A new Grimaldi Lines Terminal in Barcelona has been launched with the purpose of connecting key points at the Mediterranean Sea. Ferries and Roll-on Roll-off vessels cover routes between Italy, Greece and North Africa, passing by Barcelona as a strategic port of call.
The complexity of the project is based on the wide range of vehicles that access this kind of Ro-Ro terminals. Thus, a License Plate Recognition reliable system is required to identify semi-trailers, car transporter vehicles, container trucks, etc. This system should read not only the front tractor unit license plate but also the one at the rear part of the trailer.
In addition, various license plate patterns come from several countries. This aspect involves an added difficulty to the computer vision methodology.
Orbita challenge was to accomplish all the requirements specified above. Our expertise in gate automation and computer vision made it possible, by means of a detailed solution development that has reached the expectations.