Evaluation of Smart Video for Transit Event Detection

Transit agencies are increasingly using video cameras to fight crime and terrorism. As the volume of video data increases, the existing digital video surveillance systems provides the infrastructure only to capture, store and distribute video, while leaving the task of threat detection exclusively to human operators. Studies were done by Sandia National Laboratories for the U.S. Department of Energy to test the effectiveness of an individual whose task was to sit in front of a video monitor(s) for several hours a day and watch for particular events. The studies showed that even when assigned to a person, who is dedicated and well-intentioned, this method of using technology will not support an effective security system. After only 20 minutes of watching and evaluating monitor screens, the attention of most individuals has degenerated to well below acceptable levels. Monitoring video screens is boring, mesmerizing, and has no intellectually engaging stimuli. To address this problem, New Jersey Transit has connected over 1,400 of their cameras to computers that can automatically detect suspicious activity, using a complex algorithm. Any abnormality that differentiates from the algorithm will set off an alarm or a pager, or give a call to whoever is responsible for that camera.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $145000.00
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Florida Department of Transportation

    605 Suwannee Street
    Tallahassee, FL  United States  32399-0450
  • Project Managers:

    Johnson, James

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of South Florida, Tampa

    Center for Urban Transportation Research
    3650 Spectrum Boulevard
    Tampa, FL  United States  33612-9446
  • Start Date: 20080000
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 25148

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01461705
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: University of South Florida, Tampa
  • Contract Numbers: 77807
  • Files: RIP, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 1:50PM