting a decoding means of the decoding unit, upon basis of the result of processing of the camera image recognizer unit.06-10-2010
20110085033SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM FOR TRANSCODING SURVEILLANCE IMAGE FILES WHILE RETAINING IMAGE ACQUISITION TIME METADATA AND ASSOCIATED METHODS - A surveillance video system may include a surveillance image database storing a sequence of surveillance image files for a common area having image acquisition time metadata associated therewith, the sequence of surveillance image files defining an image acquisition rate. A processor may cooperate with the surveillance image database and may be configured to transcode the surveillance image files into a sequence of surveillance video frames retaining the image acquisition time metadata and at a video frame rate different from the image acquisition rate. The processor may also be configured to assemble a surveillance video transport stream from the sequence of surveillance video frames and retaining the image acquisition time metadata.04-14-2011
20110242316SHOE-INTEGRATED TACTILE DISPLAY FOR DIRECTIONAL NAVIGATION - Described herein are embodiments of a shoe-integrated tactile display that enables users to obtain information through the sense of touch of their feet. Also provided are methods and systems for directional navigation via a shoe integrated tactile display. Additionally provided are methods and systems for calibrating one or more actuators to a user's preference to enhance the transmission of tactile information. Provided as well are systems and methods for image processing so that a collision free path can be determined.10-06-2011
20090322876CCTV MANAGEMENT SYSTEM SUPPORTING EXTENDED DATA TRANSMISSION COVERAGE THROUGH WIRELESS LAN - Disclosed is a management system of an area to be photographed using a plurality of CCTVs, and more particularly to, a CCTV management system supporting an extended data transmission coverage with a wireless LAN, in which a plurality of CCTVs are installed in an area to be photographed and are collectively managed, that can be installed easier than a wired CCTV management system and can remove a limit to the data transmission coverage of a wireless CCTV management system by sequentially transmitting data photographed by the CCTVs in accordance with the access order of distances so that data photographed by a CCTV and data photographed by the other CCTVs are encoded and transmitted.12-31-2009
20100220188Wireless Video Surveillance System and Method with Input Capture and Data Transmission Prioritization and Adjustment - A surveillance system and method with at least one wireless input capture device ICD(s) and a corresponding digital input recorder (DIR) and/or another ICD, including the steps of providing the base system; at least one user accessing the DIR via user interface either directly or remotely; the DIR and/or ICD searching for signal from the ICD(s) and establishing communication with them, and the system providing for input capture and data transmission prioritization, thereby providing a secure surveillance system having wireless communication for monitoring a target environment with prioritization capabilities.09-02-2010
20090219392POINT OF RECORDATION TERMINAL APPARATUS FOR SENDING HIGH COMPLEXITY IMAGE SEQUENCES OVER AN UNRELIABLE LOW-BANDWIDTH CHANNEL - A system for providing video intelligence as a service to a plurality of small and medium sized enterprises to distributed video recordation equipment, comprising an apparatus and computer-implemented method. An apparatus comprises a point of recordation terminal apparatus coupled to a public network. A method for operating a system for video intelligence in a public network in a secure manner.09-03-2009
20090219391ON-CAMERA SUMMARISATION OF OBJECT RELATIONSHIPS - Disclosed herein is a method of communicating video object relationships. The method comprises the steps of: detecting one or more objects in a first video frame (09-03-2009
20090219389Detection of Smoke with a Video Camera - A method and an apparatus for detecting smoke by way of analysis of at least one video image recorded by a video camera monitoring an area. At least one moving area of the at least one video image is tested for the probable presence of smoke by determining the direction and the size of the moving area. If the test result is positive, at least part of the at least one moving area is evaluated with respect to the presence of smoke as a function of at least one item of information that is characteristic of smoke.09-03-2009
20110085036High speed dome camera with optic-electric slip ring arrangement - A high speed dome camera includes a stationary unit, a moving unit including an image capturer for capturing an image signal, and an optic-electric slip ring arrangement provided between the moving unit and the stationary unit which includes an electric unit for power transmission, and an optical unit for transmitting the image signal from the moving unit to the stationary unit when the image capturer is driven to rotate in a high rotational speed. The optic-electric slip ring arrangement prevents the reduction of the quality of the high definition transmission, so that the present invention has the advantages of the higher transmitting speed, broader signal band, less signal distortion, and higher reliability, so as to increase the rotational speed.04-14-2011
20100013924METHOD OF RETRIEVING IMAGE DATA OF A MOVING OBJECT, APPARATUS FOR PHOTOGRAPHING AND DETECTING A MOVING OBJECT, AND APPARATUS FOR RETRIEVING IMAGE DATA OF A MOVING OBJECT - The purpose of the present invention is to efficiently retrieve the image data of a specific moving object from the data of images photographed in a plurality of photographing positions. A number of photography and detection apparatuses having an RFID detection function and a photography function are arrayed in the positions where roads cross each other, and detect the RFID of a moving object which passes the photographing positions and transmit the image data of the moving object in association with the detected RFID to the server system. The server system stores the data of images photographed in a plurality of photographing positions in the storage device and retrieves the image data associated with the designated RFID from the storage device.01-21-2010
20090322873SURVEILLANCE SYSTEMS AND METHODS WITH SUBJECT-RELATED SCREENING - A surveillance system is disclosed. In some embodiments, the surveillance system may include at least one controller configured to receive information data from at least one upstream information source and to control operation of at least one controllable downstream information source based, at least in part, on the information data.12-31-2009
20090322875SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM, SURVEILLANCE METHOD AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM - There is provided with a surveillance system including: a receiving unit configured to receive images taken by surveillance cameras; a feature vector calculator configured to calculate feature vectors each including one or more features from received images; a database configured to store a plurality of learning data each including the feature vector and one of a plurality of classes; an classification processing unit configured to perform class identification of each of calculated feature vectors by using a part or all of the learning data plural times to obtain plural classes for each of the calculated feature vectors, respectively; a selecting unit configured to select a predetermined number of surveillance cameras based on dispersion of obtained classes for each of the calculated feature vectors corresponding to the surveillance cameras; and an image output unit configured to output images taken by selected surveillance cameras to monitor display devices respectively.12-31-2009
20100013919METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR LOW COST MOTION DETECTION - A non-frame-based motion detection method and apparatus for imagers requires only a few line buffers and little computation. The non-frame-based, low cost motion detection method and apparatus are well suited for “system-a-chip” (SOC) imager implementations.01-21-2010
20100013918VIEWING SYSTEM - A surveillance system comprising a middleware server (01-21-2010
20110176000System and Method for Counting People - A 3D camera system monitors people passing through a portal. Time sequence data are collected and analyzed. People are counted as they move through the portal and specific people entering the portal are matched with those exiting the portal. Movement is tracked to establish entrance or exit. Features specific to an individual are established and entered into a local data pool to match a person entering with a person later exiting a vehicle or other controlled area. The matching process uses multiple measurements and allows decisions to be made using previous and future information.07-21-2011
20100045796Mobile Device Management System - A mobile device management system including a method for monitoring a remote video camera and event scheduling, synchronization and modification using location information. Video from a remote camera is encoded by a computer and streamed in real time over a network to a mobile device for decoding and display. The computer encoder and mobile device decoder are software-based. Event calendar and schedule information is incorporated, shared and automatically updated among multiple mobile devices. Location information, such as from a locator network or a satellite-based global positioning system, is used to provide real time updates to a mobile device calendar or event schedule. A map or other indicia of the location of other mobile devices may be provided.02-25-2010
20100060732APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR EXTRACTING OBJECT IMAGE - An apparatus for extracting image data of an object in an input image data. The apparatus includes a display device having a display screen for displaying a plurality of predetermined images; a display controller for controlling the display device to display one of the predetermined images; an imaging device for taking an image of an object placed before the display screen in order to generate an input image data; a controller for controlling the imaging device to take an image of the object and the display screen when the display device displays one of the predetermined images in cooperation with the display controller; and an extractor for extracting image data of the object by comparing the input image data generated by imaging device with data of the one of the plurality of the predetermined images.03-11-2010
20100053326IMAGE SENSOR, THE OPERATING METHOD AND USAGE THEREOF - To solve the defect of the present image sensor used for obtaining both visible information and information indicating variation, such as low frame rate and being not applicable for portable apparatus, the present invention proposed an image sensor, operating method and usage thereof. The image sensor comprises an optoelectronic array, configured to convert optical signals of a first image and reference images at different moments into electronic signals, and the resolution of the optoelectronic array satisfying the requirement of visualization; a first module, configured to read the electronic signals of said first image by way of sampling, to read the electronic signals of each of said reference images by way of sampling, and to obtain the information indicating variation of the first image with respect to the reference images; and a second module, configured to read at least part of the electronic signals of one or more images, and to obtain at least part of visible information of the one or more images. The image sensor according to the present invention can output the visible information of the image at a suitable frame rate, and can also work at high frame rate and output the information indicating variation of the image, without consuming external resource and being especially applicable to the portable apparatus such as mobile phones.03-04-2010
20110085035APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PROTECTING PRIVACY INFORMATION OF SURVEILLANCE IMAGE - An apparatus for protecting privacy information of a surveillance image includes a key management unit for generating and managing keys used to unmask a masked input image; an input image processing unit for unmasking the input image using the keys, decoding the unmasked input image to acquire an uncompressed image data, and then applying a second masking on an area containing privacy information of the image data. Further, the apparatus for protecting the privacy information of the surveillance image includes an image recording unit for encoding the image data to which the second masking has been applied to store the encoded image data.04-14-2011
20100134619EVALUATING AN EFFECTIVENESS OF A MONITORING SYSTEM - An approach that evaluates an effectiveness of a monitoring system is provided. In one embodiment, there is a performance evaluation tool, including an evaluation component configured to receive visual media at a monitoring system monitored by a set of users, and evaluate a monitoring performance of the set of users in response to a simulated alert within the visual media. The performance evaluation tool further comprises an analysis component configured to predict an effectiveness of the monitoring system based on the performance of the set of users in response to the simulated alert within the visual media.06-03-2010
20100128122CAMERA HAVING A SLIP RING AND PAN-TILT MECHANISM - A camera system having a camera lens module, a slip ring connector, and a pan/tilt mechanism. In one construction, the camera system includes a circuit board, a slip ring having a stator connected to the circuit board and a rotor rotatable with respect to the stator, a camera lens module, and a flexible flat cable. The camera system can also include an anti-rotation arm connected to the rotor and in contact with a first end of the flexible flat cable. The anti-rotation arm can prevent a twist of the flexible flat cable during panning of the camera lens module.05-27-2010
20100128125SENSOR NETWORK SYSTEM, TRANSMISSION PROTOCOL, METHOD FOR RECOGNIZING AN OBJECT, AND A COMPUTER PROGRAM - A sensor network system for tracking moving objects within a surveillance region includes a plurality of network nodes, each assigned and/or assignable to a subregion of the surveillance region, in which at least one of the network nodes includes a classifier generator which is programmed and/or electronically configured to train a local classifier to discriminate the moving objects that are relevant in the assigned subregion, and in which network node is designed to forward object information on the moving objects to other network nodes for the purpose of tracking and/or recognizing moving objects that move away from network node and toward the other network nodes, and in which the object information is designed as classifier.05-27-2010
20110074952SYSTEM AND METHOD OF DETECTING A BLOCKED APERTURE IN LETTER OR FLAT MAIL IMAGE SENSOR - Embodiments include systems and methods of detecting a blocked aperture in an image device. In certain embodiments, the system and method is used in mail processing of letters and flats. In certain embodiments, the image sensor captures an image of the front of an item. If the aperture of the image sensor is obstructed, a void will appear on the image of the item. The system can detect the void and increment an alarm count until a pre-defined threshold is reached wherein the system signals an alarm so that the blockage can be removed and the affected items can be re-introduced for correct processing. In another embodiment, images obtained when the aperture is expected to be clear of any items.03-31-2011
20100123777SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MONITORING JUMP VELOCITY - A jump safety system for communicating an optimal velocity for a jump is described. The system includes a radar component, a memory, a processor, a velocity processing module, an increase velocity status, a decrease velocity status, a maintain velocity status, and a light emitting component. The radar component transmits and receives radio signals and generates a velocity output. Additionally, the radar component is positioned to determine velocity along a path associated with the jump. The velocity processing module is controlled by the processor and determines an optimal velocity range for a landing area. The maintain velocity status determined by the velocity processing module indicates the velocity output. The light emitting component is configured to communicate at least one of the increase velocity status, the decrease velocity status, or the maintain velocity status.05-20-2010
20120120238TWO LAYER VIDEO MOTION DETECTION - A method of identifying suspicious movements in video images, comprising: examining a video stream, in a first video motion detection (VMD) stage, to identify sequences of a plurality of video frames in which the video frames together indicate a possibility of movement of an object within the video stream; initiating operation of a second VMD stage on the video stream, which includes analyzing the pixel content of frames of the video stream to identify suspect objects, responsive to an indication from the first VMD stage; and providing an indication of a suspicious movement if the second VMD resulted in an identification of movement of a suspect object.05-17-2012
20120120236Web Camera - A web camera has a clamping apparatus, an extending arm and a camera module. The clamping apparatus includes a base and a supporting bracket. The supporting bracket is connected pivotally to a rear edge of the base and has a chamber and an open front. The extending arm is disposed inside the chamber of the supporting bracket of the clamping apparatus and is pivotally and slidably connected to the supporting bracket of the clamping apparatus. The camera module is connected pivotally to a front end of the extending arm. The extending arm can be operated to protrude out of the open front of the supporting bracket and then to rotate relative to the clamping apparatus. Therefore, a horizontal position of the camera module is changeable and various camera angles can be achieved.05-17-2012
20120120235SURVEILLANCE CAMERA HAVING LENS CONTROLLER WATERPROOFING MEMBER - A surveillance camera has waterproofing members detachably fitted into guide holes for focus control and zoom control. The camera has a lens controller waterproofing member, a focus controller and a zoom controller and includes a housing having a first guide hole and a second guide hole; a first rod fixing part combined with the focus controller outer surface and including a first extended part with a first rod fitting hole; a second rod fixing part combined with the outer surface of the zoom controller and including a second extended part with a second rod fitting hole; first and second waterproofing members sealing the first and second guide holes; a focus control rod fastened through the first waterproofing member; and a zoom control rod fastened through the second waterproofing member.05-17-2012
20090027497CAMERA LIGHT - A camera light assembly (01-29-2009
20090027496IMAGE INFORMATION MANAGEMENT SYSTEM - An image information management system includes: a reading device which reads unique information from a storage medium in which the unique information is stored; an imaging device which automatically starts shooting a video at a time of detecting a change of a picture image in an image area; and a processing device which includes a database which receives the unique information read by the reading device and the image information shot by the imaging device and associates the unique information and the image information to store the unique information and the image information. The processing device includes a control unit which associates the unique information and the image information to store the unique information and the image information in the database in a case of receiving the unique information and the image information, and which associates the image information and identification information indicating that no unique information is received to store the image information and the identification information in the database in a case of receiving only the image information from the imaging device and no unique information from the reading device.01-29-2009
20110074951UTILIZING PRESENCE INFORMATION FOR THE PURPOSE OF ENHANCED SURVEILLANCE - Surveillance system endpoints communicate with each other to send and receive presence information. The surveillance endpoints may react to the received presence information. For example, if one surveillance camera stops functioning, one or more other cameras can react to the presence information, or lack thereof, sent from the malfunctioning camera. Thus, one or more of the other cameras can cover the area normally covered by the malfunctioning camera. Thus, the surveillance endpoints can automatically react to presence events in a network of surveillance endpoints.03-31-2011
20110069168VEHICLE SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM FOR USE IN PARKING LOTS - A vehicle surveillance system for installation in a parking area includes an image capture device, a calculating unit and an alarm processing unit. The image capture device is provided for capturing image data from the parking area. The calculating unit is coupled to the image capture device for detecting whether an abnormal event of the vehicle occurs in the parking area or not. The alarm processing unit is coupled to the calculating unit and includes an alert notification module. The alert notification module is configured to be activated when the abnormal event of the vehicle is detected by the calculating unit.03-24-2011
20110018997PROVIDING MULTIPLE PERSPECTIVES OF A VENUE ACTIVITY TO ELECTRONIC WIRELESS HAND HELD DEVICES - Methods and systems for providing multiple perspectives of a venue activity to electronic hand held devices. A system for providing venue-based data to venue-based wireless hand held device can include at least one processor for processing data captured by at least one venue-based video camera for transmission to remote wireless hand held devices and at least one transmitter for wirelessly transmitting the data to a the remote wireless hand held devices. Wireless hand held devices include a display screen for displaying received venue video data. A method for transmitting venue-based data to hand held devices includes steps of capturing video images from at least one perspective of a venue-based activity using at least one video camera; processing the video images into venue-based data formatted for transmission and use by at least one hand held device and transmitting the venue-based data to at least one hand held device. Hand held devices receive venue-based data, process the data for display on a display screen associated with hand held devices, and display processed data on the display screen, thereby enabling users of the hand held devices to view at least one perspective of venue-based data through the hand held devices.01-27-2011
20110149075DEVICES AND METHOD FOR PROCESSING DATA PACKETS OF A DATA STREAM AND USE OF SAID DEVICES - The invention relates to a device and to a method for processing data packets of a data stream, in which the received data packets are processed in real-time by a first unit and only data packets that are received error-free are processed by a second unit. Data packets that are faulty or not received are requested repeatedly and routed to the second unit upon error-free receipt. A data sink initially receives only the data packets processed by the first unit. Once the second unit and first unit are processing identical data packets nearly simultaneously, only the data packets processed by the second unit are routed to the data sink. The invention can be used advantageously in video coding, for example with a video-on-demand service or image analysis within the framework of a surveillance system.06-23-2011
20110149072SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR OPERATING SAME - A method for operating a surveillance system includes performing a first portion of an automated visual surveillance tour of a predetermined control area by inducing movement of at least one visual surveillance camera at a first camera tour speed. The method also includes recording at least one first video image frame of the predetermined control area. The method further includes recording at least one second video image frame of the predetermined control area. The method also includes automatically determining whether a region of interest exists within the predetermined control area. The method further includes performing a second portion of the automated visual surveillance tour by shifting the induced movement of the at least one visual surveillance camera to a second camera tour speed. The method also includes automatically dwelling on the region of interest.06-23-2011
20100253779VIDEO IMAGE MONITORING SYSTEM - This is a video image monitoring system which can effectively detect a mobile object appearing in a captured video image even if a background image and other camera condition change continuously. The video image monitoring system comprises: a video-image-capturing section 10-07-2010
20110149073 METHOD OF MONITORING PRODUCT IDENTIFICATION AND APPARATUS THEREFOR - A method of monitoring product identification at a transaction terminal by sending either visible light signals, near infra-red light signals or wireless signals to a recording device that records video footage of a transaction terminal in conjunction received product identification information. A system for effecting the method along with light based and wireless transmitting units are disclosed.06-23-2011
20100097467System for testing semiconductors - A system that includes an imaging device for effectively positioning a probe for testing a semiconductor wafer.04-22-2010
20100097465AUTOMATED DRUG PREPARATION APPARATUS INCLUDING SYRINGE LOADING, PREPARATION AND FILLING - An automated medication preparation system for preparing a prescribed dosage of medication in a drug delivery device. The system includes a plurality of stations for receiving, handling and processing the drug delivery device so that the prescribed dosage of medication is delivered to the drug delivery device and a transporting device that receives and holds more than one drug delivery device and moves the drug delivery devices in a controlled manner from one station to another station. The system is configured so that two or more separate drug delivery devices can be acted upon at the same time.04-22-2010
20100097463MONITORING UNIT CONTROL SYSTEM - A surveillance device control system is provided which can continue the system operation between a control terminal and a surveillance device even if an authentication server has gone down and cannot authenticate the control terminal to give it access permission. In the surveillance device control system (04-22-2010
20100097461COMPONENT-RECOGNIZING APPARATUS, SURFACE-MOUNTING APPARATUS, AND COMPONENT-INSPECTING APPARATUS - In an apparatus adapted to scan a lower side of an electronic component being suction-held by a suction-holding nozzle, to perform image recognition of suction-held conditions of the electronic component, this invention is intended to perform a transfer operation under a condition that the suction-holding nozzle is arranged closer to an upper surface of a base, wherein the optical path directed downwardly from the suction-holding nozzle is bended in a lateral direction by a first optical path changing member and then further bended in another direction by a second optical path changing member to allow image-sensing means to capture an image of a lower surface of the suction-holding nozzle, and the electronic component being suction-held by the suction-holding nozzle is illuminated along the lateral optical path changed by the first optical path changing member.04-22-2010
20120200701Visualization Enhanced Presence System - An originating endpoint supports visual presence indications. The originating endpoint determines a destination endpoint with which to establish a desired communication session. A network communicates a notification message to the destination endpoint regarding the desired communication session. Prior to establishing the desired communication session and in response to the notification message, the originating endpoint receives image capture data representing the surroundings of the destination endpoint. The originating endpoint may then determine from the image capture data whether to continue or terminate the attempt to establish the communication session. Visual presence indications may increase productivity by reducing the time that would otherwise be spent on unsuccessful call attempts. Visual presence indications may also conserve network bandwidth and processing resources that would otherwise be spent on the unsuccessful call attempts.08-09-2012
20080246842Surveillance Camera System - A surveillance camera system using a power line communication technique is provided, which can operate in the same way as in the case where the AC power is supplied, even when the AC power is not supplied. Provided with DC power source units respectively in a camera unit and a control recording unit, it is switched to a drive by the DC power source units when the AC power is cut, and simply transmits the information signals such as monitored images through the AC power line without superimposing them on the AC power. Therefore, under the condition that the AC power line between the camera unit and the control recording unit is physically connected, transfer of the information signals is possible and the same operation as in the period when the AC power is supplied is possible even when the AC power is not supplied.10-09-2008
20080246841Method and system for automatically generating personalized media collection for participants - The present systems and methods disclose a system for automatically generating personalized media collection for participants. The invention continually captures media from area of activities by using at least one camera station. Camera station sends captured media data alone with time and capture zoning information to networked computer storage. At least one participant wears a use mobile device and move freely around the area. The Said mobile device logs participant's location and time information, trail log, while wore by participant and later uploads its content to client computer for processing. Client computer finds and gathers media clips with participant's presence from captured media and then edit all gathered media clips into a personalized media collection for participant.10-09-2008
20120200700INTEGRATED OPTICAL DETECTION SYSTEM - An optical detection system integrated within an electro-optical sighting and/or scanning system and a method to perform a rapid wide area search are disclosed. In one example, an integrated optics detection subsystem is configured with one-the-move processing methods to perform the optics defeat functions to during a wide area search or sector scan performed by the host electro-optical sighting system.08-09-2012
20120033073APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR SEPARATING FOREGROUND FROM BACKGROUND - Provided are apparatuses and methods for separating an image into a foreground and a background. The apparatus includes: an edge image generating unit which generates an edge image for an original image, wherein the original image includes the background and the foreground; a background edge model renewing unit which renews a background edge model based on the generated edge image; and a foreground edge extracting unit which generates a foreground edge image based on the generated edge image and the renewed background edge model.02-09-2012
20080278580Device, System, and Method of Reduced-Power Imaging - Devices, systems and methods of reduced-power imaging. For example, a device includes: an imager able to acquire one or more images; a triggering sensor able to sense a triggering event; and a receiver able to receive signals, wherein while the device is in a disarm mode the receiver is operational and the imager and the triggering sensor are not operational.11-13-2008
20100157052Close-circuit television camera having an UPS system - A close-circuit television camera having an UPS system comprises a housing within which are disposed a LED panel, a Lens, a camera module, an UPS module, a rechargeable battery, an UPS, a control panel or a webcam module and/or like devices. When the camera operates normally but the commercial power system is broken by external action or a sudden power failure occurs, this CCTV camera can be supplied with power by itself without the need from a commercial power source or a monitoring center, to generate images and maintain normal operation.06-24-2010
20080303901TRACKING AN OBJECT - In one embodiment, a method of tracking an object carrying a wireless location device comprises recording and storing images from a plurality of cameras corresponding to respective coverage areas having predetermined locations, determining location information associated with the wireless location device, the location information corresponding to one or more of said coverage areas, and determining which of the images correspond to the location information, and retrieving said images.12-11-2008
20110254955Detachable Universal Electronic Door Viewer - Full functional integration of six components: 1) a main electronic door viewer unit; 2) a wireless infrared outdoor detection system (detection and radio wave transmission unit from outdoor source); 3) a receiving unit attachment; 4) a re-transmission unit attachment; 5) a wireless alarm control unit; and 6) a control system to turn on any pre-set electrical appliances, remotely operable by devices (e.g. cellular phone). Integration achieved via wireless, radio wave, solar, and electronic technologies. Main body of the invention is the main electronic door viewer unit. The battery unit, receiving unit, transmission unit, and plugs for wire connectors are detachable/attachable by sliding tracks therein. Main body is installed on the door with the camera lens focused on the external scene, and the image display screen facing inwards for viewing purposes. Components 2-6 communicate with the main body upon visitor arriving on property and/or at the door, triggering pre-set alerts.10-20-2011
20100321495CAMERA CONTROL APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING CAMERA, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - A control apparatus controlling a state of an imaging apparatus and a method for controlling an imaging device. According to the present invention, when a moving area in shot images are detected and parameter control of an imaging device is performed, if the moving area relates to a predetermined shooting prohibited area, the parameter control of the imaging device is stopped.12-23-2010
20100321493APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR REMOTE MONITORING - A method and system are provided for remote monitoring of displayed content. The system includes a monitoring device for receiving visual information containing the displayed content and at least one component for generating a defect for combining with the received visual information.12-23-2010
20100321492SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DISPLAYING VIDEO SURVEILLANCE FIELDS OF VIEW LIMITATIONS - A system and method are provided for displaying video surveillance fields of view limitations. The system and method perform video surveillance of a given area and then geo-locate any obstacles within the area, including measuring their overall size and shape. The system and method map the size, location and shape of the objects into a database and then identify where there are video surveillance coverage gaps from each vantage point where video surveillance is being performed on the area. The system and method then determine where there are overlapping locations of blocked video surveillance (i.e., locations that are “invisible” to video surveillance). The system and method create a simulated image of the area from an orientation above the area which indentifies locations within the area that may not be seen by video surveillance from any of the vantage points where video surveillance is being performed.12-23-2010
20080252725Method and Device for Tracking a Movement of an Object or of a Person - The invention relates to a method, a device and a computer program product for tracking a movement of an object or of a person. Tracking the movement of a person or an object by means of electronic video frames is conventional but fails if the person of object experience a sudden significant change in its translational velocity. The suggested method comprises a first step of grabbing a sequence of digital video frames and thereby capturing the object or person. At the same time measurement values of a parameter are obtained, said measurement values being indicative for the movement of the object or person being tracked by the digital video frames. In the next step the video frames are processed by means of processing logic whereby the processing logic uses a block matching algorithm, said block matching algorithm defining a pixel block in a frame and searching for this pixel block within a search area within a next frame and whereby the location of the search area within the next frame is dynamically adapted on the basis of the measurement values. The invention provides the advantage that an electronic processing of digital video frames by means of a block matching algorithm can be carried out even in those cases in which there are large changes in the velocity of the tracked object or person.10-16-2008
20080252727PEOPLE SEARCHES BY MULTISENSOR EVENT CORRELATION - A data indexing system and method includes acquiring activity data in a context and indexing the activity data in accordance with contextual conditions. The activity data is stored in accordance with indices. An event is correlated with the activity data by using the indices to review the activity data in the context.10-16-2008
20080252724Optically Monitoring Comb-Line of Escalators and Moving Walks - Method for monitoring at least part of a comb-line (10-16-2008
20080252722System And Method Of Intelligent Surveillance And Analysis - System and method of intelligent surveillance and analysis mainly used for monitoring whether a field has an intrusion object (such as a thief), and instantly providing video or image of the suspected intruder to approved relevant individual (such as the house owner) for further confirmation of the presence of the intrusion object (such as thief); therefore, the wrongful determination by the computer is avoided. The aforementioned system includes, first the determination and extraction of the contour of the suspected intrusion object, then the continuous tracking of the suspected intrusion object according to the contour, continue capturing of images using the camera, and then storing these captured video temporarily, and finally notifying the house owner using the highest definition image of the video which occupies a lesser amount of bandwidth through various communication channels once the presence of thief is determined; the video is downloaded using higher bandwidth, and is played.10-16-2008
20080204552DEVICE FOR MONITORING WITH AT LEAST ONE VIDEO CAMERA - A device for monitoring, comprising at least one video camera, a unit for moving the at least one video camera by swivelling, tilting, and swivelling and tilting, an acoustic locating unit configured for determining a direction from which a noise of a specified type arrives, and a control unit for receiving signals from the locating unit and controlling the moving unit such that the at least one video camera is pointed in the direction of the noise.08-28-2008
20110164134Apparatus and method for remote viewing system - An energy conserving remote viewing system comprising an instantaneous analog video transmission camera, an analog video receiver that receives and transmits a video image to a video monitor and a remote transmitter that activates the analog video transmission camera. The remote camera device is normally in a low power, sleep mode that has a minimal power drain. The system includes a battery powered camera requiring a first voltage to operate and an RF transmitter to send an activation signal to the camera. The activation signal has a duration. A camera power circuit includes a normally sleeping signal receiving circuit and a first timer. The first timer periodically activates the signal receiving circuit to check for the presence of the activation signal and turns off the signal receiving circuit if the activation signal is not present and turns on the camera if the activation signal is present, and wherein the time the signal receiving circuit sleeps is less than the activation signal duration.07-07-2011
