Posts tagged: security

LA Wildfire Could be Prevented by Video Fire Detection

The Los Angeles wildfire these days has destroyed about 200 multi-million-dollar celebrities’ homes along with 600 mobile homes, and is continuously sweeping the area near the Los Angeles National Forest.

In such a wide open area, the traditional fire and smoke detector used in a building usually do not apply here because it requires the smoke particles reaching to the detector before an alarm, resulting a significant latency. It is also not practical to install huge amount of detectors in a large open space.

Thanks to the recent computer vision technology in video fire detection, it enables large area monitoring with instant alarming system, with the help of volumetric sensors (cameras) and intelligent video analytics software. Mostly importantly, existing video surveillance infrastructure (cameras and network) can be leveraged for this application. 

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Killer Applications in Computer Vision

A picture is worth a thousand words!

As more and more consumer electronics products are equipped with cameras, visual analytics play a more and more important role for our computers to better understand the world. Breakthrough computer vision technologies are coming out of the lab to the real world. These technologies enable value added applications for the business, and revolutionized products for our daily life. Large amount novel applications have emerged, some of which are briefed as follows.

Visual Search: In spite of the fast development and wide applications of text-based search technologies (e.g., google, yahoo, microsoft search engines), visual search is still in its infancy. Due to the richer information in pictures, we believe, visual search will lead the next wave of search engine revolution.

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