Carmel Tunnel Project 311.
On Sunday, Israel begins to host the first three-day International Homeland
Security Conference, showcasing locally developed and manufactured solutions to
terrorism threats before security experts and decision-makers from around the
world. One of the companies that will be presenting its products is Hi-Tech
Solutions (HTS), a company based near Migdal Ha’emek that specializes in image
processing and computer vision technologies, mechanisms critical for a wide
variety of civilian and security applications.
Established in 1992, the
company saw its first commercial product sold in 2000. HTS’s proprietary
technology provides both digital and video image records, for direct
recognition, identification and recording of alphanumeric and graphic
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Put simply, HTS’s systems can read numbers from a photo and
reproduce them in text form. This ability enjoys a wide range of possible
applications, many of them in the fields of law enforcement, traffic management,
cargo administration and security.
Today, HTS’s two main products are
License Plate Recognition (LPR) and Container Code Recognition (CCR) systems. By
pointing a camera, connected to a computer, at a cargo container or a vehicle’s
license plate, HTS’s technology can reproduce the numbers in text form. Link
that ability to any system that monitors movement of large volumes of traffic
and you get a highly effective, real-time solution that can be put to many
In the civilian market, HTS’s systems are especially useful for
providing logistical solutions for anyone who wants to quickly and accurately
track movement of vehicles. One major project that HTS is involved with in
Israel is the soon-to-beopened Carmel tunnels.
The tunnels that run under
the city of Haifa will use HTS’s system to assist in its toll
HTS’s equipment is mounted on 24 toll routes in the tunnel
project, where it will capture images of the license plates of all the vehicles
that pass through and send the translated data to the operating company for
Another application that Israelis may be familiar with
is automated parking lots.
Already in partnership with Tel Aviv’s Ahuzat
Hahof parking lot chain, many of the city’s major parking lots use HTS’s
products to enable users to exit the lot after paying without having to present
the payment receipt at the exit.
HTS’s systems are also in use at ports
to track containers entering and exiting the facility by land and by
Mounted on cranes and port gates, the system enables the
identification of hundreds of thousands of cargo containers, and crosschecks
them with their manifests to make sure they are being offloaded at the correct
location and contain the right cargo.
Another place that the system is in
use is at the entrance to Ben-Gurion Airport. While waiting for the security
guard to wave them through, all vehicles are filmed by HTS’s gatemounted cameras
and the license plates numbers are crosschecked with a security database
alerting the system if any blacklisted vehicles appear at the gate. Systems
based on similar principles are used by commercial and state agencies all across
According to HTS CEO Philip Elovic, HTS systems are
successfully used in over 40 countries, with the See Container CCR system
controlling 50 percent of the international CCR market.
Elovic said that
though they have a smaller market share in the LPR market, it is there they see
the most potential for growth.
“LPR technology has really evolved, and as
the accuracy of the technology grows, so does customer confidence. Today the
technology is accurate enough to be put to use in revenue collection systems,
with a low enough error-rate to justify their widespread implementation,” said
HTS is currently developing systems that will see its technology
used on mobile platforms.
One possible use would be by municipal parking
inspectors, who could carry a hand-held device installed with the
Additional future applications for the system are drivethrough
banks and car rental agencies, and advanced building security systems.
the Homeland Security Conference, HTS’s vice president in charge of business
development, Meta Rosenberg, will present the company’s abilities before a large
group of security professionals, including foreign public security ministers,
chiefs of police, mayors and airport security experts.
Rosenberg will talk about how HTS’s technology can be used to boost homeland
security in a post-9/11 world.
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