Method and apparatus for receiving a broadcast radio service offer from an image

  • US 10,210,416 B2
  • Filed: 09/22/2017
  • Issued: 02/19/2019
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/27/2014
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A mobile apparatus, comprising:

  • an image sensor configured to capture an optical image of a vehicle license plate;

    a license plate detector configured to;

    identify, by a processor, one or more object images from the optical image, each of said one or more images comprising a candidate vehicle license plate image,crop, by the processor, the optical image to said identified one or more of the object images,score, by the processor, each of the cropped one or more object images by;

    detecting a plurality of alphanumeric characters in the object image,providing a rectangular fitting around the detected plurality of alphanumeric characters to compute a score of each of the detected plurality of alphanumeric characters in the object image,computing a score for each of the cropped one or more object images based on the rectangular fitting around the detected plurality of characters and a position of one of the plurality of characters relative to a position of another one of the plurality of characters, andbased on the scored one or more object images, recover, by the processor,information from the vehicle license plate image; and

    an interface configured to transmit the recovered information to a remote computing apparatus that is configured to receive a broadcast radio service offer corresponding to the vehicle license plate image in response to the transmission of the recovered information.

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