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The objective of this project is to develop a new kind of visual sensor: complex enough to sense and describe the visual world it observes - yet enjoys the characteristics of simple (e.g. temperature) sensors: ultra-low power consumption, easy connect ability, and a small, unobtrusive form-factor.

The proposed vision system is based on a custom CMOS ultra low-power vision sensor, partially embedding a reliable algorithm for people detection and monitoring in the analog stage of the pixel; a low power sensor interface allowing the sensor to live for at least 5 months- with a minimum energy-budget, powered with a tiny battery or a super capacitor, which can be recharged by a 1 cm2 solar-cell; a high-level computing platform which is turned on only when necessary, triggered by the sensor as soon as it detects a potential alert situation.

Sunday, 1 January, 2012 to Saturday, 31 August, 2013

To develop an autonomous vision system based on a custom low-power vision sensor embedding a reliable, outdoor algorithm for surveillance applications such as intruder detection and people monitoring.

18 months
  • EMZA Visual Sense Ltd (Israel)
  • Fondazione Bruno Kessler (Italy)
  • Si14 (Italy)
325000 euro
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The main role of FBK will be to design and test the low power vision sensor embedding the low-level algorithm for people detection.

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