Ottawa, Ontario – A “smart camera” technology that can help increase a factory’s efficiency has won its student designer the national AUTO21 TestDRIVE automotive research competition.

Siddhant Ahuja, a PhD student at the University of Windsor in Ontario, received a $10,000 scholarship for his work on indoor real-time location tracking systems. The competition showcases leading-edge technologies and automotive knowledge developed in part by Canadian university graduate students. AUTO21, Canada’s national automotive research program, provides funding to more than 50 applied R&D projects at 45 universities across Canada, covering more than 500 students and 220 academic researchers.

Wireless communication monitoring systems have been ineffective for tracking items on assembly lines, due to harsh shop conditions that can disturb radio frequencies. The visual sensor network technology presented by Ahuja can trace products through an assembly line, using spatially distributed smart cameras and Web-enabled software. The technology aids in automated inspection and identification, increasing the flexibility and productivity of automotive factories.

In addition to the grand prize, a $5,000 scholarship was awarded to Martin Lavelliere of Laval University for his research on virtual driver trainer software.

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