20100283848SURVEILLANCE IMAGE DENIAL VERIFICATION - An assessment method and system for characterizing the operation of an imaging system are disclosed. The assessment system can comprise a light source configured to illuminate the imaging system, a modulator configured to modulate light from the light source, a receiver configured to intercept communications from the imaging system, and an analyzer configured to analyze the intercepted communications. The assessment system can be used to determine the effectiveness of an image denial system that is used to prevent a surveillance satellite from providing imagery and can thereby provide an advantage on the battlefield.11-11-2010
20100283849System and method of environmental monitoring and event detection - A system and method of environmental monitoring and event detection is disclosed. The technology utilizes a micro-electromechanical system (“MEMS”) based acquisition device to monitor an environment. An environmental input signal is received at the MEMS based acquisition device, and an electronic input signal is generated that corresponds to the environmental input signal. This electronic input signal is prequalified for a specific frequency band, compared to a database of reference signals each having an associated event frequency range, and conditioned to generate a conditioned signal with a refined frequency spectrum when the comparison results in a match. The conditioned signal is then utilized to identify at least one event attribute corresponding to an event associated with the electronic input signal, and the identified event attribute is outputted.11-11-2010
20120229637SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETECTING A CAMERA - A system and method for detecting a camera. In one embodiment, although not limited thereto, an illuminator illuminates an area of interest. A camera then takes multiple pictures of the illuminated area and an algorithm is then used to compare the pictures and locate and pirate cameras based on the reflection characteristics.09-13-2012
20110134243Wireless Network Camera Systems - Apparatus, systems and techniques associated with battery powered wireless camera systems. One aspect of the subject matter described in this specification can be embodied in a system that includes a battery powered wireless camera including an internal battery to provide energy and a burst transmission unit to transmit information during burst periods. The system includes a base station, separated from the battery powered wireless camera, in wireless communication with the battery powered wireless camera to receive information from the battery powered wireless camera. The base station is configured to process the received information and includes a web server to transmit the processed information to a client. Other embodiments of this aspect include corresponding systems, apparatus, and computer program products.06-09-2011
20110134242APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CLASSIFYING MOVEMENT OF OBJECTS IN A MONITORING ZONE - Apparatus for monitoring movement of objects (06-09-2011
20110134240Multi-Sensor Location and Identification - By combining imaging systems with wireless location functionality, a subject's videometric signature can be linked to a public identity, thus enabling continuous surveillance outside or between the coverage area of video surveillance networks. In addition to extending the surveillance coverage area, the combination of computerized video surveillance with wireless location determination may also allow for identification of mobile device users via the existing mobile equipment and user identifiers used in the wireless network.06-09-2011
20110134241AUDIO VIDEO INTERNET MONITORING SYSTEM - A video and audio surveillance and monitoring system having one or more IP camera devices placed in premises to monitor the movements, actions and sounds of a person or pet to verify their well being or to indicate the need for assistance or intervention. The ability of remotely located persons or entities to view and talk back to, simultaneously, the premises of concern on a computer display or web enabled portable device. The ability to access the premises from any internet connected web browser. The ability for the end-user to, easily, install this system without the need for computers, servers or active computer software applications, in the monitored premises. The ability to, easily, install this system in any dwelling or premises that has an Internet connection. To provide the end user with a custom configured system of one or more camera devices with synchronous audio connected by cables or wirelessly to a premises gateway/router.06-09-2011
20100328458Handheld Communications Devices and Communications Methods - Handheld communications devices include a communications port, at least one battery, and processing circuitry configured to automatically determine a network address of a network node connected to the communications port, to communicate with the network node using the determined network address, and to consume energy stored by the battery. Communications methods include using a handheld communications device connected to a network node, automatically determining a network address of the network node; using the handheld communications device, communicating with the network node using the determined network address; and based on the communicating and using the handheld communications device, verifying that the network node is operational.12-30-2010
20110261196ADJUSTMENT SECURING MEANS FOR MONITORING CAMERAS - The invention relates to a monitoring camera arrangement, having at least one setting axis for setting a monitoring region and a detection means in order to be able to capture and signal changes of the monitoring region. According to the invention, the detection means comprises at least one monitoring image-independent tilt detector in order to signal a monitoring region change in response to detected tilt changes.10-27-2011
20110261195METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR SECURITY SYSTEM TAMPERING DETECTION - A method and system for detecting tampering of a security system component is provided. An analytic alarm indicative of potential tampering with a security system component is received. Data from at least one sensor is received. A computing device is used to analyze the analytic alarm and the data from the at least one sensor to determine whether tampering of the security system component has occurred. A qualified alarm signal is generated when the analysis of the analytic alarm and the data from the at least one sensor is indicative of tampering.10-27-2011
20100149334FIXED AND MOBILE VIDEO TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT - A system and method providing a police officer the ability to capture and review traffic violations observed using one or more strategically located cameras. The system incorporates a database of state and local motor vehicle laws and when the officer determines a violation has occurred the system automatically fills in the relevant statute or code for the violation, the correct legal language describing the violation, and the fine for that violation. Driver's license and vehicle information is also automatically filled in. The officer can override the issuance of a citation and indicate that only a warning or Reminder be issued instead. The citation, warning or Reminder notice is saved in the system for further processing and subsequent mailing. The system now transmits the citation, warning or Reminder notice data to servers at the service provider for mailing, the municipal department which collects the fines, as well as the police department's traffic division, for inclusion in their respective databases. This reduces paperwork, and data entry processing, further saving time and expense. Whether a citation, warning or Reminder notice is issued, the system and method of the invention significantly expand the area of coverage of a police officer in monitoring traffic and detecting violations, and allows the officer to issue more citations, warnings or Reminders within a given time period than is now possible. This makes the officer more efficient and potentially increases revenue because of the issuance of more citations. More importantly, it makes drivers more conscious of their actions and promotes vehicular safety.06-17-2010
20120147184Wireless Network Camera Systems - Apparatus, systems and techniques associated with battery powered wireless camera systems. One aspect of the subject matter described in this specification can be embodied in a system that includes a battery powered wireless camera including an internal battery to provide energy and a burst transmission unit to transmit information during burst periods. The system includes a base station, separated from the battery powered wireless camera, in wireless communication with the battery powered wireless camera to receive information from the battery powered wireless camera. The base station is configured to process the received information and includes a web server to transmit the processed information to a client. Other embodiments of this aspect include corresponding systems, apparatus, and computer program products.06-14-2012
20120147185MECHANICAL DEVICE FOR SWITCHING AN OPTICAL LENS FILTER FOR A CAMERA - A camera having a mechanical device for selectively inserting an optical lens filter housed therein. The lens filter may be a day optical filter and a night optical filter selectively inserted into an optical path of the camera in accordance with light intensity and/or a signal from a user or timer. The device for switching an optical lens filter may include a series of gears and a filter bracket slidably disposed within a housing, which moves between a first position and a second position in order to selectively insert at least one optical lens filter into the optical path of the camera.06-14-2012
20120147179METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING INTELLIGENT ACCESS MONITORING, INTELLIGENT ACCESS MONITORING APPARATUS - A system for intelligent access monitoring includes: an access control apparatus for detecting and managing an access of a visitor, the access control apparatus generating a access event information when detecting the access; a video security apparatus for managing an video information and a location information of the visitor; and an access monitoring apparatus for receiving the access event information, the video information and the location information via a network, generating a access monitoring profile information based on the access event information, and generating a mapping information where the access monitoring profile information is mapped with the video information and the location information.06-14-2012
20120147181MEANS AND METHOD FOR ASSISTING INSTALLATION OF MONITORING CAMERA - A monitoring camera includes at least one emitter of perceivable signals, a tilt sensor arranged to generate a signal representing a tilt value indicating a tilting angle of the monitoring camera, and an emitter driver arranged to drive the at least one emitter of perceivable signals in response to an adjustment indicating signal which is based on the tilt value signal. The monitoring camera may be arranged to perform a method including entering the camera into an installation mode, generating a tilt value signal at a tilt sensor within the monitoring camera, and indicating by means of at least one emitter of perceivable signals whether the monitoring camera is positioned in a desirable tilt or not based on the generated tilt value signal. The method may further include exiting the installation mode and entering into monitoring mode when satisfactory tilt is achieved.06-14-2012
20120147180METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING INTERFACE COMPATIBILITY BETWEEN DEVICES IN SYSTEM - A video surveillance system provides interface compatibility. The system includes a plurality of security devices connected to a network and configured to collect video data, a security server configured to make a connection request to a target security device to monitor the video data collected by the target security device, and an interface conversion server configured to convert the connection request in conformity to an interface of the target security device. The interface conversion server is further configured to convert the video data collected by the target security device having a non-standard interface in conformity to a standard interface in order for the security server to monitor the collected video data.06-14-2012
20110141276Proactive Security for Mobile Devices - Methods, program products, and systems for proactively securing mobile devices are described. A mobile device can proactively determine whether the mobile device is associated with a security risk and the level of the security risk. Upon determining a security risk, the mobile device can transmit coordinates of its current geographic location to a server. To protect privacy of authorized users, the transmission can be disabled by entering a password. If multiple failed password attempts are detected, the mobile device can proactively increase a security level of the device, and selectively protect files or other content stored on the mobile device. In some implementations, the mobile device can be transitioned into a surveillance mode where the mobile device records or captures information associated with one or more of user actions, ambient sound, images, a trajectory of the device, and transmits the recorded or captured information to the network resource.06-16-2011
20110164133SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM - A surveillance system includes an image capturing device and an auxiliary light source. The image capturing device includes at least one image capturing module. The image capturing module includes an image sensor and a filter disposed on an object side of the image sensor. The visible light transmittance of the filter is higher than the near-infrared light transmittance of the filter. The auxiliary light source includes a near-IR emitter and a brightness sensor. The near-IR emitter is configured for emitting near-infrared light rays to illuminate a monitored area. The brightness sensor stores a predetermined brightness threshold and is configured for detecting the brightness value of the monitored area and sending a controlling signal to turn on the near-IR emitter when the brightness value is less than the brightness threshold.07-07-2011
20100039512DEVICE FOR TELECOMMUNICATION COMPRISING ALARM DEVICES IN SECURED AREAS - A device for telecommunication comprising alarm devices or the like, installed in secured areas (02-18-2010
20110080480Method of Detecting an Object in a Scene Comprising Artifacts - A method for detecting an object in a scene situated in a sector and capable of comprising one or more artifacts, includes_a step of scanning the sector at an angular velocity θ′, a step of acquiring digital images of the scene at a rate f by means of a matrix detector, these images comprising pixels and covering an instantaneous field of angular width “a”. It comprises the following steps of processing the acquired images, in batches of N consecutive images where N=af/θ′: dividing the N images into P groups of images; for each group p, accumulating the images of the group so as to obtain an accumulated image I04-07-2011
20110080479VIDEO SURVEILLANCE CAMERA REFOCUS - A method of refocusing a video surveillance camera includes performing a first focusing operation of a camera at a first time, sensing a first temperature of the camera at the first time, sensing a second temperature of the camera at a second time, determining if a change in temperature between the first temperature and the second temperature is greater than a predetermined temperature change, sensing a level of light in a field of view of the camera at the second time, determining if the level of light sensed in the field of view of the camera at the second time is within a predetermined light level range, determining if a period of time between the first time and second time is greater than a predetermined period of time, and performing a focus operation if the change in temperature between the first temperature and the second temperature is greater than the predetermined temperature change, the level of light sensed in the field of view of the camera at the second time is within the predetermined light level range, and the period of time between the first and second time is greater than a predetermined period of time.04-07-2011
20110096163CURVED MIRROR CAMERA - The present invention discloses a curved mirror camera including an opaque housing, a single-sided curved reflector, a light-absorption hood and a camera. The opaque housing contains an opening, the single-sided curved reflector is assembled with the opaque housing to form an internal accommodation space, the light-absorption hood is collected in the accommodation space and the camera is collected in the accommodation space. The camera converts an image into an electronic signal for output and is further provided with a zoom lens by which a same photographing effect of shiny mirror reflection, high quality and high definition can be provided, so as to improve an issue in a conventional camera wherein a lens is always fixed.04-28-2011
20100097466INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM AND METHOD, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE-CAPTURING DEVICE AND METHOD, RECORDING MEDIUM, AND PROGRAM - A feature extracting unit obtains sensor data from a plurality of sensors to calculate each feature. When an event determining unit determines the occurrence of an event based on each feature, a display data constructor generates remote-controller display data for displaying the event, and controls a remote-controller display device to display the remote-controller display data. When a user decision is input from a user input IF based on this display, a control unit controls the sensors to be turned ON or OFF. When an infrared sensor detects an abnormality, a microwave sensor whose power consumption is small after the infrared sensor is turned ON. When the microwave sensor detects an abnormality, a video camera and a microphone are turned ON, and the microwave sensor is turned OFF. A communication unit wirelessly transmits an image signal captured by the video camera and an audio signal processed by the microphone. Then, if the infrared sensor does not detect an abnormality, the video camera and the microphone are turned OFF. With this arrangement, power consumption can be suppressed. The present invention is applied to, for example, a security system, for example, for monitoring outside a vehicle by a video camera disposed in the vehicle when the vehicle is parked.04-22-2010
20100214410Image Processing Sensor Systems - An image processing sensor system functions as a standalone unit to capture images and process the resulting signals to detect objects or events of interest. The processing significantly improves selectivity and specificity of detection objects and events.08-26-2010
20100214409Image Processing Sensor Systems - An image processing sensor system functions as a standalone unit to capture images and process the resulting signals to detect objects or events of interest. The processing significantly improves selectivity and specificity of detection objects and events.08-26-2010
20100182429Monitor Observation System and its Observation Control Method - The present invention implements a monitor observation system, comprising: an external device installed in an observation object area to output a trigger signal in accordance with an input signal source; and a monitor device for detecting the trigger signal outputted from the external device, checking whether the trigger signal conforms to a preset trigger signal condition or not, if so, outputting a corresponding warning sound, and performing transition to the screen conforming to the preset trigger signal condition for displaying.07-22-2010
20100066830Loop Recording With Book Marking - A surveillance apparatus continuously records imaged data from a camera into a circular buffer in a local memory. When a record signal is received, the system records the video stream that was recorded before the record signal was received, and the video stream that is recorded after the record signal was received. The recorded segment is then write-protected, so that the surveillance apparatus does not overwrite the recorded segment. The recorded segment could then be sent to a remote memory via a wireless connection to free up local memory for future recording sessions.03-18-2010
20100066829IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM - The present invention provides an imaging apparatus capable of monitoring a plurality of monitored sites in a switching manner by a single surveillance camera and an imaging system. Provided are: an imager for imaging an object scene image so as to produce imaging data; a cutout processor for cutting out one portion of the imaging data so as to create a plurality of cutout image data; and an outputter for sequentially outputting the plurality of cutout image data to the external apparatus at a predetermined output interval.03-18-2010
20110187859Monitoring and camera system and method - A monitoring system includes an image sensor configured to produce pixel data. An ambient light sensor such as a photocell produces ambient light level data. A processing subsystem is programmed to adjust the pixel data based on the ambient light level data. For example, the gain of an analog to digital converter can be increased or decreased based on the ambient light level data to adjust analog pixel data output by the imager as it is converted to digital data. If the ambient light level is high, for example, the gain can be decreased.08-04-2011
20100149332REMOTE WIRELESS MONITORING SYSTEM - A remote wireless monitoring system, for monitoring and controlling a number of predetermined objects, includes a mobile terminal and a monitoring device. The mobile terminal comprises an input unit configured to receive commands from a user, a control unit configured to generate control signal in response to the commands, and a first wireless communication unit configured to send out the control signal. The monitoring device comprises a second wireless communication unit configured to cooperate with the first communication unit to transmit wireless signals between the terminal and the monitoring device, an image-capturing unit configured to capture images from the objects, a remote control unit configured to control the objects, a drive unit configured to move or change the orientation of the remote control unit and the image-capturing unit , and a slave control unit configured to control movement of the drive unit such that the drive unit orients the image-capturing unit and the remote control unit towards one of the objects corresponding to the command.06-17-2010
20110187858ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND METHOD FOR SURVEILLANCE CONTROL THEREOF - An electronic device receives a playback request from a client terminal, using real time streaming protocol. The electronic device retrieves video data of a corresponding surveillance device via networks. The electronic device decodes and re-encodes the video data. The electronic device transmits the re-encoded video data to the client terminal.08-04-2011
20110187857Portable Data Management Device for Animals - A portable data management device (08-04-2011
20110149074PORTABLE MULTI-VIEW IMAGE ACQUISITION SYSTEM AND MULTI-VIEW IMAGE PREPROCESSING METHOD - Provided are a portable multi-view image acquisition system and a multi-view image preprocessing method. The portable multi-view image acquisition system may include: a portable studio including a plurality of cameras movable up, down, left and right; and a preprocessor performing a preprocessing including a subject separation from a multi-view image that is photographed by the plurality of cameras.06-23-2011
20110187856VIDEO SURVEILLANCE DEVICE WITH INFRARED LED - The video surveillance device with infrared LEDs has a casing and utilizes a partition element within the casing to place a camera assembly behind the partition element and the infrared LEDs in indentations on a front side of the partition element. A protective lens is interfaced directly with a washer on the front side of the partition element. As such, the light interference by the lens is effectively improved, while the external impact is buffered and absorbed largely by the washer, not directly on the camera assembly. In addition, the camera assembly is mounted on a downwardly concaved platform so that the camera assembly is able to slide along the curvature of the platform to aim at a specific direction. On the other hand, the LEDs are mounted on slant aluminum bases so that they could be aimed at different directions from that of the camera assembly.08-04-2011
20100026802VIDEO ANALYTIC RULE DETECTION SYSTEM AND METHOD - A video surveillance system is set up, calibrated, tasked, and operated. The system extracts video primitives and extracts event occurrences from the video primitives using event discriminators. The extracted video primitives and event occurrences may be used to create and define additional video analytic rules. The system can undertake a response, such as an alarm, based on extracted event occurrences.02-04-2010
20090174772SECURITY AND SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM - A surveillance and security system includes a plurality of detectors and cameras each associated with a zone of interest. Upon detection or sensing of an event within the zone, an event detection signal is generated and transmitted to a security system controller. The controller generates and transmits a notification message over a data network to a remote communications device notifying a user that an event has been detected by the surveillance and security system, and establishes a communication session. This enables a user of the remote communication device to remotely control the surveillance and security system, and activate or perform certain actions within the system.07-09-2009
20090174771METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MAKING A VIRTUAL MOVIE FOR USE IN EXPLORING A SITE - A method for producing an interactive virtual movie which simulates the walking of a user within a real site and exploring the same. A scanning apparatus defines minimal conditions for the capturing of a new photograph, including one or more of: (i) displacement of the apparatus by a distance D; (ii) change of the apparatus orientation by an angle Δ°; or (iii) change of the orientation of the camera with respect to the apparatus by an angle of δ°. A photograph is captured each time the apparatus exceeds one of the predefined minimal conditions, wherein the measurements of the variables is reset after each capturing. The method also includes storing the captured photographs and forming open chains of those photographs captured during a common route photographing session, and forming closed chains, of photographs captured during a common junction photographing. For each of those first and last07-09-2009
20090174770NETWORK CAMERA, NETWORK CAMERA SYSTEM AND MONITORING METHOD - To provide a network camera and a network camera system in which an image can be securely distributed to a designated distribution recipient. A network camera system 07-09-2009
20090174769Surveillance Means - The present invention provides a unique surveillance means that comprises a rail through which electricity is being transferred as well as data. A movable-platform is adapted to move along the rail in relatively high speed. At least one supporting wheel and driving wheel are adapted to support and drive the platform on the rail using electricity that is delivered through the rail. Surveillance equipment is mounted on the platform and is adapted to transmit data in a secured manner through the rail. A control room is provided to control the transmission of electricity as well as information.07-09-2009
20100020174DISPLAY SYSTEM - A display system is provided which determines an effective image area by automatically detecting a boundary between the effective image area and a non-image area created owing to the difference between the pixel numbers of the camera image sensor and television signal, to thereby display the images on a monitor by adjusting a display size and position suitable for the effective image area, whereby an inappropriate display size and position are avoided from being set while a lighting device for illuminating a camera's field of vision is off. The display system receives a signal notifying about activation of the lighting device from the lighting controller that provides on/off control of the device; the system then determines the effective image area if the device is on, and does not if it is off.01-28-2010
20090262189ENERGY SAVINGS AND IMPROVED SECURITY THROUGH INTELLIGENT LIGHTING SYSTEMS - An intelligent lighting system employs energy efficient outdoor lighting and intelligent sensor technology in cooperation with video analytics processing. The lighting system selectively illuminates outdoor spaces and identifies and evaluates events in a scene monitored by a video camera, thereby to facilitate proactive and appropriate security responses to those events. Selective use of advanced lighting fixtures may significantly reduce costs of lighting areas that are monitored by security systems such as streets, public parks, and parking lots, while simultaneously improving security, safety, and traffic control. Energy savings alone, for a properly designed system, are estimated at 50%-90% of current usage. When combined with remote monitoring, such systems may prevent accidents and criminal activity.10-22-2009
20090009601LOGISTICS MONITORING AND TRACKING METHOD AND SYSTEM - A system for monitoring objects comprising an electronic tag reading apparatus for reading an electronic tag and collecting information contained in the electronic tag; a video image monitoring apparatus for video recording an object comprising the electronic tag; and an electronic tag video image coder for integrating information contained in the electronic tag with the video recording and coding to form an integrated video image. A method for monitoring objects comprising the steps of: a) video recording an object to form a video recording of the object, the object comprising an electronic tag; b) reading the electronic tag and collecting information contained in the electronic tag; c) integrating information contained in the electronic tag with the video recording and coding to form an integrated video image; and d) digitally-storing the integrated video image.01-08-2009
20100033567AUTOMATIC CALIBRATION OF PTZ CAMERA SYSTEM - In one exemplary embodiment a method calibrates a pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) camera system. The PTZ camera system may include a PTZ camera. The method may perform at least one of the following steps: determining a radial distortion of the PTZ camera; determining a base focal length of the PTZ camera; determining a zoom and magnification profile of the PTZ camera; determining an actuation delay of the PTZ camera system; determining a pan position mode speed and/or a tilt position mode speed of the PTZ camera; determining a pan velocity profile and/or a tilt velocity profile of the PTZ camera; determining a zoom position profile and/or a zoom duration profile of the PTZ camera; determining a query delay of the PTZ camera system; and determining a minimum query interval of the PTZ camera system.02-11-2010
20120147182METHOD TO MONITOR AN AREA - A method to monitor an area (06-14-2012
20110115907Safe visions - A video monitoring system for a vehicle includes an LCD display mounted within the interior of an elevator, preferably adjacent to the elevator control panel. A plurality of wide-angle cameras are strategically positioned on each floor, preferably above the elevator access door. The cameras continuously records images near the elevator access door and transmit the images to a central computer for manipulation and storage. The controlling computer and display are also in communication with the elevator's control system. Accordingly, when a rider depresses the button corresponding to the desired destination floor, images captured by the corresponding camera are depicted on the display located in the elevator cab. If the rider observes an unsafe situation, he or she may stop at another floor.05-19-2011
20110115908SURVEILLANCE CAMERA - A surveillance camera includes an imager. An imager has an imaging surface capturing a scene. A first detector strictly detects a reference direction in response to an initializing operation. A first adjuster adjusts a direction of the imaging surface by referring to a detected result of the first detector. A changer changes a direction of the imaging surface in response to a change operation after the initializing operation. A second detector simply detects the reference direction when the direction of the imaging surface is changed irrespective of the change process of the changer. A second adjuster adjusts the direction of the imaging surface with reference to a detected result of the second detector.05-19-2011
20090244278SOFTWARE BASED WHITEBOARD CAPTURE SOLUTION FOR CONFERENCE ROOM MEETINGS - Whiteboard contents are captured through a combination of hardware and software components such as a webcam and a capture application executed in a PC or a video conference system components. The captured content can be stored, used in an online meeting, processed, made available or transmitted to participants and others.10-01-2009
20120307056SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR HYPERSPECTRAL IMAGING - A system and method for visualizing a biological sample. One or more spectra are selected for illuminating the biological sample to indicate one or more chemicals in the biological sample. The biological sample is illuminated with the one or more spectra. Reflected light is analyzed to determine characteristics of the biological sample.12-06-2012
20120307050Mobile security audio-video recorder with local storage and continuous recording loop - An internet connected mobile security system for recording at least one audio and video on a removable semiconductor storage media in a continuous record loop for evidentiary documentation purposes inside an automotive vehicle or as a wearable video recording device is described.12-06-2012
20120307054VIDEO DEVICE - A video device for receiving capture image data from a server and displaying video based on the received capture image data or causing video based on the received capture image data to be displayed by a display device is provided with a network interface for connecting to a LAN, and a discovery unit for searching for the server within the LAN and discovering the server within the LAN. In a case in which the server discovered by the discovery unit is a plurality, the video device acquires capture image data from each of the plurality of servers and performs a thumbnail display of an acquired capture image from each of the plurality of servers or causes a thumbnail display of an acquired capture image from each of the plurality of servers to be performed by the display device.12-06-2012
20120307051VIDEO ENABLED ELECTRONIC ARTICLE SURVEILLANCE DETECTION SYSTEM AND METHOD - A security system and method is provided that uses an auxiliary sensor, such as a video camera, to verify the presence of an object within a part of an interrogation zone. The presence of an activated security system tag in an interrogation zone is detected. The system also determines whether an object is in a surveillance detection zone when the activated security system tag is detected. An alarm is initiated if the object is in the surveillance detection zone within a predetermined time after the activated security system tag is detected in the interrogation zone. The alarm may be based on the direction of motion of the object in the surveillance zone.12-06-2012
20120307053SYSTEM AND METHOD TO CONTROL SURVEILLANCE CAMERAS VIA THREE DIMENSIONAL METAPHOR AND CURSOR - A system includes a video sensing device, a computer processor coupled to the video sensing device, and a display unit coupled to the computer processor. The system displays on the display unit a field of view of the video sensing device, and displays a three dimensional widget within the field of view. The widget includes one or more features for altering one or more of a location or size of the widget, thereby altering an area in the field of view covered by the widget. The system then alters one or more of a pan, a tilt, and a zoom of the video sensing device as a function of the alteration of the location or size of the widget, thereby altering the field of view of the video sensing device.12-06-2012
20120307052SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR THUMBNAIL-BASED CAMERA CONTROL - A system includes a video sensing device, a computer processor coupled to the video sensing device, and a display unit coupled to the computer processor. The system is configured to display a field of view of the video sensing device as a thumbnail on a main display of an area, receive input from a user, wherein the input received from the user is received via one or more of a pan icon, a zoom icon, and a tilt icon, automatically calculate a change in one or more of a pan, a tilt, and a zoom of the video sensing device as a function of the input, alter one or more of the pan, the tilt, and the zoom of the video sensing device as a function of the calculations, and display a new field of view of the video sensing device in the thumbnail as a function of the alteration of the pan, tilt, and zoom of the video sensing device.12-06-2012
20120307055IMAGE SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM, IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND MULTIMEDIA APPARATUS - An image surveillance system, an image capturing apparatus, and a multimedia apparatus are provided. The image surveillance system includes an image capturing module, a first digital modulating module, a second digital modulating module, and a multimedia module. The image capturing module produces an image signal. The first digital modulating module includes a first digital modulator and a first analog-to-digital/digital-to-analog (AD/DA) converter to receive the image signal and modulate the same into a digital stream. The second digital modulating module includes a second digital modulator and a second AD/DA converter and is connected to the first AD/DA converter through a coaxial cable. The second digital modulator receives the digital stream and modulates the digital stream into image data. The multimedia module is electrically connected to the second digital modulating module and receives the image data.12-06-2012
20120098965METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CONVERTING PRIVACY ZONE PLANAR IMAGES TO THEIR CORRESPONDING PAN/TILT COORDINATES - A method and system for converting privacy zone corner points in a still image to PTZ coordinates using the equations for distance along the great circles of a sphere, where the sphere is defined along the pan-tilt axes of a PTZ camera with radius equal to the focal length of the image. The method includes receiving planar coordinate data defining a plurality of privacy zone corner points, the planar coordinate data taken from a still image, converting each privacy zone corner point to corresponding spherical coordinates, converting each of the corresponding spherical coordinates to corresponding PTZ coordinates, and storing the corresponding PTZ coordinates in a storage device. The stored PTZ coordinates may then be transmitted to a computer monitor. The motor of the PTZ camera moves the camera according to the PTZ coordinates until the privacy zone corner points appear at the substantial center of the monitor screen.04-26-2012
20110050902DETECTION DEVICE AND METHOD FOR DETECTING FIRES AND/OR SIGNS OF FIRE - Fire detector installations comprise fire detectors as sensor devices for detecting fires, smoke, flames or other signs of fire, and are used in both public buildings, such as schools or museums, and in private buildings. The invention relates to a detection device (03-03-2011
