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Laser-Computer Database Identification of Motor Vehicles

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000047497D
Original Publication Date: 1983-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-07
Document File: 2 page(s) / 43K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Moskowitz, PA: AUTHOR

Abstract

The identification of motor vehicles is often time-consuming and imperfectly performed. The universal product code (UPC) can be used to identify vehicles, and a laser detector used to detect the code can be linked with a computer database. No human intervention is required, and vehicles can be identified in a stream of traffic without slowing the traffic flow. Speeding can be detected, as well as stolen vehicles. Toll collection may be performed electronically. The UPC can be imprinted on a registration sticker, or can be placed elsewhere on the automobile, such as laminated onto automobile windows. Fig. 1 shows the UPC on the license plate 10 of a vehicle, which passes over a laser scanner 12 located in the roadway.

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Laser-Computer Database Identification of Motor Vehicles

The identification of motor vehicles is often time-consuming and imperfectly performed. The universal product code (UPC) can be used to identify vehicles, and a laser detector used to detect the code can be linked with a computer database. No human intervention is required, and vehicles can be identified in a stream of traffic without slowing the traffic flow. Speeding can be detected, as well as stolen vehicles. Toll collection may be performed electronically. The UPC can be imprinted on a registration sticker, or can be placed elsewhere on the automobile, such as laminated onto automobile windows. Fig. 1 shows the UPC on the license plate 10 of a vehicle, which passes over a laser scanner 12 located in the roadway. It is possible to scan a flowing stream of traffic for stolen vehicles, expired registrations, or known violators. The velocity and identification of the auto would be read at once, and the read-out from a remote scanning terminal would be connected to a computer network. The data-base could be queried on a real-time basis, as indicated by the read-out device of Fig. 2.

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