Compressed-Sensing-Enabled Video Streaming for Wireless Multimedia Sensor Networks

This article1 presents the design of a networked system for joint compression, rate control and error correction of video over resource-constrained embedded devices based on the theory of compressed sensing. The objective of this work is to design a cross-layer system that jointly controls the video encoding rate, the transmission rate, and the channel coding rate to maximize the received video quality. First, compressed sensing based video encoding for transmission over wireless multimedia sensor networks (WMSNs) is studied. It is shown that compressed sensing can overcome many of the current problems of video over WMSNs, primarily encoder complexity and low resiliency to channel errors. A rate controller is then developed with the objective of maintaining fairness among video streams while maximizing the received video quality. It is shown that the rate of compressed sensed video can be predictably controlled by varying only the compressed sensing sampling rate. It is then shown that the developed rate controller can be interpreted as the iterative solution to a convex optimization problem representing the optimization of the rate allocation across the network. The error resiliency properties of compressed sensed images and videos are then studied, and an optimal error detection and correction scheme is presented for video transmission over lossy channels.

Existing System:

In existing layered protocol stacks based on the IEEE 802.11 and 802.15.4 standards, frames are split into multiple packets. If even a single bit is flipped due to channel errors, after a cyclic redundancy check, the entire packet is dropped at a final or intermediate receiver. This can cause the video decoder to be unable to decode an independently coded (I) frame, thus leading to loss of the entire sequence of video frames.

Proposed System:

With the proposed controller, nodes adapt the rate of change of their transmitted video quality based on an estimate of the impact that a change in the transmission rate will have on the received video quality. While the proposed method is general, it works particularly well for security videos. In addition, all of these techniques require that the encoder has access to the entire video frame (or even multiple frames) before encoding the video.


  • CS Video Encoder(CSV)
  • Rate Change Aggressiveness Based on Video Quality
  • Video Transmission Using Compressed Sensing
  • Adaptive Parity-Based Transmission

Tools Used:

Front End : C#.Net