20110050901TRANSMISSION APPARATUS AND PROCESSING APPARATUS - A transmission apparatus includes an input unit configured to input an image, a detection unit configured to detect an object from the image input by the input unit, a generation unit configured to generate a plurality of types of attribute information about the object detected by the detection unit, a reception unit configured to receive a request, with which a type of the attribute information can be identified, from a processing apparatus via a network, and a transmission unit configured to transmit the attribute information of the type identified based on the request received by the reception unit, of the plurality of types of attribute information generated by the generation unit.03-03-2011
20110050900IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, WEARABLE IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS - According to one embodiment, an image processing apparatus includes an imaging unit, a selecting unit, a receiving unit, and a delivering unit. The imaging unit picks up a video of a cooking scene. The selecting unit selects, out of order items received from a customer, an order item to be delivered. The receiving unit receives, from a user, a delivery instruction for a video of a cooking scene related to the selected order item. The delivering unit delivers the picked-up video of the cooking scene according to the received delivery instruction.03-03-2011
20110050899SURVEILLANCE MODULE FOR A VIDEO SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM, METHOD FOR MONITORING THE STATE OF A SURVEILLANCE REGION, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM - Video monitoring systems usually comprise one or more monitoring cameras directed to related monitored areas such as intersections, parking lots, manufacturing plants, etc., wherein the image data streams recorded by the monitoring camera (S) are often collected at a monitoring center. In the automated evaluation of image data streams, there are known methods that detect moving objects in the monitored area, track them and carry out evaluations based on the detection or tracking. On the other hand, a monitoring module 03-03-2011
20110050898VIDEO MONITORING SYSTEM AND VIDEO MONITORING METHOD - A video monitoring system and a video monitoring method are provided. The video monitoring system includes at least one video camera, and a computer connected with the at least one video camera via a universal serial bus (USB) line. The at least one video camera obtains video streams, converts the video streams into USB-compatible signals, and transmits the USB-compatible signals to the computer via the USB line. The USB-compatible signals may be displayed on the computer as video images and synchronously played on a speaker of the computer as the audio.03-03-2011
20110050897VISUALIZING AND UPDATING CLASSIFICATIONS IN A VIDEO SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM - Techniques are disclosed for visually conveying classifications derived from pixel-level micro-features extracted from image data. The image data may include an input stream of video frames depicting one or more foreground objects. The classifications represent information learned by a video surveillance system. A request may be received to view a classification. A visual representation of the classification may be generated. A user interface may be configured to display the visual representation of the classification and to allow a user to view and/or modify properties associated with the classification.03-03-2011
20110050896VISUALIZING AND UPDATING LONG-TERM MEMORY PERCEPTS IN A VIDEO SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM - Techniques are disclosed for visually conveying a percept. The percept may represent information learned by a video surveillance system. A request may be received to view a percept for a specified scene. The percept may have been derived from data streams generated from a sequence of video frames depicting the specified scene captured by a video camera. A visual representation of the percept may be generated. A user interface may be configured to display the visual representation of the percept and to allow a user to view and/or modify metadata attributes with the percept. For example, the user may label a percept and set events matching the percept to always (or never) result in alert being generated for users of the video surveillance system.03-03-2011
20110050895Distributed Video Surveillance Storage Cost Reduction Using Statistical Multiplexing Principle - A plurality of data streams are obtained; they may be compressed, uncompressed, or a mixture of compressed and uncompressed. Statistical parameters associated with each of the data streams are determined. A plurality of storage constraints are obtained. A plurality of output bit rates are determined for encoding or transcoding, as the case may be, each of the data streams, based on the statistical parameters and the storage constraints. The output bit rates are determined to jointly reduce (and preferably minimize) an overall cost. The overall cost includes the cost associated with storing compressed versions of the data streams. For each of the data streams, the encoding or transcoding into the compressed versions, is carried out in accordance with the output bit rates.03-03-2011
20110050894SYSTEM AND METHOD OF TARGET BASED SMOKE DETECTION - A smoke detector includes processing circuitry coupled to a camera. The field of view of the camera contains one or more targets, each having spatial indicia thereon. The processing circuitry collects a sequence of spatial frequency measures, such as contrast indicating parameters. Members of the sequence can be compared to at least one reference spatial frequency measure to establish the presence of smoke between the target and the camera.03-03-2011
20090051767POWER-LINE COMMUNICATION BASED SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM - A surveillance system configured for communicating with video cameras and other devices connected over a power-line communication network, such as within a residence, or alternatively a commercial building. The system may be manufactured and installed at low cost without the need to route individual cables to each surveillance video camera or device. Bandwidth within the power-line communication network is preferably dynamically allocated to device streams by a server in response to predetermined and event-driven priorities. By way of example, remote communication is supported for allowing remote access to surveillance data and control of the surveillance system. The system may be implemented as a standalone unit or integrated within existing forms of electronics equipment, such as consumer electronics equipment including a television set, a set-top box, or other forms of video-enabled equipment that is adapted for performing power-line network communication.02-26-2009
20100073477SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR VIDEO DETECTION OF SMOKE AND FLAME - A method for detecting flame and smoke using spatial analysis of video input (03-25-2010
20110304731Ornament apparatus, system and method - Embodiments of the present invention are directed to an ornamental system, apparatus and method that is dynamically modifiable. Embodiments of the ornament system comprise a processor, at least one ornamental member and a data controller. The processor is a computer which stores user input data for transmission and transmits a request for the transmission of data files. The ornamental member is configured to receive and display image data stored in a database, wherein the stored data can be changed at any time. Embodiments of the present invention can be coupled to other ornamental systems across a wide area network, wherein users can share data files for display.12-15-2011
20110007157Mechanical stabilization and automated positional corrections for stationary or mobile surveillance systems - A system for providing mechanical stabilization with automated corrections for stationary or mobile surveillance platforms comprises: a telescoping mast that supports a sensor package containing a camera, surveillance radar, a pan tilt unit, and a tilt sensor with a precision compass. Stabilization involves hardware and software enhancements to conventional surveillance systems. Mast stabilization is achieved by a mechanical guy-wire arrangement which provides for both anti-twist and anti-sway support of the mast upper end through a crisscrossed guy wire arrangement. Eight different software algorithms contribute to stability and highly accurate and rapid slewing of the surveillance equipment. A mast tilt calibration algorithm in combination with a calibration sensor package provides for automatic electronic leveling of the camera with dwells at predetermined pan angles. A mast stability measurement algorithm assesses mechanical stability of the mast by comparing measured mass tilt versus pan characteristics to an ideal curve for a perfectly stabile mast.01-13-2011
20120038768DETECTION SYSTEM, SIGNAL PROCESSING METHOD OF DETECTION SYSTEM, AND SMOKE SENSOR - A detection system on detecting a light source or an object irradiated by the light source serving as an object to be photographed with high accuracy and capturing a vivid image of the object to be photographed and a signal processing method and a smoke sensor. A detection system includes an image pickup unit, a light source, a first computing unit, a second computing unit, a third computing unit, a detecting unit, and a correction instructing unit. The correction instructing unit outputs a correction instructing signal when the absolute value of a computation result A or that of a computation result B exceeds a permissible decrement. The third computing unit corrects the computation result of which absolute value is reduced between the computation results such that the decrement is less than or equal to the permissible decrement when receiving the correction instructing signal, and performs computation.02-16-2012
20090046147MONITORING AN ENVIRONMENT - An environment is monitored by capturing image data depicting the environment and analysing the image data to identify moving foreground objects. Upon identifying an object, the movement of said object is tracked, and graphical output data is generated providing a representation of the movement superimposed upon a representation of said environment.02-19-2009
20120038766REGION OF INTEREST BASED VIDEO SYNOPSIS - A region of interest based video synopsis methods, devices and systems are disclosed. One embodiment of the present disclosure pertains to a method of a server for generating a region of interest based video synopsis. The method comprises setting a region of interest (ROI) for an area tracked by a camera device communicatively coupled to the server in response to a receipt of region of interest configuration data. The method also comprises converting a video stream forwarded by the camera device while a moving object is active within the region of interest into metadata of the moving object. The method further comprises generating a video synopsis of the moving object active within the region of interest based on the metadata of the moving object.02-16-2012
20100013920SURVEILLANCE IMAGING WITH UPSAMPLING - Surveilling a subject may include irradiating a portion of the subject with electromagnetic radiation, receiving radiation reflected from the subject, and producing digital image data representative of an image of the portion of the subject. The digital image data may be used as input for computations including image processing and/or analysis, and the result of such processing and/or analysis may be used to make determinations about the subject, such as whether subject is carrying contraband. In some embodiments, the digital image data may be upsampled into expanded digital image data, which may improve the quality and/or effectiveness of downstream image processing and/or analysis.01-21-2010
20090002489EFFICIENT TRACKING MULTIPLE OBJECTS THROUGH OCCLUSION - Visual tracking of multiple objects in a crowded scene is critical for many applications include surveillance, video conference and human computer interaction. Complex interactions between objects result in partial or significant occlusions, making tracking a highly challenging problem. Presented is a novel efficient approach to tracking a varying number of objects through occlusion. The object tracking during occlusion is posed as a track-based segmentation problem in the joint-object space. Appearance models are used to interpret the foreground into multiple layer probabilistic masks in a Bayesian framework. The search for optimal segmentation solution is achieved by a greedy searching algorithm and integral image for real-time computing. Promising results on several challenging video surveillance sequences have been demonstrated.01-01-2009
20090040304OPTICAL FIBER SECURITY SYSTEM - An optical fiber security system is described. The optical fiber security system includes an optical fiber, an optoelectronic modulator and an optoelectronic demodulator. The optoelectronic modulator and the optoelectronic demodulator are both directly connected to the optical fiber. The optoelectronic modulator converts video signals to cable television video signals and subsequently converts to optical signals. The optical signals are transmitted to the optoelectronic demodulator through the optical fiber. The optoelectronic demodulator further reverses the optical signals back to the video signals to remotely monitor the environment.02-12-2009
20120176495System to improve face image acquisition - A process to capture in-focus face images of a subject looking at a display unit. The system alters the content of the display to get the subject to move into the optimal focus position for a camera. If the subject is farther from the camera than an optimal distance, the displayed content is altered to cause the subject to move closer to the display unit. If the subject is closer to the display unit than an optimal distance, the displayed content is altered to cause the subject to move further away from the display unit. If the subject is at an optimal distance, the displayed content is maintained or corrected. An image of the subject's face is acquired, and the image is processed.07-12-2012
201200989673D IMAGE MONITORING SYSTEM AND METHOD IMPLEMENTED BY PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE - A 3D image monitor system and method is implemented by an portable electronic device. The portable electronic device connects to one or more IP cameras located at a target place, and includes a 3D screen and a storage system. When the target place needs to be monitored, the system displays a 3D image of the target place on a touch screen of the portable electronic device according to 3D image data stored in the storage system. The system further generates a camera selection signal for selecting an IP camera when a location corresponding to the IP camera is touched, controls the IP camera to capture a series of scene images from the target place according to the camera selection signal, and displays the scene images of the target place on the touch screen for a user to inspect the situations of the target place.04-26-2012
20120098966ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND IMAGE CAPTURE CONTROL METHOD USING THE SAME - A method for controlling an image capture device obtains an image captured by a camera of an electronic device, detects an eye area in the obtained image, and determines a matching subject template by comparing the detected eye area with a plurality of subject templates. The method further determines a control command corresponding to the matching subject template, and sends the control command to the image capture device to adjust movements of the image capture device.04-26-2012
20120147183OMNIDIRECTIONAL IMAGING SYSTEM - To enable an image with no blind spot area to be obtained while ensuring a wide field of view, an omnidirectional imaging system includes: a primary mirror (06-14-2012
20120038767STB/DVR Video Surveillance - A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a media processor that includes a memory and a controller coupled with the memory. The controller can be operable to provide an electronic program guide for display on a video display device, where the electronic program guide includes a surveillance entry associated with a security system in communication with the controller. Other embodiments are disclosed.02-16-2012
20090079826Assembly module having a video transmission element - This invention is to provide an assembly module comprising a board, a frame disposed on a surface of the board, and a circuit board disposed on another surface of the board, wherein the circuit board includes a power line and an image transmission line for directly connecting to a camera power line and a video cable of a surveillance camera respectively. A hollow padding is added into a wire passing hole disposed in the board, and a size of the hollow padding may be adjusted according to the width of a wire of the surveillance camera, which passes through the hollow padding. Therefore, problems such as needing to make enough space in a wall or a ceiling for receiving a video transmitter, requiring an additional device for connecting to power supply, and having gaps being left between the wire and the wire passing hole may be resolved simultaneously.03-26-2009
20100097464NETWORK VIDEO SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM AND RECORDER - A video surveillance method and system controls and distributes video signals from multiple surveillance cameras to multiple video clients by receiving a single original video signal stream from a camera and simultaneously converting it a plurality of video streams, with each video stream having a different video quality parameter. The different quality parameters may be different resolutions, degrees of compression, different frame rates, presence or absence of colors, intensity of colors, different contrast levels and different brightness levels. The video clients are entitled to access specified video quality parameters, and are simultaneously sent the converted video streams with the different video quality parameter to which they are entitled to access.04-22-2010
20120105630ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND METHOD FOR RECOGNIZING AND TRACKING SUSPECTS - An electronic device is connected to a controller. The controller is connected to an infrared light-emitting diode (LED), a camera and one or more infrared illuminators installed in a monitored area. The camera captures images of the monitored area. The electronic device selects a person appears in the images as a tracking target, determines movement information of the tracking target in the monitored area, and controls the camera to track the tracking target according to the movement information. The infrared LED emits infrared rays. The infrared illuminators determine intensity variation of the infrared rays that penetrated the tracking target, generate a pulse signal based on the intensity variation. The electronic device determines if a frequency of a digital signal, which is converted from the pulse signal, falls within a normal human heartbeat rate range, to determine if the tracking target is a suspect.05-03-2012
20110317010SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TRACKING A PERSON IN A PRE-DEFINED AREA - The invention provides a method, system and computer program product for tracking a person in a pre-defined area. The pre-defined area includes a plurality of imaging devices placed at respective pre-defined locations to capture images of the person. The system in conjunction with the plurality of imaging devices locates the person at the pre-defined area based on the captured images of the person.12-29-2011
20110063442INTERACTION SYSTEM AND METHOD - The invention relates to an interaction system and method for automatically generating a soundscape and lighting, which are adapted to an action of a viewer of displayed items, in order to attract the attention of the viewer to one or more of the displayed items, such as products presented in a shop or displayed in a shopping window. A basic idea of this invention is refining interactivity by triggering the generation of a lighting and soundscape upon detection of a certain viewer or user action and to adapt the generated lighting and soundscape to the viewer or user action. The invention provides in an embodiment an interaction system (03-17-2011
20110063441IMAGER AND SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM - Disclosed is a surveillance system that detects a suspicious person immediately without fail and presents the detected suspicious person to a surveillant even when the system includes a large number of networked surveillance cameras. An imager included in the surveillance system retains a dynamically-updatable suspicious person list within itself and detects a suspicious person in accordance with a feature amount extracted from an image.03-17-2011
20110063440TIME SHIFTED VIDEO COMMUNICATIONS - A method for providing video images to a remote viewer using a video communication system, comprising: operating a a video communication client in a local environment connected by a communications network to a remote viewing client in a remote viewing environment; capturing video images of the local environment; analyzing the captured video images with the video analysis component to detect ongoing activity within the local environment; characterizing the detected activity within the video images with respect to attributes indicative of remote viewer interest; determining whether acceptable video images are available; receiving an indication of whether the remote viewing client is engaged or disengaged; and transmitting the acceptable video images of the ongoing activity to the remote viewing client if the remote viewing client is engaged, or alternately, if the remote viewing client is disengaged, recording the acceptable video images into a memory.03-17-2011
20100066831CAMERA APPARATUS - A camera apparatus includes: a base; an outer case provided on the case for rotation around a first imaginary axis passing the base; an inner case provided on the outer case for rotation around a second imaginary axis extending on a plane intersecting with the first imaginary axis; a camera section incorporated in the inner case and having an image pickup optical system; a first driving section for rotating the outer case; a second driving section for rotating the inner case; and a conversion lens supported on the outer case; the inner case being rotated by the second driving section between a conversion lens use position at which an optical axis of the image pickup optical system is aligned with an optical axis of the conversion lens and a conversion lens non-use range within which an optical path of the image pickup optical system is displaced from the conversion lens.03-18-2010
20110317008AIRPORT/AIRCRAFT SECURITY - A information processor combines an image of one or more predetermined materials of interest from an image from a full body scan of a subject with video of the subject and generates data including both the image of the one or more materials of interest and the video of the subject. A method includes obtaining a sub-portion of an image that includes a predetermined material of interest. The image is generated via a full body scan of a subject during airport screening utilizing non-ionizing radiation. The method further includes obtaining video of the subject captured while the subject is at the airport. The method further includes combining the sub-portion of the image and the video to generate video or an image of the subject clothed with the sub-portion of the image superimposed over the clothing.12-29-2011
20110317011TRANSMISSION APPARATUS AND TRANSMISSION METHOD - A first control unit of a transmission apparatus controls pan, tilt, and rotation mechanisms according to a movement direction indicated by a movement instruction for changing an imaging direction of an imaging unit. A second control unit of the transmission apparatus performs control so as to prevent transmission of captured image data captured during the control of the pan, tilt, and rotation mechanisms, during the control performed by the first control unit.12-29-2011
20110317007SMOKE AND CARBON MONOXIDE ALARM DEVICE HAVING A VIDEO CAMERA - The present invention relates to a smoke and carbon monoxide alarm system including a smoke and carbon monoxide alarm device and a base unit connected to the smoke and carbon monoxide alarm device through at least one of wire connection or wireless connection. The smoke and carbon monoxide alarm device can include a control circuit configured to receive an input signal and transmit an alarm signal; a first sensor coupled to the control circuit, the first sensor being configured to generate the input signal upon detecting smoke; a second sensor coupled to the control circuit, the second sensor being configured to generate the input signal upon detecting carbon monoxide; and a camera coupled to the control circuit, the camera being configured to be activated by the control circuit when the alarm signal is transmitted to an alarm. The base unit can include a cellular transceiver configured to transmit images captured by the camera to a pre-determined remote station.12-29-2011
20110317009Capturing Events Of Interest By Spatio-temporal Video Analysis - A computer implemented method and system for capturing events of interest by performing a spatio-temporal analysis of a video are provided. A continuous video stream containing a series of image frames is acquired over time. Each of the image frames is represented by horizontal spatial coordinates and vertical spatial coordinates of a two dimensional plane. A temporal dimension is assigned across the image frames of the video stream. A spatio-temporal analysis image is constructed based on a user-defined line of analysis on each of one or more of the image frames. The spatio-temporal analysis image is constructed by concatenating a series of temporally-successive linear pixel arrays along the temporal dimension. Each of the linear pixel arrays comprises an array of pixels along the line of analysis defined on each of one or more of the image frames. The constructed spatio-temporal analysis image is segmented for capturing the events of interest.12-29-2011
20110317013AUTOFOCUS CAMERA SYSTEMS AND METHODS - In an example embodiment, a method for focusing a miniature camera includes applying a signal to an actuator in the camera, moving a MEMS stage movably supported by one or more flexures in response to the application of the signal, moving a lens in response to the moving of the MEMS stage, and limiting movement of the MEMS stage to substantially one degree of freedom corresponding to an optical axis of the lens.12-29-2011
20110037852DEVICE, METHOD, AND COMPUTER FOR IMAGE-BASED COUNTING OF OBJECTS PASSING THROUGH A COUNTING SECTION IN A SPECIFIED DIRECTION - For operators of public or commercial buildings, such as supermarkets, it is interesting to determine how many persons, in particular potential buyers, enter the building each day. In other areas, as well, entering and exiting moving objects are counted: it is typical, for example, that cars driving into and out of a parking garage are counted. The invention relates to a device 02-17-2011
20100033568SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM AND SURVEILLANCE METHOD THEREOF - A method for surveillance is disclosed. Firstly, video of an area is captured. The video includes a first image and a second. Each image is subdivided into a number of subdivisions. A contrast value matrix is then calculated for each image by calculating a contrast value for each subdivision. A compared value matrix of the second image is calculated by comparing each element of the contrast value matrix associated with the current image with a corresponding element of the contrast value matrix associated with the prior image. Next, the compared value matrix is weighted using a preset weight matrix to locate the movement in the second image. Finally, the aim of capturing is adjusted based upon the location of movement.02-11-2010
20110157359VIRTUAL PERSPECTIVE CENTER ALIGNED WITH MEASUREMENT CENTER - An apparatus for acquiring image and location information includes an antenna comprising an element configured to receive signals for determining the location information, and an imaging device coupled to the antenna and configured to acquire the image information. A virtual perspective center of the imaging device is coincident with the element of the antenna.06-30-2011
20110157356MONITORING SYSTEM - A monitoring system applies to a long distance transmission. A number of data acquisition devices records still images and video as signals and converts the video signals into voltage signals suitable for transmission. A monitoring host connected to the number of data acquisition devices via a network cable for long distance transmission processes the voltage signals to show the video.06-30-2011
20110157355Method and System for Detecting Events in Environments - A system and a method for detecting events in time-series data are disclosed, wherein the time-series data represent atomic activities sensed by sensors in an environment, and wherein each atomic activity includes a time and a location at which the each atomic activity is sensed, comprising the steps of: mapping a specified event to a Petri net (PN), wherein the specified event is a spatio-temporal pattern of the atomic activities, wherein the spatio-temporal pattern is based only on the time and the location of the atomic activities, such that a spatio-temporal sequence of the atomic activities forms a primitive activity, and the spatio-temporal pattern includes primitive activities and constraints on the primitive activities, wherein the constraints are sequential and/or concurrent; and detecting, in the time-series data, a sensed event corresponding the specified event mapped to the PN to produce a result, wherein the detecting is performed by a processor.06-30-2011
20080303900Miniature Low Cost Pan/Tilt Magnetic Actuation For Portable And Stationary Video Cameras - A pan/tilt apparatus for a camera includes a base, a stage mounted on the base to rotate around a vertical pan axis, an optical apparatus mounted on the stage, a pan actuating mechanism, and a tilt actuating mechanism. The optical apparatus includes a frame that supports a magnetic structure and a mirror such that they are pivotable around a horizontal tilt axis. The mirror receives an image directed along an incident axis, and redirects the image along the pan axis, e.g., to a camera that is disposed on or below the base. The pan actuating mechanism engages and rotates the stage into a desired pan direction. The tilt actuating mechanism modulates (alters) a magnetic field applied to the mirror/magnetic structure by, for example, moving a permanent magnet that is mounted on the base.12-11-2008
20120002046Flip-Up Hands-Free Display Mount - According to one embodiment, a display mount includes a helmet-mountable interface, a display interface, a cam arm, and an adjustment mechanism. The helmet-mountable interface is configured to removably couple the display mount to a helmet. The display interface is configured to couple the display mount to a display. The cam arm is configured to position the display interface in a plurality of positions comprising a storage position and a display position. The adjustment mechanism is configured to adjust, independent of the cam arm, a position of the display interface along an X-axis, a Y-axis and a Z-axis. The X-axis, Y-axis, and Z-axis are each orthogonal to each other. The adjustment mechanism includes a locking mechanism configured to lock an adjusted position of the display interface, such that the display interface mechanically returns to the locked adjusted position when the display interface transitions from the storage position to the display position.01-05-2012
20120002048OMNIBUS CAMERA - The invention relates to a camera arrangement having at least one wide-angle camera for monitoring an elongated space, and to a mount for the camera. It is provided in this case that the mount is designed for directing the wide-angle camera with a field of view of low distortion onto distant parts of space, and for directing the wide-angle camera with a field of view of higher distortion onto closer parts of space.01-05-2012
20120002047MONITORING CAMERA AND METHOD OF TRACING SOUND SOURCE - This document relates to a monitoring camera and a method of tracing a sound source. In an embodiment of this document, patterns of sounds received through a plurality of microphones are detected. The detected patterns of the sounds are compared with a reference sound pattern. A sound source position is traced and photographed by controlling one or more of pan/tilt operations and a zoom operation according to a result of the comparison. Accordingly, an emergency situation can be photographed more efficiently. An announcer can be automatically selected from a plurality of attendants and photographed by applying the monitoring camera to a Video Conference System (VCS).01-05-2012
20120002045NON-RETRO-REFLECTIVE LICENSE PLATE IMAGING SYSTEM - An infrared illuminator and camera system for high contrast imaging of non-retro-reflective license plates utilizing a combination of temporal filtering via pulsed LED illumination, spectral filtering using high transmission narrow band pass optical filters placed directly on the CCD sensor, and an IR sensitive camera with adjustable computer controlled settings to produce high definition, high contrast images of a wide range of both retro-reflective and non-retro-reflective surfaces including vehicle license plates, ISO shipping containers, and transport trucks with DOT ID numbers on fenders for use in weigh in motion systems, and can operate in all lighting conditions from total darkness to bright sunlight.01-05-2012
20100045794METHOD FOR MARKING A DIGITAL IMAGE WITH A DIGITAL WATER MARK - The invention relates to a method for marking a digital document, especially a digital image, with a digital watermark for the purpose of manipulation recognition while inserting an integrity information and at least one multibit message. The method according to the invention comprises the following steps: converting the digital image to a converted digital image; dividing up the converted digital image into a plurality of blocks, every block having a plurality of coefficients; establishing a plurality of mapped message values for the at least one message, a plurality of first coefficients being mapped onto a vector that depends on a secret key; inserting every bit of every message into at least one of the mapped message values; establishing a plurality of mapped integrity values for the integrity information, a plurality of second coefficients being mapped onto a message-dependent vector, said message-dependent vector being derived from at least one of the messages and the secret key; inserting every piece of the integrity information into at least one of the mapped integrity values; updating every first coefficient that is used for establishing the mapped message values, using the inserted mapped message values, thereby achieving that the mapping of the updated first coefficients onto the secret key-dependent vector and the inserted mapped message values is identical; and updating every second coefficient that is used to calculate the mapped integrity values, using the inserted mapped integrity values, thereby achieving that the mapping of the updated second integrity coefficients onto the message-dependant vector and the inserted mapped integrity values is identical.02-25-2010
20090015670PRIVACY ZONE ALGORITHM FOR PTZ DOME CAMERAS - The present invention advantageously provides a means by which the privacy zone on a PTZ camera can be maintained so that an object in the camera's sight is always masked or covered. An algorithm which remembers the defined privacy zones as an area in space marked by four rays touching the four corners of the marked zone and having absolute Pan, Tilt angular coordinates is presented. The privacy zone is initially defined by a rectangle on the screen with known pixel co-ordinates which are translated into angular coordinates. Then, when the camera moves and prepares to display a new screen, the privacy zone is superimposed on the object to be masked. Locating the object and displaying its privacy zone is done by translating the absolute angular coordinates of the original privacy zone into pixel coordinates. Additionally, multiple privacy zones can be displayed on one camera screen.01-15-2009
20120007981Passenger surveillance - Methods and apparatus, including computer program products, for passenger surveillance. A system for implementing passenger surveillance includes a control unit, a stationary interface, a portable interface, an Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS) unit and one or more cameras. A method for enabling passenger surveillance includes mounting one or more cameras to an interior position of a housing, the one or more cameras linked to a control unit and controlled by a user interface device, the housing including one or more animate or inanimate objects, receiving images of the one or more animate or inanimate objects from the one of more cameras at the user interface device, locking on to an animate or inanimate object of interest, and tracking the animate or inanimate object of interest by controlling the one or more cameras.01-12-2012
20120062736HAND AND INDICATING-POINT POSITIONING METHOD AND HAND GESTURE DETERMINING METHOD USED IN HUMAN-COMPUTER INTERACTION SYSTEM - Disclosed are a hand positioning method and a human-computer interaction system. The method comprises a step of continuously capturing a current image so as to obtain a sequence of video images; a step of extracting a foreground image from each of the captured video images, and then carrying out binary processing so as to obtain a binary foreground image; a step of obtaining a vertex set of a minimum convex hull of the binary foreground image, and then creating areas of concern serving as candidate hand areas; and a step of extracting hand imaging features from the respective created areas of concern, and then determining a hand area from the candidate hand areas by carrying out pattern recognition based on the extracted hand imaging features.03-15-2012
20120044350OUTDOOR LIGHTING FIXTURE AND CAMERA SYSTEMS - One embodiment of the invention relates to an outdoor lighting fixture that includes a ballast for controlling the amount of current provided to a lamp. The lighting fixture also includes a fixture housing at least partially surrounding the ballast and the lamp and a mounting system for holding the fixture housing to at least one of a wall and a pole. The lighting fixture yet further includes a camera coupled to the housing and a control circuit wired to the camera. The lighting fixture also includes a radio frequency transceiver wired to the control circuit. The control circuit is configured to cause information from the camera to be wirelessly transmitted by the radio frequency transceiver.02-23-2012
20120013740IMAGE DISPLAY DEVICE, IMAGING DEVICE, IMAGE DISPLAY SYSTEM, AND IMAGE SYNTHESIS DEVICE - In an automatic tracking process using an aim color, a technique of allowing an observer to confirm the aim color set in the imaging device with ease is provided. An image display device using this technique has a display control unit 01-19-2012
20120013739Covert Camera With A Fixed Lens - A covert camera for surveillance in an aircraft comprises a front panel that can have an appearance other than a conventional camera. The front panel can include at least one aperture therethrough. A lens can be in or near the aperture, the lens having a field of view. A camera mount can be positioned on the front panel. The camera mount can include a sensor capable of receiving an image of at least a portion of the field of view. The camera mount can be capable of adjustment without movement of the lens.01-19-2012
20120013738VIDEO SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM AND METHOD WITH DISPLAY ADVERTISING - A system for communicating content and monitoring a specified area, and method providing the same, includes a communications module including communication devices. The communication devices may include a display, a camera, and a microphone. The communications module also includes a first computer. A remote operations module includes an operations computer. The remote operations module communicates with the communications module using the operations computer. The operations computer communicates with the communication devices of the communications module and is configured to control the communications module. A plurality of operation modes may include: a first mode including the display being configured to display specified uploaded or streaming multimedia content, while providing a remote operator with real time video from a video camera for surveillance monitoring; and a second mode including the display being configured to display a remote operator of the remote operations module in two way communication with the communications module.01-19-2012
