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GenICam-Compliant Camera Functions

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Cameras with Liquid Lens ControlIndustrial cameras are constantly supplied with new features and bug fixes via update packages provided by manufacturers. This allows users to extend the capabilities of cameras which are already operating in the field. Although users can import these new functions themselves, they have no influence on the range of functions. IDS offers a solution: vision app- based industrial cameras of the IDS NXT series can be extended by self-programmed apps which are also provided as standard-compliant features. This means it is very easy for customers to make camera processing tasks available for every GenICam-compliant application.

The number of programmable cameras in the machine vision market is increasing. They enable users to execute self-created functions, which previously were performed on PCs or embedded boards, directly in the camera. However, unlike standard vision cameras, they rarely have a high-speed data interface such as GigE Vision and are therefore significantly inferior to their vision counterparts in terms of transmission speed. Interactions with functionalities must nevertheless be available for the user or the user software via API. Until now, the majority of these have been proprietary manufacturer interfaces.

As a response to this challenge, IDS has expanded its standard vision industrial cameras with the vision app-based IDS NXT concept. This results in cameras that can load and execute image processing apps programmed by users at runtime in addition to their standard firmware features. This feature extension is made possible by the IDS NXT concept using an IDS-specific "Smart GenICam" app. The highlight of this combination is that configuration, control and results of vision apps can be used via the camera's XML description file in any GenICam-compliant third-party application, such as HALCON. The devices remain fully-fledged standard-compliant industrial cameras that can transfer image data to a host PC at full Gigabit Ethernet speed.


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