CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 · J Card Crit Care 2017; 01(01): 024-029
DOI: 10.1055/s-0037-1604202
Original Article
Official Publication of The Simulation Society (TSS), accredited by International Society of Cardiovascular Ultrasound (ISCU)

Contactless and Hassle Free Real Time Heart Rate Measurement with Facial Video

Shubham Pratap Singh1, Neeru Rathee1, Harsh Gupta1, Paolo Zamboni2, Ajay Vikram Singh3
  • 1Department of Electronics and Communications, Maharaja Surajmal Institute of Technology, New Delhi, India
  • 2Vascular Disease Center, University of Ferrara, Italy
  • 3Physical Intelligence Department, Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Stuttgart, Germany
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Publication Date:
29 September 2017 (online)


In the era of automation, an automatic and noninvasive tool is required for day-to-day health monitoring. Cardiac pulse being one of the vital physiological parameters has drawn attention of researchers for its measurement. In this article, the authors present an approach for automatic cardiac pulse measurement, using a typical webcam. In the presented approach, face region is detected and RGB traces are retrieved for the face region. FFT is applied on the extracted traces to compute power spectrum of the respective traces. The peaks of the power spectrum limited in the band region (0.75–4 Hz) are investigated to provide cardiac pulse measurement. The presented approach is hassle free in nature, and hence, can be adopted even in home environment. Experimental results represent the efficacy of the proposed approach.