20120057024SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MONITORING COMPONENT WEAR - A system for monitoring a moving component includes an input device directed at the moving component. The input device generates a signal reflective of a position of the moving component. A processor in communication with the input device receives the signal from the input device and generates a graph reflective of the position of the moving component. A method for monitoring a moving component includes recording the moving component as it moves and graphing locations of the moving component.03-08-2012
20090135252MONITORING CAMERA DEVICE, MONITORING SYSTEM USING THE SAME, AND MONITORING IMAGE TRANSMISSION METHOD - The invention includes an imaging unit for taking the image of a subject as the object of monitoring, a moving image extracting unit for extracting image data of each frame in every specific frame period from this image data, a motion image encoder for generating motion image data by compressing and coding the extracted image data, a change detecting unit for issuing a change detection signal showing a change in the subject, and a transport processing unit for processing data transport by changing over at least two types of communication protocols depending on the change detection signal. The transport processing unit transports the motion image data to a monitor terminal device through a network according to connection-less type communication protocol when the change detection signal shows no change, or according to connection type communication protocol when showing presence of change.05-28-2009
20120154583METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MONITORING THE ACCESSIBILITY OF AN EMERGENCY EXIT - A system and device perform a method for monitoring the accessibility of an emergency exit, which includes illuminating an area in front of the emergency exit by emitting light, detecting reflected light from the illuminated area using an image sensor, calculating a plurality of distances based on the detected reflected light for discrete positions in the image sensor, comparing the each of the plurality of distances with a predetermined distance, and generating an alarm signal if the comparing indicates a substantial difference in distance in at least one position in the image sensor.06-21-2012
20120154582SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROTOCOL ADHERENCE - The system and method disclosed herein provides an integrated and automated workflow, sensor, and reasoning system that automatically detects breaches in protocols, appropriately alarms and records these breaches, facilitates staff adoption of protocol adherence, and ultimately enables the study of protocols for care comparative effectiveness. The system provides real-time alerts to medical personnel in the actual processes of care, thereby reducing the number of negative patient events and ultimately improving staff behavior with respect to protocol adherence.06-21-2012
20120154578DETECTOR FOR CHEMICAL AGENTS - A chemical detection system for detecting chemicals entrained in a sample of ambient fluid. The ambient fluid may be atmospheric air, a process gas, or a liquid such as water. Some embodiments employ a plurality of chemical detection sensors and in some embodiments one or more of the chemical detection sensors have two levels of alarm conditions. A situation indicator is provided to provide alarm indications when the concentration level of chemicals exceeds a threshold amount. In some embodiments the chemical detection system includes a collection device for retaining a sample of chemicals entrained in ambient fluid. A visual imaging device may be provided to produce an electronic visual image of a scene associated with a location of the chemical detection system. Visual image data and detected chemical concentration levels may be recorded in an information storage system.06-21-2012
20120154581CASCADABLE CAMERA TAMPERING DETECTION TRANSCEIVER MODULE - A cascadable camera tampering detection transceiver module has a processing unit and a storing unit, an information controlling module and an analyzing module. The storing unit stores a transceiving module. The detection module analyzes input video, detects camera tampering events, synthesizes the input video with the image of camera tampering result, and outputs the synthesized video. When the input video is an output from the detection module, the detection module separates the camera tampering result from the input video, and the result can be used to simplify or enhance the subsequent video analysis. Performing the existing analysis repeatedly may be avoided, and the user may re-define the detection conditions in this manner. When the camera tampering result is transmitted in the video channel, the detection module transmits the camera tampering result, and hence the detection module may be used in combination with surveillance devices having image output or input interfaces.06-21-2012
20120154579Detection and Tracking of Moving Objects - Techniques for performing visual surveillance of one or more moving objects are provided. The techniques include registering one or more images captured by one or more cameras, wherein registering the one or more images comprises region-based registration of the one or more images in two or more adjacent frames, performing motion segmentation of the one or more images to detect one or more moving objects and one or more background regions in the one or more images, and tracking the one or more moving objects to facilitate visual surveillance of the one or more moving objects.06-21-2012
20120062735CRIB MONITORING SYSTEM - A crib monitoring system for a crib having a plurality of crib posts disposed a predetermined distance apart, and a side gate including a plurality of bar portions disposed between and connectable to the crib posts. The crib monitoring system includes at least one camera device connected to a crib post of the plurality of crib posts and configured to capture an image of an interior of the crib, a plurality of sensor devices, each sensor device connected with a respective crib post, and configured to form a signal beam along an interior surface of the side gate between the crib posts, and a monitoring device configured to receive a warning signal when a baby within the crib is within a predetermined distance of the bar portions such that the signal beam is interrupted.03-15-2012
20120062733SMART TARGET SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM - A surveillance system comprising a remote video server, a camera, a data receiving and processing server and a computer device is disclosed herein. The camera captures video and sends the video to the remote video server. The remote video server wirelessly transmits the video to the data receiving and processing server for video processing. The computer device may then securely and wirelessly connect to the data receiving and processing server to view the video.03-15-2012
20120026328System and Method for Classification of Moving Object During Video Surveillance - A system for classifying moving objects during video-based surveillance comprising: capturing a silhouette image of a moving object, resizing the captured image, computing an average height to width ratio and a center of gravity for the object in the resized image, dividing the resized image, comparing the average height to average width of the object and further comparing the variance of center of gravity with a predetermined threshold value to classify the object in the captured silhouette into predetermined classes.02-02-2012
20120026327Presentation Capture with Automatically Configurable Output - A device and method for simultaneously capturing a combination of content video, content audio, presenter video and presenter audio, as well as distributing a combination of content video, content audio, presenter video and presenter audio to a digital sink via an HDMI connection. Video sources are automatically routed to the digital sink depending on the source configuration.02-02-2012
20120026326SURVEILLANCE CAMERA SYSTEM HAVING CAMERA MALFUNCTION DETECTION FUNCTION - A camera surveillance system having a camera malfunction function includes an entire feature extraction unit to extract each entire feature from an input image and a reference image; a block feature extraction unit to extract block features being features of each block from images after the block division of the input image and the reference image divided into blocks by a block division unit; and a malfunction determination unit to calculate a first variation between the entire features of the reference image and the entire features of the input image, and a second variation between the block features of the reference image and the block features of the input image, to determine a camera malfunction by using a threshold, and output information indicating a type of the camera malfunction for each block.02-02-2012
20120026325OPTIMIZED MOVABLE IR FILTER IN CAMERAS - Embodiments of the present invention include a camera having two modes: a visible light imaging mode (day-mode) and an IR imaging mode (night-mode). In the visible light imaging mode, an IR filter is in line with the lens assembly. In the IR imaging mode, the IR filter is mechanically removed, and IR light is allowed to pass to the sensor. In one embodiment, in the IR imaging mode, IR lighting is provided by an IR LEDs on the camera to illuminate the scene. In one embodiment, the various components are chosen, balanced and optimized so that images captured using visible light and images captured using non-visible light are both in focus. In one embodiment, an algorithm determines when there sufficient visible light is present and when it is not, and thus determines when to switch the camera from one mode to another.02-02-2012
20120206598PORTABLE DEVICE, OBSERVATION MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, AND COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM - In one embodiment, there is provided a portable device. The portable device includes: an image pick-up means for taking an image of an observation object or a vicinity of the observation object so as to obtain a taken image; a display means for displaying the taken image; a first acquiring means for acquiring an observation result obtained by observing the observation object in the taken image, when the image pick-up means takes the image of the observation object or the vicinity of the observation object; a second acquiring means for acquiring state representation information that represents a present state of the observation object in accordance with the observation result; and a display control means for displaying the state representation information and the observation object in the display means.08-16-2012
20120062738REMOVAL/ABANDONMENT DETERMINATION DEVICE AND REMOVAL/ABANDONMENT DETERMINATION METHOD - A removal/abandonment determination device includes: a sampling point setting unit configured to set sampling points on a boundary line of an object; a luminance determination unit configured to determine whether a ratio of an area having the same luminance in a peripheral region of each of the sampling points is a first certain value or more; and a removal/abandonment determination unit. The removal/abandonment determination unit determines that the object is removed when the sampling points of which the ratio is determined as being the first certain value or more are a second certain value or more, and determines that the object is abandoned when the sampling points of which the ratio is determined as being the first certain value or more are less than the second certain value.03-15-2012
20120062737METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR TRANSMITTING DATA FILE - In a system for transmitting a data file, a first terminal calculates sizes of data fields for a displayed target data file on a frame basis, totals the calculated sizes, code-converts a data file having the totaled size, and encodes the code-converted data file, and a second terminal captures the target data file displayed on the first terminal using a camera at N frames-per-second (fps) (where N is an integer), and decodes the captured data file.03-15-2012
20120062734Coordinator Module - A coordinator module comprising flash memory, a processor and a transceiver capable of performing a plurality of functions for a variety of electronic devices. A video server system comprising a coordinator module, a digital video camera and a cellular antenna is described herein. A remote monitoring system comprising a coordinator module, a metering instrument and a cellular antenna is also provided herein. Further described is a related method of controlling a metering instrument comprising providing a metering instrument, a coordinator module and a cellular antenna.03-15-2012
20120062739Method And Device For Extending A Visibility Area - In order to extend a visibility area of a camera mounted on a vehicle, the method of the invention comprises a step (03-15-2012
20120154580MOVING OBJECT DETECTION METHOD AND IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM FOR MOVING OBJECT DETECTION - A moving object detection method and an image processing system thereof are provided. First, a pixel-wise distance of a received image to a reference image is computed to obtain a distance map. A histogram analysis is performed on the distance map to obtain a distance distribution. An entropy value of the distance distribution is computed and a peak distance value which is with a maximum occurrence probability in the distance distribution is searched out. Then, by using a mapping rule, the entropy value and the peak distance value are transformed into a decision threshold value. The decision threshold value is applied in classifying the pixels of the distance map into a group of foreground attributes and a group of background attributes and thereby moving objects in the current image are obtained.06-21-2012
20130010111Effortless Navigation Across Cameras and Cooperative Control of Cameras - This application discloses a system and related methods (called Fast Track) to effortlessly navigate across multiple cameras, e.g. video surveillance cameras distributed in a facility. Fast Track simplifies the act of following a suspicious individual roaming in a facility, e.g. by eliminating the need for security operators to memorize camera placement and coverage, and to manually control pan-tilt-zoom (hereinafter “PTZ”) cameras, and by simplifying the process to reduce the risk of operator error. Combinations of novel scoring and control methods generally provide an automatic identification of optimal cameras and pre-emptive re-direction of PTZ cameras. Extensions to these methods enable two new capabilities: Cooperative PTZ Control (e.g. coordinating PTZs to cover a 3D map viewport optimally) and Self-Healing Perimeters, to automatically reassign and redirect multiple PTZ cameras to fill gaps in a security perimeter.01-10-2013
20110080478INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM - There is provided an information processing apparatus including a reproduction section which acquires reproduction data corresponding to a reproduction position of content data by reproducing the content data, an output section which causes the reproduction data acquired by the reproduction section to be output from a region of an output device, the region corresponding to the information processing apparatus, a control signal acquisition section which acquires a control signal generated and output by a control device based on a predetermined input recognized by a recognition device, and an output control section which controls output of the reproduction data to the output device performed by the output section in accordance with the control signal acquired by the control signal acquisition section.04-07-2011
20120249789VEHICLE PERIPHERAL IMAGE DISPLAY SYSTEM - A vehicle peripheral image display system is provided, in which a semitransparent vehicle interior image is clearly distinguished from a virtual camera image regardless of a surrounding environment condition where a real camera image is obtained and a blind spot external situation can be clearly visually confirmed through according to a positional relationship with the vehicle. In a see-through side-view monitor system an image processing control unit includes an image processor performing a viewpoint conversion of an external image from a side camera into a virtual camera image viewed from a driver's viewpoint, a luminance-hue sensor judging luminance and hue of the external image, a luminance-hue conversion block automatically adjusting luminance and hue of a semitransparent vehicle interior image and a superimposing circuit superimposing the semitransparent vehicle interior image on the virtual camera image.10-04-2012
20120249787Surveillance System - Data from a wireless network location system is used in conjunction with the known geographic location of a video surveillance area such that the system according to the present invention infers that a person who appears in an image in the video is the user of a mobile phone estimated to be at the person's location. When facial recognition is applied and the person's identity is thus recognized, an association is generated as between the identity according to the facial recognition and the identity of the co-located mobile phone. This association can be critical when there is no personal identification available for a mobile phone such as a pre-paid mobile.10-04-2012
20120249786Display System - A display system, method, and computer readable storage to provide a visual representation of an environment. A marker is placed by a user tagging a physical location in the environment. When the user looks at the environment using different viewpoints, the visual representation can automatically be adjusted via a programmed processing unit so that the marker would appear in the same physical location in the window each time the viewpoint is changed. For example, if the marker is placed to tag a real world boat in a visual representation, changing the viewpoint would maintain the marker in the same position in the visual representation in the window. By changing viewpoints, an object marked by a marker would remain in the same position in the window while other aspects of the visual representation would automatically change including zoom, rotation, pan, to accommodate the static position of the marker.10-04-2012
20100315506ACTION DETECTION IN VIDEO THROUGH SUB-VOLUME MUTUAL INFORMATION MAXIMIZATION - Described is a technology by which video is processed to determine whether the video contains a specified action. The video corresponds to a spatial-temporal volume. The volume is searched to find a sub-volume therein that has a maximum score with respect to whether the video contains the action. Searching for the sub-volume is performed by separating the search space into a spatial subspace and a temporal subspace. The spatial subspace is searched for an optimal spatial window using upper-bounds searching. Also described is discriminative pattern matching.12-16-2010
20110090336APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR RECOGNIZING AND DETERMINING A POSITION - An apparatus for recognizing and determining the position of at least one teat of a milking animal includes a scanning head comprising a light source and a camera. The light source emits light into a region which is expected to contain a teat or teats and the camera captures images formed by the light. In a first scanning mode, the scanning head is moved from a low initial position upwards in a circular coil until the position of at least a first teat has been established. Thereafter, in a second scanning mode, the scanning head is moved upwards in a to circular coil until the positions of all teats have been established, or a predetermined time limit has elapsed during the scanning procedure. The coil traversed during the first scanning mode is wider than the coil traversed during the second scanning mode.04-21-2011
20110090335SURVEILLANCE CAMERA CAPABLE OF RECORDING COLOR OR MONOCHROME IMAGES BASED ON TIME SETTINGS - A surveillance camera has a sensing module, a micro-control unit (MCU) and a real-time clock (RTC) unit. The sensing module records original images. The MCU is connected to the sensing module and stores multiple time settings and a smart timer process. The MCU executes the smart timer process to operate the surveillance camera in a color mode, a monochrome mode or an auto mode based on the time settings. In the color mode, the surveillance camera records color images. In the monochrome mode, the surveillance camera records monochrome images. In the auto mode, the surveillance camera selectively records color images and monochrome images based on a variation between light level of the original images and a predetermined light level. Therefore, the surveillance camera can be set to operate in specific mode based on requirements. The surveillance camera is more flexible and convenient than conventional surveillance cameras.04-21-2011
20110090334Methods, Systems, and Products for Security Services - Methods, systems, and products are disclosed for notification of alarms in security systems. An alarm is detected in a security system. An alarm code is associated to a camera, and video data is retrieved from the camera. An alarm notification address is retrieved and the video data is sent to the IP alarm notification address.04-21-2011
20110102590SELF-SERVICE DEVICE COMPRISING A SURVEILLANCE UNIT - A self-service device (05-05-2011
20110102589WIRELESS VIDEO TRANSMISSION DEVICE AND WIRELESS VIDEO RECEPTION DEVICE - A technique is provided for using, in a wireless video transmission device and a plurality of wireless video reception devices which intermittently perform signal reception processing within standby periods, a human body detection unit to accelerate the start-up of the wireless video transmission and reception devices. When the presence of a person is detected by the human body detector, a person detection signal is sent to a wireless video reception device or the transmission device to thereby limit usable communication channel candidates in number. The limited number of usable channel candidates are then used to perform intermittent signal reception, thereby shortening the searching time cycle of such intermittent reception within a standby period, thus lessening the startup time from the standby state between the wireless video transmission and reception devices and also reducing standby power thereof.05-05-2011
20110102588IMAGE SURVEILLANCE AND REPORTING TECHNOLOGY - Image surveillance and reporting technology, in which an event that is indicative of potential physical activity within an area corresponding to a location of a camera unit is detected. In response to detection of the event, the camera unit is controlled to capture one or more images of the area corresponding to the location of the camera unit. The one or more images captured by the camera unit are analyzed to determine whether the one or more images include image data that is indicative of relevant physical activity within the area corresponding to the location of the camera unit. The one or more images are handled based on the determination of whether the one or more images include image data that is indicative of relevant physical activity within the area corresponding to the location of the camera unit.05-05-2011
20110102587SPOTLIGHT WITH SECURITY CAMERA - An outdoor surveillance and lighting apparatus. The apparatus includes a housing having at least one side portion, a front end and a back end. There is a substantially unidirectional main light and at least one surveillance camera disposed within the housing. The lens of the camera is aimed in a direction substantially normal to the main light direction. Also included is a video transmitting means connected to the surveillance camera for conveying video images to a remote viewing unit.05-05-2011
20110102586PTZ CAMERA AND CONTROLLING METHOD OF THE PTZ CAMERA - A method can control a pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) camera to monitor an area. The method sets a monitoring path for the PTZ camera, captures a plurality of navigation images of the monitored area at different positions of the monitoring path, and obtains position information of each of the navigation images based upon an image space coordinate system. The method further sets a sequence of the navigation images, and sets a directional control icon for each of the navigation images according to the set sequence and the position information. According to the movement direction pointed by the directional control icon of each of the captured image, the PTZ camera can move along the monitoring path to capture a video stream of the monitored area.05-05-2011
20110102585SURVEILLANCE DEVICE FOR POWER LINE PEER-TO-PEER SIGNAL TRANSMISSION - A surveillance device for power line peer-to-peer signal transmission includes a photographing device, a surveillance device and a peer-to-peer server. The photographing device includes a power line network bridge and a first router, and can be connected to internet through the first router, the power line network bridge and a power line. The surveillance device includes a second router and is connected to internet through the second router. The peer-to-peer server connects the first router with the second router through internet. By the aforementioned structures, an ordinary person can easily monitor and control images and electric equipment at home through internet, without carrying out a network wiring or knowing how to set up an IP.05-05-2011
20110102584Active Protection and Peace Keeper - Active protection uses of Laser, Infra-red, CCD cameras to form array camera to surveillance surround to protect essential objects.05-05-2011
20120314066FIRE MONITORING SYSTEM AND METHOD USING COMPOSITE CAMERA - Provided is a fire monitoring system and method using composite camera, which can measure a separation distance between the infrared camera and a point of fire by using per-pixel detecting area data which is calculated by using resolution and field of view of the infrared camera and is pre-stored in memory unit, and thus which can detect the point of fire by using only an infrared camera and without using an expensive distance measuring device.12-13-2012
20120120237VIDEO PROCESSING - Video processing comprises storing data relating to images of a video signal captured over at least a reference period relative to a current image of the video signal; comparing the current image with a reference image of the video signal captured within the reference period, so as to detect image features in the current image representing changes with respect to a corresponding position in the reference image; detecting whether a detected image feature in the current image has remained at substantially the same image position over a group of images preceding the current image; and displaying the current image with an indication of any such image features and an indication of the duration of the presence of the image feature at that image position.05-17-2012
20120120234PLATFORM SCREEN DOOR - A platform screen door system, comprising a fixed panel, a door leaf slidably disposed adjacent to the fixed panel, a drive means adapted to slidingly move the door leaf from a door open position to a door closed position; and a microprocessor adapted to control the movement of the drive means and, thereby, control the movement of the door leaf The system also includes a media panel, disposed on the fixed panel, wherein the media panel is adapted to display information.05-17-2012
20120120239FORWARD FACING IMAGING SYSTEM - A forward facing imaging system for a vehicle includes an interior rearview mirror assembly mounted at an interior portion of a vehicle and a camera disposed at the interior rearview mirror assembly. The camera has a forward field of view through a windshield of the vehicle. The camera captures image data and captured image data is recorded by a recording system. During operation of the vehicle, the recording system records image data, as it is captured over a given period of operation of the vehicle, in a closed-loop fashion onto electronic memory. Image data, as captured by the camera, is processed by an image processor in order to determine the presence of at least one object forward of the equipped vehicle.05-17-2012
20120212610METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PAN-TILT-ZOOM CONTROL - The present invention provides a method and system for PTZ control. The method comprises: a threshold of a PTZ control mode is preset in a monitor center client, wherein the PTZ control mode includes interlocking and inching; according to the result of comparison between the time for starting the PTZ control and the threshold, the monitor center client sends a command of a PTZ control mode of interlocking or inching to the PTZ. A user presets different thresholds in the monitor center client of a PTZ control system to configure the PTZ control mode, the corresponding PTZ control mode to be used is determined according to behaviors of the user, so that the customized settings of the user are satisfied maximally, and advantages of both interlocking and inching are obtained. In this way, a camera is easy to be positioned in a desired angle, and the efficiency is improved.08-23-2012
20100289896High Definition Speed Dome Camera with Internal Wireless Video Transmission - A speed dome camera includes a stationary unit, a moving unit rotatably mounted to the stationary unit, and a wireless signal transmission module. The stationary unit includes a mounting base and a signal processing module supported at the mounting base. The moving unit includes an image capturer and a controller module operatively linked to the image capturer, wherein the image capturer is adapted for obtaining an image signal when the image capturer is rotating. The wireless signal transmission module is operatively linking the stationary unit with the moving unit for wirelessly transmitting the image signal from the image capturer to the signal processing module. Therefore, the high definition image signal is able to be wirelessly transmitted from the image capturer to the signal processing module while the moving unit is rotating at its maximum rotational speed of 400 degrees per second without affecting an image quality during wireless transmission.11-18-2010
20120212611System and Method for Camera Control in a Surveillance System - A method and a system for calibrating a camera in a surveillance system. The method and system use a mathematical rotation between a first coordinate system and a second coordinate system in order to calibrate a camera with a map of an area. In some embodiments, the calibration can be used to control the camera and/or to display a view cone on the map.08-23-2012
20100245568Systems and Methods for Surveillance and Traffic Monitoring (Claim Set II) - System, methods, and computer program products are provided for surveillance, traffic monitoring, and red light enforcement. In one embodiment, the system may monitor zones of interest; capture, time stamp, and store images of the zones of interest; determine that an event has occurred within one of the zones of interest; and request the stored images of the zone of interest during the time the event occurred.09-30-2010
20100245567SYSTEM, METHOD AND PROGRAM PRODUCT FOR CAMERA-BASED DISCOVERY OF SOCIAL NETWORKS - A system, method and program product for camera-based discovery of social networks. The computer implemented method for identifying individuals and associating tracks with individuals in camera-generated images from a face capture camera(s) and a tracking camera(s), wherein the computer implemented method includes: receiving images of an individual from the face capture camera(s) on a computer; receiving images of a track(s) of an individual from the tracking camera(s) on a computer; automatically determining with the computer the track(s) from the images from the tracking camera(s); and associating with the computer the track(s) with the individual(s) and a unique identifier. The present invention has been described in terms of specific embodiment(s), and it is recognized that equivalents, alternatives, and modifications, aside from those expressly stated, are possible and within the scope of the appending claims.09-30-2010
20100245569IMAGE-CAPTURING DEVICE MOUNTING MECHANISM AND IMAGE-CAPTURING DEVICE - An image-capturing device mounting mechanism, which includes: an anchoring unit fixed to a building; a body unit with a capturing lens, the body unit mounted to and demounted from the anchoring unit; a first engaging portion provided in the body unit for an engagement between the body unit and the anchoring unit when the body unit is mounted to the anchoring unit; and a second engaging portion provided in the body unit for an engagement between the body unit and the anchoring unit when the first engaging portion engages the anchoring unit.09-30-2010
20100245570REMOTE MONITORING - Remote monitoring and inspection of measurement devices, emergency equipment, parking spaces, and other items is accomplished by using a digital image sensor (e.g., a CMOS sensor) to capture a digital image containing information about the monitored item. A signal containing information about the digital image (e.g., data representing the captured digital image or data indicating the state of the captured digital image) is transmitted to a remote central station.09-30-2010
20120300068Method and System for Cooperative Diversity Visual Cognition in Wireless Video Sensor Networks - A method and system for cooperative diversity visual cognition in a wireless sensor network is disclosed. The method and system are capable of solving distributed visual cognition tasks (for example, online simultaneous reconstruction of 3D models of a large area) by using multiple video streams and exploiting cooperative diversity video sensing information while ensuring an optimal tradeoff between energy consumption and video quality of images received from said multiple video streams.11-29-2012
20120300067METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR OBJECT/MATERIAL DETECTION - Methods and apparatus to compare the size of a target from the first sensor information with the size of the target from the second sensor information to determine whether an anomaly exists based upon the size comparison. In one embodiment, the size of the target from the first sensor information is affected by dielectric constants for at least one material of interest associated with the target.11-29-2012
20120300066METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR TRANSMITTING USER INTENTION USING CAPTURED IMAGE - A method and apparatus for transmitting a user's intention using a captured image, the method including: if a signal for selecting an article category is received from a terminal, capturing articles belonging to the article category and transmitting the captured image of the articles to the terminal; receiving from the terminal tag information indicating user's intention generated based on the captured image; and mapping the received tag information to a predetermined position on the captured image and transmitting the captured image with the mapped tag information to the terminal.11-29-2012
20120127307Controllable Kiosk Return Gate - Techniques are described to substantially reduce a return of wrong DVD or return of a right DVD in an improperly sized DVD case to a DVD rental kiosk. An RFID tag on the DVD, as well as an RFID tag on the case, are sensed external to the kiosk. A controllable shutter normally closes the return slot and is driven open only upon detecting the correct predetermined condition or conditions. A supplemental camera may be employed to detect if a single DVD in its case is being placed proximate the return slot by the user. Help screens are employed as part of the above described system to reduce potential customer frustration from returning a DVD to the wrong DVD rental kiosk and the like.05-24-2012
20120127308Computer-Implemented System And Method For Providing Gun Shot Detection Through A Centralized Parking Services Server - A computer-implemented system and method for providing gun shot detection through a centralized parking services server is provided. Smart parking devices are physically proximate parking spaces. Acoustic sensors are deployed with at least one acoustic sensor in a smart parking device. Vehicle occupancy sensors and parking availability indicators are associated with the parking spaces. Parking space occupancy is sensed through the nearest vehicle occupancy sensor. Use of the parking space is processed based on an identity of a driver. Potential gunshots are detected by aurally monitoring ambient sounds in the service region through the acoustic sensors. The potential gunshots are identified by evaluating the ambient sounds for sound characteristics of gunfire and triangulating the ambient sounds relative to the locations of the acoustic sensor comprised in one of the smart parking devices and at least one other of the acoustic sensors. Finally, an alert is generated for the potential gunshot.05-24-2012
20120127306SECURITY VIDEO DETECTION OF PERSONAL DISTRESS AND GESTURE COMMANDS - A method and apparatus for operating a security system. The method includes the steps of the security system monitoring a secured area, a video camera obtaining images of the secured area, detecting at least one person within the obtained images and identifying a predetermined context associated with the identified at least one person within the obtained images.05-24-2012
20120162419Method and Apparatus for Yoga Class Imaging and Streaming - The ability to view and participate in various types of instructional classes, including Yoga, remotely and on-demand has become increasingly popular and accessible. However, participating in instructional classes off-site does not replicate the same experience as participating in an instructional class on-site, live with an instructor. The claimed system and method allow the viewer participant to view and take part in an instructional class from any location and at any time without compromising the viewer's ability to experience a participatory class experience. The system and method place the instructor at the head of the classroom with live-participants arranged between the instructor and the camera with a direct line of sight between the camera and the instructor allowing for the viewer participant to have unobstructed views while simultaneously allowing for the viewer participant to have live participants in the periphery, as if the viewer was attending a live class.06-28-2012
20120162418NETWORK CAMERA AND METHOD FOR CHANGING IMAGE SENSOR OF SAME - A network camera includes a mainboard system and an audio/video capture system. The mainboard system includes a system-on-chip. The system-on-chip is configured for encoding video files captured by the network camera. The audio/video capture system includes an image sensor, a bus switch, and a voltage level switch. The bus switch is interconnected between the system-on-chip and the image sensor. The bus switch has an on state where the system-on-chip is electrically connected to the image sensor and an off state where the system-on-chip is not electrically connected to the image sensor. The voltage level switch is electrically connected to the system-on-chip, and has a high voltage level state and a low voltage level state. The system-on-chip is capable of sending instructions to turn the bus switch on or off according to the state of the voltage level switch.06-28-2012
20120162421POWER-LINE COMMUNICATION BASED SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM - A surveillance system configured for communicating with video cameras and other devices connected over a power-line communication network, such as within a residence, or alternatively a commercial building. The system may be manufactured and installed at low cost without the need to route individual cables to each surveillance video camera or device. Bandwidth within the power-line communication network is preferably dynamically allocated to device streams by a server in response to predetermined and event-driven priorities. By way of example, remote communication is supported for allowing remote access to surveillance data and control of the surveillance system. The system may be implemented as a standalone unit or integrated within existing forms of electronics equipment, such as consumer electronics equipment including a television set, a set-top box, or other forms of video-enabled equipment that is adapted for performing power-line network communication.06-28-2012
