Introduction

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Introduction

Since the beginning of time, mankind has been aware of the importance of safety both for the individual and the community to ensure the survival of the human race.

Prehistoric man protected the entrance to his cave by building fires; ancient civilisations built walls and medieval man built castles and fortresses. Although the world around us has changed considerably, people still need to be safe in the 21st century. Nowadays however, safety is a far more complex issue than it used to be. We have to deal with different threats and we have developed the means to do so. We may not fear being the prey of a beast in the jungle, but we may worry that our car is stolen whilst we take a walk in the park.

Safety of the individual and his possessions has become a major industry. Although we want to preserve our freedom, we accept the need to be monitored every now and then as a necessary precaution. We routinely carry proof of identity and consider it quite normal to produce this when requested, whether for authorisation or even scanning. We do not object to having our number plates automatically read and stored when we drive into car parks or buildings.

As in former times, safety is still of crucial importance to both the individual and society as a whole.

ARH Inc. ("ARH") develops, manufactures and sells intelligent devices that process images within the context of security and traffic control. Our clients are system integration companies who construct outstanding innovative technological systems for their partners by incorporating our state-of-the-art technology. To date, approximately 2.000 satisfied partners in more than 200 countries worldwide are using the image processing know-how of ARH Inc.

ARH's recognition technologies can be found in every continent, and in countries ranging from Australia to Brazil, and Saudi Arabia to Korea.And the secret of our success?
It is our commitment to developing outstanding technological solutions, combined with reliability and efficiency.

The road to success: artificial intelligence and image recognition by computer

We receive information from the outside world through all our senses. Of all the information received via these five senses (sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch) 75-80% is visual. Visual perception, therefore, is of vital importance in the relationship between man and his environment.

In 1990 some colleagues and I, specialising in both mathematics and engineering were addressing the complex issue of how to model the human brain with the help of modern computer technology, thus enabling the computer to "see" things the way we humans do. In other words, could a computer interpret the contents of a digital image it has never "seen" before? The success of this research soon compelled us to put this newly acquired knowledge into practice, through solving specific tasks of recognition.

This is how the world's first number plate recognition computer application was developed in Hungary in 1991.

As a result of more than 15 years of continued research and development, ARH has become one of the key global players of image processing technology, within the security and traffic control sectors.

CARMEN number plate recognition technology and ARH document readers

Thanks to its consistently high rate of recognition and total reliability, the ARH CARMEN number plate recognition ("ANPR") system is a market leader. The CARMEN ANPR software engine can reliably read any alphanumeric number plate in the world, plus it has the unique feature of recognising Arabic characters.

ARH document readers have excellent image creation abilities and an exceptionally high rate of recognition, making them highly respected products on the market.

ARH Inc. - technology for the safety of the individual and society