Objectives

The objective of CISTERN is to address societal needs in the areas of security and entertainment. These societal needs include citizens’ security through Ultra High Definition (UHD) surveillance systems, intelligent security systems through 3D vision, and image capture for the first generation of Ultra High Definition Television, and sorting in the food industry. In particular, this project will lead to a number of societal benefits:

  • significantly improved surveillance camera systems and better detection rates

  • enhanced experiences for TV viewers with unprecedented image quality (in spatial details, motion portrayal, and colour perception), and enhanced interactions in the digital world.


CISTERN addresses these needs by improving the performance of advanced image capturing systems (imagers) such as time-of-flight cameras, high-resolution/high sensitive and multi-spectral security cameras, and broadcast cameras. Improved image quality allows for the extraction of more detailed information and a wider range of applicability.

For the long term the integration of adjustable Fabry Perot Interference (FPI) filters on top of CMOS image sensors will be researched. This will result in a programmable layer on top of sensors that can be adapted to different types of applications (e.g. per pixel spectral response and attenuation programming for dynamic range control, colour filter programmability for all kinds of visual applications and for instance for material research).

The goal of the CISTERN project is:

  • To develop CMOS image sensors with improved performance on spatial resolution, temporal resolution, higher bit depths, lower noise, wider colour gamut, better spectral sensitivity, higher quantum efficiency (not necessarily all combined for each sensor) and additional, smart functionality in the pixels. The consortium will develop imager sensors in the categories UHDTV and Time-of-Flight for broadcast, entertainment, and security applications.

  • To develop real time image processing techniques needed to improve the quality of the digital output signal of the sensor demonstrators

  • To develop and demonstrate the capability to produce multispectral imagers by hybridization of multispectral filter arrays on top of CMOS sensor. Both matrix filters and hybrid assembly processes will be developed within the project. 

  • To demonstrate the improved performance of the CMOS imagers combined with related processing in a number of demonstrators.

  • To develop Ultra High resolution, widely opened, sensor adapted zoom lenses.

  • To develop and demonstrate an integrated Camera Lens Assembly for security applications that offer UHDTV performance with the Size and Weight of an HDTV solution.

  • To start in-house CMOS image sensor development in Grass Valley.