Detecting the presence of a vehicle with a particular vehicle registration number

  • US 20040095258A1
  • Filed: 01/29/2003
  • Published: 05/20/2004
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/14/2000
  • Status: Abandoned Application
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1. A detection device for detecting the presence of a vehicle with a particular vehicle registration number in a monitored zone, the device including database storage means for storing a database comprising the vehicle registration number of at least one vehicle which it is desired to detect;

  • image capturing means for capturing an optical image of the monitored zone at least when a vehicle is present in the monitored zone, the optical image including at least an optical image of the registration number of at least one vehicle in the monitored zone;

    processing means configured to process the optical image to obtain the captured vehicle registration number and to compare the captured vehicle registration number with vehicle registration numbers in the database; and

    alarm means for generating an alarm signal if the captured vehicle registration number corresponds with the vehicle registration number of any vehicle in the database which it is desired to detect.

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