Video-file based citation generation system for traffic light violations

  • US 6,754,663 B1
  • Filed: 11/22/1999
  • Issued: 06/22/2004
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/23/1998
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. A system for generating a traffic light violation citation for a traffic light violation, said traffic light violation occurring when a vehicle crosses over a stop line and into an intersection during a red light phase of a traffic control light for a lane in which said vehicle is traveling at said intersection, comprising:

  • a processor for generating said traffic light violation citation, said processor operative to;

    receive at least one image data file, said image data file including image data showing a plurality of independent views of said traffic light violation, each of said independent views including at least a portion of said vehicle, wherein said at least one image data file includes a plurality of image sequences, each one of said image sequences including digitized video information providing an associated one of said plurality of independent views of said traffic light violation, and wherein each of said image sequences includes a video clip;

    display a plurality of image display windows, said image display windows for simultaneously displaying said plurality of image sequences in said image data file, wherein each of said plurality of image display windows displays a corresponding one of said independent views of said traffic light violation, and wherein said plurality of image sequences are synchronized such that they provide simultaneous views of said traffic violation;

    display a selection interface for permitting a user to select at least one image from said plurality of image display windows, wherein said plurality of image display windows and said selection interface are embodied within a graphical user interface (GUI); and

    said processor further operative to execute a citation generation process for generating a citation associated with said traffic light violation, wherein said citation includes said at least one selected image, and wherein said citation indicates that said traffic light was in said red light phase at a time said at least one selected image was captured.

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