20120162417SECURITY CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD THEREOF, COMPUTER READABLE MEDIA AND COMPUTER READABLE PROGRAM PRODUCT - The present invention discloses a security surveillance system and a method thereof, a computer readable storage media and a computer program product. The security surveillance system comprises a surveillance host and an electrical apparatus. The surveillance host could send a monitoring data of a period of a first event occurs to the electrical apparatus through the network when the first event occurs. While the electrical apparatus is playing the monitoring data and a second event occurs, the electrical apparatus switches directly to play the real-time monitoring data corresponding to the second event sent from the surveillance host, so as to achieve the purpose of grasping the site situation immediately.06-28-2012
20100208069AUTOMATED UPLOAD OF CONTENT BASED ON CAPTURED EVENT - Systems and methods for automatically capturing, uploading, and publishing content. The system may include one or more monitoring modules for providing captured content to a remote site.08-19-2010
20100208067METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING AN OVERTRAVEL TIME OF A MACHINE - An apparatus for determining an overtravel time of a machine, which has a moveable machine part and an optoelectronic protection device, has a light source designed to produce a defined light spot. The protection device for the machine comprises a camera having an observation area in which at least one protection zone having a protection zone boundary is defined. The protection device produces a stop signal when an object enters the protection zone. The light spot simulates an object within the protection zone. The light source is supported by a support element designed to position the light source in the area of the protection zone boundary. An evaluation and control unit of the apparatus is designed to switch on the light source at a defined starting time, and to determine a time interval between the defined starting time and the reception of a stop signal.08-19-2010
20100208065DEVICE FOR PRESENTING VISUAL INFORMATION - The invention relates to an arrangement and a method for presenting visual information. The arrangement comprises a direction detector (08-19-2010
20100208066IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS - An image processing apparatus includes an AFE circuit which repeatedly fetches an object scene image in synchronization with a vertical synchronization signal outputted from an SG. An image-data processing circuit cuts out an object scene image belonging to a cut-out area, out of the object scene image fetched by the AFE circuit, and performs an output process on the cut-out object scene image. A CPU changes a size of the cut-out area in a direction opposite to a fluctuating direction of a magnitude of a frequency of the vertical synchronization signal.08-19-2010
20110181718USER-VIEW OUTPUT SYSTEM AND METHOD - Disclosed are a user view output system and method. The user view output system for outputting a screen from a user's point of view includes a data reception unit configured to receive data to be outputted to a screen, a camera placed at a user's point of view, a viewing angle control unit configured to control an output of the camera so that the output corresponds to the user's field of view, and a user view output unit configured to output an image, captured by the camera, to the screen on the basis of the data.07-28-2011
20110181719NETWORK CAMERA SYSTEM AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFORE - A network camera system is provided that detects an occurrence of a condition change at a periphery of an image pickup apparatus, obtains a direction of the detected condition change, and notifies a user of the occurrence of the condition change and a direction of the condition change on a display of a terminal device.07-28-2011
20110181717INCLINED IMAGE CAPTURE DEVICE AND FACIAL RECOGNITION SYSTEM - An inclined image capture device is provided, comprising an inclined means and a camera lens, wherein the inclined means has an interface which forms an inclined angle to the horizontal plane, and wherein the camera lens is fixed to the interface with its axis is tilted upward. Also, a facial recognition system is provided, comprising an inclined image capture device, a facial recognition cell and an output device.07-28-2011
20110181716VIDEO SURVEILLANCE ENHANCEMENT FACILITATING REAL-TIME PROACTIVE DECISION MAKING - A proactive surveillance enhancement system and method that gives an operator an overview of a surveillance area while simultaneously allowing the operator to focus on specific details in the surveillance area. The operator is used to make decisions about what activity, object, and persons in the surveillance area warrant further investigation. Embodiments of the system and method include one or more overview cameras, which provide an overview of the surveillance area, and a pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) camera, which provides detailed video as directed by the operator. Embodiments of the system and method display to the operator an overview video feed (as captured by the overview camera) and the inspection video feed (as captured by the PTZ camera) in a graphical user interface. The operator is able to control the PTZ camera from both the overview video feed and the inspection video feed.07-28-2011
20100194883CONFIGURATION MODULE FOR A SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM, SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM, METHOD FOR CONFIGURING THE SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM - The invention relates to surveillance systems, for example, video surveillance systems, used to observe at least one region to be monitored, surveillance cameras being oriented towards the areas to be monitored. The video images recorded by the surveillance cameras are frequently transmitted to a central unit, for example a central surveillance station, and evaluated by surveillance personnel or in an automated manner. The invention also relates to a configuration module (08-05-2010
20120162420VEHICLE-MOUNTED CAMERA - A vehicle-mounted camera includes an imaging device, and a light-transmitting window and a reflection device adjoining to each other in a first direction. The imaging device is configured to assume a first posture in which the light-transmitting window occupies a greater proportion of an imaging range of the imaging device than the reflection device and a second posture in which the reflection device occupies a greater proportion of the imaging range than in the first posture.06-28-2012
20120162416STOPPED OBJECT DETECTION - A video surveillance system includes: an input configured to receive indications of images each comprising a plurality of pixels; a memory; and a processing unit communicatively coupled to the input and the memory and configured to: analyze the indications of the images; compare the present image with a short-term background image stored in the memory; compare the present image with a long-term background image stored in the memory; provide an indication in response to an object in the present image being disposed in a first location in the present image, in a second location in, or absent from, the short-term background image, and in a third location in, or absent from, the long-term background image, where the first location is different from both the second location and the third location.06-28-2012
20120212609REMOTE CONTROLLED STUDIO CAMERA SYSTEM - A system for remotely controlling a camera is disclosed. The system includes five major subsystems; a first subsystem collocated with the camera; a second subsystem which serves as a gateway between the camera and the third subsystem; a third subsystem to remotely monitor the studio and control the camera; a fourth subsystem located at the destination of the video stream; and a fifth subsystem to receive and re-transmit a video control stream. This system allows the camera to be monitored and controlled by one location, while the primary video stream is transmitted to a different location. In some embodiments, the control video stream is a lower bandwidth signal than the primary video stream. Furthermore, the fifth subsystem is capable of receiving and re-transmitting control video streams from a plurality of cameras simultaneously. The second subsystem allows remote access to the first subsystem, based on approved credentials.08-23-2012
20090059002METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROCESSING VIDEO FRAME - A surveillance video processing method including selecting at least one target object from a surveillance area, capturing image information of the surveillance area, detecting motion has occurred in the surveillance area using the captured image information, extracting feature data of an object causing the detected motion, comparing the extracted feature data of the object causing the detected motion and feature data of the at least one target object, and determining whether or not to perform a recording operation for recording the captured image information based on a result of the comparing step.03-05-2009
20090059001Remote-control door viewer surveillance system - A remote-control door viewer surveillance system includes a door viewer holding a lens assembly in the door panel of a house, an image sensor for picking up image signals through the lens assembly, an image processing circuit for processing image signals received from the image sensor into digital image signals, a monitor for displaying images of digital image signals outputted by the image processing circuit, a communication module for transmitting digital image signals outputted by the image processing circuit to the user's mobile phone, a memory for storing digital image signals outputted by the image processing circuit for further review, and a TCP/IP equipment for transmitting the digital image signal outputted by the image processing circuit to a computer at a predetermined IP address for monitoring and storage.03-05-2009
20090059003MONITORING CAMERA - A monitoring camera capable of preventing light interference from occurring in a capturing unit due to light diffusely reflected from a covering member. The monitoring camera can include an image capturing unit; a lighting unit to emit light in a capturing direction of the capturing unit and to illuminate a monitoring area; a covering member to cover the capturing unit and the lighting unit; and a light guide unit, mounted in the capturing unit, to guide the light diffusely reflected from the covering member so the light does not enter the capturing unit.03-05-2009
20120169872METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DETECTING DURESS - The system and method is an analysis video to determine if a person is displaying a pre-determined position indicating that he/she is being held or forced to act under duress. The system takes a digital video image and compares the image to a library of video duress patterns. If a duress pattern is recognized, then the system notifies another party of the situation, such as a security officer.07-05-2012
20120169871Multi-Resolution Image Display - An image display method includes: receiving, from a single camera, first and second image information for first and second captured images captured from different perspectives, the first image information having a first data density; selecting a portion of the first captured image for display with a higher level of detail than other portions of the first captured image, the selected portion corresponding to a first area of the first captured image; displaying the selected portion in a first displayed image, using a second data density relative to the selected portion of the first captured image; and displaying another portion of the first captured image, in a second displayed image, using a third data density; where the another portion of the first captured image is other than the selected portion of the first captured image; and where the third data density is lower than the second data density.07-05-2012
20120169870OPTICAL COMPENSATION IN SURVEILLANCE DOMES - Techniques are discussed for correcting optical aberrations that exist in surveillance domes that have spherical and non-spherical parts. For example, the image quality of a surveillance camera is reduced when it focuses on an object through a non-spherical base of a surveillance dome. This image quality reduction could potentially compromise the security of the area monitored by the surveillance camera by failing to provide enough detail to identify individuals or other objects of interest. Utilizing a corrective optical element to provide curvature to a wavefront that travels through the non-spherical base, however, helps preserve the image quality of the camera and thereby helps maintain the integrity of the surveillance system.07-05-2012
20120176496DETECTING AND MONITORING EVENT OCCURENCES USING FIBER OPTIC SENSORS - An event within a surveilled area, a physically bounded region, can be detected in real-time. The event can be outside the field of view of a camera associated with the surveilled area. The event can be detected by a fiber optic sensor within the surveilled area which can measure an event metrics. Event information associated with the event can be received which can include a timing information, a sensor measurement, and a location information. An adjustment operation associated with the camera can be determined utilizing a mapping and the event location. The adjustment operation can be associated with a camera functionality and an adjustment value. The mapping can include a camera identification value, a camera location, and a field of view dimension. The field of view of the camera can be adjusted dynamically which can result in the location of the event being within the field of view.07-12-2012
20120075469INTERNET VISUAL SURVEILLANCE AND MANAGEMENT TECHNOLOGY FOR TELECOMMUNICATIONS, INTERNET, CELLULAR AND OTHER COMMUNICATIONS COMPANIES - A visual surveillance system includes a plurality of surveillance gathering devices, a command and control server operatively connected to each of the plurality of surveillance gathering devices through the Internet, and one or more wireless devices operatively connected to the command and control server through the Internet. The command and control server is programmed to provide wireless control and real-time monitoring of the plurality of surveillance gathering devices at the one or more wireless devices.03-29-2012
20120075468SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM AND METHOD - A surveillance method monitors a monitored area using a monitoring station. The monitoring station in electronic communication with an actuator, an image capture device, and a plurality of motion sensors. The presence of motion in the monitored area is detected in real-time using the motion sensors. When the motion is detected, a target region in the monitored area where the motion is detected is determined, and a control signal is sent to the actuator according to the target region to control the image capture device to aim at the target region using the actuator. Real-time images of the target region are captured, and stored in a storage system of the monitoring station.03-29-2012
20120075467IMAGE CAPTURE DEVICE AND METHOD FOR TRACKING MOVING OBJECT USING THE SAME - A method for tracking a moving object using an image capture device captures a plurality of images of a monitored scene using a lens module of the image capture device, and detects a moving object in the monitored scene from the captured images. The method further determines movement data of the image capture device according to movement data of the moving object, and controls the image capture device to move along a rail system to track the moving object according to the movement data of the image capture device.03-29-2012
20120075466REMOTE VIEWING - In one aspect, a method of remote viewing includes receiving a location on a projection screen illuminated by an infrared pointer, moving a pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) camera to an area corresponding to the location on the projection screen illuminated by the infrared pointer and rendering the image from the PTZ camera to a display of an optical device comprising the infrared pointer.03-29-2012
20100271478APPARATUS FOR PLAYING BACK RECORDED VIDEO IMAGES RELATED TO EVENT,AND METHOD THEREOF - An apparatus includes a recording unit configured to record a video image, a generation unit configured to generate, when a first type of event in which a state of an object changes is detected from the video image, an index associating the first type and a second type of event related to the first type in the video image, and a playback unit configured to play back, when the first type is specified, a video image concerning the second type corresponding to the specified first type based on the index.10-28-2010
20110096164DOME CAMERA - A dome camera (04-28-2011
20120249785SIGNAL PROCESSOR AND SIGNAL PROCESSING METHOD - According to one embodiment, a signal processor includes: a plurality of loudspeakers configured to reproduce sound of a plurality of channels; a plurality of microphones configured to pick up sound of a plurality of channels; a detector configured to detect a user who is present in a direction of a space from which the microphones pick up the sound, and output directional characteristic information indicating a relative direction of the user to the loudspeakers; and a signal processor configured to switch contents of processing to reduce a disturbance signal included in a picked-up sound signal of the sound picked up by the microphones from the picked-up sound signal based on the relative direction indicated by the directional characteristic information.10-04-2012
20120249784METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DIGITAL VIDEO LATENCY REDUCTION BY REAL-TIME WARPING - In one aspect, video latency reduction by real-time warping is described. In one aspect, an original geometric image model of a digital video frame is adjusted according to a video frame latency, to form an adjusted geometric image model. A geometric image model may represent a field of view from a remote camera used to capture the digital video frame. The adjusted geometric image model may be overlaid onto the original geometric image model to capture a warped image. In one aspect the warped image is re-projected according to the adjusted geometric image model to form a re-projected image. The re-projected image may then be displayed to approximate a real-time field of view from a camera used to capture the digital video frame. In one aspect, an attitude and runway alignment of an unmanned aerial vehicle may be controlled using a displayed, re-projected image. Other aspects are described and claimed.10-04-2012
20120249790SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR COUNTING PEOPLE NEAR EXTERNAL WINDOWED DOORS - A system for counting objects, such as people, crossing an area includes a camera configured for capturing video images along a surface in the area. The surface includes a plurality of detectable features on the surface. A user interface allows an individual to define a region where object detection is desire. A processor processes the images and counts a detected object in the region when criteria for counting are satisfied.10-04-2012
20120249788IMAGE MONITORING SYSTEM AND IMAGE MONITORING PROGRAM - Disclosed herein is an image monitoring system including: a camera connected to a network; display means for displaying an image captured by the camera; and display control means for controlling display such that, in displaying images by the display means, an image is displayed in a window having a predetermined layout; wherein the display control means presets an allocation database containing a correlation between the window having a predetermined layout and a camera identification code and, when the camera is connected to the network, automatically sets a correlation between the camera identification code in the allocation database and the camera, thereby controlling image display into the window on the basis of the allocation database.10-04-2012
20100007733Optical surveillance device - The invention proposes an optical monitoring device for monitoring the activity of a tool in a monitoring area, having at least one camera (01-14-2010
20100007730Surveillance Display Apparatus, Surveillance System, and Control Method Thereof - The present invention discloses a surveillance display apparatus including a touch control area or a control area with a graphical user interface (GUI) for adjusting a monitored image, and the surveillance display apparatus receives the monitored image captured by different image capturing devices (such as a digital video recorder and a video switch, etc), and uses the graphical user interface to control or adjust each monitored image, and improve the traditional adjusting or control method that requires a special keyboard controller.01-14-2010
20100007732Image, sound, and sensor data capture apparatus embedded into display apparatus - Although the webcam and microphones have been available for computer systems, beginning sometime before 2000, as separate devices and later embedded into computer housings, there has not been an attempt to embed the technology directly into the display itself. This invention attempts to resolve that issue and relates to image, sound, and sensor data capture apparatuses that are physically embedded directly into the display apparatus—not the housing.01-14-2010
20120314064ABNORMAL BEHAVIOR DETECTING APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREOF, AND VIDEO MONITORING SYSTEM - The disclosure provides abnormal behavior detecting apparatus and method. The apparatus may include: an extracting device configured to extract, from a video segment to be detected, an image block sequence containing a plurality of image blocks corresponding to a moving range of an object in each image frame in the video segment; a feature calculating device configured to calculate motion vector features of the image block sequence; and an abnormal behavior detecting device comprising two or more stages of classifiers that are connected in series. The classifiers are configured to receive the image block sequence and the motion vector features stage by stage and detect the abnormal behavior of the object. If a previous stage of classifier determines that the to image block sequence contains an abnormal behavior, a next stage of classifier further receives and detects the image block sequence, until last stage of classifier.12-13-2012
20120314067INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE, TERMINAL DEVICE, INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, METHOD OF CONTROL OF INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE, CONTROL PROGRAM, AND COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM WHEREUPON THE PROGRAM IS RECORDED12-13-2012
20120314065IMAGING SYSTEM FOR PRODUCING AN IMAGE HAVING AT LEAST ONE DISTORTED ZONE - There is provided an imaging system for producing an image of a scene, the image having at least one distorted zone, the imaging system comprising image producing means for producing an image of the scene; optical means for orienting light from the scene towards the image producing means, the optical means having a base optical power, the optical means being configurable to form at least one modified portion, each one of the at least one modified portion having a modified optical power different from the base optical power to thereby create at least one distorted zone on the image; and control means operatively connected to the optical means for changing the configuration of the optical means for forming the at least one modified portion. The imaging system may be reversible and provided instead as a scanning system.12-13-2012
20120314063THREAT BASED ADAPTABLE NETWORK AND PHYSICAL SECURITY SYSTEM - A security system for a network, including a security system interface configured to respond to a received threat level, and a computing module configured to determine whether the received threat level exceeds a threshold value assigned to the network, wherein the network is modified upon a determination that the threat level exceeds the threshold value. Further including similar threat based modification security system for monitoring communication and physical facilities. Where a threat level is compared against assigned threshold values to determine if physical security devices should be activated or communications systems disabled.12-13-2012
20120257054VISUAL MONITORING DEVICE10-11-2012
20120257053IMMORTAL BACKGROUND MODES - A method and system for updating a visual element model of a scene model associated with a scene captured in an image sequence. The visual element model includes a set of mode models for a visual t corresponding to a location of the scene. The method identifies a first mode model from the set of mode models for the visual element model as a candidate deletion mode model. The method then removes the identified candidate deletion mode model from the set of mode models for the visual element model, to update the visual element model for the video sequence, when a first temporal attribute associated with the candidate deletion mode model satisfies a first threshold and a second temporal attribute associated with a second mode model in the set of mode models satisfies a second threshold (T10-11-2012
20120257051VERSATILE WIRELESS VIDEO AND VOICE MONITOR - A method for capturing data comprising at least one of video and audio from a camera comprising a transmitter and receiver integrated with the camera, wherein the camera outputs data to a first local device in a first communication format and wherein the camera simultaneously outputs data in a second different communication format.10-11-2012
20120188369Astronomy Camera with Real Time Image Viewing and Method of Use - An astronomy camera with a CMOS detector with non-destructive read capability displays images of a scene being captured as the image is exposed. The apparatus has a detector with non-destructive read capability which allows data to be read out without resetting the detector to provide a user with updated images as the image is being exposed. This enables users to save the images at various states of the exposure and to end the exposure at will.07-26-2012
20110115910IMAGE PROCESSING OCCUPANCY SENSOR - A system and method of detecting occupants in a building automation system environment using image based occupancy detection and position determinations. In one example, the system includes an image processing occupancy sensor that detects the number and position of occupants within a space that has controllable building elements such as lighting and ventilation diffusers. Based on the position and location of the occupants, the system can finely control the elements to optimize conditions for the occupants, optimize energy usage, among other advantages.05-19-2011
20120257052ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND METHOD FOR DETECTING ABNORMITIES OF IMAGE CAPTURING DEVICE - In a method for detecting an abnormity of an image capturing device, an image of a monitored area is captured, and an image texture of the image is calculated according to the image. When a count of image textures recorded in a history record list is greater than a predetermined value, the method compares the image texture with at least two image textures recorded in the history record list, to determine whether the image is abnormal. If the image is abnormal, the method increments an abnormity record value of the image capturing device by a value of one. Once the abnormity record value is equal to an alert value, the method generates an alarm to warn of an abnormity of the image capturing device.10-11-2012
20120081548METHOD, DEVICE, AND SYSTEM FOR PERFORMING COLOR ENHANCEMENT ON WHITEBOARD COLOR IMAGE - Disclosed are a device, a method, and a system for enhancing color. The device comprises a unit used to extract a foreground portion from a whiteboard color image to serve as whiteboard contents; a unit used to stretch R, G, and B channel values of each of a plurality of foreground pixels forming the whiteboard contents; a unit used to adjust color tone of each of the foreground pixels; a unit used to adjust a ratio of color saturation degree to color intensity of each of the foreground pixels so as to cause the ratio to approach a ratio expectation value; and a unit used to increase the color saturation degree and the color intensity of each of the foreground pixel so as to cause the two to approach a color saturation degree expectation value and a color intensity expectation value I04-05-2012
20120262576Method And System For A Network Of Multiple Live Video Sources - A system and a method operate a network of multiple live video sources. The system may include (i) a device server for communicating with one or more of the video sources each providing a video stream; (ii) an application server to allow controlled access of the network by qualified web clients; and (iii) a streaming server which, under direction of the application server, routes the video streams from the one or more video sources to the qualified web clients.10-18-2012
20120262574ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME - An electronic device is provided comprising a camera that obtains an image, and a controller that provides a first control right to a first object included in the obtained image, sets a virtual region including the first object and following a location of the first object, and provides a second control right to a second object when the second object enters into the virtual region.10-18-2012
20120262575SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR VALIDATING VIDEO SECURITY INFORMATION - A method is provided in one example and includes receiving video data captured by a camera at a location; comparing a portion of the video data to security information characteristics stored in a policy; and identifying a violation of the policy when the portion of the video data does not match at least one of the security information characteristics stored in the policy. In more particular instances, the method can include triggering an alert when the violation of the policy is identified.10-18-2012
20120229630SECURITY SYSTEM AND METHOD - A computing system displays current real-time images of an area monitored by a camera. The computing system includes a motion detection unit. The motion detection unit determines a number of varied pixels in the real-time image compared with a previous image, and to determine a ratio of pixels of the number of the varied pixels to a total number of pixels in the real-time image. If the ratio is greater than a predefined number, the computing system increments an abnormal pixel count by one. If the abnormal pixel count is greater than a maximum abnormal pixel number, the computing system starts an alarm device connected to the computing system.09-13-2012
20120229638Video Monitoring System and Control Method Thereof - The present invention discloses a video monitoring system and a control method thereof, wherein the method includes: a signaling interface gateway respectively receiving a control signaling from a digital video monitoring system and/or an analog video monitoring system; and respectively converting the control signaling from the digital video monitoring system and/or the control signaling from the analog video monitoring system via the signaling interface gateway. The method and system of the present invention enable the analog video monitoring system and the digital video monitoring system to control each other and use each other's resources.09-13-2012
20120229636IMAGE CODING METHOD AND DECODING METHOD, IMAGE CODING APPARATUS AND DECODING APPARATUS, CAMERA, AND IMAGING DEVICE - An image coding method includes: a predictive pixel generation step of generating a predictive value from at least one surrounding pixel located near a compression target pixel; a code conversion step of code-converting the pixel data to generate a Gray code; and quantizing bit change information (exclusive OR) between the generated Gray code and a Gray code of the predictive value to a quantization value, to compress the pixel data. This prevents significant image quality degradation, so that high image quality can be achieved.09-13-2012
20120229631VENDOR AND SCANNER INDEPENDENT COMMON WORKSTATION FOR SECURITY - A vendor and scanner independent common workstation (CW) for security, as discussed above, including the abilities to: plug into any existing, past or future scanners; utilize expedited bag-check, bag-search and remote monitor/view features; and scroll the display of the CW so that the “re-scan” operation may not necessarily be performed on the CW display, for instance.09-13-2012
20120229629SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR QUICK OBJECT VERIFICATION - Systems and methods for identifying an appearance of an object in a video stream, include receiving, in real-time, an indication of an area of interest, from a user, within a frame of a video stream. The area of interest may include an image of an object. Automatically analyzing the characteristics of the area of interest, finding a frame in which the object first appears in time in the video stream and displaying to the user the video stream starting from the frame in which the object first appears.09-13-2012
20120229635Method and Apparatus for Making a Virtual Movie for Use in Exploring a Site - Methods, systems, and computer storage mediums are disclosed for producing an interactive virtual movie which simulates the walking of a user within a real site and exploring the same. An example method includes defining minimal conditions for the capturing a new photograph. A photograph is captured each time the apparatus exceeds one of the predefined minimal conditions, wherein the measurements of the variables is reset after each capturing. The method also includes forming open chains of photographs captured during a common route photographing session, and closed chains of photographs captured during a common junction photographing. For each photograph in a closed chain that relates to a junction, a corresponding similar photograph form an open chain is found and a link is formed between them.09-13-2012
20120229634METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MONITORING THE ACTIVITY OF A SUBJECT WITHIN SPATIAL TEMPORAL AND/OR BEHAVIORAL PARAMETERS - Methods and systems for monitoring a subject within a defined spatial environment in order to signal the activity status of subject within the environment to a remote user comprise providing a virtual representation and a virtual model of the subject and the environment respectively. The foregoing can be performed by a camera which is linked to a controller for translating the captured images into virtual versions. The activities of the subject are assigned activity statuses. Hence, assessing the activities of the virtual subject within the virtual environment and comparing this activity to previously assigned statuses provides for determining the activity status of the subject within the environment and communicating this information to a remote user via an interface linked to the controller.09-13-2012
20120229633Security System and Method for Network Equipment Rack Having Camera - A network equipment rack includes a first support and a second support spaced from the first support by a given distance, the first and second supports configured to support a plurality of modules in a space between the supports and each support including a plurality of openings. At least one network module is mounted in the rack between the first support and the second support and may include a plurality of ports configured to receive a connector. A camera panel is also mounted in the rack between the first support and the second support and includes a panel member having a first end connected to the first support and a second end connected to the second support and an aperture through the panel member between the first end and the second end and a camera mounted in the aperture.09-13-2012
20120229632MONITORING MODULE FOR MONITORING A PROCESS WITH AN ELECTRIC ARC - The invention relates to a monitoring module (09-13-2012
20080316308Method and Device for Programming an Image Acquisition System - Method and device for programming an image acquisition system including a camera having a field of vision and a processor of images taken by the camera, in order to define at least one detection area in the field of vision of the camera, in which a sending device (12-25-2008
20100321494COMPACT DOME CAMERA - A compact video capture system is provided with a folded optical assembly to reduce a relative system size while providing improved lens performance. The folded lens and optical assembly allow for an improved lens resolution and zoom capability while not overly restricting an F number in a compact dome camera. These compact video systems may be implemented in CCTV dome cameras or digital security cameras to improve image recording while being small enough to be discretely mounted. In one instance, the optical assembly includes a first lens system with a light gathering entrance oriented in a first optical axis direction, an image sensor configured to detect light gathered by the lens system oriented in a second optical axis direction, and an optical folding element disposed along the optical path to redirect light along the optical path by changing a traveling direction of the light.12-23-2010
20110122247SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM - A method of operating a surveillance system having a display unit configured to display a surveillance image includes acquiring the surveillance image from at least one acquisition device. The method also includes setting surveillance event that includes setting a desired surveillance object indicating an attribute of the surveillance event. Further, the method includes displaying the selected surveillance object with the acquired surveillance image on the display unit to indicate the set surveillance event and analyzing the acquired surveillance image to determine whether the set surveillance event has occurred. In addition, the method includes performing an indicating operation in the surveillance system in response to the occurrence of the set surveillance event.05-26-2011
20110122245FOREST FIRE CONTROL SYSTEMS (FFiCS) WITH SCANNER AND OPTICAL /INFRARED RADIATION DETECTOR (SOIRD) AND OPTIONALLY ALSO INCLUDING A SCANNER WITH ACCURATE LOCATION CALCULATOR (SALC) AND A SUPER-EFFICIENT SATELLITE/WIRELESS ANTENNA SYSTEM (SSWAS) - This application for patent for Forest Fire Control Systems (FFiCS) describes an invention for prevention and control of forest fires (FF). The system comprises strategically located Ignition Detection and Uplink Signaling Towers (IDUSTs), equipped with the Global Positioning System (GPS) and a suitable optical/infrared Scanner and Detector Assembly (SDA), to continually scan the forest region to instantly detect the onset of the initial flames and sparks of any fire (f/s) within the region. The SDA may optionally utilize a Scanner and Accurate Location Calculator (SALC). Upon detecting an f/s, the IDUST instantly transmits relevant data to a Regional Forest Fire Control System (RFFCC) via a suitable communications means, optionally utilizing the Super-Efficient Satellite and Wireless Antenna System (SSWAS). The RFFCC instantaneously transmits necessary information to area Forest Fire Control Field Stations (FFCFS), enabling them to immediately apply appropriate fire-quenching means to control the fire before it spreads.05-26-2011
20100328461Wireless Video Surveillance System and Method with Two-Way Locking of Input Capture Devices - A method for locking communication between at least one wireless input capture device ICD(s) and a corresponding digital input recorder (DIR) and/or another ICD, including the steps of providing base system; at least one user accessing the DIR via user interface either directly or remotely; the DIR and/or ICD searching for signal from the ICD(s) and establishing communication with them; and locking the ICDs to send wireless data exclusively to that DIR and/or ICD; and/or the DIR and/or ICD locking itself for exclusive communication with the locked ICDs, thereby providing a secure surveillance system for a target environment.12-30-2010
