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I-Cube or Integrated Intelligent Imaging (I3) focuses of proactive crime prevention using real time links to multiple internal and external databases in order to generate a warning prior to crime occurring, allowing anticipation of the offence.  All the projects I-Cube is involved with have a central theme of using images, as this allows both the real time and covert nature of the proactive crime prevention systems to operate to the best effect.

HOW THE SYSTEM WORKS: As the person or car approaches the entrance a camera captures a number of images from which the license plate or face are extracted.  These images are saved, allowing this information to be used in subsequent investigations.  The face or license plate is then compared to local databases, allowing greeting of repeat visitors and external databases, such as insurance companies, stolen and suspicious vehicles, SAPS, Metro, etc.  If the vehicle is listed as stolen, appropriate action should then be taken.  If the vehicle is listed as never have been registered, this is a good vehicle to investigate further.  Within a short period of the system being in operation, most vehicles and people have been logged and registered, allowing typically limited resources to be focused on the few remaining exceptions.  The ability to leverage the equipment to operate in a marketing role, while still actively focusing on proactive crime prevention, has major advantages in a cash limited environment.  If you have more than 50 people a day passing a point where we can place a camera, I-Cube has the experience and ability to turn this into a revenue stream.  Please contact I-Cube to explore this further.

WHAT IS REQUIRED: The key to proactive crime prevention using real time links is that the system does not require human intervention, it is fully automatic.  The camera automatically captures the image, the facial or license plate is automatically compared to both local and remote databases and if required an alarm is generated.  The I-Cube solution can operate locally but using a wide range of communication means (including ADSL, 3G, GPRS, iBURST, Wireless or satellite) a real time link to multiple databases can be established, allowing immediate updates of stolen vehicles as they are added to SAPS or the insurance databases.  

The system requires a camera linked to a computer, running the I-Cube Intelligent Software.  The software is trained to recognise the item to be logged or counted, be that people, cars or different types of products.  Once the item is logged, it can then be compared to pre-set rules or databases, allowing an alarm to be generated if the incorrect number of products exit or a vehicle enters after hours or is listed as not allowed.  The ability to link vehicle colour, weight, and driver, biometric and other info as required to the license plate gives the I-Cube system tremendous advantages. 

I-Cube can integrate with your existing system or provide dedicated cameras, computers and networks.  Please contact I-Cube with your requirements and existing equipment.

WHAT DOES IT COST: I-Cube can provide database links only, software only, some hardware and software or a complete solution, fully installed and maintained, if required?  The cost can be a capital amount, a rental per month, a cost per transaction or shared revenue.  Costs range from 0.13c per chicken (based on 100 000 birds a day) to 3c per car (based on single entry / exit lanes) to R1 950.00 per month to R49 500.00 for the software and hardware.  Please contact I-Cube for your specific requirements.


The following illustrates some examples of the users of this technology.  Please contact I-Cube or your local IT / CCTV / DVR / biometric supplier for a customised proposal, taking into consideration your requirements, existing solutions and possible revenue sources.

 SCHOOL: The entrance of the school is covered with a camera, which is linked wirelessly to a PC running the I-Cube software.  The students, staff and parents are enrolled into a local database, which allows specific messages to be placed on an electronic display, while visitors are directed to the visitor parking area and then to reception.  The schools limited manpower resources can then focus on the visitors, rather than the known parents or staff.  Please contact I-Cube for more details.

 DISTRIBUTION CENTRE: The ability to link the license plate, driver facial image, vehicle type and colour, container number and weight of the truck and weight of goods listed on the invoice prevents unauthorised removal of any items.  Productivity per vehicle is up while the number of hours wasted at weigh bridges has been substantially reduced, as the distribution centre no longer allows vehicles out which would be fined for overloading.  Please contact I-Cube for more details.

GOLF ESTATE: The existing cameras at the entrance and at key points through the estate were linked to the I-Cube LPR software allowing all visitors and residents to be logged at a number of points through the estate.  The system was linked to a national database of suspect and stolen cars, allowing proactive crime prevention.  When an alarm is detected, the armed reaction team are called into action, supporting the estate front end guards.  A side effect of the I-Cube LPR solution is that the average speed of the vehicles is automatically determined, ensuring the estate remains children friendly.    Please contact I-Cube for more details.

OFFICE BLOCK: Parking, or rather the lack of parking within the office block was the reason to call I-Cube.  Each tenant has a certain number of bays allocated for staff and visitors.  When these bays were occupied and more vehicles were allowed into the office block, major congestion resulted, causing severe frustration for both visitors and office workers.  I-Cube utilised the existing cameras to count the number of vehicles into and out of the office block.  When the number of vehicles approached critical level, a mobile LPR system was deployed and staff parking in visitor areas were requested to remove their vehicles.  Failure to comply led to banning of those vehicles for a certain number of days, again utilising the I-Cube enabled LPR solution.    Please contact I-Cube for more details.         

