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Blocked camera detection using opencv

asked 2019-09-10 11:10:54 -0500

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Hi all .. I am developing a camera state monitoring service using opencv in Python, am facing a problem in detecting if a camera view is blocked by an obstruction (obstacle) ,, how can i detect such case using opencv in Windows platform

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Do you have image to show what is look like? I am using Raspberry pi 3/4 using Debian Buster ver 10.

supra56 gravatar imagesupra56 ( 2019-09-12 07:51:28 -0500 )edit

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answered 2019-09-11 05:04:34 -0500

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Considering that you won't move the camera, you can save an image of your background, and then you would compare the camera view with the background. You can use cv::absdiff() to perform the difference between the 2 images and then analyse the generated subtraction matrix. If the majority of the images is different, then you have an object obstructing the camera( the subtraction matrix will have higher values than one without any obstruction). Try to perform the comparition with the RGB image, and with a grayscale copy and see the differences.

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thanks will try it.. my case is a camera monitoring a street with car passing all day, traffic will be different during the day, I can have a baseline image to compare with, I will try ur idea and will update the results here

Nazzal gravatar imageNazzal ( 2019-09-14 01:41:07 -0500 )edit
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