Title: A novel method of automatic reading for rotor water meter based on image processing
Authors: Juan Wang; Hongqing Li; Bing Bai
Addresses: School of Electrical and Control Engineering, Shenyang Jianzhu University, Shenyang, Liaoning, China ' School of Electrical and Control Engineering, Shenyang Jianzhu University, Shenyang, Liaoning, China ' Liaoning Academy of Agricultural Sciences, No. 84, Dongling Road, Shenyang, Liaoning, China
Abstract: This paper investigates the issue of the reading of rotor water meters and presents a novel method of automatic reading based on image processing. In order to handle the impact of complex environment, we use object detection neural network to detect the bounding boxes of sub-dials on the water meter. Based on the standard spatial layout of sub-dials, the pose of water meter is corrected by perspective transformation. The regions of pointers are segmented from sub-dials by semantic segmentation. According to the segmented region, a multi-centroids method is proposed, through which the angle of the pointer area can be accurately obtained. The proposed method of automatic reading has better robustness and the obtained readings are more accurate. Simulation study is conducted to verify the effectiveness of the proposed method.
Keywords: rotor water meter; automatic reading; deep learning; image processing; multi-centroids method.
International Journal of Simulation and Process Modelling, 2022 Vol.18 No.1, pp.77 - 85
Received: 29 Oct 2021
Accepted: 26 Jan 2022
Published online: 22 Jun 2022 *