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HD daylight full motion video cameras now fill the low light identification gap

Posted by Gretchen Alper on Tue, Apr 29, 2014

In defense and global security electro-optical systems whether for surveillance, situational awareness, or targeting, daylight cameras are combined with cameras optimized for other portions of the light spectrum such as a Long Wave Infrared LWIR (thermal) camera, a NIR camera (low light) and a SWIR camera to obtain full motion video throughout the day and night. The thermal camera or image-intensified camera allows the operator to easily detect anomalies in a scene. Other cameras such as the SWIR or the visible camera can then be used to recognize or identify the anomalies.

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Topics: Vision System Optimization, Applications

New cancer diagnostic techniques and compact hyperspectral camera solutions are two innovations highlighted at Photonics West

Posted by Gretchen Alper on Wed, Feb 5, 2014

There are many amazing new products and technologies unveiled and discussed at this week’s Photonics West Show.  We are impressed at how many industries from agriculture to medicine are advanced by photonics.

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Topics: Applications

2013 Brought many new innovations and applications with machine vision

Posted by Gretchen Alper on Wed, Dec 18, 2013

Each year there are exciting advances in what is possible with a machine vision camera.  These cameras are going way beyond industrial manufacturing into defense surveillance systems, robotic surgery, intelligent traffic systems, border security, health monitoring, and more.  In 2013, we discussed many of these new applications in detail on our blog.  Here are a few:

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Topics: Applications

Photonics leading many technical developments, including medical innovations

Posted by Gretchen Alper on Thu, Nov 7, 2013

Photonics has a leading role in many technical developments, including healthcare innovations. Adimec (Netherlands) and LL Tech (France), together with several partners, as part of the CAReIOCA project are developing & validating a high-resolution high-speed imaging-based medical device to perform non-invasive optical biopsy for cancer assessment.

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Topics: Applications

Bayer Color versus 3-CCD, Hyperspectral Imaging, the Photon Transfer Curve, and more

Posted by Gretchen Alper on Wed, Jul 31, 2013

In case you missed any of our posts earlier this year, here our some of our most popular articles in 2013 related to industrial imaging systems and applications.

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Topics: Image Quality Improvements, Applications

Trends in surveillance: full motion video and video analytics

Posted by Gretchen Alper on Wed, Jun 26, 2013

With increased security concerns in recent years, surveillance has been intensified at airports, seaports, in cities, at borders, etc.  To improve the information gathered from these systems, the big trends are the move from still imagery to full motion video and then better video analytics to automatically evaluate the images for unusual events.  A ReportsNReports analysis estimated the size of the smart surveillance and video analytics global market at $13.5 billion in 2012, and it's expected to reach $39 billion by 2020.

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Topics: Applications

Full motion video camera requirements for surveillance and situational awareness

Posted by Gretchen Alper on Wed, Jun 12, 2013

Surveillance and situational awareness systems are relying on daylight full motion video more and more.  The camera requirements for this use are unique and cannot be met by consumer cameras or machine vision cameras.  

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Topics: Applications

Enhancing existing ALPR systems using smear reduction in the camera

Posted by Gretchen Alper on Tue, May 21, 2013

Image sensors designed for machine vision applications are proving beneficial in traffic systems, such as automatic license plate recognition systems, because of their exceptional image quality and reliability in extended temperature ranges.  Except, these image sensors are optimized for use under controlled lighting conditions and have challenges in outdoor lighting conditions especially extreme situations such as direct sunlight.  With certain functionality implementations, experienced camera designers can work around these limitations.

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Topics: Vision System Optimization, Applications

Video Demonstration of Imec Hyperspectral Imaging Camera

Posted by Gretchen Alper on Thu, May 2, 2013

Click the image below for a video demonstration by IMEC of a hyperspectral imaging camera operating at fast frame rates. Spectral signatures of different type of leaf objects (paper printed leaf, plastic leaf, tissue leaf, real leaf) across 32 different spectral bands are being captured in parallel at 60 data-cubes / second and analyzed in real-time with PCA (principle component analysis) discrimination algorithms. This demonstrates the discrimination power capabilities of this emerging vision technique that is today catching traction in many different applications ranging from remote sensing, industrial sorting to medical imaging.

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Topics: Applications

What is CCTV compared to high-end surveillance and which type of camera is required?

Posted by Gretchen Alper on Mon, Apr 29, 2013

Small, low cost cameras for CCTV have been used for decades in banks, casinos, etc. where constant monitoring is required.  Closed-circuit television (CCTV) is the use of video cameras to transmit signal to a specific, limited set of monitors as opposed to open broadcasting (source:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Closed-circuit_television)

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Topics: Applications