Automatic Number Plate Recognition (Python)

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It’s been a while since I last coded in Python. Gotta give Python the love it deserves!

Here’sĀ a quick demo of automatic number plate recognition of vehicle plates from a video stream using OpenALPR in Python

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I’m surprised at the speed difference I obtained using OpenALPR in Python vs VB.NET, maybe I need to review my VB.NET code šŸ˜Ā  Silly me! I forgot that I had intentionally used timers to slow down the results in VB.NET

Also I feel adding motion detection might be a nice feature and would prevent the results from flooding at the output.

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Automatic Number Plate Recognition (VB.NET)

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I wanted to design something capable of Automatic Number Plate Recognition, but soon realised it’s quite a tedious task, so began searching for an SDK or API. I found a bunch of commercial ones, but all I wanted was something to play with.Ā Thank goodness for open source software, IĀ found a neat library called OpenALPR. So, decided to give it a shot.

OpenALPR provides bindings in C#, Python, Node.js, Go, and Java. I’m mostly familiar with VB.NET, so I sat down to convert their C# example and designed something simple as aĀ test. In the initial version, I allowed the user to browse for an image file which isĀ fed to OpenALPR. If OpenALPR successfully findsĀ a plate, the results are then displayed in a listbox. It also gives the regions in the image where the plate is detected. What’s cool is, it could even detect multiple plates in an image, even in dark images. Continue reading