Technical feasibility


SECTION I: Testing



Has the R & D result been tested?






The following question is replied according to the reply in question 1


If yes



In what mode has the result been tested?

•             Prototype

•             Pilot Application

•             Alpha/BETA testing


The project aims to develop a system that is capable of gathering, fusing, interpreting and producing information about parts of a risky industrial environment through recognition and description of objects and activities. The proposed behavior analysis surveillance system is able to monitor human activities in high-risk areas and to deduce about the normality of the situations that individuals are getting involved.

The research result presents a lot of potential applications and currently has been tested in some realistic conditions in a laboratory. The real application should be tested in e.g. the industrial environment to take into account the specific application constraints and the influence of the operating conditions (light, vibrations, EMC, EMI, etc.).

A second option is to provide the SW to a video camera manufacturer interested in the integration of the algorithms directly in the camera firmware embedding the AMOS functions in the camera hardware. In that case a process of porting and integration of the software should be planned in conjunction with the partner.

The third option may be to integrate the algorithms in existing surveillance systems providing an augmented level of security.

These are the reasons why the result is currently at the level of prototype.

1b. Please describe and discuss the testing results
The research result showed a satisfactory level of false positive events. Thus, the algorithm is considered pretty robust and conservative from the performance point of view in the majority of envisaged applications.


If no:



Describe what type of testing does the R&D result need?




1d. What is the time needed for testing?


1e. What is the cost needed for testing?



SECTION 2: Current Stage of Development



To what extent does the development team have technical resources for supporting the production of a new product? (Researchers, human resources, hardware, etc. )
The system is based on commercial off the shelf (COTS) hardware to implement the algorithms and on the wireless cameras developed by the team to gather video data. The system is also compatible with COTS IP cameras.

The application of the system to a real case requires some engineering activities.

That activities are strictly related to the final application and thus the team is looking forward to a partnership with a potential customer for the pilot application stage.

The team has already implemented lab prototypes and may support the pilot application setup with some outsourced activities. Regarding the first option, the team foresees an effort of about 6-12 man months.

Any further activity has to be outsourced to an entity able to manage the “operations” function as e.g. a University spin-off.



What are the technical issues that need to be tackled for full deployment, if needed?
Besides the engineering activities mentioned at point 2a, there are not special issues to be solved for the deployment.


What additional technical resources are needed for the production of this new product?
A mass production of a commercial product as the wireless cameras requires some optimization of the hardware to make it cost effective and usable in a real environment. That activities are likely to be outsourced to an external engineering team.





Overall assessment of the current stage of technical development.
Looking to algorithms, the stage of development is advanced (the result has been also validated in realistic conditions). The integration in a complete product has to be made in co-operation with an industrial partner not yet found.

SECTION 3: Deployment


Define the demands for large scale production in terms of
  • Materials
The research result is basically a set of algorithms and wireless cameras. The video has to be sent to a processing unit able to perform video acquisition and processing, a COTS PC is suitable for this function since standard networking interfaces are used. Thus, the solution requires some electronic equipments that may also be COTS.



  • technologies, tools, machineries
Commercial of the shelf (COTS) components in the category of electronic equipments are envisaged in the system. In certain industrial application some mechanical parts, fixtures or enclosures may be needed for the deployment, the necessary parts are not predictable and will be studied on case by case basis.




  • Staff effort
The staff effort is related to the integration and test in a system, possibly by a third party or by an industrial partner. In other terms, the staff effort is about non-recurring engineering (NRE).




SECTION 4: Overall Assessment



What is you overall assessment of the technical feasibility of the research result?
In synthesis, provided a partnership with an industrial/commercial partner, the confidence about feasibility is high since the development of the core part of the system has been already tested in laboratory in realistic conditions. The remaining effort is mostly on some customization activities related to the final application.







Please put X as appropriate. 1 2 3 4 5
Adequacy of testing activity undertaken so far     X    
Adequacy and availability of technical resources of the development team       X  
Current development stage       X  
Overall technical feasibility       X  




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