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Interlaced Goes Digital: Combining Interlaced Sensors With a Digital Interface

With increased digitalization in the field of industrial image processing, the industry sometimes rashly writes off conventional technologies. In actuality, many users cling to their analog image processing systems. Those who take the needs of these users seriously have come to realize that the reason for this does not lie in analog transfer technology as such, but in the advantages of interlaced sensors, which are widely used in analog systems and previously were not available in cameras with a digital interface.

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Advanced Land Imager Assessment System

An integrated system provides radiometric and geometric calibration and validation data processing for a multispectral pushbroom instrument. Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland The Advanced Land Imager Assessment System (ALIAS) supports radiometric and geometric image processing for the Advanced Land Imager (ALI) instrument onboard NASA’s Earth Observing-1 (EO-1) satellite. ALIAS consists of two processing subsystems for radiometric and geometric processing of the ALI’s multispectral imagery. The radiometric processing subsystem characterizes and corrects, where possible, radiometric qualities including: coherent, impulse; and random noise; signal-to-noise ratios (SNRs); detector operability; gain; bias; saturation levels; striping and banding; and the stability of detector performance.

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Delivering Images for Mars Rover Science Planning

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California A methodology has been developed for delivering, via the Internet, images transmitted to Earth from cameras on the Mars Explorer Rovers, the Phoenix Mars Lander, the Mars Science Laboratory, and the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft. The images in question are used by geographically dispersed scientists and engineers in planning Rover scientific activities and Rover maneuvers pertinent thereto.

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X-Ray Camera

Andor Technology, South Windsor, CT, offers the iKon-M x-ray camera available in two models: the DO and DY. The DO interfaces with vacuum chambers, and the DY is a standalone camera with a beryllium input window. The cameras offer a low-read noise floor, high QE across the x-ray, XUV, and EUV energy ranges, and negligible dart current with thermoelectric cooling to -90°C. Readout speeds of up to 2.5 MHz enable faster frame rate imaging of dynamic processes.

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Digital Video Recorder

NorPix, Montreal, QE, Canada, has released a small-form-factor video recorder for airborne applications. The system is GigE Vision and IEEE 1394B compatible, and records with two HDTV or GigE Vision cameras simultaneously with StreamPix4 software. It records to solid-state drives or RAM, and records from one HDTV or GigE Vision-compatible camera in compressed format. It is touchscreen-compatible and records to USB memory sticks using CineForm compression. Applications include image archiving and motion analysis.

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FPGA Vision Platform

4DSP, Reno, NV, offers the FM577 FPGA platform for vision systems based on a dual ALTERA® Cyclone III FPGA device architecture for data acquisition and processing. It also features the EP3C40 for communication interfaces. Both FPGA devices offer a total of 160K logic elements, 400+ 18-bit embedded multipliers at 260 MHz, up to 5-Mbits of on-chip SRAM, and up to 4 GBytes of DDR2 SDRAM on-board. The FPGA platform enables integration of CameraLink frame-grabbing, imaging processing, and real-time JPEG2000 compression.

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CCTV Conversion Software

Avocado Security, Fairfax, VA, has introduced Avocado Express 2.0, a security and business intelligence optimization platform that provides security images by taking the video images from surveillance cameras and translating them into intelligent business data and statistics. It can convert video images from existing security equipment from multiple vendors and translate the images into usable data. The technology can instantly send alerts about misaligned, disconnected, or malfunctioning security equipment. The platform can integrate an organization’s security platform across multiple locations, and showcase the security details of each location by generating daily, weekly, and monthly status reports.

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