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Skewness correction in automatic license plate recognition
Author(s): Heikki J. Huttunen
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Paper Abstract

Improvement of the accuracy of an automatic car license plate recognition system is studied. The recognition system has been installed in several ports, factories and national borders around Europe and Middle East. The paper describes the anatomy of a portable version of the recognition system, in which the requirements are different from a fixed installation. For example, the portable system recognizes the license plates with no external triggers (such as inductive loops) and the installation is left to the end-user. The placement of the recognition camera in such systems is often a compromise and cannot be fully controlled. The system learns the characteristics of the setup and tries to correct the imperfections that are due to the installation by a non-expert. One of the main problems is the angle in which the camera is looking at the road, which causes the plate and the characters appear skewed. This paper proposes an algorithm for cancelling the skewness effect. The skewness parameters can be estimated from the earlier recognition results, and the proposed system learns to correct the skewness resulting in improved recognition results. The improvement of the recognition accuracy is illustrated by experiments with an annotated database of license plate images.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 March 2005
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 5672, Image Processing: Algorithms and Systems IV, (1 March 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.586170
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Heikki J. Huttunen, Tampere Univ. of Technology (Finland)
Visy Oy (Finland)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5672:
Image Processing: Algorithms and Systems IV
Edward R. Dougherty; Jaakko T. Astola; Karen O. Egiazarian, Editor(s)

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