Unauthorized access identification in restricted areas

TitleUnauthorized access identification in restricted areas
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication1998
AuthorsTascini G, Carbonaro A., Zingaretti P
Conference NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering

The paper describes a system to control vehicle accesses in restricted areas. The signalling of vehicles whose license- plates do not belong to a specific database is the aim of the system. The adaptation to different environmental conditions, and the identification of a vehicle by processing the license- plate pattern as a whole, without considering the recognition of the characters, are its two main characteristics. The system implements a recognition engine constituted by two modules. First, the system analyzes the video-recorded sequences to select a frame in which the license-plate satisfies pre-defined constraints, and extracts the license- plate template on which the matching with the model templates stored in the database will be performed. Second, vehicle identification is performed by a genetic template matching that, without requiring a high computational complexity, provides adaptation to normal environmental variations by exploiting learning capabilities. The implemented system, forced to distinguish only between authorized and unauthorized vehicles according to a threshold in the genetic fitness function, shows robust performance on Italian cars, but it is adaptable to different license-plate models, and is independent from outdoor conditions. ©2003 Copyright SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering.