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Hi-tech targets road hogs
BY LEON ENGELBRECHT , ITWEB SENIOR WRITER

Additional functionality
[ Johannesburg, 29 November 2006 ] - The KwaZulu-Natal Road Traffic Inspectorate (RTI) will put its experimental Average Speed Determination (ASD) system into effect next Tuesday.

RTI director Johan Schnell says the launch of the ASD system, originally set for early November, was delayed by “legislative and operational needs”.

ASD measures average speed based on a pair of licence plate recognition (LPR) units, and issues a ticket, or directly informs the road user using electronic road signs that he is committing a moving violation. For this trial, a single system is being installed on a stretch of the N3 between Durban and Pietermaritzburg.

The LPR-based speed measurement system has several advantages over other techniques. This includes the fact that the violation detection is not based on a singular point but rather on the length of the route, so it slows down the traffic along the entire route rather than in specific points which are quickly known to drivers, Schnell says.

Additional advantages are that the system is automatic and easy to set up, provides the evidence in images, covers all lanes and operates 24 hours a day, using invisible infrared illumination.

Additional functionality

Schnell says the trial was originally only to test the system's speed measuring ability. “But there is no point doing just that,” he says. “We want to share the system and what it can do with a number of users. There is no point photographing stolen vehicles, or vehicles associated with people with outstanding warrants… Lots of people have little bits of outstanding business with government, sometimes more serious business than speeding, not having a valid licence disk, or a valid drivers licence,” Schnell adds, “and we'd like to conclude that business.”

The systems developers have been roped in to make the trial variant more multifunctional so that it can help customs and excise, as well as immigration agents track down suspects and also assist police and prison officials to serve outstanding warrants.

“We are making a lot of demands on the developers, who, I must say, have accepted the challenge and will be making it work better for a broader network of people,” Schnell says.

Related story:
New speed monitoring system tested

New speed monitoring system tested
BY LEON ENGELBRECHT , ITWEB SENIOR WRITER
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‘Huge advantage'


[ Johannesburg, 31 October 2006 ] - The KwaZulu-Natal Road Traffic Inspectorate (RTI), and a group of companies led by Barry Fryer Dudley, of I-Cube, will test a new way of policing motorists this holiday.

In a three-month trial, starting in early November, they will use a distance-time system to determine a vehicle's average speed between two cameras, placed, in this instance, 13.8km apart.

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Fryer Dudley explains the system measures the average speed of vehicles by using licence plate recognition (LPR) units installed at toll plazas or on bridges. Even if vehicles are travelling within the legal speed limit when they pass the two cameras, the system will be able to calculate whether they were speeding between the sites.

LPR is a non-intrusive, computerised method of capturing a licence plate and comparing it to a database of registration numbers. LPR systems consist of one or more cameras, in this case Internet Protocol units designed for high-speed LPR, connected to a PC running LPR software, proprietary to I-Cube, which controls the system, reads the images, analyses and identifies the plates.

This interfaces with a custom-developed average speed determination application and a database.

‘Huge advantage'

“The ability to interface into multiple data sources in real-time gives the LPR system a huge advantage over current techniques. The minimum requirement for LPR would be an image, the I-Cube software and a processing system to provide the results,” Fryer Dudley says.

RTI director Johan Schnell says similar systems are in wide use in Europe, especially Germany.

“The system is designed to ensure people who are hell-bent on speeding do not just adjust their behaviour at or near fixed-speed timing locations [speed traps],” he adds. Every vehicle travelling every road could effectively be measured this way, over every kilometre.

The system is, for now, only being tested between Pietermaritzburg and Durban. If successful, the system, which costs R1.5 million per deployment, could be rolled out to as many as 1 250 sites nationwide, Fryer Dudley states.

Schnell says the RTI will invest in the system if it meets the criteria of the department and the courts.

Although Schnell says the RTI is, for now, only interested in dissuading speeding, Fryer Dudley adds that police, as well as vehicle tracking companies, will have access to the data recorded and could use it to pull over stolen vehicles, or motorists found to have warrants or speeding fines outstanding. Using methodology akin to biometrics, the system can also identify cloned vehicles and unlicensed taxis.

