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AUSTRALIAN SMART HIGHWAYS

AUSTRALIAN SMART HIGHWAYS Simmy Grewal the implementation of the central Cheryl Pellerin's smart highways to form candidate vehicles for feature in Sensor Review, Vol. 12 No. comparisons against the database. A computer site and the installation of a number of SAFE-T-CAM camera 1, made interesting reading. In number of successive images of the sites throughout NSW. The technology Australia, a new system, which highway are utilized to track the has so far been developed as a road monitors heavy vehicles, was recently passing vehicles, which may be safety tool, but it can be used unveiled. The system monitors the travelling at speeds of more than elsewhere in Government or in movement of heavy duty vehicles on 100km per hour. This is made possible businesses such as parking stations or New South Wales (NSW) roads. The by the use of an Australian-developed tollway operations which need to basic need for this system was area parameter accelerator board, capture, process and store images. established by the Road & Traffic which characterizes images as quickly A consortium of Telecom, CSIRO Authority (RTA) of NSW and it as they are acquired. The second and Iconix Pty Ltd developed the centres on being able to spot trucks camera acquires a high-resolution system at a cost of $4 million. Telecom which are speeding, stolen, image of every approaching heavy and Iconix are commercial unregistered or skipping rest periods vehicle. Because it uses infra-red organizations. CSIRO stands for in all weather conditions, day or night. technology there is no detectable radar Commonwealth Scientific and This resulted in the development of a beam or flash, and operation is also Industrial Research Organization and system called SAFE-T-CAM. possible in all weather conditions, day it is a federal R&D body which carries or night. The infra-red system The concept of this system is out original research in collaboration produces images four times clearer illustrated in Figure 1. Camera A, in with industry. The principal software than those of a conventional video conjunction with video rate image component of the SAFE-T-CAM camera, and photographs are stored processing, separates heavy vehicles system took two years to develop in on disk in case they have to be used from other objects expected to be the CSIRO Division of Manufacturing as court evidence. This image is first found on a highway, such as cars, Technology Laboratories. Mr Ian analysed to locate the number plate buses, utilities, motor bikes, and even MacIntyre, who led the CSIRO team, and next to identify the plate number animals. The identified heavy vehicle claims that the technology is a world by means of optical character is then photographed by Camera B first. He said: "We carried out an recognition. In cases where number and its number plate read by optical international technology survey to find plates cannot be identified because character recognition methods. This is sensors suitable for demanding on-site plates are bent, muddied, or otherwise no mean task given that the number conditions, but found nothing obscure, the computer automatically plate often occupies less than 0.5 per appropriate. We ultimately worked transmits images of the number plates cent of the total frontal image with a group of international to inspectors on duty in a distant captured. This number plate researchers to develop a whole new traffic control centre. They have the identification takes care of the issue of high resolution camera system which task of reading number plates which stolen or unregistered vehicles. To incorporates lateral overflow drain the software could not recognize by monitor speeding and rest period technology to minimize blooming itself. This happens in about 10 per violations, a similar vision system is from headlights". The system cent of cases. The system is installed 100km further down the installation on F5 was formally operational on Freeway F5 South of unveiled by the Deputy Premier and highway. If a vehicle, identified by its Sydney in NSW. Satisfactory Minister for Roads for NSW on 15 number plate at station 1, reaches the performance of the system has second station so quickly that it must April 1992 and he said: "SAFE-T- convinced the RTA to proceed with CAM is a world leading technology have exceeded the speed limit to get pioneered in Australia and it is aimed there, then police officers beyond the at eliminating speeding or unsafe second station can apprehend the heavy vehicles from our roads". So, driver. The system can be extended to next time you are travelling on an monitor overloaded vehicles using Australian Freeway, take comfort that weigh-in-motion technology, to smart systems are in operation to monitor pollution emissions, driving make your journey safe. times, and toll road usage. On the technical side, Camera A scans four highway lanes, imaging 200 For further information contact Mrs Rae metres of road 50 times per second. Robinson, Communications Manager, The image is analysed by specially CSIRO, Division of Manufacturing developed algorithms and pipelined Technology, Locked Bag 9, Preston, processing to detect objects in the Victoria 3072, Australia. Fax: 61 3 480 0757. scene. The objects are then identified 22 Sensor Review Vol. 12 No. 4 , 1992, p. 22, © MCB University Press, 0260-2288 http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Sensor Review Emerald Publishing

