Using Plural Cameras Patents (Class 348/153)
  • Patent number: 10297016
    Abstract: Disclosed is a video background removal method, which relates to the technical field of video analysis, and in particular to a background removal method based on an image block, a Gaussian mixture model and a random process. Firstly, the concept of blocks is defined, and a foreground and a background are determined by means of comparing a difference between blocks; a threshold value is automatically adjusted by using a Gaussian mixture model, and at the same time, the background is updated by using the idea of random process; and finally, an experiment is made on a BMC dataset, and a result shows that this method surpasses most of the current advanced algorithms, and the accuracy is very high. This method has wide applicability, can be applied to monitor video background subtraction, and is applied very importantly in the field of video analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Peking University Shenzhen Graduate School
    Inventors: Ge Li, Xianghao Zang, Wenmin Wang, Ronggang Wang
  • Patent number: 10257416
    Abstract: A method for setting a camera in an electronic device including at least one photographing module is provided. The method includes detecting environment information through a sensor or a microphone, and changing setting information of at least one photographing module according to the detected environment information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Minyoung Kim, Kenhyung Park, Changryong Heo, Taekyun Kim, Taeseon Kim
  • Patent number: 10218902
    Abstract: A method for setting a camera in an electronic device including at least one photographing module is provided. The method includes detecting environment information through a sensor or a microphone, and changing setting information of at least one photographing module according to the detected environment information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Minyoung Kim, Kenhyung Park, Changryong Heo, Taekyun Kim, Taeseon Kim
  • Patent number: 10178341
    Abstract: A system includes a media device including a processor programmed to receive sensor data indicating a field of view of a user and adjust a field of view of a video capture device in the media device to correspond to the field of view of the user. The processor receives media data from the video capture device and stores the media data, together with metadata including time indicia for each segment in the media data. The processor further receives user input to generate a media content item based on the media data. The user input specifies a start time of the media content item. The processor generates the media content item from the media data, starting with the segment of the media data having a time stamp corresponding to the start time; and stores the media content item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: DISH Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventors: Nicholas Brandon Newell, Omar A. Khan
  • Patent number: 10079974
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes an imaging unit configured to capture an image, an extraction unit configured to extract a feature amount in each image region of a plurality of objects from the captured image, a determination unit configured to determine, based on the extracted feature amount, a type of a feature amount used for discriminating each of the plurality of objects and a resolution of an image used for extracting a feature amount of the determined type, an imaging control unit configured to control the imaging unit to output an image at the determined resolution, and an extraction control unit configured to control the extraction unit to extract a feature amount of the determined type from the image output at the determined resolution from the imaging unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hiroshi Tojo, Kotaro Yano
  • Patent number: 10051349
    Abstract: A system includes plural sensor devices installed at a premises and a server computer coupled to a network and in communication with a gateway, which receives a risk profile for a physical premises, collect sensor information from the plural sensor devices and receives data feeds relevant to a location of the physical premises and execute one or more learning models to continually analyze the collected sensor information and data feeds to produce operational decisions based on the sensor information and data feeds to predict changes to risk profiles based on the continual analysis of sensor information and which determines responses to new risk profiles that are produced. The system also includes an engine for monitoring the sensor devices to recognize occurrences of events, and ask, through an interface to a human for additional information to confirm an occurrence of one or more of the events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Tyco Fire & Security GmbH
    Inventors: Steve Schattmaier, Tracie Adkins, Richard Campero
  • Patent number: 10021465
    Abstract: Synchronizing media devices can include generating a synchronization schedule based on a frequency of generation of one or more timecode packets. Each timecode packet of the one or more time packets includes a timecode. A timecode can be expressed in hours, minutes, seconds, and frames. One or more media devices are synchronized using the synchronization schedule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Timecode Systems Limited
    Inventors: Paul Leslie Bannister, Paul Scurrell
  • Patent number: 9992446
