Human vision is complex. Perceiving and recognizing other people from the most diverse viewing angles, the interpretation of movement, gestures, facial expression, and direction of gaze are important basic elements of human interaction. The Videmo Intelligente Videoananlyse GmbH & Co. KG develops technical systems which imitate important skills of the human visual perception and uses these in the most varied of applications, mostly in the areas of safety and customer analysis.
Videmo was founded in 2008 out of the founding group “machine vision for the interaction between man and machine” at the Institute of Anthropomatics, which is fundamentally concerned with the identification, tracking, and analyzing technologies of humanoid robots, intelligent environments, and multimedia analysis. The scientists developed methods for the recognition of people, their gender, age, and attention.
The technologies researched at KIT are used by Videmo in a multitude of innovative solutions. One example is the recognition of people in videos based on their faces. This way, for example, a suspicious person’s path can be followed through the use of different cameras in the security headquarters of an airport to give the all clear in cases of luggage left unattended in a timely manner. The technology is also used in seeing access systems, which already recognize people with access at a distance according to their faces. A further usage opportunity is the automatic comparison of faces for the processing of documents, for example ID cards, which should include checked pictures of the owners.
A second key aspect for Videmo is customer analysis in retail. To be able to derive selling strategies, retail companies need information about customer structure, paths taken through shops, and the purchase behavior of customers. The intelligent video analysis can create and process such data reliably and anonymously as it registers relevant criteria such as age, gender, or the direction of gaze in real time and therefore makes the saving of video footage obsolete.
Videmo is currently working with the KIT on the future project VipSafe, which could save lives. In this case, a system for the video based monitoring of patients in intensive care is being developed, which, among others, is supposed to help prevent the unwanted removal of IV lines and tubes as well as falls from the hospital bed.