Our goal is to bring important practical benefits to users of embedded Computer Vision in terms of advanced hardware design and embedded software for smart cameras and related devices such as video encoders. Our development strategy attempts to connect research with relevant product and user needs within the rapidly evolving domain of Computer Vision. We are in tight cooperation with Texas Instruments (TI) and benefit from our status as “TI Early Adopter” – the only one in Europe –, which provides us access to technical specifications 3-4 months in advance of their public release. Our strategic co-operation with Funkwerk video systeme (a major European camera manufacturer) and with a number of integrators and end-users provide us continuous feedback on technological developments and user requirements which are needed to accomplish vision-based solutions of great practical impact.

We follow a three-fold development strategy: First, we realize hardware prototypes and Board Support Packages (BSP) as platforms for the development of various video processing applications (streaming, networked communication and interface implementations). Secondly, we use these prototypes as demonstration and validation platforms for our own video analytics concepts and technologies. Thirdly, we develop leading-edge technology (hardware and software) packages targeting specific vision tasks. Since hardware and software technologies are a rapidly expanding field, we are also following and adopting emerging trends such as mobile vision concepts based on ARM and Intel processors.

Application Example: Q7 Multimedia Module

The development of the unique Q7 Multimedia Module marks a major milestone in our embedded systems development strategy. This module makes the main features of the TMS320DM8148 DaVinci™ Digital Media Processor available as a convenient and compact solution based on the well-established Qseven™ platform. This design includes the System-on-Chip and all of its high-speed core peripheral components mounted on a single piece of PCB, making TI´s multimedia processing capabilities available to the user. An additional ISIF interface is given optionally (i.e. for connecting an optical sensor board), making the unit ready for camera applications.

Technology platforms:

  • TI DSPs: DM 64x, DM36x, DM81xx (Netra and derivatives)
  • GPU: NVIDIA Graphic chips (CUDA)
  • AVC 4/4 4-channel video encoder
  • Video player (PC based)
  • Centaurus Module

Industrial Reference projects:

  • Funkwerk video systeme GmbH: HD H.264 surveillance camera and multichannel encoder
  • PKE Videosysteme: Advanced development and delivery of several thousand video encoding channels (PCI boards, encoders and software modules) for surveillance (e.g. Vienna Underground)
  • TITAN Electronics: Embedded multichannel video encoder and object detection algorithms