Thermal imaging systems for real-time applications in smart cities
by Rikke Gade; Thomas B. Moeslund; Søren Zebitz Nielsen; Hans Skov-Petersen; Hans Jørgen Andersen; Kent Basselbjerg; Hans Thorhauge Dam; Ole B. Jensen; Anders Jørgensen; Harry Lahrmann; Tanja Kidholm Osmann Madsen; Esben Skouboe Bala; Bo Ø. Povey
International Journal of Computer Applications in Technology (IJCAT), Vol. 53, No. 4, 2016

Abstract: In the modern world, cities need to keep up with the demand for mobility, efficient infrastructure and environmental sustainability. The future smart cities use intelligent information and communication technologies to raise the quality of life. This includes computer vision as one of the main technologies. It can observe and analyse human activities from a distance in a non-invasive manner. Traditional computer vision utilises RGB cameras, but problems with this sensor include its light dependency, and the privacy issues that can be raised by people being observed. In this paper, we propose the use of thermal imaging in real-time smart city applications. Thermal cameras operate independently of light and measure the radiated infrared waves representing the temperature of the scene. In order to showcase the possibilities, we present five different applications which use thermal imaging only. These include both indoor and outdoor scenarios with the purposes of people detection, counting and tracking, as well as one application for traffic safety evaluation.

Online publication date: Wed, 01-Jun-2016

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