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an image transmission system including a plurality of cameras and a coaxial cable for transmitting image signals from the cameras, wherein: each of the cameras includes an imaging block configured to acquire an image signal by imaging an object, a coding block configured to compression-code the image signal through intra-frame compression and inter-frame compression so as to generate a coded signal, and a signal output block configured to output the coded signal onto the coaxial cable; and the camera of interest outputs the coded signal obtained through inter-frame compression onto the coaxial cable when another of the cameras outputs the coded signal obtained through intra-frame compression onto the coaxial cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: SONY SEMICONDUCTOR SOLUTIONS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hideyuki Matsumoto, Tamotsu Ikeda, Tetsuya Narita
  • Patent number: 9959651
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to processing images representing a real scene, the images comprising at least two images obtained from at least two sources of images, a sub-image of each of the at least two images representing an overlapping area of the real scene. A role map comprising a plurality of parts, all the points of each part of the role map being associated with a single identifier of a source of images, is generated during a training phase. To process the images, parts of the role map are selected as a function of an identifier of a considered source of images, and sub-images of an image obtained from the considered source of images are processed, the processed sub-images corresponding to the selected parts of the role map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Julien Sevin, Gérald Kergourlay
  • Patent number: 9877008
    Abstract: An apparatus for determining a measure for a distortion change of a first view synthesized from a second view, caused by a modification of a depth map of the second view from a first state to a second state, is configured—starting from a current synthesis state of the first view corresponding to a synthesis from the second view having the depth map modified to the second state in an already processed portion of the depth map and having the depth map unmodified at the first state in a yet to be processed portion of the depth map—to compute a possible successor synthesis state corresponding to a synthesis of the first view from the second view having the depth map modified to the second state in an already processed portion plus a currently processed portion and having the depth map unmodified at the first state in the yet to be processed portion without the currently processed portion; and to determine a distortion change of a distortion of the current synthesis state of the first view relative to an undistort
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: GE VIDEO COMPRESSION, LLC
    Inventors: Gerhard Tech, Karsten Mueller, Thomas Wiegand
  • Patent number: 9866799
    Abstract: An embodiment of a video monitoring system has at least one video camera directed at a detection system for obtaining video of the detection system. The detection system has a light source. A controller is coupled to the at least one video camera. The controller is configured to determine that the light source illuminates from the video of the detection system obtained by the at least one video camera. The controller is further configured to indicate an alarm in response to determining that the light source illuminates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Target Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Jaclyn Nelson, Lisa A. Hurst
  • Patent number: 9838469
    Abstract: A system includes event engine logic distributed across a plurality of devices dispersed over an area of coverage, and logic to process events according to layout information homologized by an event web service from scene captures and location data from the plurality of devices, and logic to partition the homologized layout into areas of coverage and to assign each area of coverage to a device or subgroup of devices in the plurality of devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Surround.IO
    Inventors: John Ludwig, Richard Tong
  • Patent number: 9820107
    Abstract: A communication system comprises a mobile reporting device and a server. The mobile reporting device comprises a signal receiver configured to receive data usable to determine the location of the reporting device; a communication module configured to transmit data to and receive data from a server, the data including location data from the location determiner; a display including a user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: Donald R. High, Brian Gerard McHale, Michael D. Atchley
  • Patent number: 9800798
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices for power optimization in imaging devices having dual cameras are contained herein. In one aspect, a method for power optimization for a dual camera imaging device is disclosed. The method includes determining a zoom factor selection, determining whether the zoom factor selection falls within a first zoom factor range, a second zoom factor range, or a third zoom factor range, and sending a series of frames of an image captured by a first sensor or a series of frames of an image captured by a second sensor or both to a camera application based on the determined zoom factor section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Narayana Karthik Ravirala, Shizhong Liu, Karthikeyan Shanmugavadivelu, Venkata Ravi Kiran Dayana
