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?
Keywords: 3D intelligent vision, secure zone,  virtual barrier, safety fencing, digital fence.

A lot of video surveillance systems dedicated to many different tasks are on the market. Some of them uses 3D intelligent vision as S.O.B. does.

Looking to what the market already offers, some results can be found.

Huperlab (http://www.huperlab.com/english/tech/analysis/analysis.htm) mentions applications like Virtual Fence Detection perceives intrusions when suspicious objects/people pass a predefined line or proceed the wrong way in single direction entrance.  Secure Zone Detection alarms when intrusions occur in one or more predefined forbidden zones.

SafeEYE (https://shop.pilz.com/eshop/b2b/publicinit.do?category=00014000337042) SafetyEYE is a camera system for 3D zone monitoring. It combines intelligent sensor technology with effective control. Innovative 3D technology and user-friendly software enables even complex applications to be monitored and controlled with one system.

Digital Fence  TrueView Digital Fence™

(http://www.thinkandmake.it/cognimatics/tvdfScreen.pdf) is an automated surveillance product that allows security personnel to create virtual perimeters by drawing a line on a digital view of what the camera is observing. Objects such as people or vehicles crossing the virtual Digital Fence boundaries signal an alert.




What is the problem/need/knowledge gap that the research result is responding to?  How was it addressed before?
S.O.B. Is virtually not limited in terms of number of video sources and thus in terms of reaching the desired level of performance. On the other hand an easy setup of the system is possible  thanks to the algorithms developed by the research team.




What is the potential for further research?
The potential is related to the possibility to introduce  some pattern recognition capabilities to be used to recognize some special objects introduced in the controlled area. The patterns may be simply special colors and/or shapes invariant to roto-translatation.  An example may be in safety monitoring when e.g. a marked glove has to be worn to access a certain area.




What is the proposed method of IPR-protection? (patent, license, trademark etc.)
About the protection of the algorithms, the copyright could be considered.

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.

The patent could be a possibility for a complete “machine” to be considered as a product. At the moment, the product will be based on some commercial off the shelf components like a PC and some computer programs and thus a patent may be difficult to apply.

Probably a license model is the most suitable method to let the potential users benefit from the algorithms.







What are the steps that need to be taken in order to secure the IPR-protection? What is the cost of IPR-protection?
Copyright protection by the registration of the software on the Public Register for computer programs has a cost starting from 120 €.

A first view of patents with the keywords 3D intelligent vision, secure zone,  virtual barrier, safety fencing, digital fence shows possible relevant results applied to some specific tasks.



Considering the final product as an assembly of HW and SW targeted to a specific task, it is necessary to consider existing patent relevance case by case.

The patent costs in Italy are around 2500 € (up front) + increasing annual fees from 60€ up to 650€ in the 20 year period. The estimated cost for the PCT application in the main countries is in the range of tens of k€.




What is you overall assessment of the scientific maturity of the research result?
The scientific contributions have are deeply tested and the needed effort is mostly on making them integrated and usable. This is why it can be stated that the result is mature.








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