What’s Next? Security Cameras Go 3D

Using software, companies create stereoscopic 3D images to enable more accurate depth and size images for better recognition in surveillance situations.

Jason Knott · October 15, 2010

We already know 3D is all the rage in the home, but what about on the commercial security front? Apparently, 3D is also making strides in CCTV surveillance cameras.

Knowing that few businesses are going to pay for ultra-expensive 3D cameras, manufacturers are using software to “overlay” images from two separate side-by-side traditional CCTV cameras to create HD 3D imagery. The software was unveiled by at least two companies - DVtel and Feeling Software - at the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS) show in Dallas.

The systems use software to merge the images from the two separate cameras to provide greater depth and size for the viewer. Check out this video of how the system works.

What are the applications? Anywhere there is a large crowd (like an airport or a casino) and viewers need greater “separation” between subjects on the monitor. That 3D depth will enable video analytics, such as face recognition software, to work more effectively.

And, yes, the guards watching the surveillance monitors will have to wear 3D glasses.

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  About the Author

Jason has covered low-voltage electronics as an editor since 1990. He joined EH Publishing in 2000, and before that served as publisher and editor of Security Sales, a leading magazine for the security industry. He served as chairman of the Security Industry Association’s Education Committee from 2000-2004 and sat on the board of that association from 1998-2002. He is also a former board member of the Alarm Industry Research and Educational Foundation. He is currently a member of the CEDIA Education Action Team for Electronic Systems Business. Jason graduated from the University of Southern California. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Jason at

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