Power consumption and performance analysis of object tracking and event detection with wireless embedded smart cameras

Mauricio Casares, Alvaro Pinto, Youlu Wang, Senem Velipasalar

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Abstract

An embedded smart camera is a stand-alone unit that not only captures images, but also includes a processor, memory and communication interface. With battery-powered and embedded smart cameras, it has become viable to install many spatially-distributed cameras interconnected by wireless links. Not requiring to have access to electrical outlets and have wired links increase system flexibility. However, wireless and battery-powered smart-camera networks introduce many additional challenges since they have very limited resources, such as power, memory and bandwidth. The algorithms running on the camera boards should be lightweight and efficient. In addition, the frequency of communication between camera nodes, and the content of the message packets should be carefully designed, since communication consumes power. In this paper, we present a wireless embedded smart-camera system that performs peer-topeer object tracking and event detection. We analyze the power consumption and performance of this system during different parts of the algorithm execution and for different message exchanges between camera nodes. We also present a graph of the energy consumption for different tasks performed in a camera's processor. The number of instructions are also presented. The results demonstrate the importance of the careful choice of when and what data to transfer between cameras, and also the necessity of having lightweight algorithms in these resource-constrained systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication3rd International Conference on Signal Processing and Communication Systems, ICSPCS'2009 - Proceedings
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2 2009
Externally publishedYes
Event3rd International Conference on Signal Processing and Communication Systems, ICSPCS'2009 - Omaha, NE, United States
Duration: Sep 28 2009Sep 30 2009

Publication series

Name3rd International Conference on Signal Processing and Communication Systems, ICSPCS'2009 - Proceedings

Other

Other3rd International Conference on Signal Processing and Communication Systems, ICSPCS'2009
CountryUnited States
CityOmaha, NE
Period9/28/099/30/09

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Signal Processing
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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    Casares, M., Pinto, A., Wang, Y., & Velipasalar, S. (2009). Power consumption and performance analysis of object tracking and event detection with wireless embedded smart cameras. In 3rd International Conference on Signal Processing and Communication Systems, ICSPCS'2009 - Proceedings [5306375] (3rd International Conference on Signal Processing and Communication Systems, ICSPCS'2009 - Proceedings). https://doi.org/10.1109/ICSPCS.2009.5306375