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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.

 

Speeding

A policeman was sitting on the hard shoulder watching the traffic go by when a car zoomed past him doing at least 120 mph!

The policeman chased him down, and pulled the car over. He went up to the car and asked, "Do you know that you were doing at least 50 mph over the speed limit?"

The driver replied, "Was I officer, I'm terribly sorry but I wasn't aware of that."

The policeman said, "May I see your drivers license please?"

The man replied, "I don't have one officer."

"Of course you do," said the policeman.

"No sir, I don't," said the man.

"So why do you have this car?" asked the policeman.

"This is not my car, I stole it," said the man.

"You are driving a stolen car?" said the policeman.

"Yes I'm afraid so sir,"

Looking puzzled the policeman said, "Let me see the registration, so we can find out who it belongs to."

The man said, "There is nothing in the glove compartment except some candy, oh, and my gun."

"Your gun!" exclaimed the officer, clearly worried by this point, as this man was obviously a lunatic.

"So you don't have a drivers license, you stole this car, and there is a gun in the glove compartment!"

"Yes sir," said the man, "Oh and a body in the trunk."

"WHAT!!" said the policeman turning white, "Ok so you have no drivers license, you have stolen this car, there is a gun in the glove compartment, and a body in the trunk?"

"Yes," said the man, sounding slightly irritated.

"Look," said the policeman, "You wait right here and don't touch anything! Don't move, don't even breathe."

So the policeman ran to his car and radioed the station, "I want to speak to the chief," said the policeman, "And quick!"

He waited about a minute and the chief came on the line, "What is it," he said.

"I've got a man here, he is a complete lunatic he has very calmly stated that he is driving a stolen car, he has no drivers license, there is a gun in the glove compartment, and a body in the trunk," said the policeman.

"I'll be right there," said the chief.

In ten minutes the man and the car were surrounded. There was the chief of police, a swat team, everybody you could imagine.

The chief walks slowly to the car in his bulletproof vest and says to the driver, "Hello sir, may I see your drivers license?"

"Of course," said the man, and produced it from his back pocket.

Looking puzzled, the chief asked, "Is this your car?"

"Yes," said the man.

"Can I see your registration please sir?" asked the chief.

The man leaned over to open the glove compartment.

"Please don't open it sir!" said the chief.

"Why?" asked the man, "I thought you wanted my registration."

"I do," said the chief, "But there is a gun in there."

"Don't be silly," said the man, and he opened the glove compartment, empty apart from some candy.

"Let me get this right," said the chief, "You have a drivers license, this is your car and there is no gun in the glove compartment."

"Yes," said the man,

"And there is no body in the trunk, I suppose," said the chief.

"BODY!" exclaimed the man, "Why on earth would I have a body in my trunk?"

"Sir I apologize for this, but my officer told me that you had no drivers license, you had stolen this car, you were in possession of a gun, and a body in the trunk."

"The lying fool," said the man, "I'll bet he said I was speeding, too!"

 

 

 


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I-Cube provides security and recognition systems in the following industry:

 Perimeter Solutions: Facial linked to Domes

  Metro

Container Recognition

ASD on N3

Images

   Casino

                          Police 

  Weighbridges

  Pricing

   Weighbridges

   Mining

Art ID / Verification   

  Image Analysis

Shopping center

   Retail    

    Exhibitions  

 

Device snags wanted drivers –Remington-Elsag

Aug 30, 2007 @ 10:50 PM

By ROCCO LaDUCA

Utica (NY) Observer-Dispatch

First came the radar gun for police road patrols.

Then came the ability to transmit the driver’s background information by a vehicle-mounted computer.

Now, the newest tool allows officers to scan a motorist’s license plate to check for suspended or revoked registrations, arrest warrants and stolen cars.

Known as the Mobile Plate Hunter 900, the device already is being used by area agencies, including Utica, New Hartford sheriff’s deputies and the state police.

The recognition device, which reads a vehicle’s license plate via a scanning camera, has proven to be an efficient and nonintrusive tool that lets police monitor hundreds of vehicles everyday while officers continue to go about their normal patrol duties, officials agree.

It not only is beneficial for daily routine patrols, but also was used in a local murder case last November.

When Scott Herman had just brutally murdered his 82-year-old grandmother in Rome, state police pondered whether the known reclusive suspect may attempt to flee the area in a stolen car.

“When people are desperate, they do desperate things, and stealing a car is definitely a desperate thing,” state police Capt. Frank Coots said.

While the device did not lead police to Herman, Coots said such an example highlights the potential this technology offers local law enforcement agencies.

