Pleora Technologies is expanding its eBUS Edge GigE Vision software transmitter solution with feature-based licensing tiers to help designers meet performance and cost demands as new 3D cameras, sensor-based imaging devices, and embedded and IoT products are deployed in machine vision applications.   

eBUS Edge converts imaging solutions and embedded devices to fully compliant GigE Vision, GenICam devices without investing in any additional hardware. By adding eBUS Edge to a CPU’s software stack, devices support GigE Vision compliant image transmission, can respond to control requests from a host PC, and integrate with off-the-shelf machine vision processing. The GigE Vision software transmitter has been designed into 3D and smart cameras and data transmission systems for medical imaging. 

Canada-based camera manufacturer Labforge has designed eBUS Edge into its Bottlenose™ family of high-resolution smart cameras for automation, robotics, and defense applications. Available in both a stereo and monocular version, Bottlenose includes on-camera AI processing, feature point detection and matching, up to 4K depth resolution, and a powerful ISP to navigate complex lighting situations. 

For 3D inspection, eBUS Edge converts 3D images and data into GigE Vision and GenICam compliant time-stamped data that is transmitted with associated metadata over low-latency Ethernet cabling. Data from multiple sensors, including 1D and 2D images, can be synchronized and transported in parallel using multiple streams. To simplify image processing, the 3D data is 

received, analyzed, and displayed using off-the-shelf machine vision processing. In comparison, competing solutions require proprietary approaches for 3D data transmission and limit processing choice.

For embedded applications, eBUS Edge enables designers to develop small form-factor GigE Vision imaging and sensor devices that are easily networked and integrated with machine vision processing solutions. In these multi-sensor applications, embedded processing can make local decisions, transmit processed data to other sensors or standard vision processing solutions, and respond to control requests from a host controller over a low latency GigE Vision Ethernet connection.

New feature-based licensing tiers for eBUS Edge supporting multi-part, multi-stream 3D/2D/1D performance requirements for high-value imaging and sensor platforms and single-stream 2D/1D transmission for price-sensitive cameras, embedded platforms, and IoT devices are now available. The software solution is designed for both Intel and ARM architectures and is compatible with all sensor and camera types.