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One of the joys of this job—in fact, of the imaging industry—is the diversity of the people. That really became clear to me during last month’s European Machine Vision Association Business Conference in Dublin, Ireland.
One bus ride was spent chatting with a distributor from The Netherlands, another with a French camera manufacturer. During one dinner I sat with a Chinese vision expert discussing the market in his country; during another, a representative of a Japanese camera company tried to recreate my name in Japanese. A networking break found me sipping coffee with a Brazilian, a Turkish woman and, of course, a German. Conversations were fascinating, informative and friendly.
There was, of course, the conference. The sessions were divided into machine vision markets, technology trends and business trends. The markets covered were those of the host country, along with Brazil, Russia, India and China. Technology trends included digital interfaces and machine vision in precision farming; and business trends covered key challenges for growing industrial imaging companies and the need for redesigning human resources policies and company structures based on the game-based communications habits of today’s youth.
The EMVA, along with the Automated Imaging Association (AIA) in the United States and the Japanese Industrial Imaging Association (JIIA) in Japan, are heavily involved in standardization. The organizations are working on a defined cooperative framework to smooth out the process and avoid duplication.
An update was provided on three standardization efforts, GenICam, EMVA 1288 and Lens Mount. GenICam is a generic interface that that will make cameras, transport layers (drivers) and libraries interchangeable. The working group has 60 members and is defining 200 camera features. Version 2.0 is expected to be released in the third quarter. Some new features will include Camera Link support, an extended transport interface and more camera features.