“This is another example of technology as a work-force multiplier in law enforcement by allowing our officers to be much more efficient in getting bad people and bad drivers off the road,” New Hartford police Chief Raymond Philo said.

But such efficiency comes at the expense of every motorist’s civil right to avoid police surveillance unless a law has been violated, officials with the New York Civil Liberties Union argue.

“Police really should be in the business of investigating crimes, not tracking law-abiding citizens,” said Barrie Gewanter, executive director of the Central New York Chapter of the New York Civil Liberties Union.

“When we are driving and we are always having our licenses plates examined, then everybody on the road is being treated as a suspect,” she said.

How it works

Police officials acknowledge the license plate recognition device – like each new technology in law enforcement – comes with its own potential for legal issues, such as Gewanter’s concern.

But the way a mobile license plate reader, also called an LPR, is used takes every precaution to avoid violating someone’s rights, officials said.

As New Hartford police Officer Matt Sica drove up Oneida Street last week, the two LPR cameras mounted atop his patrol vehicle simultaneously scanned roughly 150 passing license plates in about 15 minutes. While Sica paid attention to his surroundings, the LPR would beep every time it photographed a passing car’s license plate.

The LPR then interpreted the letters and numbers of the license plate while comparing it to a “hot list” database compiled by the state Department of Motor Vehicles and state Division of Criminal Justice Services. If the LPR detected a revoked license or stolen vehicle, for example, the device would sound a specific alert.

It would then be up to that officer to determine if the LPR accurately detected a possible violation and whether further investigation or an arrest was necessary, officials explained. In some cases, the LPR would misread the license plate, and in other cases it may not be possible to locate the matching vehicle amidst heavy traffic, they said.

“The human factor is always going to be an important component of law enforcement,” New Hartford police Lt. Timothy O’Neill said.

Netting scofflaws

An LPR can scan roughly 1,000 license plates an hour, officials said, and that helps detect plenty of issues that officers may not particularly be aware of, officials said.

While the LPR can be used to target vehicles linked to specific individuals, such as suspected terrorists or kidnappers identified during Amber Alerts, the device’s overall use has much broader impact, officials said.

Particularly when it comes to people driving either with a suspended or revoked license or without insurance, officials said.

“You don’t know the aggravation you have to go through until your vehicle is hit by an uninsured driver,” Philo said. “We’ve got to get those people off the road.”

According to Utica police, their LPR scanned about 400 license plates and detected 19 suspended or revoked registrations between January and March. A stolen vehicle and a stolen license plate were recovered, and eight people wanted on arrest warrants were located, police said.

The Oneida County Sheriff’s Office has been just as successful using the device, which each agency has received through a grant issued by the state Division of Criminal Justice Services.

More than 100,000 plates were scanned by the sheriff patrol’s LPR during the first six months of this year, resulting in 143 suspended or revoked registrations being located and 40 arrests, including four people wanted on warrants and two drunken driving suspects, Undersheriff M. Peter Paravati said.

“It would take our work force days and days to read 1,200 to 1,300 license plates if that’s all they did, so it’s like having the value of one to two more deputies per day,” Paravati said. “And when you get a hit, it could potentially lead you beyond vehicle and traffic violations to more serious crimes quickly and efficiently.”

In New Hartford, as well, police have charged people with drunken driving and marijuana possession this summer after the department’s LPR detected them driving without insurance.

The shadow of ‘Big Brother’

Nevertheless, civil liberties experts still believe license plate recognition technology is taking “proactive policing” too far.

Gewanter of the New York Civil Liberties Union recently voiced two particular points of concern:

— Every photographed image is kept in a database for possible reference at a later date, perhaps to determine if a particular vehicle has previously passed through an area.

“Just because we have greater technology and more capacity doesn’t mean the police need to use it to create databases of everybody driving on the road,” Gewanter said.

Putting the concern of uninsured drivers in perspective, she added, “Just because there’s a problem is not a justification for Big Brother to be watching everybody’s car on every road at all times.”

—There’s no guarantee the person driving the vehicle is responsible for whatever wrongdoing that may be detected by the LPR.

“Spotting a license plate is not equivalent to spotting a criminal,” she said.

Police officials, however, agree that LPRs are merely a more technologically-advanced version of an old-fashion road block, only less intrusive.

They also note the device only detects vehicles that are already presumed to be operating under some legal violation.

“This is as little evasive as possible,” state police Capt. Coots said. “We’re not stopping anyone, we’re not detaining anyone. We’re only doing what is easily observable anyway.”

Then Coots added: “A lot of people forget that operating a motor vehicle in New York state is a privilege, as opposed to a right. We respect people’s privacy, but we also have an obligation to detect and deter crimes, and this is just another tool to do that.”

 

           

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