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Virtual Light Barriers

Ref-No: TA-14086


Abstract

The virtual light sensors are based on a camera system and have the same function as light grids and light cur-tains. A virtual light barrier is defined by a line in the camera image with a start and a destination point. The colour value or the time course of colour value changes along this line are used to detect whether the line is interrupted by a person or an object. Thus, access to sensitive image information is avoided, preserving the privacy of the person.


Background

So far, rooms are predominantly monitored with standard photoelectric barriers, grids or curtains. In the case of a light barrier, the surveillance area is defined by the distance between the light transmitter and receiver. On the other hand, light curtains or light curtains use multiple light beams to monitor large areas, and are therefore often used in security applications. The installation effort is considerable. Thus, the individual receivers and transmitters must be precisely aligned and connected to the evaluation electronics. For multiple photocells, the associated cable installation can quickly become a problem. There are already vision-based methods of activity recognition in research that are mostly based on so-called person recognition and tracking methods. These have proven to be very complex in practice. For example, the sensor information is evaluated based on the model information and at the same time the model is constantly updated. This leads to a large computational effort and possibly to the fact that the tracking process during the monitoring "loses" the person.


Solution

The virtual light barriers are based on a camera system and have the same function as light grids or light curtains. A virtual light barrier is defined by a line in the camera image with a start and a destination point. The color value changes or the temporal color value changes along this line are used to detect whether the line is being "interrupted" by a person or an object. Thus, access to sensitive image information is avoided and the privacy of the person is preserved.


Advantages

Easy installation (no cable installation between transmitter and receiver, any number of virtual photocells - even in free space - can be "installed" without additional effort. Very simple data processing. Method is very robust against changes in lighting and / or the room. Protection of privacy, as only binary information about the state of the virtual light barriers are processed. Areas of application: intelligent homes or dormitories, security, surveillance, access control or consumer electronics.


Service

License for commercial use; Acquisition of property rights


EZN Erfinderzentrum Norddeutschland GmbH

Dr.-Ing. Tobias Braunsberger
0511 850 308-0
braunsberger@ezn.de
www.ezn.de
Address
Theaterstraße 2
30159 Hannover



Development status

Feasibility


Patent situation

  • DE 10 2009 055 623 granted

Keywords

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