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A Review and Comparison of Measures for Automatic Video Surveillance Systems

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EURASIP Journal on Image and Video Processing20082008:824726

  • Received: 30 October 2007
  • Accepted: 12 June 2008
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Today's video surveillance systems are increasingly equipped with video content analysis for a great variety of applications. However, reliability and robustness of video content analysis algorithms remain an issue. They have to be measured against ground truth data in order to quantify the performance and advancements of new algorithms. Therefore, a variety of measures have been proposed in the literature, but there has neither been a systematic overview nor an evaluation of measures for specific video analysis tasks yet. This paper provides a systematic review of measures and compares their effectiveness for specific aspects, such as segmentation, tracking, and event detection. Focus is drawn on details like normalization issues, robustness, and representativeness. A software framework is introduced for continuously evaluating and documenting the performance of video surveillance systems. Based on many years of experience, a new set of representative measures is proposed as a fundamental part of an evaluation framework.


  • Ground Truth
  • Analysis Task
  • Normalization Issue
  • Video Analysis
  • Evaluation Framework

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Authors’ Affiliations

Corporate Research, Robert Bosch GmbH, D-70049 Stuttgart, Germany


© Axel Baumann et al. 2008

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