TNO conducts a number of studies with the aim of making camera surveillance more effective. This research is commissioned by the Center for Innovation & Safety (CIV) in Utrecht. There is cooperation with Dutch companies (S&T and Philips).
Camera surveillance in public space is complex because images from multiple cameras have to be combined into one complete, comprehensive picture. 'Smart Control' is a method to represent this information in an intuitive way. The Smart Control interface projects miniature camera images on a ground plan. In this way the viewing direction, range and location of the camera can be seen at just one glance. This is a big step forward compared to current systems, which only display the camera images on a wall of monitors and the locations of the cameras on a separate map. Smart Control appears to be particularly effective for operators who are unfamiliar with a surveillance area. TNO and S&T are now working on an application where audio is added to the camera image. 3D audio is used to make it easier to localize sounds and thus events. The demo version and evaluation of camera surveillance with 3D audio will be delivered in early 2012.
In 2012 TNO and S&T will make a design of the surveillance center of the future. As a part of it, Smart Control will be extended with new technologies. To achieve this new design, TNO will perform an inventory from the user side and S&T will do this from the technology side. The results will be integrated into a new design of the surveillance center.
In 2012 TNO, in cooperation with Philips, will investigate whether it is possible to measure an indication of the stress level of a person 'at-a-distance'. The stress indicator of individuals can be used in camera surveillance of public areas (eg counters). Technology of TNO and Philips will be combined in this research project to achieve optimal detection of stress at-a-distance.