2019 Webcam Analysis and Monitoring

Webcam Data Analysis in Acadia National Park

acad_webcam_mapThe 2019 WPI Webcam team continues the research begun by WPI in 2017. The 2019 WPI Team will develop and implement a process for accessing Park webcams, downloading images and video in real time, analyzing the content, and uploading the processed content to the Acadia National Park website where it will be shared with Park officials and visitors. In addition to stationary webcams, the WPI team will be designing webcams intended to be mounted on tour buses and other park transportation vehicles. This will allow management and park visitors to monitor actual road and traffic conditions in the park in real time.

The goal of the project is to test bandwidth requirements for data capture, analysis, and delivery of content. cam-in-tree1Computer vision analysis will allow the park to make assertions about what is going on in images, video, and camera feeds. The project will cover the essential vision and processing operations and will outline ways to implement webcam technology in practical situations. Easily accessible tools will be used that will allow the eventual development of custom solutions that target traffic congestion and visitor movement.