WHAT IS ADVISE?
ADVISE is a research project co-funded by the FP7-Security Workprogramme of the European Commission, aimed at designing and developing a unification framework for surveillance-footage archive systems.
The ADVISE project results will ease the work of law enforcement authorities in their fight against crime and terrorism, through negotiation of all relevant legal, ethical and privacy constraints, and through location based video archive selection and efficient evidence mining of multiple, heterogeneous video archives.
In a context where surveillance systems are continuously growing in scale, heterogeneity and capabilities, two major obstacles have to be overcome. On the one hand, the variety of technical components of surveillance systems, producing video repositories with different compression formats, indexing systems, data storage formats sources, has to be addressed. On the other hand, the legal, ethical and privacy rules that govern surveillance and the produced content have to be taken into account.
To address these two major issues, the ADVISE system will be composed by two major components: the first one performing the semantically enriched, event based video analysis which will offer efficient search capabilities of video archives and sophisticated result visualization, and the second one enforcing the legal, ethical and privacy constraints that apply to the exchange and processing of surveillance data.
In addition, in order to support interoperability, the exchanged content and the associated metadata will be transformed into a common format, while a dedicated ADVISE Engine will be developed to efficiently deal with each surveillance and collaborating authority’s technical and legal/ethical/privacy specificities.
The ADVISE consortium brings together industrial and research experts in the areas of Security, Video Analysis, Multimedia Search, Geo-location and Privacy/Ethical/Legal issues, supervised by actual surveillance authorities, in order to realise a decentralised Video Archives Searching solution that is realistic, useful and can create a significant impact towards the security of EU citizens.
The project is performed by ten partner organisations coordinated by Engineering Ingegneria Informatica.