The Dirt on License Plate Recognition

Intertest Inc. develops camera technology to efficiently read license plates

Ever wonder how you get those speeding or toll both traffic violation tickets in the mail? Small, automated camera technologies are big players in the world of license plate recognition (LPR). LPR cameras provide a clean look at your plates even when you haven’t been to the car wash in ages. Intertest Inc. has been working closely with customers to develop accurate and resource-minimizing LPR board-level cameras for license plate reads in all kinds of conditions.

A major challenge in LPR is using a single camera to recognize various license plate characters in different environments. For instance, it might be easy to set a camera to read a clean, dirt-free plate. But that same camera setting would have difficulty in reading the same plate if it were covered in dirt or soot. It is possible to send commands to the camera to constantly change shutter and illumination settings to adjust to each plate, but that drastically burdens the resources of the camera processor. To overcome these LPR challenges, the new, sequential shutter mode was developed. This allows one camera to automatically and constantly change shutter speeds without utilizing commands from the processor. This gives an LPR camera the ability to differentially read clean and dirty license plates.

Testing is proving to be super satisfactory with board-level cameras making the final camera units smaller and the final images crisper!

Pump your brakes and stop to check us out www.intertest.com.

Breaking ground in the EU

Sean Kim
EU Business Development Manager

Exciting things are happening at InterTest and we are thrilled to share that we’ve launched a new sales division in the EU! We welcomed Sean Kim to our sales team and he is leading this division from a remote London location. Along with expertise in international business development and OEM supply, Sean has over 12 years of experience in the imaging industry across industrial, security, and machine vision applications. His extensive background in camera components and technology gives InterTest a tremendous advantage in serving customers throughout EMEA and Asia.

Innovative projects are underway and we can’t wait to share news and updates as these efforts unfold. Stay tuned.

In the meantime, please join us in welcoming Sean to the team. If you are a customer within the EMEA and Asia regions, reach out and let us hear from you. We are focused on the visual solutions of tomorrow and have your complete visual solution!

 

iShot® iGrab™ FOSAR Manual Retrieval Tool Kits – 5 Piece Set

Our iShot® iGrab™ FOSAR Manual Retrieval Tool Kit is equipped with all the necessary tools needed for removing foreign objects in a small, inaccessible area. The Manual Retrieval Kit includes Fork & Tine, Gripping Pliers, Viper, Snare, 1/4-inch Magnet and storage case.  Kits are available in 6 lengths – 11.5 feet, 15 feet, 25 feet, 33 feet, 40 feet, or 50 feet .

Features

  • Convenient All-In-One Kit Includes Fork & Tine, Gripping Pliers, Viper, Snare, Magnet and Storage Case
  • Available in 6 lengths – 11.5 feet, 15 feet, 25 feet, 33 feet, 40 feet, or 50 feet
  • For some FOSAR applications, the retrieval tool operates in conjunction with a video probe (see description for details)
  • The custom Plunger Style Retrieval Tool Handle designed for the iShot Retrieval Tools transfers excellent gripping power to the retrieval head
  • Flexibility of the stainless steel body allows for the retrieval instrument to bends and twist through the narrowest passages
  • Our 15 and 25 foot Kits are Commonly in Stock

Full HD Micro Camera! iShot® Full HD 15mm Micro Camera System

Full HD Micro Camera with a 15mm OD for Industrial OEM Integrations

InterTest introduces the iShot Full HD micro camera with a 15mm OD camera head, camera control unit, Display DVR, A variety of cable lengths and lenses to suit your specific application.

Full HD Micro Camera

Our full HD micro camera system provides a highly detail image boasting a video resolution of 1920 x 1080 with 60 fps in a compact housing measuring only 15mm OD x 36.5mm. Our desktop CCU is available as stationary or can be upgraded to portable, 8 hour battery life. Full HD 7″ portable display with DVR captures inspection video or still images.

iShot® 7mm Micro Camera for Industrial Custom Integrations – QN43H

The iShot 7mm micro camera with 7mm outer diameter camera head was designed for easy integration into custom systems or used as a standalone camera. Small size and various adaptable mainboards enable the EM-QN43H 7mm micro camera to be used in a wide range of applications.

 

7mm Micro Camera

The iShot 7mm micro camera is capable of gathering high quality video in low light conditions including wet, submersible, hazardous, high-temperature, radiation and EMI-prone environments. Intertest offers a series of system components designed specifically for the QN43H micro cameras. The components available accomplish sophisticated tasks beyond the range of traditional camera accessories.

Cabling is available in PVC or Teflon® in lengths of 3.5M or 15M. The Teflon® cable option operates in environments up to 550F (290C).

The iShot 7mm micro camera is fully compatible with the Toshiba IK-CU44A CCU and the Elmo CC431E CCU. The iShot 7mm Micro camera head replaces the ELMO QN42H and the Toshiba IK-SM43H.

