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London University research group use IQeye megapixel cameras

IQinVision : 20 August, 2008  (Application Story)
Megapixel cameras from IQinVision running on Milestone video management system at the core of research project at Queen Mary in London
London University research group use IQeye megapixel cameras
IQinVision has announced that Queen Mary, University of London, one of the UK's leading higher education research institutions, has installed a network of IQeye MegaPixel IP cameras to help meet the requirements of the Behaviour-based Enhancement of Wide-Area Situational Awareness (BEWARE) research project. In addition to IQinVision and video management software provider Milestone Systems, the university is partnering with Smart CCTV for installation and ongoing consultation.

The Queen Mary project is a three-year grant-funded research project to gather real world data and build models and algorithms for software application development relating to the BEWARE study. The project runs from 2007 to 2010 with a budget of £600,000, provided by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

The Queen Mary research project will develop novel techniques for video-based people tagging and behavior monitoring across a distributed network of CCTV cameras for the enhancement of global situational awareness in a wide area. Queen Mary's Dr Tony Xiang explained further, "The problem we want to address is behavior analysis using multiple cameras. We need to develop a model for detection and tagging of people across cameras, enabling an automated Video Analytics system to track the same person, for example, between camera 1 to camera 2." The next project objective is to automate PTZ cameras through software instructions linked with the tagging and behavior profiling. Dr Xiang again, "Camera actions would be determined by the behavior profiling. If the smart camera detects suspicious behavior, it will automatically focus and follow on the tagged person."

Smart CCTV recommended IQeye MegaPixel IP behavior-recognition smart cameras offering high-definition images. The project employs a network of IQeye 1.3 MegaPixel vandal-resistant dome cameras mounted in a variety of locations inside the computer science department (café, corridor, foyer, entrance); non-dome IQeye 1.3 MegaPixel cameras monitoring the pavement area outside, with a software "privacy window"; and a number of exterior IQeye all-weather Sentinel cameras, with custom-made wall brackets.

Having installed IQeye cameras with Milestone Systems' IP Video management software at a previous university installation, Smart CCTV knew that the solution would work smoothly. Milestone Systems' XProtect Basis+ IP Video management system was specified as the recording platform to satisfy the project's initial aims of watching people, clarifying data, and for testing models. IQeye's Network Video recording software is installed onboard all cameras, so that each camera's images can also be recorded as a stand-alone system. The system is working efficiently and the team is using the cameras extensively to capture data.

Nick Hewitson, Managing Director of Smart CCTV, commented, "The combination of IQinVision's MegaPixel cameras and the Milestone software platform provides a highly effective and efficient way of collecting and managing high resolution video streams."

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