Surveillance cameras and object-tracking technology has always worked best under perfect circumstances, with steady lighting and objects—or people—that behave in an orderly, predictable manner.
The hockey team at the University of British Columbia doesn’t always move in the most camera-friendly way, but an HD surveillance system from Avigilon is being put to the test on the ice.
The company has made an in-kind contribution (worth more than $600,000) of equipment to the UBC Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering for use in its MyView research project, a system for the capture, processing, and playback of video data recorded by multiple cameras for identifying and tracking, and motion studies, of individual athletes as they participate in sports.
Using the UBC Thunderbirds hockey program as a test environment, the MyView research team uses object detection and identification techniques to identify hockey players, records the game using multiple cameras installed in the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Center arena, and stores video data on Avigilon Network Video Recorders. Using the MyView Video Broswer installed on a mobile device, users can access the stored video to create individualized videos that track the actions of specific players throughout the game.
“We believe that there are many commercial applications for MyView, from high school sports events where parents want to focus on their child’s role in a game, to hockey fans wanting to watch a specific player’s moves, to skiers wanting to watch their performance at the end of the day,” explained Professor Sidney Fels of the UBC Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. “The Avigilon HD Surveillance System equipment has played a key role in our success to date and we look forward to an ongoing relationship with Avigilon as we continue to advance our research and development efforts.”
“Our organization understands the importance of responding to practical application and compliance needs as well as research interests, and are intrigued by the adoption of our HD surveillance solution for unique applications outside the traditional security market,” said Alexander Fernandes, Avigilon CEO. “We are thrilled to support the MyView research team in their effort to use advanced High Definition surveillance technology for the innovative purpose of human tracking in the sporting events industry.”
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