Journal of Computer Science

Pan Correction through Overlap Estimation in a Multi-Camera Environment

S. Mohamed Mansoor Roomi, V. Manojkumar and M. Senthilarasi

DOI : 10.3844/jcssp.2010.993.1001

Journal of Computer Science

Volume 6, Issue 9

Pages 993-1001

Abstract

Problem statement: Multiple cameras are employed for surveillance of larger environment. In such a case there is a need to maintain overlap in the adjacent cameras for correct object registration. Overlap may get disturbed by natural or manual factors. This study proposed an automatic camera pan correction by determining the area of overlap from multi-view images. Approach: A closed loop system which used feature extraction using SIFT, feature matching using descriptor ratio method and Mean Absolute Error (MAE) over Gaussian scale space, followed by overlap estimation is implemented for restoring the camera position. Results: The proposed method was experimented with the datasets acquired in the environment where surveillance involves two cameras. The matched points of the two images were used to calculate the overlap percentage. The overlap percentage estimated by the surveillance server was communicated to the pan controller to re-orient the camera to its original position. Conclusion: The proposed algorithm identified the robust and distinctive features that are invariant to translation, rotation and scaling. These features help in the accurate estimation of overlap percentage, which is further used to automatically correct the pan of the camera.

Copyright

© 2010 S. Mohamed Mansoor Roomi, V. Manojkumar and M. Senthilarasi. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.