AUSTRALIAN SMART HIGHWAYS

Sensor Review , Volume 12 (4): 1 – Apr 1, 1992

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Simmy Grewal the implementation of the central Cheryl Pellerin's smart highways to form candidate vehicles for feature in Sensor Review, Vol. 12 No. comparisons against the database. A computer site and the installation of a number of SAFE-T-CAM camera 1, made interesting reading. In number of successive images of the sites throughout NSW. The technology Australia, a new system, which highway are utilized to track the has so far been developed as a road monitors heavy vehicles, was recently passing vehicles, which may be safety tool, but it can be used unveiled. The system monitors the travelling at speeds of more than elsewhere in Government or in movement of heavy duty vehicles on 100km per hour. This is made possible businesses such as parking stations or New South Wales (NSW) roads. The by the use of an Australian-developed tollway operations which need to basic need for this system was area parameter accelerator board, capture, process and store images. established by the Road & Traffic which characterizes images as quickly A consortium of Telecom, CSIRO Authority (RTA) of NSW and it as they are acquired. The second and Iconix Pty Ltd developed the centres on being able to spot trucks camera acquires a high-resolution system at a cost of $4 million. Telecom which are speeding, stolen, image of every approaching heavy and Iconix are commercial unregistered or skipping rest periods vehicle. Because it uses infra-red organizations. CSIRO stands for in all weather conditions, day or night. technology there is no detectable radar Commonwealth Scientific and This resulted in the development of a beam or flash, and operation is also Industrial Research Organization and system called SAFE-T-CAM. possible in all weather conditions, day it is a federal R&D body which carries or night. The infra-red system The concept of this system is out original research in collaboration produces images four times clearer illustrated in Figure 1. Camera A, in with industry. The principal software than those of a conventional video conjunction with video rate image component of the SAFE-T-CAM camera, and photographs are stored processing, separates heavy vehicles system took two years to develop in on disk in case they have to be used from other objects expected to be the CSIRO Division of Manufacturing as court evidence. This image is first found on a highway, such as cars, Technology Laboratories. Mr Ian analysed to locate the number plate buses, utilities, motor bikes, and even MacIntyre, who led the CSIRO team, and next to identify the plate number animals. The identified heavy vehicle claims that the technology is a world by means of optical character is then photographed by Camera B first. He said: "We carried out an recognition. In cases where number and its number plate read by optical international technology survey to find plates cannot be identified because character recognition methods. This is sensors suitable for demanding on-site plates are bent, muddied, or otherwise no mean task given that the number conditions, but found nothing obscure, the computer automatically plate often occupies less than 0.5 per appropriate. We ultimately worked transmits images of the number plates cent of the total frontal image with a group of international to inspectors on duty in a distant captured. This number plate researchers to develop a whole new traffic control centre. They have the identification takes care of the issue of high resolution camera system which task of reading number plates which stolen or unregistered vehicles. To incorporates lateral overflow drain the software could not recognize by monitor speeding and rest period technology to minimize blooming itself. This happens in about 10 per violations, a similar vision system is from headlights". The system cent of cases. The system is installed 100km further down the installation on F5 was formally operational on Freeway F5 South of unveiled by the Deputy Premier and highway. If a vehicle, identified by its Sydney in NSW. Satisfactory Minister for Roads for NSW on 15 number plate at station 1, reaches the performance of the system has second station so quickly that it must April 1992 and he said: "SAFE-T- convinced the RTA to proceed with CAM is a world leading technology have exceeded the speed limit to get pioneered in Australia and it is aimed there, then police officers beyond the at eliminating speeding or unsafe second station can apprehend the heavy vehicles from our roads". So, driver. The system can be extended to next time you are travelling on an monitor overloaded vehicles using Australian Freeway, take comfort that weigh-in-motion technology, to smart systems are in operation to monitor pollution emissions, driving make your journey safe. times, and toll road usage. On the technical side, Camera A scans four highway lanes, imaging 200 For further information contact Mrs Rae metres of road 50 times per second. Robinson, Communications Manager, The image is analysed by specially CSIRO, Division of Manufacturing developed algorithms and pipelined Technology, Locked Bag 9, Preston, processing to detect objects in the Victoria 3072, Australia. Fax: 61 3 480 0757. scene. The objects are then identified 22 Sensor Review Vol. 12 No. 4 , 1992, p. 22, © MCB University Press, 0260-2288

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