Posted by: shoji | September 12, 2007

Networked cameras to seek out parking violators

I blogged about the tremendous advances in image analysis. London is adding to their repertoire the ability to issue parking violations via camera surveillance.

A more beneficent role of “parking cameras” would be their ability to locate a good parking spot. Imagine tapping into your GPS that you’re looking for a parking spot– and voila turn right 100 ft. Or maybe Goog411 will soon offer that option. (Are you listening Google?)

This shouldn’t be too hard given technology (wireless networks, image processing, mobile communications); the most difficult part is installing the camera infrastructure.

(I’m conveniently ignoring the privacy concerns…)

Remember the Seinfeld episode where George circles for a parking spot? That may one day be a quaint reminder of the adventures of parking in a big city.

Networked cameras to seek out parking violators – Engadget
The folks in England just can’t catch a break. As if hovering surveillance drones, camcorder-wielding traffic wardens and helmet cam-equipped officers aren’t enough to keep you on the straight and narrow, London’s city of Westminster is apparently looking to “install networked security cameras that can recognize parking permits and the plates of offending vehicles.”



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