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Pc-based car license plate reading
Author(s): Katsuyoshi Tanabe; Eisaku Marubayashi; Harumi Kawashima; Tadashi Nakanishi; Akio Shio
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Paper Abstract

A PC-based car license plate recognition system has been developed. The system recognizes Chinese characters and Japanese phonetic hiragana characters as well as six digits on Japanese license plates. The system consists of a CCD camera, vehicle sensors, a strobe unit, a monitoring center, and an i486-based PC. The PC includes in its extension slots: a vehicle detector board, a strobe emitter board, and an image grabber board. When a passing vehicle is detected by the vehicle sensors, the strobe emits a pulse of light. The light pulse is synchronized with the time the vehicle image is frozen on an image grabber board. The recognition process is composed of three steps: image thresholding, character region extraction, and matching-based character recognition. The recognition software can handle obscured characters. Experimental results for hundreds of outdoor images showed high recognition performance within relatively short performance times. The results confirmed that the system is applicable to a wide variety of applications such as automatic vehicle identification and travel time measurement.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 March 1994
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 2182, Image and Video Processing II, (23 March 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.171070
Show Author Affiliations
Katsuyoshi Tanabe, NTT Integrated Communications Systems Headquarters (Japan)
Eisaku Marubayashi, NTT Integrated Communications Systems Headquarters (Japan)
Harumi Kawashima, NTT Integrated Communications Systems Headquarters (Japan)
Tadashi Nakanishi, NTT Human Interface Labs. (Japan)
Akio Shio, NTT Human Interface Labs. (Japan)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2182:
Image and Video Processing II
Sarah A. Rajala; Robert L. Stevenson, Editor(s)

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