IP protection




Please provide a short description of the state-of-the-art and/or current trends in the field? How does the result fit into it?
Several products that allow a remote access to USB or IP cameras are available on the market, most of them are provided as a service. In some cases, the service consists of a server based architecture that allows a smartphone to receive a video stream through a wireless internet connection. The cameras, provided directly by the final users, send video data to the server to allow the mobile terminal to download the video stream. Some systems allow also to control the camera (pan, tilt and zoom -PTZ). In other cases, the server is directly installed in the user’s premises, in that case some issues related to the dynamic IP address (commonly provided by ISPs) and routing problems have to be faced.

Eye-See allows video streaming and camera control (PTZ) from a mobile phone by means of a easily reachable server that allows also to secure the access to the data through authentication. In addition, the software is specifically designed for mobile devices, in fact  it automatically adjusts video resolution and frame rate according to available bandwidth. The measure of the bandwidth is made dynamically during the data reception and the server regulates the data rate to avoid the channel congestion.






What is the problem/need/knowledge gap that the research result is responding to?  How was it addressed before?
The research result is addressing the problems due to the dynamic variations of the bandwidth by adjusting the frame rate and the resolution to maintain the usability even when the data rate is reduced by fading radio signals.

In system without adaptive methods, if the video streaming requirements are not met in term of bandwidths, the video play may be stopped or appear chopped.







What is the potential for further research?
The potential is represented by the discover of new cases in which current algorithms are showing poor performance in terms usability or perceived quality. That cases are not easy to be built artificially and may come with the application of the algorithms on a large number of situations coming from the real usage.






What is the proposed method of IPR-protection? (patent, license, trademark etc.)
At the moment, the only envisaged method is the copyright.







What are the steps that need to be taken in order to secure the IPR-protection? What is the cost of IPR-protection?
Since a simple web search shows some pertinent issues (e.g. on Google ), the first step is to perform a patent search, the cost is not considered relevant.

Copyright protection by the registration of the software on the Public Register for computer programs has a cost starting from 120 €.

A similar level of protection can be made by the researcher by sending the software description and the software itself on a CD in a closed envelop by certified mail to himself. The stamp certifies the date of release of the software and can be used against claims of originality or to claim originality.




What is you overall assessment of the scientific maturity of the research result?
The result is almost ready to be deployed. Some issues about the product/service business model have to be still considered. Some synergies are related to the large diffusion of networks with large bandwidths and mobile phones with increasing multimedia capabilities. On the other hand the support of several platforms (Android, iOS, etc.) is something require a continuous effort.







Please put X as appropriate. 1 2 3 4 5
Scientific maturity       X  
Synergies       X  
State-of-the-art/innovation     X    
IPR-potential     X    




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