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30-January - 01-February 2018
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Vision Components GmbH

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Vision Components GmbH
Ottostr. 2
Ettlingen
Germany
76275
Company Description
Featured Product: VCSBC nano Z0252: Embedded vision systems

Develops machine-vision technology focusing on manufacturing and intelligent cameras for industrial use. Product line includes DSP or multicore ARM/Linux board smart cameras and vision sensors, including stereo vision, 3D laser triangulation, 360 degree cameras, and embedded SDK with vision libraries. Applications include machine vision, security, traffic, ANPR and robotics.
Announcements
02 December 2017
Up to 20 times faster image processing with FPGA
Vision Components shines a light on the future of image processing. Having built up extensive knowledge on FPGA programming, the company has achieved up to 20 times faster performance in various successfully concluded customer projects. These results are enabled by the versatile system on chip (SoC) architecture in VC Z series embedded vision systems: the cameras feature a Xilinx Zynq SoC that comprises an 866 MHz dual-core ARM processor and an FPGA, which can carry out image processing tasks in parallel. Using Xilinx’ Vivado HLS tool, Vision Components programs the integrated circuit in C and C++, and can furthermore draw on its own extensive software library. Software-based FPGA programming has huge advantages. Users can test all programmed functions in advance in a simulation environment and debug the script, if necessary. This greatly simplifies troubleshooting and significantly reduces development time. FPGA programming therefore promises to become much more accessible to machine vision developers in future. Vision Components offers support and – in regular workshops – professional training to those who want to explore the potential of FPGA programming.

Illustration: VC Z series embedded vision systems featuring an 866 MHz microprocessor and an FPGA enable up to 20 times faster image processing

About Vision Components
Founded in 1996 by Michael Engel, inventor of the first intelligent camera for industrial applications, Vision Components GmbH is a leading supplier in the field of machine vision. Branches and distributors represent the Ettlingen-based company worldwide in more than 25 countries. Vision Components develops and distributes intelligent, network-compatible real-time Smart Cameras which are able to operate without a PC. These embedded vision solutions can be easily integrated into almost any machine or plant. Customers can choose between models with ARM processors and VC Linux firmware or DSP-based models with the proprietary VCRT operating system. The product portfolio includes Smart Cameras with or without a protective housing, single board cameras, and vision sensors. Vision Components also develops custom-tailored machine vision solutions for a wide range of applications. Amongst others, typical applications include quality inspection and automation. Furthermore, VC provides free software libraries for many applications including license plate recognition, motion capture, decoding, measurement, and positioning.
02 December 2017
VC Z series: High-speed smart cameras for OEM applications from Vision Components
The powerful, extremely small VC Z embedded vision systems from Vision Components offer real-time image processing suitable for all kinds of demanding applications. All models are equipped with Xilinx’ Zynq module, a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 with 866 MHz and an integrated FPGA. Their extremely compact design and very low power consumption make them ideally suited for applications requiring high speeds but with limited installation space. The new camera generation is based on the board camera series VCSBC nano Z. With a footprint of 40 x 65 mm and comprehensive adaptability regarding installation and connection, these flexible systems are especially easy to integrate into machines and plants.


Illustration 1: The VC Z series of intelligent cameras with VC Linux operating system and optional FPGA programming are ideally suited for high-speed applications with limited available space

Users can choose between two enclosed camera types: the VC nano Z, measuring 80 x 45 x 20 mm, and the VC pro Z with IP67 ingress protection, which measures 88 x 58 x 36 mm and can be fitted with a lens and an integrated LED illumination. All Z camera models feature several CMOS sensors. In addition, the board camera versions are available with an on-board sensor or with one or two external sensors with 30 mm or 80 mm ribbon cables. The new VC Linux operating system ensures optimal interaction between hardware and software. For users seeking to fully exploit the performance potential of the hardware, Vision Components also offers an FPGA programming service which can accelerate processing speeds many times over. Like all VC cameras, Z series cameras come complete with the free-of-charge VC Lib software library, which provides over 300 basic industrial image processing functions such as pattern matching, that can be tested and debugged in advance in a simulation environment.