7mm Micro Camera in Rugged housing and Cabling.

iShot Compact Micro Camera, 10mm OD 1/4″ CCD Sensor Remote Head Color Camera, NTSC

The integrated and modified Sentech STC-R640 remote head color micro camera features NTSC 480 TV Line version of the remote CCU, a 1/4″ CCD Sensor, Composite & Y/C Video output, Active Picture Element of 768 (H) x 494 (V). The STC-R640 micro camera is compatible with a wide variety of modified mating cable, lenses, and other accessories. Cable lengths are available in 2, 3, 5, 10 or 20 Meters.

 

  • Integrated Sentech STC-R640
  • Remote head color camera
  • NTSC 480 TV Line version of the remote CCU
  • 1/4″ CCD Sensor
  • Composite & Y/C Video output
  • Active Picture Element of 768 (H) x 494 (V)
  • Minimum Scene Illumination – 1.11 Lux @ F1.2 (AGC=ON)
  • CCU and cable lengths available in 2, 3, 5, 10, or 20 Meters
  • Ask us about custom remote head pigtail cable lengths

CLICK HERE to learn more!

 

iShot® Full HD Micro Camera System with 12mm Camera Head

The iShot® Full HD Micro Camera System is a compact, Full HD 12mm diameter camera head on a 3 or 5-meter cable, lens and camera control unit perfect for monitoring and inspection needs. This versatile system delivers up to 1080i/30fps HD resolution on any HDMI monitor. The easy-to-use camera control unit gives the user zoom, shutter speed, white balance, gain and exposure manual control as well as offering automatic control settings. The system is powered through a USB port or a wall AC Adaptor.

The Full HD micro camera head is 12mm in diameter (.500”) with a 1/3” CMOS sensor and comes with 4 options of lenses: 3.1mm, 6mm, 16mm, or 30mm focal length. Lenses have manual aperture control and are easily interchangeable.

The iShot® Full HD Micro Camera System is ideal for remote visual inspection or machine vision in manufacturing/production, aerospace, and power generation applications.

InterTest®, Inc. Announces The First iShot® Full HD PTZ Camera – Introducing the iShot® PTZ-550A HD Pan, Tilt and Zoom Camera System

The iShot® PTZ-550A HD Camera System is InterTest’s first Full HD 1080p Pan, Tilt and Zoom camera.  The video output of the system is a component video signal (YPbPr) the camera head can be submerged in up to 100 feet of water.

The iShot® PTZ-550A HD camera system uses Sony’s FCB-EV7500 HD camera module which has a 30x optical zoom lens and over three million pixels. The Full HD PTZ camera is equipped with a full suite of automatic and manual settings for exposure values, Day/Night mode, zoom, focus, auto focus, and image stabilization which are accessible from the onscreen menu as well as specific buttons built onto the controller for quick changes.

The system can fit through 5.5 inches openings and is 7.2lbs (Camera Head) The Full HD PTZ 550A HD camera head has the ability to Pan continuously 360 degrees, as well as Tilt 245 Degrees.  The Full HD PTZ head of the camera is outfitted with two 35 Watt Halogen Lamps, one with a spot reflector the other with a flood reflector.  Each light is independently controlled, allowing the user to manually adjust lighting to dynamic environments.

The system includes the PTZ-550A HD Camera Head Assembly with integrated Sony FCB-EH7500, a Control Box for manipulation of the mechanical motions, the lighting system, and the advanced controls of the Full HD PTZ camera module itself. Also included is a 100 ft. Kevlar, Reinforced Polyurethane Cable with deployment reel.

The PTZ-550A HD is easily implemented onto pre-existing mounting mechanism and was designed with being easily retrofitted to pre-existing inspection stations.

Applications

Common applications for the PTZ-550A HD include Nuclear Fuel Bundle/Serial Number Verification, Reactor Vessel, Large Pipe Inspections, Monitoring of Contaminated Rooms and Hot Cells, Steam Generator Bowl and Secondary Side Inspection, and Tanks and Vessels. Some other non-nuclear applications include Weld Inspections, Corrosion Evaluation, Fuel tank inspection and any kind of application where human access is either dangerous or impossible.

Our iShot® SeeUV® UV Camera Inspection Systems Provide a Visual of the Interior to Inspect Aircraft Engines with the Use of both UV and White Light

Inspect Aircraft Engines, Turbines, Landing Gear, Shafts, Drums and Spools

The iShot® SeeUV® VIBES®-S UV Camera Video Inspection and Bore Examination System is designed to inspect aircraft engines with UltraViolet inspections on bore surfaces of cylindrical components using FPI and MPI UV inspection methods. It provides high-resolution UV camera images, precise mechanical positioning, and is easy to use making the probability of detection (POD) better while reducing operator fatigue.

