Industry Headlines / Vision & Sensors

MVTec Hosts GenICam Meeting in Munich

MUNICH, GERMANY - The 2009 "GenICam & GigE Vision Technical Meeting" took place in Munich, Germany, April 21 to 24. The event with machine vision experts from the whole world was hosted by the Munich software manufacturer MVTec Software GmbH.

Twenty-six participants from 17 companies and organizations came to Munich to push the progress of the industry standards GenICam and GigE Vision. The aim of these standards is to clearly ease and unify the image acquisition as well as the configuration of industry cameras. "This is highly desirable for users as well as manufacturers," says Christoph Zierl, MVTec’s product manager and organizer of the meeting.

So far, any camera manufacturer provided an own proprietary programming interface for parameterization and image acquisition. However, the GenICam standard enables to control the complete functionality of any camera via a common generic programming interface. Meanwhile, this standard has become very popular, because it is mandatory for all cameras and applications which are compatible to the established GigE Vision standard.

The GenICam GenTL standard even goes one step further: This standard defines a software interface between a "GenICam GenTL Producer" and a "GenICam GenTL Consumer". Therewith, any camera may be chosen for machine vision applications without the need of programming some specific adaptation. Here, it doesn't matter whether the camera is connected via Gigabit Ethernet, USB, IEEE 1394, or Camera Link. Thereby, the comprehensive "GenICam Standard Feature Naming Convention" cares for a unique naming of the available camera parameters.

Primarily, the publication of the GenICam modules 1.2 and GenTL 1.1 (planned in autumn 2009) was discussed during the meeting. The GigE Vision standard will be expanded in such a way that also non-streaming devices can be addressed by this protocol.

All in all, the participants agreed that the standardization of image acquisition interfaces and protocols means a considerable added value, as no proprietary connections have to be developed and maintained any more.

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to Quality Magazine. 

You must login or register in order to post a comment.

Multimedia

Videos

Podcasts

Karen Spencer, Clinkenbeard's quality manager, discusses what makes the plant stand out, advice for other plants, and looks to the future.
More Podcasts

Quality Magazine

CoverImage

2015 March

The March 2015 edition of Quality Magazine includes this years Quality's 2015 Plant of the Year.

Table Of Contents Subscribe

Topics to Talk About

What topics would you like to see Quality cover more?
View Results Poll Archive

Clear Seas Research

qcast_ClearSeas_logo.gifWith access to over one million professionals and more than 60 industry-specific publications,Clear Seas Research offers relevant insights from those who know your industry best. Let us customize a market research solution that exceeds your marketing goals.

STAY CONNECTED

Facebook2015_40 twitter_40px.png  youtube_40px.pnglinkedin_40px.png  GooglePlus_40

eNewsletters