UTM-developed camera captures images in dark

UTM-developed camera captures images in dark

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Malaysia: Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) has developed a closed circuit television (CCTV) camera system which can produce clear and accurate images even in the dark. The system, developed by the university’s Photogrammetry and Laser Scanning Research Group headed by Prof Dr Zulkepli Majid of the Faculty of Geoinformation Science and Engineering, has the potential to be the best crime monitoring system.

Developed from the idea of Mohd Farid Mohd Ariff, 30, one of the 16 researchers in the group, it is an integration of modern imaging technology and geomatics, said Dr Zulkepli. “The system involves three primary components – gathering of data offline and online, space calibration and data processing,” he added.

He said that the camera integrated three digital imaging technologies, namely high-resolution video camera, near infra-red filter and 3D stereo adapter, which could record 3D images in a bright or dark environment. The space calibration component is a 3D calibration adapter used to calibrate space which would be recorded by the closed circuit camera.

The data processing component identifies the image through the photogrammetry method which gives accurate and fast measurement of the subject in physical terms such as height, condition and form of the face, he added.

Dr Zulkepli said that the research on the system took two years and the effectiveness of the system was tested from all angles. “We are trying to commercialise the CCTV system through the TechnoFund grant of the Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry,” he said, adding that it was being targeted for areas which were dark or without lighting.

Source: BERNAMA