An Embedded Smart Camera on a Scalable Heterogeneous Multi-DSP System

  • Michael Bramberger (Author)
  • Bernhard Rinner (Author)
  • Helmut Schwabach (Author)

Activity: Talk or presentation / LecturePresentation at a scientific conference / workshop


A smart camera combines video sensing, high-level video processing and communication within a single embedded device. These devices a core components of novel surveillance systems. This paper reports on a heterogeneous smart camera targeting traffic surveillance. It is comprised of a CMOS image-sensor, several digital-signal processors and a network processor. We present its scalable and reconfigurable two-fold software framework, which enables the dynamic allocation of algorithmic tasks ("applications") to the DSPs. This framework provides middleware-like service like abstraction of data sources and communication channels. We introduce a resource manager, which manages and keeps track of the DSP´s on-chip resources like memory utilization, direct memory-access (DMA) channels and interrupts. Using the resource manager, applications can be distributed to DSPs with the lowest system load. Experiments with our prototype show the system´s usability using an MPEG-4 encoder and a sophisticated videoanalysis algorithm.
Period16 Nov 2004
Event titleEDERS-2004: The European DSP Education and Research Symposium
Event typeOther
Degree of RecognitionInternational

Research Field

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  • system; digital signal processor;
  • Keywords: smart camera; traffic surveillance; embedded