License plate recognition is widely used in our daily life. Image binarization, which is a process to convert an image to white and black, is an important step of license plate recognition. Among the proposed binarization methods, Otsu method is the most famous and commonly used one in a license plate recognition system since it is the fastest and can reach a comparable recognition accuracy. The main disadvantage of Otsu method is that it is sensitive to luminance effect and noise, and this property is impractical since most vehicle images are captured in an open environment. In this paper, we propose a system to improve the performance of automatic license plates reorganization in the open environment in Taiwan. Our system uses a binarization method which is inspired by the symmetry principles. Experimental results showed that when our method has a similar time complexity to that of Otsu, our method can improve the recognition rate up to 1.30 times better than Otsu.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Computer Science (miscellaneous)
- Chemistry (miscellaneous)
- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)