20100328460MASKING MODULE FOR A VIDEO SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM, METHOD FOR MASKING SELECTED OBJECTS, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM - In addition to the clear advantages of video monitoring systems for securing monitoring regions and optionally for following suspicious objects, there is the requirement to secure the private environments of people in the regions being monitored. A masking module (12-30-2010
20100328459ENCODING APPARATUS OF VIDEO SECURITY SYSTEM - An encoding apparatus of a video security system in which a stream to be stored in a storage medium and a stream to be transmitted through a network may be simultaneously or separately generated using one encoding chip. The encoding apparatus includes an image encoding unit which encodes an input image, received from a surveillance camera, selectively under at least one of an advanced video coding (AVC) scheme complying with an H.264/AVC standard to generate and store an AVC-encoded image in a storage medium, and a scalable video coding (SVC) scheme complying with the H.264/AVC standard to generate and transmit an SVC-encoded image to a network.12-30-2010
20080297600Monitor Device - A screen display section and a control section are formed as separate units, enabling the sections to be separated from each other and integrally assembled together through a rigid bracket. Further, the screen display section and the control section respectively independently have connector receiving spaces. By this construction, the screen display section and the control section can be separated from each other and integrated with each other when required, and even in bad weather, water drops do not enter into the insides of the screen display section and the control section and into the connector receiving spaces, which enables safe and easy separation operation and integration operation.12-04-2008
20080297599VIDEO DATA STORAGE, SEARCH, AND RETRIEVAL USING META-DATA AND ATTRIBUTE DATA IN A VIDEO SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM - One embodiment is a method of storing video data from a video surveillance system having one or more cameras. Video data is captured from one or more surveillance cameras. Meta-data is automatically generated by performing video analysis on the captured video data from the surveillance cameras. A human operator may manually enter additional meta-data. Attribute data and associated weights, representing information about the relevance of the meta-data, is received. The video data is stored in a hierarchical video storage area; the meta-data, indexed by date and time stamp to the video data, is stored in a meta-data storage area; and the attribute data is stored in an attribute storage area. One or more alerts may be issued based on the past and present meta-data. The video data is secured by encrypting and storing the video data remotely, and audit trails are generated about who and when viewed the video data.12-04-2008
20120320199NOTIFICATION SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR USE IN RETAIL ENVIRONMENTS - Embodiments herein include novel ways of alerting store personnel when various activities, events, conditions, etc., occur at the checkout in retail establishments.12-20-2012
20080278579APPARATUS, METHODS, AND SYSTEMS FOR INTELLIGENT SECURITY AND SAFETY - A method and system for intelligent monitoring and intelligent alerting. One or more data inputs are received from one or more systems. A weight is attributed to each data input based on the data input, the source of the data input, and other factors. One or more video inputs are received from one or more video sources. Image analysis is performed on the video data to determine one or more video parameters. The video parameters are assigned one or more weights based on the video source and other factors. A series of rules are evaluated using the data inputs, the video inputs, and their respective weights. An associated action is performed for each rule that is activated. The present invention may be used for various security and safety purposes, including fighting crime, detecting and preventing terrorist activity, and ensuring safety procedures are followed.11-13-2008
20120320200VIDEO FRAME SYNCHRONIZATION FOR A FEDERATION OF PROJECTORS USING CAMERA FEEDBACK - A method of audio and video synchronization may include capturing an image by each of a plurality of cameras. The images and audio may be compared with each other for synchronization.12-20-2012
20120320198IMAGING SENSOR BASED MULTI-DIMENSIONAL REMOTE CONTROLLER WITH MULTIPLE INPUT MODE - A method for generating a TV input command using a remote controller having an imaging sensor is presented. The method identifies the corners of a TV display screen from a graphical image captured by an imaging sensor of the remote controller. The method can then perform edge detection and segmentation of the graphical image using reference TV dimensions of the TV display screen to identify the pixel coordinates of the four corners of the TV display screen in the graphical image. The method can then map a camera center position in the pixel coordinates to virtual TV coordinates using a cross ratio algorithm, and then map a location of a cursor in the virtual TV coordinates to the coordinates of the TV display screen.12-20-2012
20110037851REMOTE CONTROL DEVICE AND REMOTE CONTROL METHOD USING THE SAME - A remote control device and method is provided. The remote control device and method provide a more intuitive and convenient user interface to a user. The remote control device and method allow a user to browse a plurality of contents provided by a target device and execute desired contents in the target device more intuitively and conveniently. The remote control device and method also allow a user to select an external device connected to a target device and execute contents, provided by the external device, in the target device more intuitively and conveniently.02-17-2011
20110037850SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM FOR MONITORING SECURITY PERSONNEL - A surveillance system for monitoring mental concentration of a worker, capable of being installed in a control room, includes:02-17-2011
20090167863Blackbody radiation referenced image capture of a moving object having transient light interference - A stroboscopic system for the purpose of capturing an image of a rapidly moving scene under low-light conditions but having widely varying interfering ambent light sources present, which sources vary with each video frame captured. The system includes a referencing method which removes the effects of the ambient light that would otherwise overlap the features of interest of the image being captured and would otherwise act to obscure the image.07-02-2009
20120268596Secure Implementation of Network-Based Sensors - Sensing apparatus includes a network camera, which is configured to capture images of a scene and to output a sequence of data packets containing digitized video data responsively to the images. A one-way link is coupled to the network camera so as to transmit the data packets from the network camera to a packet communication network.10-25-2012
20120268595REMOTE MONITORING APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREOF - The present invention provides a remote monitoring apparatus and method thereof. A short message sending unit is disposed in an image monitoring module used for detecting if the environment image is abnormal. When an abnormal environment image is detected, a corresponding monitoring message is produced. The short message sending unit produces an assigned short message according to the monitoring message produced by the image monitoring module and transmits the assigned short message to a short message server. The short message server then transmits the assigned short message to the corresponding mobile communication terminal via a network interface according to a user's name contained in the assigned short message. Accordingly, the present invention reduces the transmission platforms during the process a short message is sent from the image monitoring module to the mobile communication terminal, and thus reducing the delay of the short message and improving the efficiency of surveillance notification.10-25-2012
20120268592Processing Data of a User Performing an Athletic Activity to Estimate Energy Expenditure - Example embodiments may relate to a system, method, apparatus, and computer readable media configured for prompting a user to perform an exercise, monitoring form of the user while performing the exercise, and calculating an energy expenditure estimate for the user performing the exercise based on a type of the exercise and on the form of the user.10-25-2012
20120268598SECURITY DEVICE - A lenticular device includes an array of lenticular focusing elements located over a corresponding array of pairs of image strips such that, in a first viewing direction, a first image strip from each pair is viewed by respective ones of the lenticular focusing elements and, in a second viewing direction, different from the first, a second image strip from eachpair is viewed by respective ones of the lenticular focusing elements, One of each pair of image strips has portions defining a first image in a first colour and a second image in a second colour respectively, and the other of each pair of image strips has portions defining the first image in the second colour and the second image in the first colour respectively, whereby on tilting the device, a colour switch is observed between the first and second images.10-25-2012
20120268594METHOD FOR FINDING PATHS IN VIDEO - A system for detecting behavior of a target may include: a target detection engine, adapted to detect at least one target from one or more objects from a video surveillance system recording a scene; a path builder, adapted to create at least one mature path model from analysis of the behavior of a plurality of targets in the scene, wherein the at least one mature path model includes a model of expected target behavior with respect to the at least one path model; and a target behavior analyzer, adapted to analyze and identify target behavior with respect to the at least one mature path model. The system may further include an alert generator, adapted to generate an alert based on the identified behavior.10-25-2012
20120268589Motion Tracking - In one embodiment, one or more computing devices receive an identifying feature of a target entity, the identifying feature not requiring that the target entity to be in a line of sight of a camera for the camera to recognize the identifying feature; locate the target entity using the camera based on the identifying feature; and track the target entity using the camera based on the identifying feature.10-25-2012
20120268590EXTREME RANGE PHOTOGRAPHY USED TO COUNTER INSURGENCY (COIN) AND COUNTER IMPROVISED EXPLOSIVE DEVICES (CIED) - Provided is a system and method using extreme range photography for countering insurgency and improvised explosive devices. A weapons-mounted digital camera including a telephoto lens and a wireless communications interface in communication with a mobile computing device are employed to receive one or more images comprising one or more person. The image(s) are then processed, such as by using facial recognition software, to determine if corrective action is appropriate. A method of training personnel to use the system and method is also provided.10-25-2012
20120268591VIDEO PROCESSING APPARATUS AND VIDEO PROCESSING METHOD - One embodiment provides a video processing apparatus including: a sensor module configured to recognize a presence of a person; a video processor configured to output demo video relating to a function of the video processing apparatus; and a controller configured to control the video processor so that it starts outputting the demo video when the sensor module recognizes the presence of the person.10-25-2012
20120320196METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR REMOTELY CONTROLLING A LIVE TV PRODUCTION - According to some embodiments, methods, systems, apparatus, means and computer program products are provided which allow the remote production of live events by capturing, at a remote event site, event video data in a first time horizon. The event video data is compressed to a proxy of the event video data, and the proxy event video data is transmitted to a remote production facility. A switcher at the production facility is operated to generate commands to produce a proxy program using the proxy event video data. The commands are associated with a second time horizon delayed from the first time horizon. The commands are then transmitted to the remote event site to cause a shadow switcher to produce a cut program in third time horizon delayed from the second time horizon, where the cut program is produced using the event video data. The cut program is transmitted to the production facility, where additional data may be keyed into the cut program in a fourth time horizon, where the fourth time horizon delayed from the first, second and third time horizons. The resulting program is the broadcast program that can be broadcast and distributed.12-20-2012
20120320201DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS - A method of operating a data processing apparatus is provided. The method includes receiving video data; receiving a virtual test signal representative of a location of a virtual object; setting data representing the horizontal and vertical size of the virtual object dependent upon the location of the virtual object; overlaying the received video data with an image of the virtual object at locations determined from the virtual test signal to generate virtual test video data; and analysing the virtual test video data and generating an alarm signal based on an output signal generated by said analysis.12-20-2012
20110043630Image Processing Sensor Systems - An image processing sensor system functions as a standalone unit to capture images and process the resulting signals to detect objects or events of interest. The processing significantly improves selectivity and specificity of detection objects and events in a series of motions that may precede a patient who is at elevated risk of falling.02-24-2011
20110043628SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM - A surveillance system including a tracking module, a controller and a detection module is provided. The tracking module processes at least one first image frame that is acquired via a first camera to track an object in the at least one first image frame, and generate location information of the object being tracked. The controller generates a control signal based on the location information and transmits the control signal to a second camera to control the movement of the second camera. The detection module processes at least one second image frame that is acquired via the second camera to detect a feature part of the object being tracked.02-24-2011
20110043627Locative Video for Situation Awareness - An exemplary system and method are disclosed for providing a combined video stream with geospatial information. Embodiments use a visualization tool to synchronize information in a virtual camera with attributes, such as video frames, from a physical camera. Once the camera position information is supplied to the visualization tool, the visualization tool retrieves geospatial data, such as terrain features, man made features, and time sensitive event data, and transforms the camera position information into a coordinate system of the virtual camera. The visualization tool uses the coordinate system of the virtual camera to generate geospatial snapshots. Embodiments use locative video software to combine the video frames from the physical camera with the geospatial snapshots from the virtual camera to generate a combined video stream, which provides a single view of multiple types of data to enhance an operator's ability to conduct surveillance and analysis missions.02-24-2011
20120320202MECHANICAL DEVICE FOR SWITCHING AN OPTICAL LENS FILTER FOR A CAMERA - A camera having a mechanical device for selectively inserting an optical lens filter housed therein. The lens filter may be a day optical filter and a night optical filter selectively inserted into an optical path of the camera in accordance with light intensity and/or a signal from a user or timer. The device for switching an optical lens filter may include a series of gears and a filter bracket slidably disposed within a housing, which moves between a first position and a second position in order to selectively insert at least one optical lens filter into the optical path of the camera.12-20-2012
20120320197DRESSING ROOM REAR VIEW VIDEO SYSTEM - A dressing room rear-view video system having a video camera and display screen is provided. The display screen is on the same side as or integrated into the mirror and the camera is positioned in a corner or on a wall opposite the mirror. The video camera is a closed circuit camera in exclusive communication with the single display screen in the dressing room, and is configured to stream video images of the customer's rear end while they are trying on their clothes and looking in the mirror at their front view.12-20-2012
20100231714VIDEO PATTERN RECOGNITION FOR AUTOMATING EMERGENCY SERVICE INCIDENT AWARENESS AND RESPONSE - Video analysis capabilities can be integrated into an emergency response system and/or a video operations center (VOC) monitoring for emergency incidents. At least one computer program driven response action involving detecting patterns in video streams that comprise video of an incident can be performed. This response action can be directed to VOC personnel and/or to emergency response system personnel. Further, the response action can result in an automated responses to an emergency incident and/or to an alerting of humans monitoring video to focus on a particular video stream/incident. One such response action, which increases video capture activity at a geographic location of the incident, can occur responsive to a receipt of an emergency call by the emergency response system. Another response action can analyze at least one video stream of the geographic location and can automatically dispatch (in approximately real time) an emergency responder to the geographic location. Still another action can analyze the video stream of a geographic location, can determine a high likelihood of an emergency incident, and can provide an alert in a user interface of the emergency response system or a VOC. Video of the incident can also be provided in the user interface.09-16-2010
20100231713MONITORING CAMERA DEVICE - The present invention provides a monitoring camera apparatus which can measure camera installation height easily with a simple configuration. The monitoring camera apparatus includes a distance detecting unit and direction detecting unit. The distance detecting unit detects subject distance D to a subject using an autofocus function. The direction detecting unit detects a shooting direction θ of the imaging unit rotated by a rotating mechanism. A height calculating unit calculates camera installation height H by converting the detected subject distance D into vertical length using the shooting direction θ in which the subject distance D is detected.09-16-2010
20120086806ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND SECURITY METHOD OF ELECTRONIC DEVICE - An electronic device includes an operating unit, a behavioral information acquiring unit to acquire behavioral information of an operator as triggered by operation of the operating unit, a matching unit to match input matching information input by the operator against registered matching information, a recording unit to be recorded with the behavioral information, and a recording control unit to record, when the matching unit determines that the input matching information is not coincident with the registered matching information, the behavioral information in the recording unit.04-12-2012
20120086805SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING A SERVICE, SUCH AS A COMMUNICATION SERVICE - A system an method are provided for providing a service, such as telemonitoring, in particular via the Internet. The system includes a terminal device of a communication network having elements for establishing a connection with a service provider device through at least the communication network, and an application server able to receive a service request from the service provider device on the connection. Thus, the terminal device can make itself accessible to a service provider device as soon as it is put into service. Furthermore, the fact that the terminal device is at the initiative of the connection for this service secures access to the data of the terminal device relating to this service.04-12-2012
20120086804IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME - There is provided an imaging apparatus including a power generation unit which converts natural energy into electric energy and generates electric power, an imaging unit which captures a subject image and generates imaging data, a memory which stores the imaging data, a radio communication unit which transmits the imaging data stored in the memory, a control unit which controls operation of the imaging unit and of the radio communication unit, and a battery which is charged with the generated electric energy and supplies electric power to the imaging unit, the memory, the radio communication unit, and the control unit, where the control unit estimates a charge amount of the battery in the future based on average power generation of the power generation unit and changes operation of the imaging unit or of the radio communication unit, based on the charge amount in the future.04-12-2012
20110304732MONITORING CAMERA AND METHOD FOR ATTACHING MONITORING CAMERA - A monitoring camera (12-15-2011
20120327229Building Security System - A security system that can be used in a home, office, or other building in order to generate alarms or take other actions depending on conditions within the building. The security system may rely on sensors within the building which sense various conditions and collect other data. The information learned from the sensors can be communicated to a location outside the building for processing, such as, but not limited to, processing associated with a need to instigate an alarm.12-27-2012
20120327228MONITORING SYSTEM, MONITORING APPARATUS, AND MONITORING METHOD - When a plurality of sub-station monitoring apparatuses are controlled by a main station monitoring apparatus, if the sub-station monitoring apparatus detects a change of a plurality of events, the sub-station monitoring apparatus transmits information relating to the event such as the kind of change, the time of event occurrence, or the like to the main station monitoring apparatus instead of transmitting image data. The main station monitoring apparatus determines abnormality/normality of the occurred event, and requests the corresponding sub-station monitoring apparatus to transmit still image data or moving picture data when there is a possibility of abnormality, so as to monitor the event in detail.12-27-2012
20120327226METHOD AND SYSTEMS FOR PROVIDING VIDEO DATA STREAMS TO MULTIPLE USERS - A method for substantially simultaneously remote monitoring including receiving, at a server, one or more video data streams, and providing, from the server, the one or more video data streams to multiple users, each one of the multiple users being able to view and manipulate the one or more video data streams. Systems that implement the method are also disclosed.12-27-2012
20120327227PACKAGE INSPECTION APPARATUS - An inspection apparatus is provided for inspecting a package having a content wrapped with a translucent packaging sheet, the package having an outline including front and rear edges and two side edges and having a seal where the packaging sheet is sealed formed inside at least one of the front and rear edges. The inspection apparatus includes a lighting disposed on one side of a gap across which the package is to be conveyed from an upstream conveyor mechanism to a downstream conveyor mechanism, a camera disposed on the other side of the gap, and an image processor for processing an image captured by the camera. The image processor is capable of obtaining a strip-shaped partial image including the seal from an entire image of the package, thereby enabling determination of whether a foreign substance is present in the partial image.12-27-2012
20120327225SURVEILLANCE CAMERA WITH WIRELESS COMMUNICATION AND CONTROL CAPABILITY - A camera and a remote device wirelessly communicate data and commands over a first channel using respective wireless transceivers. The wireless transceiver of the camera is normally operated in a sleep mode. The remote device transmits a wake up signal on a second channel to a receiver in the camera, wherein the wireless transceiver in the camera is woken and communication is established over the first channel. The wireless unit on the camera is removably coupled thereto so that the cameras can operate with or without the unit.12-27-2012
20120092495OBJECT DETECTION APPARATUS, OBJECT DETECTION METHOD, MONITORING CAMERA SYSTEM AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An object detection apparatus comprising: an extraction unit adapted to extract a feature amount for each of partial regions that constitute image data; a storage unit adapted to store, as a background feature amount for each of the partial regions, a feature amount extracted in advance from background image data and does not include the target object; a first determination unit adapted to determine whether or not the partial region is an object region including the target object by comparing a current feature amount extracted from the partial region with the background feature amount; a deciding unit adapted to decide a parameter for each of the partial regions based on a plurality of results of determination; and a second determination unit adapted to determine whether or not the partial region is the object region based on the parameter and the results of determination.04-19-2012
20120092493MONITORING SYSTEM - In order to provide a monitoring system for performing monitoring efficiently using a small number of cameras in accordance with a crowded degree in a target region, a monitoring system, comprising: a movable monitoring camera; and a controlling unit for controlling the monitoring camera, wherein the controlling unit detects a target object in a target region, calculates a crowded degree of the target objects in the target region, moves the monitoring camera to a position of the target object so as to monitor the target object if the crowded degree is small, and makes the monitoring camera round so as to monitor the target objects if the crowded degree is large is provided.04-19-2012
20120092492MONITORING TRAFFIC FLOW WITHIN A CUSTOMER SERVICE AREA TO IMPROVE CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE - A region within a field of view of a video stream associated with an Internet Protocol (IP) camera can be identified. The region can be associated with one or more logical boundaries which can correspond to one or more physical boundaries within a customer service area of a place of business. The customer service area can be a domain in which a customer interacts with a business product and/or a business service. A customer crossing a logical boundary of the customer service area can be detected in real-time. The detecting can be performed by a directional tripwire analytics which can comprise of an object tracking algorithm, a face detection functionality, and/or a shape detection procedure. The traffic flow associated with the region can be programmatically determined which can include flow density, flow rate, and flow speed.04-19-2012
20120092496MONITORING CAMERA APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR MONITORING CAMERA APPARATUS - A monitoring camera apparatus including a processing unit configured to process a video image input by an imaging unit, an upload control unit configured to upload the video image processed by the processing unit to a server via a network, a setting unit configured to set a parameter for the imaging unit to perform imaging or a processing parameter for the processing unit, and a transmission control unit configured to stop uploading of the processed video image to the server when the setting unit is in use.04-19-2012
20120287270SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MEASURING GHG EMISSIONS ASSOCIATED TO BIOPRODUCT INDUSTRY - The method and system hereby described allows the calculation and determination of GHG emissions produced during the generation of bioproduct from different source materials. The method comprises capturing, processing and handling different parameters and data related to GHG emissions associated to every single process needed to produce bioproduct and the delivery of said bioproduct, in order to generate a total GHG emissions value by means of applying formulae to the captioned and processed isolated data referred to GHG emissions of every process.11-15-2012
20120287271INTELLIGENT SECURITY LIGHT AND ASSOCIATED METHODS - A lighting device capable of detecting a condition in an environment includes a sensor to capture a video frame from a location in the environment. The lighting device may include a microcontroller, a processor and memory. The sensor may be electrically connected to the microcontroller, and the video frame may be transmitted to the microcontroller as data. The lighting device may also include a light source electrically connected to and controlled by the microcontroller and a rules engine stored in the memory. The processor may compare the data to rules contained in the rules engine to produce an output. The lighting device may further include an interface through which the output is accessible. After an analysis is conducted, an output may be generated responsive to detection of an anomaly.11-15-2012
20100214408Image Processing Sensor Systems - An image processing sensor system functions as a standalone unit to capture images and process the resulting signals to detect objects or events of interest. The processing significantly improves selectivity and specificity of detection objects and events.08-26-2010
20120140069SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR GATHERING VIEWERSHIP STATISTICS AND PROVIDING VIEWER-DRIVEN MASS MEDIA CONTENT - Systems and methods of gathering viewership statistics on viewers of mass media content and providing content based on identified characteristics of viewers. One embodiment includes a content distribution space, a content item, and an audience measurement system having a camera, and a processing unit. The audience measurement system can identify characteristics of viewers of an audience and gather statistics, including, but not limited to, how many views of the content item, how long each view is, and the number of opportunities to see (OTSs). The identified characteristics of the viewers of the audience can be used to identify a content item to present on the content distribution space.06-07-2012
20120140068Medical Situational Awareness System - The visual condition of a patient is monitored by defining a an authorized patient zone, placing a video camera in a location to capture a visual image of the patient zone, defining a base visual image of the patient zone, monitoring the visual image at a remote location, identifying any change in the captured image from the base visual image, and generating an alert in the event a change is detected. Certain changes in the zone may occur without generating an alert. Authorized personnel may enter and leave the zone without generating an alert. In a typical application the system for practicing the method is networked based for providing medical appliance data directly to key personnel at a standard computer station. The system also includes video monitoring in real-time or near real-time, providing visual as well as technical monitoring of the patient wherever he is located. In one aspect of the invention, the system is IP based, permitting access to the information anywhere on the World Wide Web.06-07-2012
20120140067High Definition Imaging Over Legacy Surveillance and Lower Bandwidth Systems - A video apparatus with high-resolution imaging device capable of producing standard or lower resolution images from a random or selected and variable region of viewing area.06-07-2012
20120140066VIDEO SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM BASED ON GAUSSIAN MIXTURE MODELING WITH TWO-TYPE LEARNING RATE CONTROL SCHEME - To construct a video surveillance system, the Gaussian mixture modeling (GMM) is a popular choice among various background modeling approaches, for its capability of adaptation to background variations. However, the GMM often suffers from a tradeoff between robustness to background changes and sensitivity to foreground abnormalities, and is inefficient in managing the tradeoff for diverse surveillance scenarios. In the present invention, we identify that such a tradeoff can be easily controlled by a new computational scheme of two-type learning rate control for the GMM. Based on the proposed rate control scheme, a new video surveillance system that applies feedbacks of pixel properties computed in object-level analysis to the learning rate controls of the GMM in pixel-level background modeling is developed. Such a system gives better regularization of background adaptation and is efficient in resolving the tradeoff for many surveillance applications.06-07-2012
20130010109TRAIL CAMERA - A trail camera includes a lens and at least one sensor. The lens includes a plurality of sensing areas having different sensing angles separately. Each of the sensing areas can collect the light, and the light focuses on the at least one sensor after passing through the lens. The focuses do not overlap one another. Each of the at least one sensor is located at one of imaging positions of the focuses. The at least one sensor can optionally be activated to receive the light collected form the aforesaid sensing areas for the purpose of optionally changing the tracking range. The at least one sensor or the lens each can alter their positions to make the light focus on the sensor, so the number of the sensor or lens applied to the present invention can be reduced.01-10-2013
20130010110APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MONITORING AND CONTROLLING DETECTION OF STRAY VOLTAGE ANOMALIES - Apparatus and methods for detecting stray voltage anomalies in electric fields are provided herein. In some embodiments, an apparatus for detecting an electrical field may comprise: at least one sensor probe for generating data corresponding to an electrical field detected by the at least one sensor probe, wherein the at least one sensor probe comprises at least one electrode; a processor, coupled to the at least one sensor probe, for analyzing the data to identify a voltage anomaly in the electric field; and an indicator, coupled to the processor, for alerting a user to a presence of the voltage anomaly in the electric field.01-10-2013
20130016211Home Surveillance Device - A home surveillance device comprises a body, a module board, a vibration sensation module, a power supply module, a cover board, and a plate-like member. The body includes a housing having a first casing with a control interface and a second casing containing at least one accommodation space, an assembly member and a casing through-hole. The module board is arranged inside the housing and includes an image-capture module, a display module, a driving module, a microprocessor, a register module, a memory card module, and an I/O module. The vibration sensation module is arranged in the accommodation space. The power supply module connects with the module board and supplies power to the system. The cover board has an assembly through-hole and is assembled to the second casing and opposite to the first casing. The plate-like member has a plate through-hole and is assembled to the assembly member via the assembly through-hole.01-17-2013
20130016214METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR RECORDING AND REPORTING VIDEO CORRESPONDING TO PRODUCTION OF AN AGRICULTURAL PRODUCT - Various embodiments of the present disclosure include methods and apparatus for recording and reporting video corresponding to production of an agricultural product. In an example embodiment, an apparatus comprises a hand-held device including a display and one or more input devices to sense product identification indicia associated with or affixed to a food product that is grown or raised in an agricultural operation. The hand-held device includes at least one processor to determine a machine-readable identification code from the product identification indicia; send the identification code to at least one remote server; receive, from the at least one remote server, video data that is associated with the product. The video data is reproducible on a video display apparatus to produce a human-viewable video showing at least one aspect of the production of the food product.01-17-2013
20130016215DAZZLING LASER RIFLE - Disclosed is a handheld long range dazzling laser including a 1 Watt or greater laser light source, a focus-adjustable beam expander, a power source, a trigger and a magnifying targeting device. Also disclosed is a method of discounting ship insurance rates based on equipping ships with the disclosed handheld long range dazzling laser.01-17-2013
20130016212System and Method for Using Capacitors in Security Devices - A battery-free security system is provided with one or more series or parallel capacitive networks. One or more solar panels are used to charge the capacitive networks and one or more charging circuits are used to control the charging of the capacitive networks. One or more DC-DC converters may be used to provide a voltage to a load, the timer/clock circuitry, and a user interface. In those instances when it is desired that the timer/clock circuitry remain powered at all times, the timer/clock circuitry is preferentially preserved at the expense of the load such that if, for any reason, the capacitive network is drained after running the load, there will still be sufficient power stored in the capacitive network to maintain the timer/clock circuitry.01-17-2013
20130016213SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CAPTURING AND DELIVERING VIDEO IMAGES - Disclosed herein is a system and method for providing, over a network, updated and accurate video segments of vehicular and pedestrian traffic. At least one camera forms a part of the system receiving a set of instructions to capture a video segment of a predetermined duration at predetermined time intervals. Users of the system request video segments from a selected camera, which is subsequently transmitted by the system, over a network, for viewing by the user.01-17-2013
20100128124CAMERA BASED POSITIONER FOR NEAR-FIELD MEASUREMENT AND METHOD THEREFOR, AND NEAR-FIELD MEASUREMENT SYSTEM - A camera based positioner (CBP) for near-field measurement and a method therefor, and a near-field measurement system are provided. A measurement probe and an antenna under test (AUT) are automatically aligned to a position for near-field antenna measurement by recognizing a position and a rotation angle of the AUT based on an interval and an angle between neighboring laser sources represented in an image taken by emitting laser beams from at least two laser sources located with a predetermined interval and a predetermined angle.05-27-2010
20110157360SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM AND METHOD - A surveillance system includes a time-of-flight (TOF) camera and a processing unit. The TOF camera captures a scene to obtain an image of the scene and distance data between a number of points in the scene and the TOF camera. The processing unit builds a three-dimensional (3D) model of the scene according to the image of the scene and the distance data between the points in the scene and the TOF camera, and compares a standard 3D model with the 3D model from the 3D model building module, to determine whether the two 3D models are the same. When the two 3D models are different, the processing unit notices that there is anomalous event occurring in the scene.06-30-2011
20110157358CONFINED MOTION DETECTION FOR PAN-TILT CAMERAS EMPLOYING MOTION DETECTION AND AUTONOMOUS MOTION TRACKING - A method of operating a surveillance system includes capturing a sequence of images of a field-of-view. A source of localized motion is disposed within at least one of a plurality of segments of the field-of-view. Provided to an operator is means to enable or disable, for at least one of the segments of the field-of-view, a localized motion identification and notification function wherein localized motion in the segment is automatically identified and distinguished from transient motion, and the operator is automatically notified about the presence of the localized motion.06-30-2011