 

 

BARRY DUDLEY PRESENTATION

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TECHNOLOGY IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT

RAISING LEVELS OF SERVICES DELIVERY THROUGH TECHNOLOGY

                                                          20-21 JUNE 2006 - MIDRAND

 

Presentation SYNOPSIS

Presentation Topic

Neural networks to enhance safety in local authorities: automatic identification, tracking and alarm

Short positioning of presentation (abstract)

The ability to ensure the safely of local residents, tourists and people passing through the local authorities area is crucial.  This paper is a report back on safely initiatives undertaken by I-CUBE in a number of municipalities.

Neural networks, operating in real time, are being utilised extensively world wide to identify vehicles and people. The ability to automatically predict and identify those involved in speeding, theft, illegal transactions or wrongful unitisation of resources greatly empowers local authorities.  Personnel allocation, resource management and ensuring people are held accountable are only some of the results of implementing a neural network within a local municipality.    

The ability to self-fund the role out of the IT hardware and software required for an advanced 3D neural network is crucial so this is covered in the presentation.  The capability of the neural network, generate excess cash for the municipality while reducing speeding, tracking vehicles and criminals, preventing unlawful conduct, all in REAL TIME (sub second responses) formulates the core of the presentation.   

Short biography

Barry T. Dudley with an MSc in imaging and an MBA in IT has presented internationally on a wide range of topics related to local Goverment.   Barry Dudley is the MD of I-Cube (Integrated, Intelligent Imaging).  I-CUBE focuses exclusively on integrated, intelligent imaging, where a camera is connected to a PC and intelligently performs a decision based on information within an image, completely integrated into the existing processes.     

 

AWARDS:

Institute of Waste Management (IWM) 1992 for study in a Masters of Waste Technology (R8000).  The award was again achieved in 1993.

 

Scholarships:

International Centre for Waste Technology (Africa) for MSc study in 1992 and 1993

Foundation for Research and Development (FRD) for MSc study at PMB university in 1992 and 1993.

University of Natal (Pietermartizburg) (1991) (full tuition and spending money), towards Honours in Waste Technology (Microbiology).

 

Bursary:

South African Breweries (SAB) towards a degree in microbiology.

 

 Papers Presented at Professional Meetings

                        Invited and Published

            B.T. Dudley, C.A. du Plessis and E. Senior.  “Managing leachate in landfills through manipulation of soil cappings: Image analysis studies.  Image Analysis of Microbes in Their Habitats”.  Society for General Microbiology Meeting on Image Analysis at Warwick, United Kingdom, 5 - 7 January 1994.

                        Submitted and Published

            B. T. Dudley, E. Senior,  A. G. Bruton  and  F. M. Wallis.  “Image analysis methodology development for use in microecophysiology studies of microbial associations in landfill cover soil”.  Seventh International Symposium on Anaerobic Digestion, Cape Town, 23 - 27 January.  (1994)

COMPLAINTS MANAGEMENT SUMMIT ON JOINT SAFETY INITIATIVES ICC Durban 23-25th  Feb  2006 The ROLE of IT when Dealing with Crime A proactive early warning and crime prevention system

 

Publications:

 

The Industry Journal for Security and Business Professionals Volume 11 No. 2 Pg 34/35 DIVERSITY OF LICENSE PLATE RECOGNITION

 

APRIL SECURITY FOCUS (Vol 22, No. 4) Facts, features and benefits of facial recognition

 

 

Speaker CONTACT INFORMATION

Name

Barry Dudley

Designation

MD of I-Cube (Integrated, Intelligent Imaging)

Company

I-Cube (Integrated, Intelligent Imaging)

Direct Tel

031 764 3077

Cellular

082 562 8225

Fax

0866539659

Email

LPRAT I-Cube DOT co DOT za

Postal Address

82 Kloof Falls Rd                                           

Kloof, Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal, 3610, South Africa    