  • Patent number: 9761105
    Abstract: A control system includes a control module (34), a control device (20) mounted to a door (12) and controllable by the control module (34), and a manager mobile device (54) operable to connect with the control module (34) to obtain management authority to access to the door (12). The control device (20) includes a latch (24) for retaining the door (12) in a closed position. A vibration detecting unit (66) is mounted to the door (12) or the control device (20) and is electrically connected to the control module (34). When the vibration detecting unit (66) detects vibrations of the door (12) or the control device (20), the manager mobile device (54) is activated, and the image of the outside of the door (12) is transmitted to the manager mobile device (54), such that the manager can immediately know the situation outside the door (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Inventor: I-Ting Shen
  • Patent number: 9636048
    Abstract: New activity recognition, recording, analysis and control techniques, systems and sensors are provided. In some aspects of the invention, multiple sensory tags with unique identification and data transfer attributes, create positional, movement, orientation and acceleration data and supply it to a control system. The tags may be placed at location(s) on the user's body, clothing, personal effects, exercise equipment and other activity-relevant locations, to enhance activity recognition and mapping. For example, a specialized PDA may comprise part of the control system, and may provide, reflect and/or receive modified data signals to and from such tags. In other aspects, a system defines a personal activity space, samples data preferentially from that space, and performs a simplified form of object-recognition to determine, record and analyze personal activities. A GUI interface within the control system may also aid in recognizing and recording activity patterns, in addition to tags.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Group Mee LLC
    Inventor: Christopher V. Beckman
  • Patent number: 9635251
    Abstract: A mobile platform maps and tracks the orientation of the mobile platform in real-time as the mobile platform rotates. The mobile platform captures a plurality of camera images as the camera rotates and projects the plurality of camera images consecutively to a panoramic cylindrical map. The map is extended by projecting areas of any camera image that correspond to unmapped portions of the panoramic cylindrical map. Keypoints are extracted from mapped portions of the map and using the keypoints the orientation of the camera is determined. Accumulated error is removed when closing the panoramic cylindrical map by extending the map horizontally beyond 360 degrees to produce overlapping regions and extracting and matching keypoints from the overlapping regions. Additionally, an incorrect estimate of the initial orientation of the map may be corrected by determining the correct orientation and re-projecting the map onto a map with the correct orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Daniel Wagner, Alessandro Mulloni, Dieter Schmalstieg, Tobias Martin Langlotz
  • Patent number: 9613332
    Abstract: Devices, systems and methods for tracking and auditing shipment items are provided by capturing video of the shipment items handled in a facility. In certain embodiments, tracking devices are disclosed that can be integrated in a platform for material handling vehicle and manufacturing systems. In certain embodiments, tracking devices can provide tracking and auditing of shipment items by using a method of capturing video of shipment items as they are being handled. In certain embodiments, tracking devices can be coupled to video cameras. The video to be captured may be determined based on the information collected and/or commands received in relation to the items. In some embodiments, the method can create metadata and associate video and item information for shipment items handled in a facility. The video and metadata can be accessed through a communication network at a later time for tracking, auditing and other purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Inventors: Thomas P. West, Kenneth L. Monroe
  • Patent number: 9549100
    Abstract: A timing control system includes one or more device processors operatively coupled to one or more devices, a counter connected to the device processor(s), and a plurality of timing registers operatively coupled to the counter, each of the timing registers configured to store a value indicating a time at which an event is to be initiated at a corresponding one of the device(s). The system also includes a pulse generator operatively coupled to the counter and the timing registers, the pulse generator configured to generate one or more associated general-purpose input/output (GPIO) output signals, and send to each of the one or more devices an associated GPIO output signal to initiate the event at a plurality of the one or more devices in coordination with one another or to initiate the event at one of the one or more devices in coordination with another event at that device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Jonathan Ross, Robert Allen Shearer, Elene Terry
  • Patent number: 9544489
    Abstract: 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.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: FORTEM SOLUTIONS INC.