20110157357COMBINED REAL-TIME DATA AND LIVE VIDEO SYSTEM - A system for providing combined real-time data and live video of an enclosure. The real-time data may be overlayed on live video. Additionally, or instead, alarms and/or real-time control capabilities may be overlayed on the live video. An embedded server may be connected to sensors and cameras at the enclosure for providing the video with the overlaid information to a network. A user interface may obtain access to the overlaid video via the network.06-30-2011
20130021473Home Surveillance Device - A home surveillance device comprises a body, module board, vibration sensation module, power supply module, cover board, and a plate-like member. The body includes a housing having a first casing with a control interface and a second casing containing at least one accommodation space, an assembly member and a casing through-hole. The module board is arranged inside the housing and includes an image-capture module, display module, driving module, microprocessor, register module, memory card module, and an I/O module. The vibration sensation module is arranged in the accommodation space. The power supply module connects with the module board and supplies power to the system. The cover board has an assembly through-hole and is assembled to the second casing and opposite to the first casing. The plate-like member has a plate through-hole and is assembled to the assembly member via the assembly through-hole.01-24-2013
20080252726Video aid system - A work device is disclosed that comprises a body and a drive portion attached with the body for working on a workpiece. At least one camera is attached with the body, and at least one video display device is operatively connected with the at least one camera. The camera is positioned on the body at an angle that is not perpendicular to the workpiece when the workpiece is positioned to be worked on by the drive portion. The at least one camera transmits images to the at least one video display.10-16-2008
20080252723VIDEO PROCESSING SYSTEMS AND METHODS - A system for processing video information obtained by a video camera based on a representative view from the camera. The system includes a processor a memory communicably connected to the processor. The memory includes computer code for determining a relative depth for at least two different regions of the representative view. The memory further includes computer code for estimating a scale factor for the different regions of the representative view. The memory yet further includes computer code for determining a unit size for the different regions, the unit size based on the estimated scale factor and the determined relative depth of the different regions.10-16-2008
20080246840Providing photographic images of live events to spectators - A method of providing photographic images of live events to a spectator includes obtaining at least one photographic image from at least one camera at a live event; providing a version of the at least one photographic image to an electronic device being used by the spectator; and receiving a selection of a the photographic image or a portion of the photographic image selected by said spectator using the electronic device.10-09-2008
20130169802Entrance Guard Device with Light-Uniformization Structure - The present invention relates to an entrance guard device with light-uniformization structure, comprising: a housing, a main controlling module, a keypress module, a display module, a doorbell module, and an image capture module, wherein the image capture module consists of an image capture device accommodating body, a light-emitting assembly, an image capture device, a light-uniformization member, and a lens. In the present invention, the light-uniformization member is disposed at the front of a plurality of light-emitting chips of the light-emitting assembly, such that the light emitted by the light-emitting chips is able to enter the light-uniformization member, and then the light would be uniformly emitted by the light-uniformization member after the light are refracted; Therefore, the uniform light may shine on people face for making an image capture device of the image capture module capture the facial feature of people completely and clearly.07-04-2013
20130169803METHOD AND MOBILE UNIT FOR FACILITATING INSTALLATION OF A SURVEILLANCE CAMERA - A method and mobile unit facilitate installation of a surveillance camera for monitoring an object of interest in a scene. The surveillance camera acquires a zoomed out image of the scene. The zoomed out image is displayed in a display wherein the zoomed out image has a zoomed out center point. An indicator overlaid on the displayed zoomed out image is displayed in the display, wherein the indicator and the zoomed out center point are displaced in relation to each other by a deviation. The indicator indicates the position of a zoomed in center point of a zoomed in image of the scene. The surveillance camera is directed so that the position of the object of interest and the indicator coincide so that the object of interest is included in a zoomed in image of the scene.07-04-2013
20090027495Internet visual surveillance and management technology for telecommunications, Internet, cellular and other communications companies - A visual surveillance system described enabling plurality of telecommunications, Internet, cellular and other communications companies and providers to provide commodity online surveillance services, products and values to plurality of clients comprising: plurality of serving apparatus, plurality of on-site apparatus and plurality of stationary and mobile apparatus. The serving apparatus comprising: media gateway mechanisms, analysis mechanisms, media distribution mechanisms, messages and notification mechanisms, recording mechanisms, control mechanisms, abstract database mechanisms and abstract media storage mechanisms. The visual surveillance system also comprising: distributed architecture and distributed storage file system from plurality of serving apparatus.01-29-2009
20080225117METHOD FOR CONTROLLING MASKING BLOCK IN MONITORING CAMERA - A method for controlling a masking block in a monitoring camera. The method adjusts the masking block to precisely hide an image of a subject with its position and size changed when a zoom magnification is changed under a state where the masking block is set. In addition, the method adjusts a masking block to precisely hide a changed image of a subject when the monitoring camera is rotated to change the position of the image of the subject. In addition, the method measures and corrects a distance between a center axis of a CCD and an optical axis of a lens if the two axes are not coincident with each other. In addition, the method corrects an offset occurring due to an incorrect coupling between the monitor camera and a pan/tilter. Furthermore, a method for setting a masking block when a remotely uncontrollable monitoring camera is used is disclosed.09-18-2008
20130169805DEVICE FOR PREVENTING DIFFUSED REFLECTION OF LIGHTING FOR PHOTOGRAPHY USING A MONITORING CAMERA - The present invention relates to a device for preventing diffused reflection of lighting for photography using a monitoring camera. Specifically, in a monitoring camera to which IR LED lighting for night-time surveillance is applied, a diffused reflection region of the IR LED due to a rotating motion of a camera lens part may be moved to secure a wide viewing angle. The device for preventing diffused reflection includes: a light emitting diode (LED) lighting part including a plurality of infrared (IR) LEDs disposed along a circular ring part at a predetermined interval and forming a blocking region in which no IR LEDs are installed to match an insertion region within the housing when the LED lighting part is rotated at a maximum angle due to vertical rotation of the vertical rotation bracket; and a lighting part bracket in which the LED lighting part is accommodated and is fixed and which is horizontally rotated clockwise/counterclockwise so that the blocking region formed in the LED lighting part exists within the housing when the camera body is multi-axis rotated for monitoring.07-04-2013
20130169801Visual Command Processing - An example method for processing visual communications at a video camera according to the disclosure includes analyzing video content captured by the video camera to identify a visual command presented to the camera by a user in the field of view of the camera, executing the visual command identified from the video content captured by the video camera, wherein executing the visual command includes setting one or more operating parameters of the video camera, determining a command completion indication corresponding to whether the command was successfully executed, and providing a command completion indication, corresponding to the command completion indication, to the user.07-04-2013
20130176430CONTEXT AWARE MOVING OBJECT DETECTION - An image capture system includes: an image capture unit configured to capture a first image frame comprising a set of pixels; and a processor coupled to the image capture unit and configured to: determine a normalized distance of a pixel characteristic between the first image frame and a second image frame for each pixel in the first image frame; compare the normalized distance for each pixel in the first image frame against a pixel sensitivity value for that pixel; determine that a particular pixel of the first image frame is a foreground or background pixel based on the normalized distance of the particular pixel relative to the pixel sensitivity value for the particular pixel; and adapt the pixel sensitivity value for each pixel over a range of allowable pixel sensitivity values.07-11-2013
20130176431IMAGE ENCODING METHOD, IMAGE DECODING METHOD, IMAGE ENCODING DEVICE AND IMAGE DECODING DEVICE - In an image encoding device, a predicted pixel generator generates a predicted value for pixel data based on at least one of pixels adjacent to a pixel to be compressed. A quantization processor quantizes a difference value between the pixel data and the generated predicted value to a quantized value having a smaller number of bits than that of the pixel data to compress the pixel data to the quantized value. In a quantization width determiner, an edge determiner determines whether or not there are both a flat portion and an edge portion, based on a characteristic of the difference value in the group, and an edge pixel determiner determines whether each of pixels included in the group is a pixel in an edge portion or a pixel in a flat portion, based on the difference value, whereby a quantization width used in the quantization processor is determined.07-11-2013
20130176432AUTOMATIC CALIBRATION OF PTZ CAMERA SYSTEM - A method to determine a base focal length of a pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) camera system. The method includes generating a spherical mosaic with a feature track by the camera system and determining, by the camera system, a base focal length by analyzing a conic trajectory created by the feature track on an image plane.07-11-2013
20130176433UNIQUE-TERMINAL-COUNT ESTIMATION DEVICE AND UNIQUE-TERMINAL-COUNT ESTIMATION METHOD - A terminal-entry-count estimation device includes: an extraction unit for extracting a terminal estimated to be located in an observation area during at least a part of an observation period, or a piece of location data generated by the terminal in the observation period or in an extended period extended by a predetermined width from the observation period, based on location data which includes identification information to identify each terminal, location information about a location of the terminal, and acquisition time information when the location information is acquired and of which an acquisition time is within the observation period or within the extended period; and a terminal-entry-count estimation unit for estimating a terminal-entry-count in the observation area during the observation period, based on the number of extracted location data or the number of extracted terminals.07-11-2013
20080218590METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MULTIPLE-CODEC SURVEILLANCE VIDEO STORAGE AND RETRIEVAL - A method and system for processing surveillance video stored on a video storage system is provided. A universal media control command is received and translated to a local control command specific to a video storage system. The surveillance video is retrieved in response to receipt of the local control command. The surveillance video can be decoded into raw video data and displayed, or be encapsulated within a universal data file. The surveillance video may be subsequently extracted from the universal data file09-11-2008
20100085430Video Recorder - Methods and apparatuses are disclosed for recording video data of an event. The apparatuses include a processor communicating with memory. The memory stores video data of the event captured by a camera, and the video data includes a series of picture frames of the event. A loop buffer also stores video data of the event captured by the camera. A rule-based engine stored in the memory uses a set of rules to store the contents of the loop buffer in the memory. The apparatus utilizes the loop buffer to provide video data prior to occurrence of the event.04-08-2010
20130113930REAL TIME PHYSICAL ASSET INVENTORY MANAGEMENT THROUGH TRIANGULATION OF VIDEO DATA CAPTURE EVENT DETECTION AND DATABASE INTERROGATION - A surveillance system monitors a monitored vessel containing hidden resources. When activity is determined as occurring within a vicinity of the monitored vessel, an alert is issued to monitoring personnel. Personnel can then obtain a current image of the hidden resource within the monitored vessel. Upon receiving the current image of the hidden resource, a previous image of the hidden resource is retrieved and discrepancies between the current image and the previous image are determined. Responsive to determining that discrepancies between the current image and the previous image exist, an alarm is issued to personnel to further investigate the discrepancy.05-09-2013
20130113932VIDEO IMAGERY-BASED SENSOR - A sensing device includes: a video imager to obtain a video; a processing unit to receive and process the video from the video imager; and a communication channel to output non-imagery signals.05-09-2013
20130113929Systems and methods for surgical procedure safety - The systems and methods describe herein can track instruments or tools with one or more cameras adapted to view predetermined areas. A memory unit stores video from the one or more cameras. A recognition unit is adapted to recognize identities and positions of instruments or tools in images produced by the one or more cameras. A control unit is adapted to track positions of the instruments or tools, based on an output of the recognition unit and to store the identities and the positions of the instruments or tools in the memory unit. An output unit is adapted to indicate to an operator, the positions of the instruments or tools in the predetermined areas, and to indicate when all of a predetermined set of instruments or tools in the predetermined areas are located within a view of one or more predetermined cameras of the one or more cameras.05-09-2013
20130113934MONITORING SYSTEM AND MONITORING METHOD - It is an object of the present invention to provide a monitoring system that captures and inputs video images of a crowd with a surveillance camera for detecting normal and/or various abnormal states. The monitoring system (MS) comprises: a video image input means (05-09-2013
20130093884Manhole Security Device and Methods Thereof - A security device for detecting the position of a manhole cover includes a pinger device, such as an acoustic pinger, that transmits a signal in the direction of the expected position of the manhole cover. The device takes energy samples to determine if the signal has been reflected back by the manhole cover. If the device determines the signal has not been reflected, it determines that the manhole cover has been moved from the expected position. In response, the device captures an image of an area around the expected position of the manhole cover. In addition, the device can notify a remote security station via a network that the manhole cover has been moved.04-18-2013
20130100285Method for Comparing Effects of Equipment on a User's Head Mobility - A method for comparing effects of equipment on a user's head mobility, which includes attaching a camera and a laser pointer on a user's head, the camera capturing the laser point and the trace of the laser pointer against a spatial reference, adjusting the laser pointer such that the laser pointer points outwardly in the direction of the line of sight of the user, configuring a work area such that the work area is constant, placing the user wearing the equipment the camera, and the laser pointer in the work area, scanning the full range of motion of the user wearing the equipment while recording the trace of the laser pointer via the camera, repeating the above listed acts with a different equipment configuration, and comparing and reviewing the recordings of the trace of the laser pointer for the equipment configurations to compare each configuration's effects on head mobility.04-25-2013
20130113928Computerized System and Method for Monitoring a Door of a Facility from Afar - A dual-communication mode door monitoring system operative in conjunction with a computer network and a cellular network, the system comprising sensory apparatus for collecting data regarding at least one event in which a visitor has come to a door of a monitored facility, the sensory apparatus having a wireless link with the computer network and a cellular communication channel with the cellular network; and at least one node on a computer network and on a cellular network operative for receiving alerts including data from said sensory apparatus; and a communicator, co-located with the sensory apparatus, which is operative to send the data regarding the event to the node, a priori via the wireless link and, as a backup, via the cellular communication channel.05-09-2013
20130113931METHOD FOR DETERMINING HAND HYGIENE COMPLIANCE - A hand hygiene compliance benchmark is determined for a target institution based on observations of hand hygiene opportunities in a studied institution and relationships between the number of observed hand hygiene opportunities and characteristics of the studied institution. The benchmark for the target institution is determined based on target institution characteristics and the relationships between institution characteristics and observed hand hygiene opportunities of the studied institution. The benchmark for the target institution may be adjusted based on direct observation of hand hygiene opportunities in the target institution.05-09-2013
20130120568Security and Marketing System - A security and marketing system according to the present invention includes a processor configured to execute programming instructions and a memory in data communication with the processor. The memory is configured to store the programming instructions for execution by the processor and digital content. A display device is in data communication with the processor and configured to display the digital content according to the programming instructions. The display device includes a generally transparent view portal. The system includes a video camera adjacent the display device and adjacent the view portal, the video camera being directed to record an area forward of the display device.05-16-2013
20130169804AUTOMATED METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR OBTAINING 2D SILHOUETTES FROM ONE OR MORE 3D OBJECTS - A method and apparatus for obtaining 2D silhouettes from one or more 3D objects, which uses an image acquisition unit having a telecentric lens system that is able to fully scan an object in one dimension.07-04-2013
20130128042HIGH-SPEED EVENT DETECTION USING A COMPRESSIVE-SENSING HYPERSPECTRAL-IMAGING ARCHITECTURE - A compressive imaging system and method for quickly detecting spectrally and spatially localized events (such as explosions or gun discharges) occurring within the field of view. An incident light stream is modulated with a temporal sequence of spatial patterns. The wavelength components in the modulated light stream are spatially separated, e.g., using a diffractive element. An array of photodetectors is used to convert subsets of the wavelength components into respective signals. An image representing the field of view may be reconstructed based on samples from some or all the signals. A selected subset of the signals are monitored to detect event occurrences, e.g., by detecting sudden changes in intensity. When the event is detected, sample data from the selected subset of signals may be analyzed to determine the event location within the field of view. The event location may be highlighted in an image being generated by the imaging system.05-23-2013
20130128039POSITION DEPENDENT REAR FACING CAMERA FOR PICKUP TRUCK LIFT GATES - A rear camera system for a vehicle with a rear-lift door including a camera unit mounted on the rear-lift door, the rear-lift door having open and closed positions, the camera unit having a first field of view when the rear-lift door is in the open position and a second field of view when the rear-lift door is in the closed position, the first and second fields of view overlapping in a shared field of view; a sensor configured to indicate when the rear-lift door is in the open or closed position; a controller configured to receive image data from the camera unit, determine whether the rear-lift door is in the open or closed position based on a signal received from the sensor, and adjust the image data to primarily include the shared field of view based on whether the rear-lift door is in the open position or the closed position.05-23-2013
20110216193MONITORING CAMERA - A monitoring camera including: a rotational base which is configured to rotate about a rotational axis, with respect to a fixed base; a camera barrel which is coupled to the rotational base and changes an optical path of light input from an outside into a longitudinal direction of the camera barrel which is substantially parallel with a surface of the rotational base which is substantially perpendicular to the rotational axis, and the camera barrel tilts about an axis of the longitudinal direction of the camera barrel; and a housing which includes a window, formed on a surface of the housing, through which the light is input to the camera barrel, and encloses the camera barrel and the rotational base.09-08-2011
20130141573Spatial Bookmarking - Methods, apparatuses and computer-readable media for creating a spatial bookmark are provided. A method includes performing an action at a near location which causes a spatial bearing parameter corresponding to a real-time video image captured by a video-camera platform at a remote location to be stored in a computer-readable memory, wherein the video-camera platform has a controllable LOS. Performing an action at the near location that designates to a computer an image displayed on a screen, wherein the image is representative of the real-time video image, thereby causing the computer to retrieve the spatial bearing parameter from the computer-readable memory, and performing an action causing the computer to aim the video-camera platform along a LOS, wherein the video-camera platform captures a real-time video image that is received at a screen for display at the near location.06-06-2013
20130141572VEHICLE MONITORING SYSTEM FOR USE WITH A VEHICLE - Vehicle monitoring systems for use with a vehicle are disclosed. Vehicles have cargo and non-cargo regions, the non-cargo regions including an engine compartment and an undercarriage. Embodiments of vehicle monitoring systems may include cameras configured in the non-cargo regions to capture images of the non-cargo regions. A data processing system may be mounted to the vehicle. The data processing system may be operatively connected to the cameras. The data processing system may include at least one processor, at least one memory, and at least one transmitter operatively connected together for: receiving captured images from the cameras; recording the captured images in non-volatile memory configured in the vehicle; and transmitting the captured images to remote storage away from the vehicle. Other vehicle monitoring systems may incorporate and synchronize performance metrics with the captured images.06-06-2013
20110211070Video Analysis, Archiving and Alerting Methods and Appartus for a Distributed, Modular and Extensible Video Surveillance System - Systems and methods are disclosed for analyzing, managing and cataloguing video tracks generated by a video surveillance system. Systems and methods operating in accordance with the present invention receive video tracks from a video surveillance system; analyze them for particular categories of, for example, objects or events, assign unique identifying tags to the video tracks; and save them in highly-cross-referenced databases so that video tracks containing, for example, particular objects or events can be easily searched for and recalled. In addition, the present invention provides browsing facilities for viewing events that have just elapsed, events that are occurring in near real-time.09-01-2011
20110211069VIRTUAL INTERNET PROTOCOL MODULATOR - A virtual internet protocol (“IP”) modulator that allows for the viewing of streaming video from IP based network security cameras on a television receiver, set-top box, or other digital media device. The virtual IP modulator translate streaming video information from a particular communication protocol being used by the camera to a format which is more easily recognize by the television, set-top box, or other digital media device. The virtual IP modulator may be used privately within a home or within a virtual neighborhood watch program. The virtual IP modulator may receive video directly from the camera over the network or through an intermediate web server, with the intermediate web server further translating or formatting the video information to conform with a communication protocol which is recognizes by the virtual IP modulator.09-01-2011
20110273563VIDEO ANALYTICS WITH BURST-LIKE TRANSMISSION OF VIDEO DATA - A method for providing video data for video analytics processing includes capturing a plurality of individual frames of video data, using a video source that is disposed at an acquisition end. A plurality of data-frame-groups is formed, each data-frame-group being associated with a different time period of a plurality of consecutive and non-overlapping time periods. A data-frame-group that is associated with a specific time period comprises individual frames of video data that are captured during that specific time period. Additionally, each data-frame-group comprises relatively fewer individual frames of video data than are captured during the specific time period associated therewith. The plurality of data-frame-groups is transmitted from the acquisition end to a remotely located server via an IP network. In particular, the transmission of successive data-frame-groups is separated one from the other by an interval of time.11-10-2011
20080198225TVMS- a total view monitoring system - The present invention is a system for comprehensive observation and tracking of objects in distinct defined areas. This is implemented by the use of imaging sensors, comprising an electronic video camera and integrated processors, providing an overhead view of a pre determined sector during real time. The system also comprises a central processing unit (CPU) for managing all processed data, a display and managing unit which can be used for initializing, updating parameters and managing the system. The system supports means of communication between the imaging sensors and the central processing unit and between the central processing unit and the display and managing unit. The integrated processor of each of the sensors comprises 3 dimensional region of interest (3D ROI) software, which allows definition of a 3D-ROI to be imaged by each of the cameras and understanding of the spatial context of the features in the ROI, and software which allows extraction of data relevant to the identification, location and motion of objects in the ROI. The communication assembly allows transmission of the relevant data from each sensor to the central processing unit which uses it in order to enable continuous tracking of the moving objects as they pass from the field of view of one sensor into the field of view of a neighboring sensor, throughout the entire observation area. In combination with the 3D-ROI software allows clearly identifying the exact location of features of the room being observed e.g. floor, windows and doors of the room being observed, allows this understanding of the spatial context and allows the ability of the system to minimize the occurrences of false alerts (Ghosts).08-21-2008
20110221897EYEPIECE WITH WAVEGUIDE FOR RECTILINEAR CONTENT DISPLAY WITH THE LONG AXIS APPROXIMATELY HORIZONTAL - This disclosure concerns an interactive head-mounted eyepiece with an integrated processor for handling content for display and an integrated image source for introducing the content to an optical assembly through which the user views a surrounding environment and the displayed content. The integrated image source introduces the content to the optical assembly from a side of an optical waveguide of the eyepiece adjacent to an arm of the eyepiece. As a result, the displayed content aspect ratio is between approximately square to approximately rectangular with the long axis approximately horizontal.09-15-2011
20110221896DISPLAYED CONTENT DIGITAL STABILIZATION - The present disclosure concerns digital stabilization of displayed content viewed on an interactive head-mounted eyepiece. The images may be stabilized by sensing movement or vibration of the interactive, head-mounted eyepiece, sending signals from the sensors to a computer, and applying a digital stabilization technique, such as image stabilization or optical stabilization. Optical stabilization refers to the use of adjustable lenses or mounts to correct the images as they are taken. Image stabilization refers to the use of software to digitally correct the images after they are taken to reduce the chatter and vibration of the displayed content. Image enhancement techniques may also be used to enhance the displayed content.09-15-2011
20130147950VIDEO TRANSMISSION SYSTEM, VIDEO TRANSMISSION METHOD AND COMPUTER PROGRAM - A video of a field of view of a patron in a venue is made different from a video delivered to a viewer of a user terminal. A video from an imaging device that images the video is received as an input, and the video includes all or a part of an image display device arranged near a performer and the performer. A mask process is performed on all or a part of a portion of the video in which the image display device is imaged. The video that has been subjected to the mask process is transmitted via a network.06-13-2013
20130147951INFRARED CAMERA DETECTION SYSTEMS AND METHODS - Infrared imaging systems and methods disclosed herein, in accordance with one or more embodiments, provide for detecting petroleum in an infrared image. The detection involves the evaluation of local background model likelihoods in light of extracted pixel features as well as the evaluation of a global outlier model in light of extracted pixel features. Those pixels having a low likelihood for both their local background model as well as the outlier model are identified as corresponding to oil-contaminated water within the infrared image.06-13-2013
20130147949AD HOC SECURITY DEVICE NETWORK - One example embodiment includes an ad hoc security device network. The ad hoc security device network includes a gateway, wherein the gateway is configured to connect to an external network. The ad hoc security device network also includes a security device. The security device is configured to connect to the external network through the gateway and monitor a desired condition in a particular area.06-13-2013
20080309761VIDEO SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM AND METHOD WITH COMBINED VIDEO AND AUDIO RECOGNITION - A novel video surveillance system is made up of video and audio compression engine, a storage device and, a video and audio recognition engine. The video recognition engine detects such events as face recognition, motion detection etc, whereas audio recognition engine detects voice and other sound signatures indicating a potential alarm situation, e.g., panic voices such as screaming and yelling, or sounds such as gun shots, explosions. Combined recognition of audio and video signals provides for higher true alarm generation and lower false alarms level of the surveillance system. Additionally, the audio recognition engine provides information for directing video cameras in the direction of interest allowing better capture of an interesting scene.12-18-2008
20100283851SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MULTI-SIGNAL SWITCHINGING IN A SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM - The present invention discloses a type of universal signal switching system and method for security surveillance systems, and the method includes the following steps: A. The signal receiving/transmitting units pack the acquired multiform signals and transmits them to the TSI-SDS-TSI switching unit; B. The TSI-SDS-TSI switching unit conducts decomposition of the received multiform signals, and conduct TSI-SDS-TSI switching of the decomposed signals. As the invention adopts the TSI-SDS-TSI switching method to implement the switching of multiform signals by different signal receiving/transmitting units, the system is high integrated, the number of equipments and interfaces in the system can be reduced, and the system reliability and expandability can be improved.11-11-2010
20100283850SUPERMARKET VIDEO SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM - The video surveillance system contains a controller, a camera, a sensor, and an optical sensitization paper. The sensor and the optical sensitization paper are arranged at the same height. When an object is between the sensor and the optical sensitization paper, the sensor would send an alarm signal to the controller. The controller is to provide processing for the received signal. When it receives the alarm signal from the sensor, it triggers an alarm and sends an activation command to the camera. The camera, after receiving the activation command from the controller, starts video recording and sends the video data to the controller for showing on the display monitor, or output from the USB port, thereby preserving evidence to resolve any dispute.11-11-2010
20100295943REAL-TIME RFID POSITIONING SYSTEM AND METHOD, REPEATER INSTALLATION METHOD THEREFOR, POSITION CONFIRMATION SERVICE SYSTEM USING THE SAME - Provided are to a real-time RFID location determination system for accurately determining a location of a mobile object using radio frequency identification (RFID) in real-time, a method thereof, and a method for installing a wireless repeater such as a RFID reader or a RFID reader and an access point (AP) using the same. The location determination system includes: a wireless repeater for identifying a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag by communicating with the RFID tag attached or installed at a target object to determine a location thereof, wherein the wireless repeater is installed a urban facility and a location of the target object is determined based on a coordinate of a corresponding urban facility as a reference point.11-25-2010
20120274767CEILING FAN ACCESSORY UNIT - A ceiling fan accessory unit of the present invention is constructed in a manner in which the accessories can be attached and supplied with electric power by mounting the ceiling fan accessory unit to an existing ceiling fan. The ceiling fan includes a fan unit that houses a fan motor that rotates a plurality of fan blades. The fan unit includes a bottom portion having electric power wires and a connection portion adapted to receive a connector. The ceiling fan accessory unit communicates with a wireless transmitter that transmits audio signals. The ceiling fan accessory unit includes a housing, a wireless receiver and at least one speaker.11-01-2012
20120274766METHOD FOR CLASSIFYING OBJECTS IN AN IMAGING SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM - A method for formulating a knowledge database of object images acquired by an imaging device furnished with a sensor, including defining N classes each including a set of objects represented by a label and a set of characteristics, learning decision rules associated with these classes, definition of K contextual information cues regarding image background f11-01-2012
20120274765APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING THE LOCATION OF A POINTER WITHIN A REGION OF INTEREST - An apparatus for detecting a pointer within a region of interest comprises a first reflective element extending along a first side of the region of interest and reflecting light towards the region of interest. The first reflective element comprises at least two generally parallel bands thereon, the bands at least comprising a retro-reflective band and a reflective band. A second reflective element extends along a second side of the region of interest and reflects light towards the region of interest, the second side being joined to the first side to define a first corner. The second reflecting element comprises at least two generally parallel bands thereon, the bands at least comprising a retro-reflective band and a reflective band. At least one imaging device captures images of the region of interest including reflections from the reflective and retro-reflective bands of the first and second reflective elements. At least one illumination source is positioned adjacent to the at least one imaging device and directs light across the region of interest towards the first and second reflective elements.11-01-2012
20120274764MONITORING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR STORING VIDEO - A monitoring system for monitoring an area, includes an image capturing module, a storage unit, and a processor. The processor controls the image capturing module to capture images within the monitored area to obtain video signal as a series of frames, and compares every two neighboring frames to determine whether the neighboring frames are the similar according to a preset reference level, and stores one of the neighboring frames in the storage unit with the number of the stored frame increased by one if the neighboring frames is determined to be similar, and stores both the neighboring frames in the storage unit if the neighboring frames are determined to be different. A method for storing video obtained by the monitoring system is also provided.11-01-2012
20110242317SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DISTRIBUTING DIGITAL VIDEO STREAMS FROM REMOTE VIDEO SURVEILLANCE CAMERAS TO DISPLAY DEVICES - A video distribution server distributes digital video streams captured by remote video surveillance cameras to appropriate display devices for rendering thereon. The video distribution server selects one or more display devices to receive each digital video stream and instructs the selected display devices to establish respective media sessions with the appropriate remote surveillance cameras to enable the digital video streams to be streamed to the selected display devices via respective point-to-point connections.10-06-2011
20110242315WILDLIFE SURVEILLANCE CAMERA - A wildlife surveillance camera has a housing and first and second battery compartments located in the housing, which battery compartments are sized to receive at least two batteries in end-to-end fashion. The battery compartments are separated from each other by a gap which contains the electronics for the camera. The camera unit has an inner door that closes the access openings into the battery compartments. An outer door is provided to provide access to the inner door. The camera image sensor, the triggering device and the display are all mounted to the rear portion of the housing.10-06-2011