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH: The problem faced by the neighbourhood watch was not that of limited resources or money, but of how to prevent known criminals from entering the area patrolled by the neighbourhood watch.  The exiting dome cameras were linked to the I-Cube LPR solution, plus a mobile LPR solution was provided.  All vehicles and people entering the neighbourhood watch area were recorded and match against the known criminals.  If matched, these people were approached and asked to explain where they were going and what they were doing.  Car theft was reduced substantially while contact crimes no longer occur.    Please contact I-Cube for more details.

TRAFFIC DEPARTMENT: The department had a recovery rate of fewer than 30% of all fines issued.  I-Cube introduced a road block LPR solution which allowed the traffic department to generate an alarm when a vehicle with an outstanding fine or warrant was detected.  These vehicles were then automatically pulled over to a parking area where the drivers were informed of any fines or warrants were issued.  The drivers had the option to pay any amounts outstanding via credit card, check or cash via the I-Cube supplied mobile payment systems.    The number of outstanding fines has improved substantially to more than 70%.    Please contact I-Cube for more details.

TAXI ROUTE MONITORING & ENFORCEMENT:  If taxi routes are not regulated commuters along non profitable routes are not serviced and violence between competing taxi associations often results.  If the taxi routes are monitored with the I-Cube LPR solution illegal operators are immediately identified and prevented from operating.  Where two of these monitoring points are linked, average speed determination can be determined and the number of trips per taxi per day can be calculated and communicated to the taxi owners.   Please contact I-Cube for more details.

 

A NUMBER OF OTHER EXAMPLES EXIST:  Please contact I-Cube for more details.

Wed, August 3, 2005

Human guile trips up IT
BY LEON ENGELBRECHT , ITWEB SENIOR WRITER
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[ Johannesburg, 26 June 2007 ] - Applying IT to licence bookings is paying off – when and where officials co-operate and do not sabotage the system, says Gauteng premier Mbazima Shilowa.

Speaking in his annual budget vote this morning, Shilowa followed up on promises to sort out the chaos surrounding the booking of learner and driver licences in the province.

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Shilowa last year centralised such bookings by making the Gauteng Shared Services Centre (GSSC) the responsible authority in a bid to eradicate fraud and corruption. However, this has not gone down well at some municipalities where traffic officials made a personal profit on bookings and issuing licences.

The system, which is proprietary, is not connected to the much-maligned electronic National Traffic Information System (eNatis). Shilowa also rolled out a computerised learner and driver licence test system earlier this year, for the same reasons.

“Both systems were first piloted at the Langlaagte driving licence testing centre to ensure they were stable before rolling out to other centres. All centres except those in Ekurhuleni have now been linked to the central learner booking system. Centres in Ekurhuleni will go live on 1 July.

“I have, however, been informed that management at the Randburg testing station is not co-operating and is withholding information from the contact centre.

“Together with the City of Johannesburg, we need to ensure the situation is corrected forthwith as one should be allowed to circumvent agreed procedures or undermine our commitment to efficient service delivery to the public.”

An official at the Langlaagte testing station added that things were not going swimmingly there either, placing the blame for the many empty seats in the learner licence testing centre on the GSSC.

In contact

Shilowa also said work on a new, hi-tech 10111 police contact centre, which will be able to monitor the deployment and movement of police vehicles, is now complete.

“In February, we announced the Department of Safety and Security was working on a new hi-tech 10111 centre that will be able to monitor the deployment and movement of police vehicles. I am glad to announce the centre has now been completed and is currently being furnished.

“While all SAPS vehicles are being fitted with the new radios, the system will go live later than anticipated due in part to the need to include new areas from the former cross-boundary municipality and environmental issues in those areas.”

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 in 6 parking tickets dropped

City councilman seeks explanation

July 12, 2007 - 11:56PM

Nearly one in six people who get a parking ticket in Colorado Springs pays no penalty, and City Councilman Jerry Heimlicher wants to know why.

Last year, 8,010 of the 50,726 parking tickets handled by the Municipal Court, for offenses such as an expired meter or illegally using a handicap spot, were dismissed.

That’s a 19.7 percent increase over the number dismissed in 2005, according to the Municipal Court’s 2006 annual report.

“How in the world do you get rid of 8,000 parking tickets?” Heimlicher said. “Why are we paying people to put parking tickets on windshields and then letting people off the hook?”

Dismissed tickets represent revenue the city doesn’t collect. That’s critical as the city faces a $9.3 million shortfall this year and a projected $15 million deficit in 2008.

