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System recognizing Bahamian license plate with touching characters

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Jingyu Dun, Sanyuan Zhang, Yin Zhang

Zhejiang University, College of Computer Science and Technology, Zheda Road No. 38, Hangzhou 310027, China

Xiuzi Ye

Wenzhou University, College of Mathematics and Information Science, Chashan Higher Education District, Wenzhou 325035, China

J. Electron. Imaging. 25(6), 063009 (Nov 29, 2016). doi:10.1117/1.JEI.25.6.063009
History: Received August 12, 2016; Accepted November 1, 2016
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Abstract.  Various methods are proposed for license plate recognition, but none of them are universal. Some common methods for license plate localization, character extraction, and recognition are analyzed. Then a system is proposed to recognize the Bahamian license plate with touching characters. A vertical edge-based method with a modified sliding window technique is used to locate the license plate, and a machine learning process is used to trim the region. The located license plate is rectified by using the minimum enclosing box and the stroke width value. Then the vertical projection and pairs of extreme points are combined to segment the characters. Finally, a deep learning method is used to recognize the characters. 2996 images are experimented on and the total recognition accuracy achieves 83.29%. Typical methods of each stage are implemented to compare with the proposed methods. In addition, the proposed system is experimented on a public dataset to show the generalization ability of the system. The experimental results show that the proposed system performs better than the other methods and is able to be used in a real-time application.

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Jingyu Dun ; Sanyuan Zhang ; Xiuzi Ye and Yin Zhang
"System recognizing Bahamian license plate with touching characters", J. Electron. Imaging. 25(6), 063009 (Nov 29, 2016). ; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/1.JEI.25.6.063009


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