20110234795Versatile pole support, system and method - An apparatus includes a lockable, adjustable pole support rail allowing a user to adjust a mounted pole to vertical on sloping terrain. The apparatus has multiple embodiments and useful applications, in that it can be attached to a vehicle's hitch receiver, or can be self-supporting utilizing fold-out stabilizing or attachable legs, for example. In addition, the apparatus may include wheels, thus permitting ease of transport to or from a vehicle. The pole can be deployed with a range of attachments or devices depending on the application. Exemplary applications include a photography camera, a surveillance camera, an infra-red camera, an antenna, loudspeakers, lighting equipment, signage, weather monitoring equipment, inspection equipment, and detection equipment.09-29-2011
20110234794Uni-directional traffic monitoring system - This invention discloses a traffic monitoring system, which uses Doppler sonar to measure the direction and speed of people and object moving within a target area, such as a secure one way exit. The system is un-obtrusive, accurate, and easy to operate. In case of unauthorized movement direction, the system triggers build-in alarms, as well as signals the integrated security and surveillance systems. The system consists of Head Modules, which are responsible for sending and receiving continuous ultra-sound wave at a pre-set direction of traffic and digital processing of the data; and Management Module, which is responsible for controlling the system, as well as interfacing with other surveillance and security systems.09-29-2011
20110234793DIGITAL SECURITY MONITORING SYSTEM - A digital security monitoring system includes a main control unit, at least one camera, and a recording unit. The at least one camera is electrically connected to the main control unit. The main control unit is also electrically connected to the recording unit which includes a robotic arm, at least two optical disc recorders, and an optic disc storage area. The mentioned optical disc recorders and the optic disc storage area are arranged at a location adjacent to the robotic arm to allow the robotic arm to access the optic disc storage area and also to allow the at least two optical disc recorders to carry out uninterrupted disc recording operations. Thus, it provides a real-time recording of video data from the camera, non-interrupted recording operation, extended time of video data protection, easy filing and management and timely displaying of data, etc.09-29-2011
20110234792SURVEILLANCE CAMERA - A surveillance camera having a stationary portion and a rotating portion and comprising a camera located on the rotating portion of the surveillance camera for generating signals indicative of a scene in a field of view of the camera, a first circuit located on the rotating portion of the surveillance camera and electrically connected to the camera for compressing the signals generated by the camera and for converting the signals generated by the camera to Ethernet protocol signals, a slip ring having a stationary portion with a plurality of electrical connections and a rotating portion with a plurality of electrical connections corresponding with the plurality of electrical connections on the stationary portion, the first circuit being electrically connected to a first subset of the plurality of electrical connections of the rotating portion of the slip ring, an RF reference plane located on the stationary portion of the surveillance camera and electrically connected to a first subset of the plurality of electrical connections of the stationary portion of the slip ring at RF frequencies; and a second subset of the plurality of electrical connections of the stationary portion of the slip ring being selected for conducting Ethernet protocol signals, wherein each of the second subset of the plurality of electrical connections of the stationary portion of the slip ring has a first side and a second side and a first one of the first subset of the plurality of electrical connections of the stationary portion of the slip ring is located adjacent to the first side and a second one of the first subset of the plurality of electrical connections of the stationary portion of the slip ring is located adjacent to the second side.09-29-2011
20100315507SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM INCLUDING A LARGE NUMBER OF CAMERAS - The surveillance system includes video detectors, and central aggregation device including a control device for controlling the video detectors, and a display device and image analysis device for displaying and analyzing images coming from one or more video detectors. The system further includes an intermediate aggregation device connected to a subset of the video detectors and to the central aggregation device, and including a merging device adapted to analyze the images from at least two video detectors of the subset of video detectors in order to trigger an alarm sent to the central aggregation device as a function of the result of the analysis.12-16-2010
20130155227COMPUTER VISION-BASED VALVE CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD - The computer vision-based valve control system and method includes a camera mounted on a pneumatic control valve in such a way that the camera periodically observes positioning of the valve stem. An image processor is applied to the output of the camera to determine percentage opening of the valve. The valve opening percentage of the image processor is fed to a PID controller that uses the valve opening percentage in its process control calculations.06-20-2013
20130155228MOVING OBJECT DETECTION METHOD AND APPARATUS BASED ON COMPRESSED DOMAIN - A moving object detection method and a moving object detection apparatus based on a compressed domain are disclosed. In the method, compressed video data and pixel video data are received. Moving object information in the first compressed video data is detected and integrated into the pixel video data. The pixel video data containing the moving object information is output.06-20-2013
20130155229ASSISTED VIDEO SURVEILLANCE OF PERSONS-OF-INTEREST - Methods, systems and media are described for computer-assisted video surveillance. Methods may support detection of moving persons in video frames, extraction of features of the detected moving persons and identification of which detected moving persons are likely matches to a person of interest. Identification of the likely matches may be determined using an attribute-based search, and/or using a specific person-based search. The method may include using likely matches confirmed as images of the person of interest to reconstruct a path of the person of interest.06-20-2013
20120281091CONNECTION NODE PROVIDING SUPPLEMENTAL BANDWIDTH FOR MOBILE UNITS - A connection node provides a high bandwidth connection on demand to mobile units that are in need of increased bandwidth for data transfers. In this manner, the connection node can supplement the bandwidth available to a mobile unit so that large volumes of data can be communicated to and from the mobile unit. A movable antenna automatically focuses its reception area on the mobile unit's location, after which, a high bandwidth connection can be established for high-speed data transfer. The high bandwidth connection is maintained, such as by tracking the mobile unit with the antenna, even if the mobile unit is moving.11-08-2012
20120281090SYSTEM, METHOD, AND DEVICE FOR INTELLIGENCE GATHERING AND POSITION TRACKING - A mobile communication device that may be used by an investigator to secretly record a suspect and track the investigator's location includes a microphone for detecting sounds, a communication component for transmitting signals or data representative of the sounds to one of the portable computers via the wireless communication network, a display for displaying information related to operation of the device, a computing device, and a computer program implemented by the computing device. The computer program is operable to place the device in a stealth mode in which the display is turned off or otherwise deactivated to make the entire device appear to be turned off while the microphone continues to detect sounds and the communication component continues to transmit signals or data representative of the sounds to a surveillance or support team operating one of the portable computers.11-08-2012
20120281089MINE OPERATION MONITORING SYSTEM - A mine operation monitoring system a plurality of mine equipment interfaces each being located at a mine operation and being associated with at least one item of mine equipment, each mine equipment interface being arranged to monitor operation of the at least one associated item of mine equipment. A plurality of monitoring stations is located remotely to the mine operations and is arranged to communicate with at least one equipment interface associated with a different mine operation so as to monitor operation of at least one item of mine equipment associated with said at least one equipment interface from the remote locations. A plurality of local monitoring stations located at respective mine operations monitors operation of the one time of equipment associated with the one interface. A communications network is arranged to facilitate communications between the equipment interfaces, the local monitoring stations and the remote monitoring stations.11-08-2012
20120281088WIRELESS MONITORING SYSTEM - An image capturing apparatus includes a number of cameras, an image processor a wireless transmitter and a transmitting antenna. The cameras are mounted in a modular data center and capture images of the modular data center. The image processor incorporates the captured images to from a monitoring image. The wireless transmitter sends the monitoring image to a remote monitoring apparatus via the transmitting antenna.11-08-2012
20130155231REMOTE WIRELESS COMMUNICATION - A transceiver unit for generating bonded streams of data includes a data processor to bond a first multiplicity of outgoing streams of data into an outgoing bonded stream. A scheduler transmits the outgoing bonded stream via a second multiplicity of modems for communication over a third multiplicity of wireless or wired channels. An assembly engine receives and assembles the incoming bonded stream from the third multiplicity of wireless or wired channels into a fourth multiplicity of output data.06-20-2013
20130155230METHOD FOR SETTING UP A MONITORING CAMERA - A method for setting up a monitoring camera includes tilting a camera head of the camera to a tilting position in which an optical axis of the camera substantially coincides with a rotational axis that the camera head is turning around when panning, and in which the camera head is able to capture images through a wide angle lens arranged in a fixed position in relation to a base of the camera. The camera head is turned around the optical axis of the camera and captures images until wide angle images captured through the wide angle lens present the desired orientation. A home position value for a pan motor of the camera is stored, wherein the position value represents the position value for the pan motor when the captured wide angle image presents the desired orientation.06-20-2013
20130155232SURVEILLANCE CAMERA, SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONFIGURING AN OR THE SURVEILLANCE CAMERA - A surveillance camera having at least one optical sensor for picking up an optical signal from the environment of the surveillance camera, wherein the optical signal comprises at least one coded data word. The surveillance camera has a configuration device for configuring the surveillance camera and a decoder device for decoding the coded data word. The configuration device is designed for utilizing the decoded data word for configuring the surveillance camera.06-20-2013
20130155234Monitoring Device and the Method Thereof - A monitoring device includes a commercial trading device and a camera device. The camera device is disposed on a first position of the commercial trading device. The camera device has a first view plane formed at one side of the commercial trading device and the normal of the first view plane is parallel to or intersects with the horizontal plane of the first position at an acute angle. A monitoring method includes: retrieving trading information of the commercial trading device and image information of the camera device, analyzing the image information in the storage unit and the image information presently captured by the camera device to produce a comparison result, adjusting the image information presently captured by the camera device to produce a corrected image, and receiving the comparison result and the corrected image by a display module. When the comparison result shows any abnormal event, the display module outputs a warning and the corrected image corresponding thereto.06-20-2013
20130182104METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR LOW-LATENCY CAMERA CONTROL IN A WIRELESS BROADCASTING SYSTEM - Systems, methods, apparatus, methods and computer program code are disclosed for operating automated video broadcasting systems and include capturing, by a video camera, video data at an event site. Scene description data is extracted from the video data, and the scene description data is transmitted, over a wireless communication network, to a video processing system. The video data is transmitted separately from the scene description data from the video camera to the video processing system over the wireless communication network.07-18-2013
20130182105ACTIVITY RECOGNITION METHOD - An activity recognition method, for recognizing continuous activities of several moving objects in the foreground of a video, includes: capturing and processing a training video to get a contour of a moving object; extracting a minimum bounding box of the contour in order to get parameters then transfer to feature vectors; constructing a decision tree model based on support vector machines (SVMs), for classifying the activities of the moving object according to the parameter and the feature vector of the training video; capturing and processing a testing video to get other parameters and using several formulas to generate feature vectors, and executing an algorithm for recognizing the activities of several moving objects in the foreground of the testing video. Said feature vectors are transformed from the parameters that in the testing and training videos. Via above descriptions, the method can recognize activities of foreground objects in the testing video.07-18-2013
20130182107ACTIVITY MONITOR - An activity monitor system monitors a location using a sensor system and detects and responds to “interesting events.” The system may detect events based on video processing of a substantially live sequence of images from a video camera. The system may use multi-region processing including modifying event detection based on motion in one or more regions, motion transitions, and/or motion entry and/or exit points. Events may be detected based on other sensors and the system may use a combination of sensor data to detect events. The system may store event data from the one or more sensors (e.g., video, audio, etc.) for interesting events and/or trigger alarm actions. Alarm actions may include sounding an audible alarm and enabling a substantially live video display on a monitoring device concurrently with the audible alarm. In embodiments, the activity monitor system is implemented using a smartphone and a wireless network camera.07-18-2013
20130182108Method and Apparatus of Providing Street View Data of a Real Estate Property - Video drive-by data provides a street level view of a neighborhood surrounding a selected geographic location. A video and data server farm incorporates a video storage server that stores video image files containing video drive-by data corresponding to a geographic location, a database server that processes a data query received from a user over the Internet corresponding to a geographic location of interest, and an image processing server. In operation, the database server identifies video image files stored in the video storage server that correspond to the geographic location of interest contained in the data query and transfers the video image files over a pre-processing network to the image processing server. The image processing server converts the video drive-by data to post-processed video data corresponding to a desired image format and transfers the post-processed video data via a post-processing network to the Internet in response to the query.07-18-2013
20130182106Object Identification Apparatus - Identification apparatus is capable of automatically performing processing for separation of objects from background to definitively extract objects to be identified. Backlighting is used to cause illumination from behind a tray on which pastry serving as object has been placed, and while in this state an image of the pastry and the tray are captured. The captured image is converted into an L image representing the L-axis component in Lab color space (S07-18-2013
20110304730PAN, TILT, AND ZOOM CAMERA AND METHOD FOR AIMING PTZ CAMERA - A method for aiming a pan, tilt, and zoom (PTZ) camera captures a first image of a monitored area, and calculates a state vector of a predetermined object or point in the first image at one zoom setting. The state vector of the predetermined object or point is recorded in a state vector table. The method aims the PTZ camera to align a center point of the first image to a selected target point, and captures a second image of the monitored area. In order to calculate state vectors of points in the second image, N pieces of reference images related to the second image are calculated using a particle filter. After calculating a similarity between each of the N pieces of reference images and the second image, the method calculates the state vectors of the points in the second image according to each similarity, and updates the state vector table with the state vectors.12-15-2011
20110304729Method for Automatically Ignoring Cast Self Shadows to Increase the Effectiveness of Video Analytics Based Surveillance Systems - One of the challenges in video surveillance system is the detection of unwanted intruders in secure zones. These zones may be in large facilities such as airports, train stations, port facilities or warehouses. Because many of these locations are outdoors, the presence of shadows is detected on images. In order to effectively eliminate these shadows which will therefore result in a usable figure, these shadows must be eliminated. This is accomplished by forming a contour box around the image and then reducing the shadows based on preset parameters in the software.12-15-2011
20110310247System and Method for Remote Data Acquisition and Distribution - Methods and systems for remote data collection and distribution include components and operations for receiving, at a server, data transmitted by a first client device via a communication network. The method may also include selecting, by one or more client devices associated with the communication network, a second device to receive the data. The method may further include establishing a connection between the server and the selected second device via the communication network. The method may also include automatically transmitting the received data to the second device using the connection via the communication network. The method may further include causing, by the one or more client devices, the second device to execute a predefined operation.12-22-2011
20130188047TRAIL CAMERA - A system and method for improving battery life and accessibility of an outdoor imager, including use of high-power RF directional RF/WiFi for long range image and video transmission with cellphone coverage and use of ultrabright LEDs.07-25-2013
20130188048Write-Protected Recording - A surveillance apparatus continuously records imaged data from a camera into a circular buffer in a local memory. When a record signal is received, the system records the video stream that was recorded before the record signal was received, and the video stream that is recorded after the record signal was received. The recorded segment is then write-protected, so that the surveillance apparatus does not overwrite the recorded segment. The recorded segment could then be sent to a remote memory via a wireless connection to free up local memory for future recording sessions.07-25-2013
20130188046HOME APPLIANCE, DIAGNOSTIC APPARATUS AND METHOD - A diagnostic apparatus may receive product information as an image and may perform a diagnosis on the home appliance irrespective of a communication environment or surrounding environments by receiving the product information in a form of a code from the home appliance, capturing the code, and diagnosing the home appliance, thereby enhancing convenience.07-25-2013
20130188045High Resolution Surveillance Camera - The specification and drawings present a new method, apparatus and software related product (e.g., a computer readable memory) for security cameras/systems with wide angle lenses, high resolution image sensors and intelligent control, image processing and image/video storage. After capturing a high resolution image of the large area, downscaling and subsequent storage of the captured image is performed based on the determined importance levels of regions throughout the captured high resolution image.07-25-2013
20130188044INTELLIGENT MONITORING SYSTEM WITH AUTOMATIC NOTIFICATION AND INTELLIGENT MONITORING DEVICE THEREOF - The present invention relates to an intelligent monitoring system with automatic notification and an intelligent monitoring device thereof. The intelligent monitoring system includes at least one intelligent monitoring device and a remote main control terminal, wherein the intelligent monitoring device includes an image acquisition unit, a sensor, an embedded system, a light unit, an uninterrupted power supply, and a wireless transmission device. The embedded system receives the signals from the image acquisition unit and the sensor to carry out the monitoring and judgment process, and then outputs the signals to the remote main control terminal via the wireless transmission device in order to transmit the signals to a portable electronic device. With the implementation of the present invention, an active monitoring process can be carried out by the intelligent monitoring device with the transmission of the monitoring results to the portable electronic device to reduce the manpower cost in monitoring.07-25-2013
20110317012METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR BACKGROUND ESTIMATION IN LOCALIZATION AND TRACKING OF OBJECTS IN A SMART VIDEO CAMERA - A method for image processing includes detecting within a programmable surveillance video camera one or more objects in a video signal based on an object mask generated from the video signal. A textual representation of at least a portion of the video signal may be generated within the programmable surveillance video camera by utilizing a description definition language (DDL) to indicate characteristics of the detected one or more objects. The object mask may be generated based on a detection field value generated for each pixel in at least a portion of the video signal by comparing a first observation field and a second observation field associated with each of the pixels. The detection field value for each of the pixels may be a Boolean value. An estimated background value may be generated for each of the pixels.12-29-2011
20120019659VIDEO SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONFIGURING A VIDEO SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM - A video surveillance system 01-26-2012
20120019658SMART COORDINATOR AND VIDEO SAFEGUARD SYSTEM - A smart coordinator or telecommunications module useful for integrating multiple electronic devices, the telecommunications module further coupled to a digital video camera is disclosed herein. A related method of providing smart video surveillance with command and control provided to a smart phone or a computer device is provided herein. In a preferred embodiment, command and control is provided by mobile device technology incorporated to the coordinator. The video camera is supported by a base portion and coupled thereto via a releasable connection and a ball and socket joint. Many advanced features for monitoring a secure area are further provided herein.01-26-2012
20120019657SURVEILLANCE DEVICE AND METHOD - A surveillance device is disclosed, comprising an interface and a controller coupled with the interface. The interface is coupled with a communication device to receive an image data transmitted from an image capturing device through the communication device. The controller generates a control signal according to the image data and transmits the control signal to the image capturing device for adjusting one or more transmission parameters and/or image capturing parameters of the image capturing device.01-26-2012
20120019656SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MONITORING SUBJECTS OF INTEREST - A system captures images of monitored subjects in a monitored area, and gives numbers to the monitored subjects according to specific features of the monitored subjects. The specific features of the monitored subjects are obtained by detecting the captured images. Only one of the numbers of each of the monitored subjects is stored, instead of repeatedly storing the numbers of same subjects. The system analyzes the stored numbers, and displays an analysis result. The system also determines a movement of each of the subjects according to corresponding numbers of the subjects.01-26-2012
20130194422360-Degree Automatic Tracking Hunting Camera And Operating Method Thereof - The invention discloses a camera comprises a central processing unit (the processor), at least three infrared sensors connected to respective input port of the processor, and a camera head connected to the processor and is controllable by the processor, a rotation mechanism for mounting the camera head and for pivoting clockwise or counterclockwise under control of the processor, and a power supply for providing power to the above mentioned processor, camera head, infrared sensors and the rotation mechanism. All the infrared sensors are arranged circumferentially on the device and a vision scope of one infrared sensor partially overlaps with a vision scope of an adjacent infrared sensor such that the total vision scope covers 360 degrees. Each infrared sensor defines a shooting orientation, and the partially overlapping area of the vision scopes of adjacent infrared sensors also defines a shooting orientation such that the total shooting orientation is doubled. The invention is advantageous in that a target object within the 360 degree range can be captured by the device, and the arrangement of valid shooting orientations may greatly simplify the control process and therefore extend the battery life.08-01-2013
20130194421INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM, FOR DISPLAYING INFORMATION OF OBJECT - An information processing apparatus includes: a designation unit that designates an arbitrary area in a real space at arbitrary timing; an acquisition unit that acquires information regarding an object existing in the real space; a detection unit that detects an object existing in an area designated by the designation unit at timing designated by the designation unit, among a plurality of objects existing in the real space; and a selection-display unit that selects and displays information corresponding to the object detected by the detection unit, from among a plurality of pieces of information that can be acquired by the acquisition unit.08-01-2013
20130194420NETWORKED FREEZER STOCKING MANAGEMENT - A system for an ice merchandiser having a compressor in a compressor enclosure to cool the ice merchandiser includes a sensor disposed within the ice merchandiser, and a communications component disposed within the compressor enclosure and coupled to the sensor to receive signals from the sensor representative of the amount of ice in the ice merchandiser, wherein the communications component is configured to convert the received signals to a digital format and publish the signals via a network connection.08-01-2013
20130201328MULTIMEDIA PROCESSING AS A SERVICE - Systems are provided for receiving the video data from the camera. In one embodiment, a system is provided to compare, for all frames of the video, one frame with another frame of the video data, to determine if there are dynamic objects between the two frames, wherein the determination is based on movements of corresponding pixels between the two frames; filtering out the dynamic objects in each frame; applying special effects to highlight the dynamic objects by coloring the dynamic objects in each frame; applying special effects to grey out static objects, or the non-dynamic objects, by coloring the static objects in each frame where the dynamic objects are found.08-08-2013
20130201327APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR IMPROVED LIVE MONITORING AND ALARM HANDLING IN VIDEO SURVEILLANCE SYSTEMS - Systems and methods for annotating a display of a video data stream with customized information are provided. Methods include selecting a video data stream, creating a video graphic help file (VGH file) associated with the video data stream, a data capture device associated with the video data stream, a monitored area captured by the data capture device associated with the video data stream, or a salvo view, adding customized information to the VGH file, determining a need to access the VGH file, recalling the VGH file, and displaying customized information in the VGH file.08-08-2013
20130201329ASSISTED VIDEO SURVEILLANCE OF PERSONS-OF-INTEREST - Methods, systems and media are described for computer-assisted video surveillance. Methods may support detection of moving persons in video frames, extraction of features of the detected moving persons and identification of which detected moving persons are likely matches to a person of interest. Identification of the likely matches may be determined using an attribute-based search, and/or using a specific person-based search. The method may include using likely matches confirmed as images of the person of interest to reconstruct a path of the person of interest.08-08-2013
20130201330ASSISTED VIDEO SURVEILLANCE OF PERSONS-OF-INTEREST - Methods, systems and media are described for computer-assisted video surveillance. Methods may support detection of moving persons in video frames, extraction of features of the detected moving persons and identification of which detected moving persons are likely matches to a person of interest. Identification of the likely matches may be determined using an attribute-based search, and/or using a specific person-based search. The method may include using likely matches confirmed as images of the person of interest to reconstruct a path of the person of interest.08-08-2013
20130201331INTERACTING WITH A PET FROM A REMOTE LOCATION - A system implementable on a computing device for remote interaction with a household pet. The system includes a remote sight display displaying a video feed received via a communication network from a stationary live video camera viewing a location housing the household pet and at least one remotely controllable accessory. The system also includes a non-line of sight remote controller to receive commands from a user viewing the remote sight display to control, via the communication network, the movement of the at least one remotely controllable accessory with which the pet interacts in response to the movement.08-08-2013
20130201332OPEN PLATFORM SURVEILLANCE/MONITORING SYSTEM AND METHOD - The invention relates to a surveillance/monitoring system, comprising one or more peripheral devices for generating surveillance/monitoring signals and/or data, and a management system for controlling the peripheral devices. The management system comprises one or more applications, wherein each application is provided with an application-specific environment. The surveillance/monitoring system further comprises at least one value-added solution, each value-added solution comprising an external component and an application-independent adaption layer through which the external component communicates with the application-specific environment by implementing at least one first interaction request to the adaption layer according to a pre-defined application-independent interaction interface. The application-specific environment is configured to mediate at least one interaction between the value-added solution and the surveillance/monitoring system by matching the at least one first interaction request with at least one second interaction request from the surveillance/monitoring system and fulfilling the interaction if a match is found.08-08-2013
20130201333IMAGE-MONITORING DEVICE AND METHOD FOR SSEARCHING FOR OBJECTS THEREFOR - Disclosed are an image monitoring device capable of searching an object on the basis of a statistical model with respect to the characteristics of an object detected from a monitored image to thereby provide an object search function resistant to a variation in the characteristics of an object according to a monitoring environment, and a method for searching an object thereof. The method for searching an object by an image monitoring device, including: displaying a characteristic value of an object detected from a monitored image and a detection frequency of an object having the characteristic value on a first region; searching a frame, in which an object having a characteristic value selected from characteristic values displayed on the first region is detected, from the monitored image; and displaying the searched frame in a second region.08-08-2013
20120300069IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING METHOD - Disclosed herein is an imaging apparatus including imaging means configured to photograph an image of a scene that is in a direction in which a user sees, outside world information acquisition means configured to acquire outside world information, and control means configured to control an operation of the imaging means based on the outside world information acquired by the outside world information acquisition means.11-29-2012
20120075465SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLABLY VIEWING DIGITAL VIDEO STREAMS CAPTURED BY SURVEILLANCE CAMERAS - A digital video management device enables controllably viewing digital video streams captured by remote surveillance cameras on a display device, such as a mobile display device. The device is coupled to a packet-switched network to receive a digital video stream captured by a remote surveillance camera. The device buffers packets of the digital video stream and then controls a packet output flow rate of the buffer between a zero output rate and a faster-than-real-time output rate. For example, the packet output flow rate can be set to the zero output rate at a first time and the faster-than-real-time output rate at a second time subsequent to the first time.03-29-2012
20120081547CONDUCTING SURVEILLANCE USING A DIGITAL PICTURE FRAME - Embodiments disclosed herein relate to conducting surveillance using a digital picture frame. A digital picture frame may comprise a sensor and a storage medium. The digital picture frame may receive surveillance information from the sensor and store the surveillance information in the storage medium. A second electronic device may receive the surveillance information from the digital picture frame via a network.04-05-2012
20130208111FLIGHT RECORDER - The present invention describes a flight recorder for an aircraft with an instrument display panel for displaying aircraft status data to a pilot. The flight recorder comprises one or more sensors that monitor one or more flight conditions of the aircraft, a camera unit for providing image data and a data storage unit for storing the aircraft status data and image data from the camera. The flight recorder additionally comprises a control unit for monitoring the flight condition data supplied by the sensors.08-15-2013
20130208109WIRELESS SECURITY CAMERA SYSTEM - A security camera system, comprising wireless communication components for communicating over first and second wireless communications, and a digital camera system. A data processing system implements a method for providing digital images to an image receiving system. The method includes: establishing a first wireless connection between the security camera system and an external electronic device using the first wireless communication system. Configuration information pertaining to the second wireless communication system is transmitted from the security camera system to the external electronic device using the first wireless connection. Instructions for configuring the security camera system to communicate using the second wireless communication system are transmitted by the external electronic device to the security camera system over the first wireless connection. Captured digital images are then transmitted to the image receiving system over the second wireless communication system.08-15-2013
20130208110System and method for monitoring multiple targets using a single camera - Techniques to monitor multiple targets with a single camera are disclosed. In one embodiment, an image sensor is provided with two or more readout circuits, each operating independently and is designed to read out charges from a designated area of the image sensor. When two or more designated sensing areas in the image sensor are being focused onto different objects and read out respectively, such an image sensor is capable of monitoring multiple targets. When placed in traffic surveillance, a camera equipped with such an image sensor is able to monitor multiple forward and backward lanes in near or far field. Further with the control of the designated areas, different resolutions of the images may be produced.08-15-2013
20130208112Method and Apparatus for Visual Monitoring - A device for visual monitoring comprises a mobile chipset disposed in a housing, at least one eyestalk attached to the housing and communicatively coupled to the mobile chipset, and mounting hardware affixed to the housing, the mounting hardware configured to secure the housing to a stationary structure. In one embodiment, the mobile chipset is configured to execute a set of program instructions in response to the device being connected to external power, including program instructions which, when executed by the mobile chipset, causes the device to take pictures in response to automatically generated triggers, and to automatically upload image data to a packet-based network for display and/or further processing. In a further embodiment, the device is configured to pre-process the image data, such as extracting relevant data for a specific application, before uploading the image data to the packt-based network for further process. In another embodiment, the device is configured to automatically upload image data to a social network site for sharing among authorised users of the cite.08-15-2013
20130208115IMAGE-MONITORING DEVICE AND METHOD FOR DETECTING EVENTS THEREFOR - Disclosed are an image monitoring device capable of detecting a meaningful event on the basis of a scenario by providing a function of setting various combinations of monitoring events in a monitored image in which a plurality of monitoring events are set, and an event detecting method thereof. The event detecting method of an image monitoring device includes: obtaining a monitored image; detecting an occurrence of a first monitoring event with respect to an object from the obtained monitored image; detecting an occurrence of a second monitoring event with respect to the object from the obtained monitored image; and storing information regarding the detected occurrence of the second monitoring event.08-15-2013
20130208113Image Monitoring Apparatus, Image Monitoring System, and Image Monitoring System Configuration Method - An image monitoring technology for accurately collecting information about a monitoring target is provided. An image monitoring apparatus according to the present invention tracks the monitoring target on the basis of images sent from an overhead camera and images sent from gazing cameras, and switches gazing targets for the gazing cameras on the basis of the position and event information of the monitoring target, and tracking information about the monitoring target.08-15-2013
20130208114Digital Bedbug Indicator: A bedbug insect peripheral electronic detection unit device - The Digital bedbug indicator is a extended defined first alert peripheral electronic device for Pest Management Professionals, providing increased early warning notification before a newly occurred infestation or re-infestation of bed bugs occur.08-15-2013