To provide a practical solution to the monitoring of transportation infrastructure, where maximum situational awareness is paramount, Bosch Security and Safety Systems have combined the innovation behind their video security cameras with the video management expertise of Intelligent Security Systems (ISS).
ISS is a leading developer of video management and video intelligence solutions. Their video management platform, SecurOS™, focuses on securing large mission-critical applications such as industrial and manufacturing sites, transportation systems, banks, sports arenas, retail locations, and campuses & office complexes. ISS differentiating video intelligence and image analytics solutions, whether it is Face Capture & Recognition (SecurOS™ FACE), License Plate Recognition (SecurOS™ AUTO License Plate Recognition), or Container Character Recognition (SecurOS™ CARGO) provide effective monitoring solutions to the transportation sector.
Transportation security provides surveillance challenges in varying degrees of situation and scale, so effective license plate recognition is crucial. From tunnels and bridges where a situation can change in seconds, to regulating traffic flow into a city and capturing a profile of each vehicle, Bosch and ISS can provide answers to the questions that matter. Has a particular vehicle been permitted access to a specific area? Has that vehicle been stolen? What’s the insurance or toll subscription status? Has that vehicle been authorized to operate as a taxi? The capabilities even stretch to large-scale entry and exit points such as ports, borders and airport car parks.
Monitoring which vehicles are entering an area, and checking their legitimacy to be there, has never been more critical. Having the capability to capture license plates of every vehicle moving in the designated area give users complete awareness of traffic flows and usage patterns, allowing them to configure and manage their monitoring preferences efficiently and permit secure data exchanges with other operational management systems and services for efficient infrastructure alignment.
If driving conditions were perfect all-year round, the job of an operations manager, for example, would be quite straightforward. But the reality is quite the opposite. That is why the ISS certified Bosch cameras responsible for capturing this data are incredibly robust and built to produce usable images 24/7 in the harshest conditions, including after dark by employing a supplementary infrared light. The selected cameras have a special License Plate Recognition (LPR) mode which is developed in collaboration with ISS to deliver accurate information even when faced with the challenges of glaring headlights and fast-moving vehicles.
High standards are applied to the quality of the images captured. By incorporating the SecurOS™ AUTO License Plate Recognition (LPR/ANPR) solution Bosch and ISS can provide several unique benefits for users, including the ability to accurately capture license plate information at 130 mph (210 km/h) in all kinds of weather conditions, including light fog, rain, and snow. Furthermore, utilizing advanced algorithms results in a level of accuracy that can distinguish letters from numbers (so an “8” is not mistaken for a “B,” for example) which is a crucial advantage, particularly in emergency situations.
The partnership with ISS supports Bosch’s belief that the logical next-step for security is to enable customers to repurpose the vast amounts of video data that they now can capture. Interpreting video data directly at source helps to improve levels of security substantially and can also offer clear business advantages. Together we think, monitoring transportation infrastructure just got a lot more interesting.