Airborne based High Performance Crowd Monitoring for Security Applications

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Roland Perko and Thomas Schnabel, Gerald Fritz and Alexander Almer, Lucas Paletta

Scandinavian Conference on Image Analysis (SCIA) , 1/2013


Crowd monitoring in mass events is a highly important technology to support the security of attending persons. Proposed methods based on terrestrial or airborne image/video data often fail in achieving sufficiently accurate results to guarantee a robust service. We present a novel framework for estimating human density and motion from video data based on custom tailored object detection techniques, a regression based density estimate and a total variation based optical flow extraction. From the gathered features we present a detailed accuracy analysis versus ground truth information. In addition, all information is projected into world coordinates to enable a direct integration with
 existing geoinformation systems. The resulting human counts demonstrate a mean error of 4% to 9% and thus represent a most efficient measure that can be robustly applied in security critical services.