    Inventors: Christian Laforte, Alexandre Cossette-Pacheco, Guillaume Laforte, Joshua Koopferstock
  • Patent number: 9477891
    Abstract: Disclosed is a surveillance system and method based on accumulated features of objects. The surveillance system ensures and accumulatively stores a plurality of data about feature information corresponding to an object picked up by a plurality of cameras and easily identifies the same object in an image taken by another camera having a surveillance area different from those of the plurality of cameras on the basis of the data, thereby allowing for continuous tracing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: BEST DIGITAL.CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kyung Ho Chung, Jae Yong Park, Young Suk Park
  • Patent number: 9467662
    Abstract: An emergency response system and method for facilitating emergency response to a local premises having at least one system display structured to present a plurality of zones. Each zone corresponding to a different area of the local premises, where the plurality of zones are structured and disposed to convey at least location information pertaining to the local premises. The system display is structured to present at least one universal location indicator associated with each zone and a surveillance system. The surveillance system is further structured and disposed to present at least location information pertaining to the local premises. The system also has a plurality of microzones corresponding to specified areas of the premises within each zone. The method presents a plurality of zones and a plurality of microzones. Each zone and microzone corresponds to a different portion of the local premises.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Inventor: Jeffrey Childers
  • Patent number: 9436996
    Abstract: A recording medium storing an image processing program according to one aspect of the present invention is a non-transitory computer-readable medium storing an image processing program to make a computer execute image processing on an image group on one timeline, the image processing program making the computer execute deriving a difference value that is based on a difference between pixel values of images that are adjacent in time series in the image group, and displaying a time-series difference image showing a time-series change in the difference value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Noritsu Precision Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Koji Kita, Tomoo Nakano
  • Patent number: 9396529
    Abstract: An example image processor provides a distortion-corrected image including a masking area having improved appearance. The image processor includes: a masking area retaining section that retains a masking area set for an image having distortion; a masking execution section that performs masking processing for the image having distortion using the masking area retained in the masking area retaining section; a distortion correction section that corrects the image having distortion that is subjected to the masking processing using a correction parameter for correcting distortion of the image having distortion; and a masking area shaping section that shapes the masking area of the corrected image into a predetermined shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Tsubota, Ryoji Ogino, Kojiro Iwasaki, Mikio Morioka
  • Patent number: 9342744
    Abstract: Disclosed is a surveillance image retrieval apparatus capable of generating an image representing a search result that a surveillant can visually confirm, even if a face image used is not suitable for the visual identification of a person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: HITACHI KOKUSAI ELECTRIC INC.
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Asa, Seiichi Hirai
  • Patent number: 9277137
    Abstract: Two or more imagers having associated frame rates are each configured with a global shutter having an exposure interval less than a frame interval. The exposure interval for a first imager is offset from the exposure interval of a second imager such that the first imager is exposed while the second imager is not exposed. When interleaved, an effective frame rate exceeds the individual frame rates provided by the individual imagers. This interleaved imaging system may be used to recover, at high frame rates, images that are projected from spatial light modulators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher David Coley, William Thomas Weatherford, Robert Allan Yuan, Eric Gifford Marason
  • Patent number: 9185388
    Abstract: Methods and systems for creating three-dimensional video sequences of a scene are disclosed. An example method can include receiving multiple frames of a scene. The method may include selecting a target frame from among the multiple frames; selecting a first subset of frames, N, from among the multiple frames that are associated with the target frame that is representative of a large stereo baseline; and analyzing the first frame subset to identify two images for forming a stereoscopic pair of frames. Further, the method includes extracting depth data of static objects in the stereoscopic pair. The method includes selecting a second subset of frames that are associated with the target frame that is representative of a smaller stereo baseline than that represented by N; and utilizing the second frame subset to calculate depth of moving objects. The method includes generating a three-dimensional video frame based on the depth data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: 3DMedia Corporation
    Inventors: Michael McNamer, Tassos Markas
  • Patent number: 9148613
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and software are provided herein that allow a user to view video and manipulate viewing cells on a multi-view mode. In a first example, a method of merging viewing cells in a video management system is disclosed. The method includes presenting a plurality of viewing cells to a user, where the plurality of viewing cells are capable of displaying video of a plurality of video capture devices. The method also includes receiving an instruction to merge at least two of the plurality of viewing cells into a merged viewing cell, and associating the merged viewing cell with one of the plurality of video capture devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: VERINT SYSTEMS LTD.
