The project ACode180Video aims to expand the limited field of view (FoV) of humans up to 180 degrees. A modular camera setup was built to capture multiple HD images to be compressed and stitched into a single UHD panoramic resolution with 180º FoV. This setup is comprised of 9 HD cameras mounted in a semi-circular arrangement, each one connected to a low cost processor module, which in turn is linked with a central processor unit. The processing modules are responsible for partial encoding of each image while the central one completes the process.
The project investigates efficient image stitching methods to combine images from all cameras with low computational complexity. This includes finding a reduced set of common visual features, match them between adjacent view images, geometric transform and blending.
The expected results include efficient joint coding and stitching algorithms suitable for implementation on low-cost consumer-grade equipment. Hopefully contributing to the development of sophisticated, yet affordable technology for all.
Project ACode180Video was developed under the coordination of Pedro Assunção, from the Multimedia Signal Processing Group of IT in Leiria
The PASMO project, a Platform for the Development of Intelligent Mobility Solutions, was present in the Portugal Smart Cities Summit 2018, held in the Centro de Congressos de Lisboa this April 11-13. Through debates, conferences, exhibitions and the presentation of different solutions, this event promoted the sharing of knowledge about all sectors involving the emerging concept of smart cities, an opportunity to reflect about the future organization of our cities.
Developed by researchers of the Embedded Systems group and the Telecommunications and Networking group, both from IT in Aveiro, PASMO consists of three subsystems that mirror the different layers of intelligent transport systems: data collection (roads, railways and vehicular resources), data transfer (telecommunications and data infrastructure), and applications. These components, with equipment, interfaces and open data, will be integrated and made available for business experimentation, leading to what could be an open innovation ecosystem (Living Lab) in the area of ITS - Intelligent Transport Systems and Services (ITS) in Portugal´s center region. PASMO (https://www.facebook.com/projetopasmo/) presents an opportunity for companies to collaborate in creating, developing and validating equipment and services, protocols, processes, applications and standards.