Thursday, October 21, 2010

Surveillance and machine vision

It’s pretty clear now that there are opportunities at the intersection of video surveillance and machine vision yet there still seems a disconnect between the two industries. The machine vision community seems not to grasp what the security industry needs and at the same time, security seems to lack awareness of what machine vision can offer.

Both groups need to read “The All-Seeing Eye of Video Surveillance Cuts The Cord” (Electronic Design, August 23rd, 2010.) This lengthy article by Louis E. Frenzel ranges across cameras, wireless technologies and video analytics (and there seem to be a few little misunderstandings along the way, such as in the comparison of CCD and CMOS camera technologies,) before concluding that the solution might be to do the video analysis in the camera rather than remotely.

What an excellent idea! But what would we call such a device? How about a “smart camera”?

Okay, so I’m being a little sarcastic, but doesn’t this prove my point? There’s a growth opportunity here for machine vision, if only someone could figure out how to get the right people together.

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