Mobile devices are more often capable for locating the user on the globe by using GPS or network-based systems. The location is given to the user in a meaningful context such as map or aerial image. We study compression methods for reducing the amount of data required by aerial images. We consider the two well known lossless graphics file formats GIF and PNG, the compression standards JPEG and JPEG2000, a fractal compressor known as FIASCO, and commercial wavelet-based method developed for aerial images. It is also expected that the devices support fewer than 256 gray levels. It is therefore possible to get further reduction by quantizing the images prior to compression, for example, to two-bit per pixel, and then apply lossless comrpession methods such as JBIG, GIF and PNG. For four color mobile displays error diffusion dithered images approximate the original 8-bit color images quite well. The trade-off in dithering is that the lossless compression ratios decrease. Solution to this might be to store the 8-bit images compressed by using a decent lossy compressor such as JPEG2000. Quantization and dithering should happen only at the moment when the image is displayed.
"Compression of aerial images for reduced-color devices", Proc. SPIE 5022, Image and Video Communications and Processing 2003, (7 May 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.476610; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.476610