Vision-Based System for Automatic Detection of Suspicious Objects on ATM

  • Wirat RattanapitakEmail author
  • Somkiat Wangsiripitak
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9256)


Most skimming devices attached to an automatic teller machine (ATM) are similar in color and shape to the host machine, vision-based detection of such things is therefore difficult. A background subtraction method may be used to detect changes in a normal situation. However, without human detection, its background model is sometimes polluted by the ATM user, and the method cannot detect suspicious objects left in the scene. This paper proposes a real-time system which integrates (i) a simple image subtraction for detection of user arrival and departure, and (ii) an automatic detection of suspicious objects left on the ATM. The background model is updated only when no user is found, and used to detect suspicious objects based on a guided adaptive threshold. To avoid a detection miss, nonlinear enhancement is applied to amplify the intensity differences between foreign objects and host machine. Experimental results show that the proposed system increases correctly detected area by 13.21% compared with the fixed threshold method. It has no detection miss and false alarm either.


Skimming Automated teller machine Suspicious objects Objects detection Video surveillance 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Information TechnologyKing Mongkut’s Institute of Technology LadkrabangBankokThailand

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