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Minnesota Department of Transportation
This project researched image compression methods for storage and transmission of digital images at the Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT). Researchers compared the performance of several commercial and research methods for image compression based on the "typical" image provided by the Mn/DOT Office of Land Management. They also surveyed some new image compression methods based on wavelet thresholding. The report details the analyses and comparisons and includes recommendations. Researchers chose MrSID, a commercial software package for image compression, as a suitable method for the needs of MnDOT's Office of Land Management. MrSID uses a wavelet transform-based algorithm to achieve both the efficient storage and retrieval of large digital images. Its main practical advantages include improved utilization of storage and transmission resources and a multi-resolution browsing capability. MrSID can selectively decompress a portion of an image by zooming at different levels of detail.
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