It is designed to carry out both UV and White Light inspect aircraft engines inspections on large aircraft components, such as shafts, drums and spools from engines and landing gear.

The inspection boom inspects aircraft engines with  a head diameter of 1.75 inches and a standard reach of 72 inches, other lengths available. Elevation, insertion and rotation are controlled independently with manual hand wheels, automated is available. The uv inspection camera images are delivered to the included high-resolution flat screen Sony LCD monitor swivel mounted on the heavy duty cart. Specalized uv camera filters and liquid light guides maximize UV transmission with peak output in the 365nm range while minimizing the white light content to inspect aircraft engines.

WebViewer® Accessory

We also offer the Motorized WebViewer® attachment to the VIBES® Boom or Free Standing WebViewer® platform. The webviewer provides high resolution UV and white light examinations of disc faces, bores, weld zone and radii in drums and spools. It is designed to deliver a camera into the tightest areas and view all surfaces, the Motorized WebViewer® provides high resolution, life-like color images of areas that are difficult to access by alternate inspection techniques.

The positioning system with encoded values of position displayed on-screen ensures that the camera is delivered into the component accurately, and easily. It permits 100% coverage with desired overlap and repeatable positioning for re-inspection.

Three included optical adapters viewing 0°, 60°aft, and 90°aft assure direct alignment with target surfaces. UV and white light levels are optimized for high contast viewing of flouresent indications. Macro positioning tools permit reach into bores as small at 102 mm diameter; see EM10919, EM10918, EM15612, and EM14110 and reference specifications in download area.

With the addition of optional 60° forward, and 90°forward optical adapters all web surfaces may be inspected with access from one side of component.

The LIBERTY USB 3.0 Interface Board – Designed for Use with Sony FCB-EV and EH Block Cameras

The LIBERTY USB 3.0 interface board extends the range of cameras that can be integrated into products with applications and markets including Video Conferencing, Inspection Systems, UAVs, Robotics, Low Vision and Machine Vision. Click Here to view the full product page and specifications.

usb-3-interface-board-libertyThe LIBERTY USB 3.0 interface board is capable of streaming 1080p at 30fps over USB3.0 and also includes push button inputs, PWM output for external LED light control and an efficient, selectable power supply for the attached camera. Also provided is a unique, free Software Development Kit for use with the LIBERTY USB 3.0 interface board, the SDK includes an easy to use application programming interface API and the source code for the OneView viewer program.  Despite its relatively small size, LIBERTY USB 3.0 interface board can efficiently stream full HD video without compromise directly into a PC and is fully compatible with VREO’s viewer application OneView as well as other UVC programs. LIBERTY is very compact with dimensions of 37mm x 37mm x 12mm, this makes it the smallest solution of its kind.

 

usb-3-interface-board-for-sony-blocksusb-3-interface-board-for-sony-eh-and-ev-camerasUSB 3.0 board and Micro Coax Cable Kit for Sony  block cameras is capable of streaming 1080p at 30fps and includes a push button inputs for camera zoom control, PWM output for external LED light control, and an efficient selectable power supply for the attached camera. Compatible with Sony FCB-EV7500, FCB-EV7520, FCB-EV7300, FCB-EV7320, FCB-EV7310,  FCB-EV7100,  FCB-EV5500,  FCB-EV5300,  FCB-EV6500,  FCB-EV6300,  FCB-EV3410,  FCB-EV3310, and FCB-EV3150.

LIBERTY extends the range of cameras that can be integrated into your USB 3.0 products. This board provides a USB3.0 interface for the well established SONY FCB block cameras providing a cost effective way to bring USB 3.0 into your product lines, reducing time to market and development costs. LIBERTY is a very compact and efficient solution allowing a one cable interface to a PC and comes with free bespoke application called OneView which will help you evaluate the board and camera for your application.  LIBERTY is capable of streaming 1080p at 30fps over USB 3.0 and includes a push button inputs for camera zoom control, PWM output for external LED light control, and an efficient selectable power supply for the attached camera. As well as being powered completely over the USB bus, Liberty allows the user to command the camera using free bespoke program OneView.

LIBERTY communicates with the SONY Block cameras with a micro coaxial cable connected to the back of the board while also providing the power for the camera over the same connection, making auxiliary power cables optional.   The board also features a dip switch selectable power output for cameras which use a different voltage making a future camera upgrade or repair faster and much cheaper.

LIBERTY has a small form factor of only 37mm x 37mm x 12mm making it the smallest solution of its kind!  Even though the board is tiny, LIBERTY efficiently streams Full HD video without compromise directly into a PC and is fully compatible with free bespoke program OneView as well as other UVC programs.  LIBERTY is a perfect choice for both, brand new systems being designed for future use, and older systems that are getting updated and upgraded.