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NCJ Number: NCJ 190132     Find in a Library
Title: Bringing the Dispatcher to the Scene With Panoramic Imaging and Remote Video Transmission, Final Report
  Document URL: PDF 
Author(s): Andrew Hohmann
Corporate Author: InterScience, Inc
United States of America
Date Published: 07/2001
Page Count: 30
  Annotation: This report describes the activities and outcomes of a project initiated to develop a panoramic imager -- consisting of a 360-degree mirror in a clear housing with a color camera aimed at the mirror -- that can improve the current video camera systems used in patrol cars, most of which only record the activity in front of the vehicle.
Abstract: The overall objective of this Phase I effort was to demonstrate the enhanced capabilities of a 360-degree panoramic imager and evaluate how this tool can be used in the field. The Phase I work focused on the development of a prototype 360-degree panoramic imager, the integration of the imager into a police car, the development of the image-processing software, and testing of the resulting prototype. These objectives were achieved. Under field conditions, the panoramic imager demonstrated its ability to view the entire surroundings of a police vehicle simultaneously; mounting it in a vehicle proved to be easily achievable. The panoramic imager consists of four main parts: the parabolic mirror, video camera, housing, and associated software. The software for the project performs three main functions: displaying the live video feed from the camera, saving the video to a movie, and remapping the live video feed. In addition to producing knowledge about how a panoramic imager can be used in law enforcement, the project identified modifications that must be made in order to build a second, police-car-ready prototype, as well as the technologies that must mature in order to achieve a large-scale application of the 360-degree imager in law enforcement. Illustrative figures and images and appended camera specifications, software analysis, and MegaCamera specifications
Main Term(s): Science and Technology
Index Term(s): Police equipment ; Police cars ; Video imaging ; Camera technology ; NIJ final report
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Grant Number: 1999-IJ-CX-K020
Sale Source: NCJRS Photocopy Services
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
United States of America
Type: Report (Technical)
Country: United States of America
Language: English
Note: Dataset may be archived by the NIJ Data Resources Program at the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data
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