Commercially available smart camera products are still few and relatively costly. CIRI ICT's design and development skills have made it possible to provide a reliable and low cost automatic vision solution based on smart cameras with low cost embedded hardware.
The target market is mainly that of automatic indoor tracking of vehicles or goods and robot placement and guide. The potential applications in other sectors are however manifold, and may include all those activities that require intelligent video-surveillance, automatic traffic and environmental control, quality control in productive processes and packaging.
Automatic indoor guide of a quadricopter drone
The prototype developed consists of 3 smart cameras located in a CIRI ICT laboratory, able to locate a remote-controlled quadricopter drone flying in the premises, and to track its position by displaying it in 3D environment. To make the potential of this kind of system more appreciable, the specific application has been designed to achieve automatic drone driving: specifically, once the multismart camera system has located the drone, it is possible to set an area of interest in the scene where to automatically pilot the drone. Therefore the application produced includes the self-calibration stage of the entire system, the location stage of the object of interest and the automatic navigation stage of the drone operating on the drone's own drive libraries. The results obtained by the demonstrator provide a good compromise between tracking accuracy and performance times: the produced system supports real time tracking of a target with less than 3% error.
CIRI-ICT is seeking corporate partners to produce a location and tracking system of objects of interest such as company vehicles inside warehouses.