    Inventor: Royee Goldberg
  • Patent number: 9059896
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer-readable media for retrieving device information from a remote network device through a server-side network probe are provided. An operation is executed to capture data packets received over a network at a particular interface in a server computer. Device-related packets are retrieved from the captured data packets. The device-related packets may be embodied in a binary file. The binary file is converted into a human-readable file. The device information is extracted from the human-readable file. The device information may regard a network device sending the device-related packets over the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Arnold Ebreo, Juan C. Lopez
  • Patent number: 9049442
    Abstract: A technique is provided that can record moving images while not resulting in calculation load increase and maintaining a certain degree of image quality even when encoding corresponding to a 4:4:4 format. Provisional encoding is performed, by obtaining motion vectors in accordance with a plurality of mutually different search ranges of image data of one color component, on a preset number of frame images at an initial stage at a time when an encoding start instruction is given. Moreover, the search range having the smallest error vector among each of the search ranges is determined as a search range for a motion vector, for each color component in main encoding processing carried out following provisional encoding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Daisuke Sakamoto, Yukifumi Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 9041807
    Abstract: An image processing device configured to be installed in a vehicle includes an image acquirer, an image selector, a first luminance adjuster, a synthetic image generator, and an image provider. The image acquirer acquires camera images captured by cameras provided on the vehicle. The image selector selects one of the camera images as a representative image based on luminances of the camera images. The first luminance adjuster adjusts a luminance of at least one of the other camera images based on a luminance of the representative image. The synthetic image generator generates a synthetic image showing a periphery of the vehicle, based on the representative image and the other camera images the luminance of at least one of which has been adjusted by the first adjuster. The image provider outputs, to a display device installed in the vehicle, information corresponding to the synthetic image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignees: FUJITSU TEN LIMITED, FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventors: Masahiko Murakami, Nobunori Asayama
  • Patent number: 9041812
    Abstract: Real-time access by a requestor to surveillance video is conditionally pre-authorized dependent on the existence of at least one pre-specified automatically detectable condition, and recorded in a data processing system. A requestor subsequently requests real-time access to the surveillance video (e.g., as a result of an alarm), and if the pre-specified automatically detectable condition is met, access is automatically granted, i.e., without the need for manual intervention. An automatically detectable condition could, e.g., be an alarm condition detected by a sensor at the site of the video surveillance. Alternatively, it could be a locational proximity of the requestor to the site of the video surveillance. Alternatively, it could be a previously defined time interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Ronald L. Billau, Vincenzo V. Di Luoffo, Dan P. Dumarot, Matthew J. Paschal, Brandon W. Schulz, James E. Woodbury
  • Patent number: 9041813
    Abstract: A system for at least substantially plesiochronously operating a receiver in communication with a plurality of cameras (e.g., at least two plesiochronously operational cameras) is described. In one or more implementations, the system includes a plurality of cameras. Each camera is configured to generate a signal for transmission via a communications link, and the signal comprises data packets encoded in a forward channel. The system also includes a receiver communicatively coupled to the plurality of cameras via the single-ended communications link. The receiver is configured to generate a synchronization data based upon at least one of the data packets. The receiver is also configured to modulate the signal to encode the synchronization data in a reverse channel so that the signal comprises the forward channel data and the reverse channel data simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Maxim Integrated Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Levent Yakay, Can Bilgin, Arda K. Bafra, Mustafa E. Oner
