May 16, 2013

Students Accept Challenge from Axis Communications

Axis Communications, a worldwide leader in network video, recently presented Wentworth students with a challenge: The two students to develop the most innovative applications for a camera would travel to Las Vegas, Nev. to present at the 2013 International Security Conference.

Joshua Ramirez, a computer information science major, and Nicholas Gelfman, a computer science major, were chosen to present with Axis at the conference.

Ramirez’s application, called Project Alibi, uses object and facial recognition to see people and log them as they pass a camera. The idea stemmed from Ramirez’s work at Wentworth’s radio station, WIRE. He was inspired by the need to efficiently determine who was coming into the headquarters each day.

Gelfman created an evolved motion detection application that measures the distance between an object and the camera itself and “enables the camera to detect when an object is moving toward it in order to protect itself from vandalism and damage,” he said.

Axis Communications supplied the students with network cameras and advice from their staff. “This collaboration with Wentworth is a major step toward attracting bright new minds to the world of IP video and identifying the next generation of software developers who will help shape these intelligent solutions,” said Robert Muehlbauer, business development program manager at Axis.

Associate Provost Chuck Hotchkiss encouraged students to get involved with the project. “Our collaboration with Axis offers a unique framework that encourages students to build new and creative applications on top some of the world’s most innovative network video technology,” he said.

Read more about Ramirez’s application here

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