Arecont Vision Monitors License Plates

LKSA Highway in Malaysia


The newly constructed highway from Lebuhraya Kemuning to Shah Alam (LKSA) in Malaysia simplifies access to the Southeast Asia country’s Federal Highway System for residents of Kota Kemuning. The new four-lane, 14.7 kilometer (9-mile) expressway provides a smooth ride and enables commuters to avoid traffic bottlenecks. The toll collection system provides Touch ‘n Go lanes in which drivers pay using pre-paid smart cards and Smart-TAG lanes where infrared transceivers mounted on the ceiling of the toll plaza enable collection of tolls as the vehicle passes through.

Challenge

Eight hundred vehicles per hour can pass through the Touch ‘n Go lanes, and 1,200 vehicles per hour can pass through Smart-TAG lanes. If a driver doesn’t pay or doesn’t have an active account, enforcement procedures depend on the capture of a clear and legible video image of the vehicle’s license plate. Mohd Azhar Ariffin, Engineering Manager for Projek Lintasan Shah Alam Sendirian Berhad, broadly oversaw the LKSA highway project, which began in 2007. Toll collection is a dependable technology used throughout Malaysia, but standard resolution cameras can be a weak link if they fail to provide readable numbers as license plates pass by.

Megapixel solution

Arecont Vision megapixel cameras with outdoor housings are used in conjunction with a vehicle monitoring system to clearly view each license plate. The LKSA highway project installation in Malaysia includes Arecont Vision AV3100M cameras at each toll lane. The Arecont Vision 3 megapixel cameras capture video and snapshots of vehicles passing through the Vehicle Monitoring and Capturing System (VMCS) that also incorporates network video recorders (NVRs) integrated with the toll collection system. Each toll plaza is monitored locally in a plaza control center and centrally by an administration office that oversees both plazas.

The AV3100M cameras are JPEG color cameras that provide 2048×1536-pixel images using 1/2” CMOS sensor and image processing that incorporates Arecont Vision’s massively-parallel MegaVideo® architecture, which is capable of sustaining billions of operations per second.

The network video recorders installed in the Malaysia highway project include two GVD M630 NVRs and two GVD M320 NVRs from Genius Vision Digital, Inc., which are fully interoperable with Arecont Vision megapixel cameras. TERAS Teknologi, provider of the toll collection system and creator, developer, and leading system integrator of Touch ‘n Go and SmartTAG, worked with GVD and CQR to integrate the Vehicle Monitoring and Capturing System.

“GVD offers its unique integration platform to complete IP surveillance solutions with Malaysia Highway Tollgate systems, through the seamless integration with Arecont Vision megapixel cameras, GVD can provide the most scalable and flexible system for any mission critical projects in IP surveillance markets,” said Steve Chu, CEO, Genius Vision Digital, Inc.

Megapixel benefit

Arecont Vision’s megapixel cameras provide the superior image quality needed to capture passing license plates. They offer great value for a price comparable to standard-resolution cameras. Each clearly legible image translates into more recovered toll revenue and contributes to system return on investment (ROI).

“Arecont Vision has been very responsive to our needs,” said Norisham Adbul Majid of CQR Digital Solutions, integrator of the video components of the highway project, “We selected Arecont Vision cameras because of their proven performance for the last year and a half on another Malaysian highway application.”

“The superior performance of our cameras in highway applications in Malaysia are typical of the many ways that users all over the world are benefiting from Arecont Vision’s unparalleled image quality and resolution,” said Becky Zhou, Director of Asia Pacific Sales, Arecont Vision, “Our cameras provide flexibility for a variety of applications, whether indoors or out, and provide inter-operability with industry-leading companies to function as a critical component in a mission critical system solution.”

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