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Sirius Advanced Cybernetics to develop Sony smart camera applications

Machine vision system integrator, Sirius Advanced Cybernetics (SAC) has signed a deal with Sony Europe's Image Sensing Solutions division to implement the XCI smart cameras in future designs.

Machine vision system integrator, Sirius Advanced Cybernetics (SAC) has signed a deal with Sony Europe's Image Sensing Solutions division to implement the XCI smart cameras in future designs.

Announced at the Vision Show 2010, the deal is effective immediately and the first projects from SAC to utilise the XCI smart camera are anticipated for completion in early 2011. SAC has previously developed automation systems across a broad range of market sectors, including pharmaceutical, electronics, automotive, food and packaging.

The Karlsruhe, Germany based organisation creates applications for inspection, character recognition, measurement and analysis. SAC will run its Coake® software on the smart camera modules; this is able to analyse objects in both two and three dimensions. Output from SAC’s Coake is used to enable bespoke systems and automate industrial processes.

In addition to its 1GHz processor, the fanless, colour camera modules from Sony feature a programmable analysis chip (FPGA), which allows image processing to take place without placing any load on the CPU.

SAC's CEO Dieter Riehl said: "By implementing the XCI smart cameras from Sony we’re able to exploit the powerful onboard processing capabilities. This enables us to perform analysis locally, cutting both cost and analysis time.”