Date of Award


Degree Type



Electrical and Computer Engineering

First Advisor

Simon, Dan

Subject Headings

Utility meters -- Automatic control, Utility meter, C#®, Otsu threshold method, Pattern recognition


This thesis discusses research in the automation of reading a utility meter. The hardware required is a wireless camera pointed at the meter to be read. This meter can be a water, electricity or gas meter. After the wireless camera collects the image from the utility meter it transmits the image to a computer through a receiver. The computer analyzes the image with pattern recognition technology to obtain the numbers. We use image processing techniques in this thesis, including image preprocessing, image segmentation (Otsu threshold method), and number recognition. Finally we create a graphical user interface using Visual C#®