  • Patent number: 9019380
    Abstract: In general, embodiments of the present invention provide methods, apparatus, systems, computing devices, computing entities, and/or the like for detecting possible traffic violations of vehicles. For example, in one embodiment, this may include receiving an indication that a school bus has entered or is entering a stopped position. After receiving an indication that the school bus has entered or is entering the stopped position, an area proximate the school bus can be monitored to detect possible traffic violations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Inventors: Christopher T. Schenken, Mark J. Davidson
  • Patent number: 9007462
    Abstract: A driving assist apparatus acquires vehicle information which includes a gear state and speed of a vehicle; judges a state of preparing for movement, a state of starting movement, and a state during movement; generates a wide-angle image that is an image that can see a wide range although having distortion when the vehicle state is the state of preparing for movement or the state of starting movement; and generates a no-distortion image that is an image in which the distortion due to the lens shape and the distortion by the projection system are eliminated from the camera image when the vehicle state is the state during movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventor: Tatsuya Mitsugi
  • Patent number: 8995712
    Abstract: A method for automatically detecting and tracking multiple targets in a multi-camera surveillance zone and system thereof. In each camera view of the system only a simple object detection algorithm is needed. The detection results from multiple cameras are fused into a posterior distribution, named TDP, based on the Bayesian rule. This TDP distribution represents a likelihood of presence of some moving targets on the ground plane. To properly handle the tracking of multiple moving targets with time, a sample-based framework which combines Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC), Sequential Monte Carlo (SMC), and Mean-Shift Clustering, is provided. The detection and tracking accuracy is evaluated by both synthesized videos and real videos. The experimental results show that this method and system can accurately track a varying number of targets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: National Chiao Tung University
    Inventors: Ching-Chun Huang, Sheng-Jyh Wang
  • Publication number: 20150085130
    Abstract: Remote notification of alarms improves security. When an alarm is detected by a security system, a notification message is sent to notify a user or emergency responder. If video data is requested, only certain locations are permitted access to outputs from cameras.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: John Alson Hicks, III, Nicholas S. Huslak, James Aromando, Michael D. Cercena, Francis John Connell, Mark W. Mueller, Deva-Datta Sharma, J. Kirk Shrewsbury
  • Patent number: 8988527
    Abstract: A spatial area is monitored by means of at least a first and a second image recording unit that have a common viewing area. At least one virtual protection zone is defined within the common viewing area. A first and a second image of the spatial area are recorded by means of the first and a second image recording unit. The images are compared with one another in order to identify mutually disjoint image regions in the images. An alarm signal is generated when a disjoint image region covers the virtual protection zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Pilz GmbH & Co KG.
    Inventors: Joerg Haussmann, Soeren Hader
  • Patent number: 8976243
    Abstract: 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.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Liebherr-Elektronik GmbH
    Inventors: Volker Marquart, Marcel Brasch
  • Patent number: 8970699
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method for monitoring the security of a plurality of automobiles includes receiving a message indicating a potential security threat to an automobile, and sending, over a network to a terminal device associated with an owner of the automobile, an alert indicating the potential security threat to the automobile. The method may further include one or more of: streaming video from a security camera onboard the automobile, streaming video from a public security camera near the automobile, or sending a report to a law enforcement entity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Hong Xiao, Afshin Moshrefi, Andre Turner, Dongchen Wang
  • Patent number: 8964036
    Abstract: 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.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Verint Americas Inc.
