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System eases development of video detection solutions

Posted: 13 Aug 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:digital video processing? multimedia codecs? MPEG-4 streaming?

Image Sensing Systems (ISS) has introduced its Autoscope Terra products, a new generation of video detection solutions that leverages Texas Instruments Inc.'s DaVinci technology to generate high performance digital video processing and provide accurate, real-time vehicle and incident detection.

The Autoscope Terra family of products, which includes the Autoscope Solo Terra and Autoscope RackVision Terra systems, uses TI's TMS320DM6446 SoC based on DaVinci technology and targets Intelligent Transportation Systems markets which include intersection control, highway monitoring and tunnel safety. Autoscope Terra products instantly generate high-quality video output made possible through the DM6446, which is optimized for video encode and decode applications with its integrated video accelerators, peripherals, complementary software and development tools.

"By using DaVinci technology and toolkits, we were able to release a complete product line within one year that is providing multiple benefits to our customers, one being the ability to stream MPEG-4 digital video from each Autoscope Terra processor," said Craig Anderson, VP Marketing and Technical Services, ISS.

To increase efficiency in product development, ISS relied on TI's DM644x digital video evaluation module (DVEVM), which includes highly optimized multimedia codecs, APIs and frameworks. ISS also used the digital video software development kit (DVSDK) tool set that helps designers decrease basic system design from months to weeks, allowing them to direct resources to product differentiation.

By harnessing the performance of TI's DM6446 processor with ISS' proprietary detection algorithms in the Autoscope Terra systems, ISS offers multi-threaded software that processes video images in real-time to monitor traffic, extract data and transmit detector outputs while simultaneously streaming MPEG-4 digital video. Each Autoscope Terra product includes MPEG-4 streaming, allowing video output to be viewed over the Internet by transportation personnel. Thus, incidents such as traffic accidents or a fire within a tunnel can be easily detected by Autoscope Terra systems to alert the appropriate emergency responder as needed. Transportation operations that use the Autoscope Terra products are provided real-time data and alarm notification to allow for quicker response time, said ISS.

The Autoscope Solo Terra and Autoscope RackVision Terra products are now available.

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