Physical Address

82 Kloof Falls Rd                                          

Kloof, Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal, 3610, South Africa    

 

 

 
Programme
Day 1 - 20 June 2006
Day 2 - 21 June 2006
Agenda - Day 1

07:30

Arrival & Registration

08:30 Opening & Welcome
CHAIR: Mthunzi Mdwaba, ITA president 
08:40 KEYNOTE: Strengthening democracy through effective local government
Hon Mr Mninwa Johannes Mahlangu, National Council of Provinces, Chairperson
09:25 KEYNOTE: Improving service delivery through ICT - A global perspective
Cipal speaker TBC
10:10 Tea Break & Networking 
10:40 Resolving municipal skills and leadership deficiencies through JIPSA (Joint Initiative for Priority Skills Acquisition)
Gwede Mantashe, chairman, JIPSA
11:25 SITA as facilitator in local government service delivery
SITA speaker TBC
12:10 e-Government service delivery: Lessons learnt
Romi Barjaktarevic, CIO, SA Government
12:50 Lunch & Networking
TRACK 1:
Best practices
TRACK 2:
Technology Solutions
14:00 Integrating systems: Lessons learnt by the City of Cape Town Voice innovations in call centres
Nirvesh Sooful, CIO, City of Cape Town Mike Renzon, CEO, Intelleca
14:35 Bridging the divide: Lessons learnt by eThekweni Municipality Real-time monitoring to enhance service delivery
Lunga Madlala, head of IT, eThekwini council Dave Wibberly, MD, Adroit Technologies
15:10 Performance management Topic to be advised
Kam Chetty, municipal manager, Winelands District Council Speaker TBC
15:45 Tea Break & Networking 
16:15 Panel discussion
Reality check: Wireless alternatives for municipalities
PANELISTS: Telkom, SNO, UniNet, iBurst, Sentech, Vodacom, MTN

17:00

Cocktails & Networking 

Agenda - Day 2

08:30

Arrival & Registration

08:40 Opening & Welcome
CHAIR: Mthunzi Mdwaba, ITA president 
09:25 KEYNOTE: Smart cities: Bringing about social and economic development
Dr Raven Naidoo, CEO, Radian
10:10 KEYNOTE:  Public-private sector: A win-win solution
Bheki Khumalo, executive director of corporate affairs, Siemens
10:50 Panel discussion
MODERATOR: Collin Pillay, local government head, Oracle
ICT infrastructure as a driver of local economic development
PANELISTS: Donovan Muller,  senior executive, public sector, Accenture; Dr Raven Naidoo, CEO, Radian
11:20 Tea Break & Networking 
TRACK 1:
Best practices
TRACK 2:
Technology Solutions
12:05 WiFi at Knysna Municipality Exploring shared services options
David Jarvis, CEO, UniNet Gavin Mabie, chief director, DPLG
12:40 Mobile technology for municipalities Interoperability of ICT systems
Anthony Robinsons, CEO, Saratoga Software Miguel Silva, executive sales, Verizon
13:40 Lunch & Networking
14:15 Powerlines as alternative communications Resolving data management challenges
Charles Kuun, manager, Tshwane Digital Hub Estelle De Beer,  practice manager, BIPractice
14:50 Open source as a strategy for local government Cost-effective ways to implement Geographic Information System (GIS)
Nirvesh Sooful, CIO, City of Cape Town Nico Elema, director, Global Image
15:25 How to make e-billing work Outsourcing options for local government
Kevin Meltzer, director, Consology Donovan Muller, senior executive for public sector, Accenture
15:55 Tea Break & Networking
16:30 Using neural networking to enhance safety and security IDP and ERP
Barry Dudley, MD,  I-Cube Andrew Stracham, industry solutions manage, SAP, and Mohamed Bhyat, CIO, DWAF
17:05 Panel discussion
MODERATOR: TBC
The high cost of communications
PANELISTS: DOC, Telkom, SNO, SITA, Sentech

17:15

Conference closing


        

 

 

VISION FOR A HOTEL GROUP

The following is an OPEN letter to hotel groups indicating how LPR can be used with existing cameras and system, if integrated, intelligent imaging is added!

