Next week there is an imaging industry event called VISION Japan 2011. It is meant to showcase the latest product and technology innovations for imaging systems, including the newest cameras from Adimec. It is also meant to show progress in the adoption of the new vision systems interface standard CoaXPress.
All that will happen, but it’s a different kind of progress that will be on display that we feel is more significant. The show is being held in Yokohama, Japan, just a little over a month since the Tohoku-Kanto earthquake and tsunami devastated the country. While Yokohoma was not as directly impacted, the magnitude of the disasters has ramifications across every corner of Japanese life, both personal and business. The high technology industry was not spared, with widespread interruptions and delays rippling through the supply chain worldwide. More importantly, the personal toll of what took place weighs heavily on everyone in the country, regardless of occupation.
This makes it all the more remarkable that events like VISION Japan 2011 are able to carry on in Japan. In some ways, such things force a return to normalcy, or at least serve as a momentary distraction from the pain and suffering that has become a way of life over the past month in Japan. For sure, it is sign of the Japanese people’s resolve and resilience, and commitment to rebound from an unthinkable setback to their country.
Adimec’s Japanese based operations will be on hand. (Thankfully, none of our employees or their families suffered any major damage or loss of life during the disasters.) Symbolically, a main feature of our presence at the show will be a demonstration of the power of collaboration. We will be showing how a CoaXPress-based system can work using our OPAL Cameras, frame grabbers from Aval Data, and line scan cameras from Nippon Electro-Sensory Devices (NED). The demonstration showcases the capabilities of CoaXPress’ high-performance and long-length connectivity. We’ll show how CoaXPress allows the transmission of high speed data from a camera to a frame grabber in a PC, at a high speed of up to 6.25Gbps over a single coax cable.
The global collaboration reflected in the progress of the CoaXPress standard, which involved dozens of companies and hundreds of talented people from around the world, is somehow appropriate to highlight at this event in Japan. In a small way, it shows what can be achieved through cooperation and focus. For Japan to recover – and it undoubtedly will – cooperation on a much larger, significant and human scale will be required.
The organizing company of the Vision Show is a company called The Optontric Co. which also publishes a magazine called Optronics. On the home page of its web site, it has posted a message that reads “Don’t Give Up, Japan.” We know Japan will not. We are confident in its ability to recover and become better and stronger.