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Live Again! CONTROL 2022

Published on May 12, 2022

After the two-year pandemic hiatus, it was great to see everyone again in person at Control 2022. From May 3 - 6, Control hosted almost 19,000 visitors and 600 exhibitors in six halls at Messe Stuttgart. The Imaging Source exhibited with a full compliment of board and industrial cameras as well as embedded cameras with MIPI and FPD-Link III interfaces.

The booth included a live demonstration of a six-camera system using The Imaging Source's 6-channel deserializer and an NVIDIA® Jetson Xavier™ NX SoM. The system ran seamless livestream videos from FPD-Link III cameras, allowing booth visitors to monitor images from all six cameras simultaneously. Compatible with the wider NVIDIA Jetson ecosystem, the camera system can work with a number of AI and deep learning algorithms.

The Imaging Source's portfolio of industrial cameras for automation and quality assurance at <b>Control 2022</b>.

TIS SDKs, Software, Drivers and Firmware Not Affected by log4j Vulnerability

Published on January 10, 2022

In late November 2021, the cybersecurity vulnerability (CVE-2021-44228) was identified in Log4j products.

The Imaging Source's software developers have carefully reviewed our software environment and can affirm that the log4j framework is not used in The Imaging Source's SDKs, software, drivers or firmware.

For more information, please go to https://logging.apache.org/log4j/

The Imaging Source Asia Expands to New Office

Published on January 3, 2022

Effective January 3, 2022, our colleagues at The Imaging Source Asia Co. Ltd. will be working from expanded facilities in Xizhi, New Taipei City. While the street address has changed, telephone and fax numbers remain unchanged.

The Imaging Source Asia Co., Ltd.
3F., No. 43-7/8, Zhongxing Road
New Taipei City 221012, Xizhi District
Taiwan

The Imaging Source Asia Co. Ltd's new offices in Xizhi, New Taipei City.

We look forward to serving our customers in our new location and will do all we can to mitigate any inconvenience to our customers during the move. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

New 37 Series Cameras Featuring Sony STARVIS IMX462

Published on December 1, 2021

The Imaging Source announces the addition of the Sony STARVIS IMX462 to its 37 Series cameras. The Imaging Source announces the addition of the Sony STARVIS IMX462 sensor to its 37 Series industrial and board-level color cameras.

    These new rolling-shutter CMOS sensors display the following characteristics:
  • Resolution: 2.1 MP, (1,920px × 1,080px)
  • Sensor Format: 1/2.8"
  • Pixel Format: H: 2.9 µm, V: 2.9 µm
  • Excellent image quality in visible and NIR light regions

DFK 37AUX462 - Industrial Camera

DFK 37BUX462 - Industrial Camera

DFM 37UX462-ML Board Camera

Cameras featuring Sony's IMX462 STARVIS sensors are ideal for low-light applications in security, inspection and microscopy.

Please feel free to contact our sales team with any questions or inquiries.

Deep-Learning-Based OCR: Casing Inspection Saves Labor and Reduces Errors

Published on November 22, 2021

Headstamps are ammunition markings which serve as a classification system to account for the use, safe transportation, storage and quality control of ammunition. Police departments register all movements of ammunition into and out of their armories using ammunition control databases. These inspection and entry tasks are performed by officers themselves and cost police departments hundreds of hours every year. Taiwan's National Police Agency (NPA) cooperated with The Imaging Source reseller, Nevis Technology, to create a machine vision system with deep-learning-based optical character recognition (OCR) to inspect and catalog the ammunition. The project engineers selected The Imaging Source's DMK 33GP031 GigE monochrome industrial cameras to be used in conjunction with the system software which was developed by Nevis Technology specifically for the application. The new inspection system has allowed the NPA to fully automate the cataloging process, saving labor and reducing errors.

Trays of ammunition must be inspected and cataloged before distribution to officers. Via optical character recognition (OCR), machine vision ensures that the task is performed accurately and efficiently

Monochrome Industrial Cameras Deliver Contrast-rich Images for OCR

The NPA had been looking for ways to automate the inspection of new and used ammunition for years and this was the first time the NPA had worked with a vision-based inspection system of any kind. Finding a reliable and highly accurate system seemed to pose the biggest challenge.

Nevis Technology devised a system whereupon two of The Imaging Source's monochrome cameras capture images of ammunition trays from differing angles. Ideal for machine vision tasks like OCR, monochrome cameras offer improved image contrast and resolution delivering sharp and contrast-rich images which ensure robust character localization, segmentation and extraction.

The software algorithm compares the extracted data with the pre-trained dataset. Any empty cells or casings not meeting the set standard (NOK) are indicated in red (see image below). The system fully inspects one tray of ammunition (typically 50 rounds per tray) every 5 seconds, satisfying the NPA's project requirements. Nevis reports, "By using the machine vision system to automatically identify, report, and pick out the bullets with different specifications, the police units have successfully reduced the manpower by about 60% and saved up to NT$2 million per year."

The OCR system uses deep learning for defect and presence detection. Nevis Technology reports police have reduced the labor used for the inspection tasks by up to 60%.

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About The Imaging Source

Established in 1990, The Imaging Source is one of the leading manufacturers of industrial cameras, video converters and embedded vision components for factory automation, quality assurance, medicine, science, security and a variety of other markets.

Our comprehensive range of cameras with USB 3.1, USB 3.0, USB 2.0, GigE, MIPI interfaces and other innovative machine vision products are renowned for their high quality and ability to meet the performance requirements of demanding applications.

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