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Sensors 2016, 16(9), 1528;

Small Moving Vehicle Detection in a Satellite Video of an Urban Area

ShaanXi Provincial Key Lab of Speech and Image Infromation Processing, School of Computer Science, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi’an 710129, China
School of Telecommunications Engineering, Xidian University, Xi’an 710071, China
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Received: 20 June 2016 / Revised: 8 September 2016 / Accepted: 9 September 2016 / Published: 21 September 2016
(This article belongs to the Section Remote Sensors)
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Vehicle surveillance of a wide area allows us to learn much about the daily activities and traffic information. With the rapid development of remote sensing, satellite video has become an important data source for vehicle detection, which provides a broader field of surveillance. The achieved work generally focuses on aerial video with moderately-sized objects based on feature extraction. However, the moving vehicles in satellite video imagery range from just a few pixels to dozens of pixels and exhibit low contrast with respect to the background, which makes it hard to get available appearance or shape information. In this paper, we look into the problem of moving vehicle detection in satellite imagery. To the best of our knowledge, it is the first time to deal with moving vehicle detection from satellite videos. Our approach consists of two stages: first, through foreground motion segmentation and trajectory accumulation, the scene motion heat map is dynamically built. Following this, a novel saliency based background model which intensifies moving objects is presented to segment the vehicles in the hot regions. Qualitative and quantitative experiments on sequence from a recent Skybox satellite video dataset demonstrates that our approach achieves a high detection rate and low false alarm simultaneously. View Full-Text
Keywords: moving vehicle detection; satellite video; motion heat map; local saliency map moving vehicle detection; satellite video; motion heat map; local saliency map

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Yang, T.; Wang, X.; Yao, B.; Li, J.; Zhang, Y.; He, Z.; Duan, W. Small Moving Vehicle Detection in a Satellite Video of an Urban Area. Sensors 2016, 16, 1528.

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