The future of camera networks: staying smart in a chaotic world

Esterle, Lukas, Lewis, Peter, Yao, Xin and McBride, Richie (2017). The future of camera networks: staying smart in a chaotic world. IN: 11th International Conference on Distributed Smart Cameras. USA: UNSPECIFIED.


Camera networks become smart when they can interpret video data on board, in order to carry out tasks as a collective, such as target tracking and (re-)identi cation of objects of interest. Unlike today’s deployments, which are mainly restricted to lab settings and highly controlled high-value applications, future smart camera networks will be messy and unpredictable. They will operate on a vast scale, drawing on mobile resources connected in networks structured in complex and changing ways. They will comprise heterogeneous and decentralised aggregations of visual sensors, which will come together in temporary alliances, in unforeseen and rapidly unfolding scenarios. The potential to include and harness citizen-contributed mobile streaming, body-worn video, and robot- mounted cameras, alongside more traditional xed or PTZ cameras, and supported by other non-visual sensors, leads to a number of di cult and important challenges. In this position paper, we discuss a variety of potential uses for such complex smart camera networks, and some of the challenges that arise when staying smart in the presence of such complexity. We present a general discussion on the challenges of heterogeneity, coordination, self-recon gurability, mobility, and collaboration in camera networks.

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Divisions: Engineering & Applied Sciences
Engineering & Applied Sciences > Computer Science
Engineering & Applied Sciences > Systems analytics research institute (SARI)
Additional Information: Copyright: The authors
Event Title: 11th International Conference on Distributed Smart Cameras
Event Type: Other
Event Location: Stanford University
Event Dates: 2017-09-05 - 2017-10-07
Published Online Date: 2017-09-07
Authors: Esterle, Lukas ( 0000-0002-0248-1552)
Lewis, Peter ( 0000-0003-4271-8611)
Yao, Xin
McBride, Richie



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