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International Journal of Image, Graphics and Signal Processing(IJIGSP)

ISSN: 2074-9074 (Print), ISSN: 2074-9082 (Online)

Published By: MECS Press

IJIGSP Vol.7, No.7, Jun. 2015

Application-Oriented Farsi ALPD Using Deterministic Edge Clustering

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Author(s)

M. M. Zeinali, S. Ghofrani, A. Sengur

Index Terms

License plate detection;license plate character segmentation;application oriented;edge clustering

Abstract

In this paper a new application-oriented method for automatic Farsi license plate detection (ALPD), based on morphology and a modified edge clustering algorithm is proposed. Access control (AC), law enforcement (LE), and road patrol (RP) are mainly three applications for ALPD. After image enhancement by preprocessing, the edge statistics analysis and the morphology filter are used to decrease the search regions and remove the unwanted edges. Then the expectation-maximization (E-M) algorithm is used to estimate the corresponding Gaussian components for edges of remained regions. In this way the results of edge clustering and Gaussian components estimation are deterministic whereas the processing time in comparison with similar approaches in literature, is decreased significantly. Candidate regions are obtained by applying application-oriented thresholds to the properties of estimated Gaussian components. Finally for each candidate region, the maximally stable extremal region (MSER) detector is used to detect character-like regions and then select the region(s) of interest containing license plates. The proposed method is evaluated by using a database which includes images for the three groups AC, LE and RP applications, whereas some images suffer of being low quality, low contrast and blur and some images have complex background through existing multiple license plates. The experimental results show that our proposed method is reliable for images of different quality and illumination condition and it is able to detect the rotated and skewed license plates even in images containing multiple license plates and complex backgrounds.

Cite This Paper

M. M. Zeinali, S. Ghofrani, A. Sengur,"Application-Oriented Farsi ALPD Using Deterministic Edge Clustering", IJIGSP, vol.7, no.7, pp.1-8, 2015.DOI: 10.5815/ijigsp.2015.07.01

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