Distributed Smart Cameras (DISC)
Smart Cameras consist of an optical sensor and a computing unit which constitutes the intelligent part. In recent years the smart camera turns from a research model to concrete hardware implementations. Today's smart cameras have pant-tilt-zoom-functionality, contain a mini-pc (embedded-pc) and optionally a FPGA for repetitive image processing tasks. These advances are especially caused by the increasing demand in the industry. Smart cameras gain in significance in quality control tasks, because of the compactness. E.g. in case of a system failure, in terms of a fast recovery, the whole system can be replaced in one step and the production can progress.
Distributed smart camera networks are vision networks consisting of single smart cameras connected to each other by ad-hoc or infrastructure networks. This Distributed System does not rely on a central control console.
Current research objectives at the SRA are focused on developing distributed smart camera networks consisting of fix pan-tilt-zoom- and mobile-cameras. These networks should have self-X characteristics like self-organization, self-healing etc. Capable scenarios to evaluate the system architecture are surveillance respectively assisted living tasks.