Last year, the city collected $8.6 million in fines for all infractions — the lowest amount in three years. In 2005, fines brought in $9.2 million, and in 2004 they totaled $8.9 million.

This year, budget officials predict fines will net $7.2 million — a $2.1 million drop from the original projection. Heimlicher initiated his inquiry when budget officials predicted fines for 2008 will total only $7.2 million, like this year, without explaining why.

He first looked at parking fines — an area he’s personally familiar with. “I’ve gotten about 10 for expired meters in the last year,” he said.

“To me, parking is kind of cut and dried,” he said. “You either over-expired your meter or you didn’t, or you either parked in a handicapped spot when you shouldn’t have or you didn’t.”

Heimlicher didn’t suggest that all tickets must be paid, saying he’s sure some innocent mistakes warrant a pass.

But he wants to know how many speeding tickets and other citations have been dismissed and how many fines reduced; he also wants to see the dismissal records for the court’s 13 judges and four referees.

“Let’s say we find one judge that is consistently waiving parking tickets beyond other judges,” he said. “Then I think we can order the chief judge to carry out the letter of the law and the spirit of the law. If they continue to flout the city rules and City Charter and ordinances, I think we can dismiss them.”

According to the Municipal Court report, total tickets issued in 2006 dropped by 10 percent from 2005 to 2006. Traffic offenses dropped by 10.4 percent.

The report attributes the ticket decline to fewer crashes, traffic-safety programs, awareness of school zones, higher fines, slower speeds because of construction zones and year-end bad weather.

The high number of parking tickets dismissed may have resulted from several factors, the report said, including the court’s practice of dismissing delinquent parking tickets if there’s no action within two years.

Also, the number of drivers requesting hearings went up to 10,023 from 9,144, “which resulted in more direct contact and communication between the referee and the defendant on the nature of the alleged violation.”

There’s no explanation why direct contact causes more dismissals, but the report noted, “New referees may also be more inclined to dismiss parking tickets until they are able to find a more appropriate standard for judgment based (on) the particular circumstances.”

In addition, judges often dismiss parking tickets if the driver appears in court on a moving violation, the report said.

Although more tickets were dismissed in 2006 than in 2005, revenue went up last year. In 2005, parking tickets brought in $651,584, compared with $711,492 last year, according to the report.

In Pueblo, the city voided or dismissed 261 of the 10,165 parking tickets issued in 2006 — about 2 percent. So far this year, through Wednesday, the percentage has been the same.

“Parking tickets by their nature it’s usually pretty cut and dried,” Pueblo Municipal Judge William Alexander said. “Most parking tickets are just so obvious.”

Councilman Randy Purvis said he’d like to know more about Colorado Springs’ situation. “I don’t know that there’s anything untoward going on,” he said, “but I agree it requires an explanation.”
Eskom blamed for latest eNatis woes
BY LEON ENGELBRECHT , ITWEB SENIOR WRITER
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[ Johannesburg, 23 May 2007 ] - A power failure in Midrand yesterday disrupted the electronic National Traffic Information System (eNatis) at some testing stations, says the Department of Transport.

Spokesman Collen Msibi says generators kicked in immediately after the power failure in the morning.

 
However, when power was restored around 12.30pm, “the system, in a few testing stations, including Randburg, was affected”. Msibi this morning said the problem has been resolved.

Eskom meets demand

Meanwhile, Eskom says it has the capacity to meet consumers' power demands, although its reserve margins are low.

Spokesman Fani Zulu says the ongoing cold snap has shattered power demand records. The latest record was set overnight yesterday, when 35 981MW was supplied.

Eskom's chief executive Jacob Maroga warned the “efficient use of electricity is of fundamental importance during this winter peak period, and will assist in minimising the possibility of load-shedding".

The AG reports

Public dissatisfaction with eNatis continues, the latest being fall-out related to a damning auditor general's report on the system.

AG spokesman Africa Boso says the report was compiled at the request of the transport department. Only the preliminary findings have so far been conveyed to the department.

"Two other security-related audits, a network and general control audit, were also conducted." Boso adds. "We have communicated our preliminary findings to the department in the form of management reports; however, our final conclusion will be encapsulated and communicated in the department's audit report by August."

Media articles say the report warns there was an 80% chance of eNatis failing if introduced in one “big bang”.

According to the Afrikaans daily Beeld, the AG examined 24 aspects of eNatis and classified 19 as "high risk". Among them was the project's duration. It overshot its deadline by 18 to 20 months and cost taxpayers about R90 million more than budgeted for, resulting in a R30 levy per transaction from 1 July to help offset the shortfall.

   

Barry T. DUDLEY                                 I-CUBE (I3 - Integrated, Intelligent, Imaging)  

(MBA {IT};    MSc {Image Analysis};     BSc {Brewing};      BSc Hons {Waste Technology})

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