    Inventors: Oren Golan, Boaz Dudovich, Shahar Daliyot, Itzik Horovitz, Shmuel Kiro
  • Patent number: 8953044
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed that include a video-based analysis system that detects, tracks and archives vehicles in video stream data at multiple resolutions. The system includes an image capturing device that captures video stream data having video at a first high resolution. A vehicle detection module detects at least one vehicle within the video. A vehicle analysis module is configured to analyze the video and to extract one or more key vehicle features from the video to enable identification of a vehicle of interest (VOI) according to a set of predetermined criteria. A subsampling module creates a reduced resolution video stream in a second subsampled resolution that is lower than the first high resolution while maintaining the one or more extracted key features within the reduced resolution video stream in the first high resolution, and archives the reduced resolution video stream into a video database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Wencheng Wu, Edgar A. Bernal, Robert P. Loce, Martin E. Hoover
  • Patent number: 8953041
    Abstract: An Engineer's View (EV) wireless video system for powered and unpowered model railroad engines is disclosed. The invention uses commercially available wireless spy cameras, powered by a custom power supply circuit which is compatible with either DC or DCC track systems. The present invention is compatible with all commercial model railroad gauge diesel engines including HO and N Gauge or may be factory installed. The EV system demonstrates a remarkably stable and realistic image of a model railroad layout. Moreover, the present invention may also provide a stable source of power to the engine where stalling could occur at points of track defects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Inventors: Richard Johnson Bartlett, Sr., William Travis Bartlett
  • Patent number: 8947527
    Abstract: Zoom illumination system for use with closed circuit TV cameras in applications requiring long distance illumination, such as surveillance and night vision. The system includes multiple strings of LEDs, which may have additional lenses, with each LED string capable of providing illumination for a predetermined viewing angle. The LED strings can be switched on and off to provide illumination as desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Inventors: Valdis Postovalov, Dmitry Postovalov
  • Patent number: 8908042
    Abstract: A video recording method includes: detecting an intrusion of a person into a predetermined monitoring area based on the video information from the monitoring camera; recording the intrusion time when the intrusion of the person into the monitoring area is detected; detecting a left-behind object after the person has passed through the monitoring area based on the video information from the monitoring camera; generating alarm information in response to the detection of the left-behind object; overwriting so as to record the video information by every given amount of information until the alarm information is received. The method further includes receiving and recording, of the video information recorded in the first video recording step, video information from the intrusion time of the person to a time corresponding to the alarm information in accordance with the intrusion time of the person in a case in which the alarm information is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Kentarou Ohkawa, Kenichiro Sugimoto, Takahiro Yamaguchi, Takayuki Haraguchi, Kazuhisa Tsuzuki
  • Patent number: 8908041
    Abstract: An imaging system for a vehicle may include a first image capture device having a first field of view and configured to acquire a first image relative to a scene associated with the vehicle, the first image being acquired as a first series of image scan lines captured using a rolling shutter. The imaging system may also include a second image capture device having a second field of view different from the first field of view and that at least partially overlaps the first field of view, the second image capture device being configured to acquire a second image relative to the scene associated with the vehicle, the second image being acquired as a second series of image scan lines captured using a rolling shutter. As a result of overlap between the first field of view and the second field of view, a first overlap portion of the first image corresponds with a second overlap portion of the second image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Mobileye Vision Technologies Ltd.
    Inventors: Gideon Stein, Efim Belman
  • Patent number: 8908033
    Abstract: 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.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Avaya Inc.
    Inventors: Bart Lehane, Gerry Donohoe
  • Patent number: 8885045
    Abstract: A vehicle surrounding monitoring device include at least one camera 2 installed in an own vehicle to image a video around the own vehicle, an obstacle sensor 3 for detecting an obstacle within an imaging range of the camera 2, a pixel synthesis unit 13 for receiving a camera image imaged by the camera 2 and converting the camera image into a view point converted image seen from a virtual view point above the own vehicle, and a display device 4 for displaying the view point conversion image converted by the pixel synthesis unit 13. Simultaneously when a warning is given by a warning sound upon entry of an obstacle within an obstacle detection range of the obstacle sensor 3, an image of the obstacle detection range is synthesized with an obstacle image imaged by the camera 2 and included in the view point converted image to be in contact therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takura Yanagi
  • Patent number: 8885047
    Abstract: 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.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Verint Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Oren Golan, Boaz Dudovich, Shahar Daliyot, Itzik Horovitz, Shmuel Kiro
  • Patent number: 8878937
    Abstract: 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.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Verint Americas Inc.
    Inventors: Oren Golan, Boaz Dudovich, Shahar Daliyot, Itzik Horovitz, Shmuel Kiro