Illustration 2: High-speed image processing capabilities are available with board cameras and rugged enclosed models integrating optics and lighting


About Vision Components
Founded in 1996 by Michael Engel, inventor of the first intelligent camera for industrial applications, Vision Components GmbH is a leading supplier in the field of machine vision. Branches and distributors represent the Ettlingen-based company worldwide in more than 25 countries. Vision Components develops and distributes intelligent, network-compatible real-time Smart Cameras which are able to operate without a PC. These embedded vision solutions can be easily integrated into almost any machine or plant. Customers can choose between models with ARM processors and VC Linux firmware or DSP-based models with the proprietary VCRT operating system. The product portfolio includes Smart Cameras with or without a protective housing, single board cameras, and vision sensors. Vision Components also develops custom-tailored machine vision solutions for a wide range of applications. Amongst others, typical applications include quality inspection and automation. Furthermore, VC provides free software libraries for many applications including license plate recognition, motion capture, decoding, measurement, and positioning.
02 December 2017
VC Z series: High-speed smart cameras for OEM applications from Vision Components
The powerful, extremely small VC Z embedded vision systems from Vision Components offer real-time image processing suitable for all kinds of demanding applications. All models are equipped with Xilinx’ Zynq module, a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 with 866 MHz and an integrated FPGA. Their extremely compact design and very low power consumption make them ideally suited for applications requiring high speeds but with limited installation space. The new camera generation is based on the board camera series VCSBC nano Z. With a footprint of 40 x 65 mm and comprehensive adaptability regarding installation and connection, these flexible systems are especially easy to integrate into machines and plants.


Illustration 1: The VC Z series of intelligent cameras with VC Linux operating system and optional FPGA programming are ideally suited for high-speed applications with limited available space

Users can choose between two enclosed camera types: the VC nano Z, measuring 80 x 45 x 20 mm, and the VC pro Z with IP67 ingress protection, which measures 88 x 58 x 36 mm and can be fitted with a lens and an integrated LED illumination. All Z camera models feature several CMOS sensors. In addition, the board camera versions are available with an on-board sensor or with one or two external sensors with 30 mm or 80 mm ribbon cables. The new VC Linux operating system ensures optimal interaction between hardware and software. For users seeking to fully exploit the performance potential of the hardware, Vision Components also offers an FPGA programming service which can accelerate processing speeds many times over. Like all VC cameras, Z series cameras come complete with the free-of-charge VC Lib software library, which provides over 300 basic industrial image processing functions such as pattern matching, that can be tested and debugged in advance in a simulation environment.


Illustration 2: High-speed image processing capabilities are available with board cameras and rugged enclosed models integrating optics and lighting

About Vision Components
Founded in 1996 by Michael Engel, inventor of the first intelligent camera for industrial applications, Vision Components GmbH is a leading supplier in the field of machine vision. Branches and distributors represent the Ettlingen-based company worldwide in more than 25 countries. Vision Components develops and distributes intelligent, network-compatible real-time Smart Cameras which are able to operate without a PC. These embedded vision solutions can be easily integrated into almost any machine or plant. Customers can choose between models with ARM processors and VC Linux firmware or DSP-based models with the proprietary VCRT operating system. The product portfolio includes Smart Cameras with or without a protective housing, single board cameras, and vision sensors. Vision Components also develops custom-tailored machine vision solutions for a wide range of applications. Amongst others, typical applications include quality inspection and automation. Furthermore, VC provides free software libraries for many applications including license plate recognition, motion capture, decoding, measurement, and positioning.
02 December 2017
Embedded vision systems control traffic
Vision Components presents a full range of ALPR/ANPR solutions. The company’s Carrida software engine is in use worldwide in access control, parking management, and ITS applications. The hardware-independent OEM library achieves a typical reading accuracy of more than 96% for international license plates, including damaged, dirtied, or skewed plates. Carrida reads all common still image and movie formats from memory or file, detects all plates displayed in one image, and recognizes characters with a minimum height of 12 px. It works reliably at car speeds up to 200 km/h. A dedicated parking management tool facilitates setup and organization of access control systems via black/white lists. Accompanying the software tools, miniature smart camera solutions will be showcased. The Carrida Cam is easy to integrate into existing security and surveillance applications. It runs the Carrida engine and makes any gate system or similar application smart, connected simply via an Ethernet port. At a power consumption of less than 3 W, it is also suitable for standalone operation in mobile and stationary systems. Both a board camera and an enclosed version are available. At 88 x 58 x 36 mm, the rugged Carrida Cam is probably the world’s smallest standalone ALPR/ANPR camera.