I would like to expand on the I-CUBE vision for a typical hotel group, for example, SUN INTERNATIONAL’S SUN CITY.  The guest makes a booking, indicating their license plate number as NP123.

When NP123 arrives at any of the 8 entrances, immediately a welcome board displays a welcome message and directs Mr & Mrs Smith to, firstly a reserved parking, and then to reception.

A message is sent to reception showing a past picture of Mr & Mrs Smith, so they can be welcomed by name as they arrive.

House keeping is automatically informed and room confirmed ready.

 

When Mr. Smith walks into the casino, being a MVG member the casino marketing manager is made aware of Mr. Smith’s arrival (as all MVG members are enrolled in the Facial Recognition database) via a PDA.  The barman is informed to prepare a Dirty Martini, Mr. Smith’s favourite drink.

 

Unfortunately while at the casino, the Smiths car is stolen and the criminal attempts to leave the hotel. However, while the car colour and shape matched, and the license plate was the same, the face of the driver was not the same and security immediately arrested the criminals and returned the car.

 

Before handing over the criminals, they are found to have been involved with 7 other criminal events in the area, which is then handed over to the police as supporting evidence so they are not immediately released.  The criminals are enrolled in the 3D neural network facial database so that if they ever come back an alarm is immediately activated and they can be followed.

 

Mrs Smith had left her GAMBLING DAY CARD in the car, which the criminals handed on to an associate to collect the money in the card.  When the criminal went to the claim the money in the card, her face was compared to the face of the person who was issued the car earlier that day, and the person who had been using the card throughout the day.  Of course, when none of the faces associated with the card matched the person who wanted the money, appropriate action was taken and the criminal was apprehended.

By reviewing whom the person was associated with, a link was obtained to the criminals involved with the car theft and other criminal activities, allowing the person to be charged with a number of outstanding warrants.    

 

The next day the local gambling board wanted to know about all incidents in the casino.  The gambling board authorities were able to review the above incident, plus take note of the 35 banned gamblers, which were removed before entry to the casino, and the 3 people who had enrolled in the SUN INTERNATIONAL SELF BAN PROGRAM.  Two of the 3 people who had self-banned themselves had also banned themselves from ALL CASINOS in Gauteng, and the gambling board members could see that the TEMPLATES of the people banned had automatically been sent to the appropriate casinos, preventing any banned person from gambling.

 

At 7 am the hotel security staff were automatically notified that 4 vehicles had been in the parking area for longer than 7 days, along with the vehicle colour, shape and a picture of the driver allowing them to find the car and take appropriate action. 

The SUN INTERNATIONAL delivery web site allows any authorised person to see when a vehicle arrived and departed, and select people add and remove vehicles, which are allowed entry and exit without being delayed.  

At 8 am all the shops in the hotel area were notified of the last 24 hours traffic, indicating what time staff members came onto duty, when security personal went past the store, allowing them to immediately follow up any activity either in or around their stores.          

At 9 am all stores, the casino and the hotel are updated with the latest WANTED DATABASES, for manual (check, credit card, returns, etc.) and automatic identification of UNDESIRABLE PEOPLE.

At 11 am the SMITHS depart, having had the car colour, shape, license plate and driver verified on exit!  They automatically received a THANK YOU SMS from the HOTEL, whishing them a safe trip.

  

At the end of the money, those utilising the information gained from the system are charged 3c per transaction, covering all the hardware, software, cameras, maintenance and support required to keep the system operational 24/7/365.

 

If you are interested in assisting in presenting the above vision to selected hotel groups, please let me know how we can work together to bring this to the right peoples attention?

Please note, that all of the above utilises existing hardware and systems where possible, just adding the integrated, intelligent imaging software!  

 

I-Cube.   All rights reserved.  Revised: February 18, 2008 .