MissionCritical Communications, (August 2017): 30–35

Gaps in Public-Safety Cameras

Margaret H. Pinson

Abstract: A video is not always an accurate representation of what a first responder sees at an incident. New research suggests that first responders would benefit from a camera that removes airborne obscurants and shadows before the video is compressed. Current public-safety cameras’ faithful reproduction of rain, falling snow, dust, and shadows hinders our understanding of the situation. First responders need new technologies better serve them by better reproducing the subjects of interest.

Keywords: video; public safety; video quality assessment

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Margaret H. Pinson
Institute for Telecommunication Sciences
(303) 497-3579

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Lilli Segre, Publications Officer
Institute for Telecommunication Sciences
(303) 497-3572

Disclaimer: Certain commercial equipment, components, and software may be identified in this report to specify adequately the technical aspects of the reported results. In no case does such identification imply recommendation or endorsement by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, nor does it imply that the equipment or software identified is necessarily the best available for the particular application or uses.

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