Illustration: The easy-to-integrate ALPR/ANPR software and standalone camera achieve superior detection rates worldwide

About Vision Components
Founded in 1996 by Michael Engel, inventor of the first intelligent camera for industrial applications, Vision Components GmbH is a leading supplier in the field of machine vision. Branches and distributors represent the Ettlingen-based company worldwide in more than 25 countries. Vision Components develops and distributes intelligent, network-compatible real-time Smart Cameras which are able to operate without a PC. These embedded vision solutions can be easily integrated into almost any machine or plant. Customers can choose between models with ARM processors and VC Linux firmware or DSP-based models with the proprietary VCRT operating system. The product portfolio includes Smart Cameras with or without a protective housing, single board cameras, and vision sensors. Vision Components also develops custom-tailored machine vision solutions for a wide range of applications. Amongst others, typical applications include quality inspection and automation. Furthermore, VC provides free software libraries for many applications including license plate recognition, motion capture, decoding, measurement, and positioning.
02 December 2017
Embedded vision systems control traffic
Vision Components presents a full range of ALPR/ANPR solutions. The company’s Carrida software engine is in use worldwide in access control, parking management, and ITS applications. The hardware-independent OEM library achieves a typical reading accuracy of more than 96% for international license plates, including damaged, dirtied, or skewed plates. Carrida reads all common still image and movie formats from memory or file, detects all plates displayed in one image, and recognizes characters with a minimum height of 12 px. It works reliably at car speeds up to 200 km/h. A dedicated parking management tool facilitates setup and organization of access control systems via black/white lists. Accompanying the software tools, miniature smart camera solutions will be showcased. The Carrida Cam is easy to integrate into existing security and surveillance applications. It runs the Carrida engine and makes any gate system or similar application smart, connected simply via an Ethernet port. At a power consumption of less than 3 W, it is also suitable for standalone operation in mobile and stationary systems. Both a board camera and an enclosed version are available. At 88 x 58 x 36 mm, the rugged Carrida Cam is probably the world’s smallest standalone ALPR/ANPR camera.




Illustration: The easy-to-integrate ALPR/ANPR software and standalone camera achieve superior detection rates worldwide

About Vision Components
Founded in 1996 by Michael Engel, inventor of the first intelligent camera for industrial applications, Vision Components GmbH is a leading supplier in the field of machine vision. Branches and distributors represent the Ettlingen-based company worldwide in more than 25 countries. Vision Components develops and distributes intelligent, network-compatible real-time Smart Cameras which are able to operate without a PC. These embedded vision solutions can be easily integrated into almost any machine or plant. Customers can choose between models with ARM processors and VC Linux firmware or DSP-based models with the proprietary VCRT operating system. The product portfolio includes Smart Cameras with or without a protective housing, single board cameras, and vision sensors. Vision Components also develops custom-tailored machine vision solutions for a wide range of applications. Amongst others, typical applications include quality inspection and automation. Furthermore, VC provides free software libraries for many applications including license plate recognition, motion capture, decoding, measurement, and positioning.
02 December 2017
Modular all-in-one ITS package for global use
Image processing expert Vision Components presents a complete modular ITS solution for OEM manufacturers with all components needed for traffic control. The package comprises the Carrida Software Engine, Carrida Cam, VC Flash infrared area lighting module, and the Q-Board, which turns IP cameras into smart cameras. The solution is suitable for applications such as access control, toll and speed control, traffic analysis, and fleet management. The individual products can be freely combined as needed or integrated into existing systems based on customer requirements.


Illustration: Vision Components provides a modular ITS solution that includes the Carrida software engine, a robust Carrida Cam, VC Flash area lighting and the Q-Board, which turns IP cameras into intelligent cameras

With a typical processing time of 30 ms and a reading accuracy of more than 96%, the Carrida software engine is an extremely fast and accurate ALPR/ANPR library (Automatic License Plate Reader or Automatic Number Plate Reader) that reliably detects even dirty, damaged, or slanted license plates in countries around the world. Carrida Cam combines the advantages of this software package with the outdoor ruggedness and compactness of the 88 x 58 x 36 mm sized VC pro Z smart camera. Thanks to its very low power consumption (less than 3 W), this camera can even act as a standalone system, powered for instance with solar cells. The Q-Board PCB presents users with a cost-effective way to convert existing systems into automated systems. Based on a dual-core ARM Zynq processor clocked at 2 x 866 MHz, Q-Board can be connected to any IP camera, turning it into an intelligent ITS system with video streaming by using the Carrida engine. With a form factor of 40 x 50 mm, this board requires very little installation space. For optimum brightness, even in changing or unfavorable light conditions, VC Flash facilitates powerful infrared area lighting. Equipped with 24 high-power LEDS as well as its own power source, this lighting module is specially designed for road applications. It comes with an integrated lighting controller. The ITS package is completed by Carrida Parking Management, a fully automated OEM solution that allows for quick and simple integration in existing barrier systems and infrastructures and is also fully functional as a standalone system.


