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BOSS - On Board Wireless Secured Video Surveillance

Project official website: BOSS project

The BOSS project aims at developing an innovative and bandwidth efficient communication system to transmit large data rate communications between public transport vehicles and the wayside to answer to the increasing need from Public Transport operators for new and/or enhanced on-board functionality and services, such as passenger security and exploitation such as remote diagnostic or predictive maintenance. In particular, the BOSS concepts will be evaluated and demonstrated in the context of railway transport. As a matter of fact, security issues, traditionally covered in stations by means of video-surveillance are clearly lacking on-board trains, due to the absence of efficient transmission means from the train to a supervising control centre. Similarly, diagnostic or maintenance issues are generally handled when the train arrives in stations or during maintenance stops, which prevents proactive actions to be carried out.

BOSS - Dataset

This dataset includes 15 sequences shot by 9 cameras and 8 microphones, all synchronized together to give the possibility of 3D video/audio reconstruction.

Sequence 1

Cell phone theft (in Spanish language).
Sequence 1 files

Sequence 2

Check out - a passenger checking out another man's wife, then fighting (in French language).
Sequence 2 files

Sequence 3

Disease - a series of 3 passengers fainting, alone in the coach (both in French and Spanish).
Sequence 3 files

Sequence 4

Disease in public (both in French and Spanish).
Sequence 4 files

Sequence 5, 6 and 7

Harass - 3 sequences in which a man harasses a woman. In "Harass2", there are other passengers in the coach.
Sequence 5 files

Sequence 6 files

Sequence 7 files

Sequence 8 and 9

Newspaper - two sequences (one in French, one in Spanish) in which a passenger harasses another passenger for his newspaper, and end up assaulting him.
Sequence 8 files

Sequence 9 files

Sequence 10

Panic (in French language) - a passenger notices a fire in the next coach, and everybody runs out of the train.
Sequence 10 files

No Image.

Two more sequences are provided, containing no incidents whatsoever. They were shot to assess the robustness of incident detection software to false alarms.

Sequence 11

"No_Event" shows passengers congratulating each other, with a lot of interactions and laughs.
Sequence 11 files

Sequence 12

"No_Event2" is more representative of the usual ambience of a train, with passengers sitting quietly and comparatively motionless.
Sequence 12 files

Other sequences are provided, which are not acted incidents but were used for specific incident detection tasks.

Sequence 13

"Camera_Anomaly" (silent, only one camera) shows various types of camera malfunctions, namely underexposure, overexposure, unwanted motion of the camera (the picture goes out of frame), masking of the lens.
Sequence 13 files

Sequence 14

"Faces" (silent, video only on 2 unsynchronized cameras) is a series of people passing in front of the camera with clothes varying between the takes. Sequence 14 files

Sequence 15

"Tagging" (audio only) is a recording of a spray bomb in a train in motion. Three takes were recorded.
Sequence 15 files

A more thorough description of the sequences is given in BOSS_sequences.pdf.


Events generated by the BOSS processing are given for some sequences, in a file called "nameofthesequence.xml", in the same directory as the data set of the sequence itself. The format and types of the events are described in the PDF files in the root directory.

Contextual info:

All the sequences were shot in a Madrid suburban train kindly lent by RENFE who are gratefully acknowledged.
In order to allow as much flexibility as possible, all the video files are uncalibrated, the calibration files are provided along with each sequence and the description of how to use them is given in calibTutorial.pdf . An associated Matlab library is provided in BOSScalibTutorial.zip.


The sequences are provided free of charge for academic research. For any other use, please ask the contact person. Should you care to publish these sequences or results obtained using, please indicate their origin as "BOSS project", and mention the address of the project: http://www.celtic-boss.org.
You are welcome to provide a link to the location of the sequences, but copying them to another web site is subject to prior consent of the contact person.


Catherine Lamy-Bergot ( Catherine.LAMY-BERGOT {} thalesgroup.com , replace {} with the correct character) .