About Vision Components
Founded in 1996 by Michael Engel, inventor of the first intelligent camera for industrial applications, Vision Components GmbH is a leading supplier in the field of machine vision. Branches and distributors represent the Ettlingen-based company worldwide in more than 25 countries. Vision Components develops and distributes intelligent, network-compatible real-time Smart Cameras which are able to operate without a PC. These embedded vision solutions can be easily integrated into almost any machine or plant. Customers can choose between models with ARM processors and VC Linux firmware or DSP-based models with the proprietary VCRT operating system. The product portfolio includes Smart Cameras with or without a protective housing, single board cameras, and vision sensors. Vision Components also develops custom-tailored machine vision solutions for a wide range of applications. Amongst others, typical applications include quality inspection and automation. Furthermore, VC provides free software libraries for many applications including license plate recognition, motion capture, decoding, measurement, and positioning.
02 December 2017
Modular all-in-one ITS package for global use
Image processing expert Vision Components presents a complete modular ITS solution for OEM manufacturers with all components needed for traffic control. The package comprises the Carrida Software Engine, Carrida Cam, VC Flash infrared area lighting module, and the Q-Board, which turns IP cameras into smart cameras. The solution is suitable for applications such as access control, toll and speed control, traffic analysis, and fleet management. The individual products can be freely combined as needed or integrated into existing systems based on customer requirements.


Illustration: Vision Components provides a modular ITS solution that includes the Carrida software engine, a robust Carrida Cam, VC Flash area lighting and the Q-Board, which turns IP cameras into intelligent cameras

With a typical processing time of 30 ms and a reading accuracy of more than 96%, the Carrida software engine is an extremely fast and accurate ALPR/ANPR library (Automatic License Plate Reader or Automatic Number Plate Reader) that reliably detects even dirty, damaged, or slanted license plates in countries around the world. Carrida Cam combines the advantages of this software package with the outdoor ruggedness and compactness of the 88 x 58 x 36 mm sized VC pro Z smart camera. Thanks to its very low power consumption (less than 3 W), this camera can even act as a standalone system, powered for instance with solar cells. The Q-Board PCB presents users with a cost-effective way to convert existing systems into automated systems. Based on a dual-core ARM Zynq processor clocked at 2 x 866 MHz, Q-Board can be connected to any IP camera, turning it into an intelligent ITS system with video streaming by using the Carrida engine. With a form factor of 40 x 50 mm, this board requires very little installation space. For optimum brightness, even in changing or unfavorable light conditions, VC Flash facilitates powerful infrared area lighting. Equipped with 24 high-power LEDS as well as its own power source, this lighting module is specially designed for road applications. It comes with an integrated lighting controller. The ITS package is completed by Carrida Parking Management, a fully automated OEM solution that allows for quick and simple integration in existing barrier systems and infrastructures and is also fully functional as a standalone system.

About Vision Components
Founded in 1996 by Michael Engel, inventor of the first intelligent camera for industrial applications, Vision Components GmbH is a leading supplier in the field of machine vision. Branches and distributors represent the Ettlingen-based company worldwide in more than 25 countries. Vision Components develops and distributes intelligent, network-compatible real-time Smart Cameras which are able to operate without a PC. These embedded vision solutions can be easily integrated into almost any machine or plant. Customers can choose between models with ARM processors and VC Linux firmware or DSP-based models with the proprietary VCRT operating system. The product portfolio includes Smart Cameras with or without a protective housing, single board cameras, and vision sensors. Vision Components also develops custom-tailored machine vision solutions for a wide range of applications. Amongst others, typical applications include quality inspection and automation. Furthermore, VC provides free software libraries for many applications including license plate recognition, motion capture, decoding, measurement, and positioning.
02 December 2017
More pixels, more frames, minimal noise New CMOS sensors for VC Z series embedded vision systems
Vision Components now supplies its small VC Z series smart cameras with more powerful CMOS sensors: Sony's IMX252 provides a 3.2 MP resolution (2048 x 1536 px) and captures 88 frames per second in this format. At lower resolutions, even higher speeds can be achieved. Like its predecessors in the same line, this new Pregius series sensor employs global-shutter technology. Users of previous-generation VC Z series cameras are very familiar with it and have come to appreciate its hands-on benefits over rolling shutters or CCDs: there is no bloom, smear, distortion, or overexposure in images captured with global shutter CMOS sensors. Despite its high resolution, the new sensor features a compact 1/1.8" footprint. It is housed on a 23 x 35 mm board and can be used with a wide range of lenses.


Illustration: Featuring new high-quality CMOS sensors, Vision Components' VC Z series embedded vision systems now capture up to 88 fps at 3.2 MP resolution

The compact design entails a small pixel size of only 3.45 µm, which is significantly smaller than the pixel of lower-resolution CMOS sensors. The image quality, however, does not suffer from this. Sony has compensated for the lower saturation capacity per pixel due to the smaller surface by technical optimization of the products: thanks to extremely low temporal dark noise and a wide dynamic range, they ensure very crisp, virtually noise-free pictures even under difficult ambient conditions with low light levels. VC Z series embedded vision systems are available with a standard housing or an IP67 protective housing and as PCB versions. The board cameras are highly suitable for integration in a wide range of industrial applications, with a line-up including cameras with an onboard sensor and others with one or two remote heads on separate PCBs. More sensors from Sony's Pregius series will be integrated into Vision Components products to give smart camera users superior image quality and fast video capturing at high resolutions.

About Vision Components
Founded in 1996 by Michael Engel, inventor of the first intelligent camera for industrial applications, Vision Components GmbH is a leading supplier in the field of machine vision. Branches and distributors represent the Ettlingen-based company worldwide in more than 25 countries. Vision Components develops and distributes intelligent, network-compatible real-time Smart Cameras which are able to operate without a PC. These embedded vision solutions can be easily integrated into almost any machine or plant. Customers can choose between models with ARM processors and VC Linux firmware or DSP-based models with the proprietary VCRT operating system. The product portfolio includes Smart Cameras with or without a protective housing, single board cameras, and vision sensors. Vision Components also develops custom-tailored machine vision solutions for a wide range of applications. Amongst others, typical applications include quality inspection and automation. Furthermore, VC provides free software libraries for many applications including license plate recognition, motion capture, decoding, measurement, and positioning.
02 December 2017
More pixels, more frames, minimal noise: New CMOS sensors for VC Z series embedded vision systems
Vision Components now supplies its small VC Z series smart cameras with more powerful CMOS sensors: Sony's IMX252 provides a 3.2 MP resolution (2048 x 1536 px) and captures 88 frames per second in this format. At lower resolutions, even higher speeds can be achieved. Like its predecessors in the same line, this new Pregius series sensor employs global-shutter technology. Users of previous-generation VC Z series cameras are very familiar with it and have come to appreciate its hands-on benefits over rolling shutters or CCDs: there is no bloom, smear, distortion, or overexposure in images captured with global shutter CMOS sensors. Despite its high resolution, the new sensor features a compact 1/1.8" footprint. It is housed on a 23 x 35 mm board and can be used with a wide range of lenses.


The compact design entails a small pixel size of only 3.45 µm, which is significantly smaller than the pixel of lower-resolution CMOS sensors. The image quality, however, does not suffer from this. Sony has compensated for the lower saturation capacity per pixel due to the smaller surface by technical optimization of the products: thanks to extremely low temporal dark noise and a wide dynamic range, they ensure very crisp, virtually noise-free pictures even under difficult ambient conditions with low light levels. VC Z series embedded vision systems are available with a standard housing or an IP67 protective housing and as PCB versions. The board cameras are highly suitable for integration in a wide range of industrial applications, with a line-up including cameras with an onboard sensor and others with one or two remote heads on separate PCBs. More sensors from Sony's Pregius series will be integrated into Vision Components products to give smart camera users superior image quality and fast video capturing at high resolutions.















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About Vision Components
Founded in 1996 by Michael Engel, inventor of the first intelligent camera for industrial applications, Vision Components GmbH is a leading supplier in the field of machine vision. Branches and distributors represent the Ettlingen-based company worldwide in more than 25 countries. Vision Components develops and distributes intelligent, network-compatible real-time Smart Cameras which are able to operate without a PC. These embedded vision solutions can be easily integrated into almost any machine or plant. Customers can choose between models with ARM processors and VC Linux firmware or DSP-based models with the proprietary VCRT operating system. The product portfolio includes Smart Cameras with or without a protective housing, single board cameras, and vision sensors. Vision Components also develops custom-tailored machine vision solutions for a wide range of applications. Amongst others, typical applications include quality inspection and automation. Furthermore, VC provides free software libraries for many applications including license plate recognition, motion capture, decoding, measurement, and positioning.
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