Global Vision Standards Update

Global Vision Standards Update is a quarterly newsletter of the AIA that shares information on our industry's standards.

The Director's View

Bob McCurrach, AIA Director of Standards DevelopmentHello! Here are some of the key highlights for vision standards:

  • Global Machine Vision Interface Standards Brochure project update
  • Hugely successful Fall 2013 International Vision Standards Meeting (IVSM) hosted by Sensor to Image in Schongau, Germany during the week of October 21st 2013
  • Spring 2014 IVSM to be hosted by JAI in the San Jose California USA area the week of March 24th 2014
  • USB3 Vision Technical Committee released the detailed compliancy process
  • USB Implementers Forum releases USB 3.1 and implications for USB3 Vision
  • Camera Link HS first products released 4th quarter this year and 1st quarter 2014
  • AIA's 2014 PlugFest dates

Read on for more details on all these exciting happenings and other interesting news.

Global Machine Vision Interface Standards Brochure
Project Update

The AIA has been working closely with its global standards partners EMVA and JIIA on a project to help educate and promote vision standards across the globe. Through a working group named the Future Standards Forum (FSF), the AIA project managed the creation of a brochure which describes all the vision standards from a user perspective, covering:

  • What vision standards are and why they are useful
  • What are the major hardware vision standards
  • What are the major software vision standards
  • Comparison tables of both hardware and software standards

This project was supported by the 3 FSF chairs and all the standard committee chairs. I would like to thank them for their considerable time and effort.

Limited quantities of the brochure were first unveiled at the SPS IPC Drives show in Nuremberg, Germany in November and the ITE show in Yokohama in December. Initial feedback has been very positive and we are extremely excited at having a simple way to present vision standards to the many interested parties. The brochure will initially be translated into Japanese and Chinese which will greatly enhance our ability to reach the global market. Look for this brochure at upcoming shows and on Vision Online in 2014.

Fall 2013 International Vision Standards Meetings

The Fall IVSM was hosted by Sensor To Image in Schongau, Germany from October 21-25, 2013. The meetings included AIA, EMVA and JIIA standards and we had record attendance. Activities included technical committee meetings for GigE Vision, GenICam, USB3 Vision, Camera Link HS and CoaXPress, as well as an open PlugFest. Many thanks to Sensor To Image for their flawless logistics and hard work on a very successful meeting.

Spring 2014 International Vision Standards Meetings

The Spring IVSM will be hosted by JAI in the San Jose California USA area the week of March 24th 2014. Once again the activities will include technical committee meetings for GigE Vision, GenICam, USB3 Vision, Camera Link HS and CoaXPress, as well as an open PlugFest. Registration e-mails have been sent to the relevant committees with an initial registration deadline of December 16th. This will be extended to the end of the year, so please sign up soon, especially if you were not able to attend the last meeting (as required by our Technical Committee procedures).

USB3 Vision Compliancy Process Released

The USB3 Vision Technical Committee has released the detailed compliance process. The process is very similar to the GigE Vision compliance processes, involving:USB3

  • License application form
  • Checklist and testing for electrical and cable compliance tests
  • Compliance matrix
  • Software validation suite for devices
  • PlugFest for public demonstration of devices and venue for software to interoperate with three different cameras

We have the first products already registered and had a great turn out at the PlugFest in Schongau, Germany. Please contact Bob McCurrach if you would like more information.

USB Implementers Forum Releases USB 3.1 and Implications for USB3 Vision

You may be familiar with the USB 3.0 interface which is now appearing on computer systems offering a 5 Gigabit/second data rate. This is exactly the interface the USB3 Vision standard takes advantage of and what the vision industry has been so excited about. In July of 2013, the USB Implementors Forum released version 3.1 which doubled the speed to 10 Gigabit/second via more efficient data encoding over enhanced, fully backward compatible USB connectors and cables.

So what does this mean for the USB3 Vision standard? It means that our standard just got twice as fast! The current version of the USB3 Vision standard is already protocol and mechanically compatible with the USB 3.1 standard…so in the next 2 to 3 years as USB 3.1 ports become available, USB3 Vision products and customers will be perfectly positioned to take advantage of these improvements. That certainly makes USB3 Vision a smart choice now and in the future!

Next PlugFests

AIA's PlugFests for 2014 are planned at the following venues:

  • March 26th, San Jose California area, USA (During the Spring IVSM at JAI)
  • April 18th, Hynes Convention Center, Boston, Massachusetts, USA (The day after The Vision Show Boston)
  • Fall 2014 IVSM in Asia, exact venue to be determined. (During the Fall IVSM)
  • November 7th, Messe Stuttgart/International Congress Center, Stuttgart, Germany (The day after the VISION 2014 show)
  • December 3rd, Pacifico Yokohama Convention Center, Yokohama, Japan (During the ITE show)

For PlugFests held at the IVSMs, if you are not on the Technical Committee but are a licensed user of the standard(s), you may attend. Please contact Bob McCurrach and provide the number of attendees and what equipment/software you intend on testing.

How You Can Get Involved with AIA Industry Standards

The AIA-hosted standards working committees are made up of a large group of companies who develop product for our industry. This dedicated group of people lends their time and expertise to advancing standards to benefit suppliers and customers alike. If you would like to get more involved by joining the Coordinating Committee or Technical committee, please follow these links:

Coordinating Committee

Technical Committee

The GigE Vision Committee is currently chaired by Eric Carey, R&D Director at Teledyne DALSA and Geoff Roddick, Manager of Applications Engineering at Pleora Technologies.

The Camera Link Committee is currently chaired by Steve Kinney, Director of Technical Pre-Sales & Support at JAI and Reynold Dodson, President at BitFlow, Inc. The Camera Link HS Technical Committee is chaired by Mike Miethig, Technical Manager at Teledyne DALSA.

The USB3 Vision committee is chaired by Eric Gross, Senior Software Engineer - Vision at National Instruments.

Bob McCurrach is AIA's Director of Standards Development and supports and oversees the committee work. If your company would like to get involved and contribute to standards development work, please contact Bob McCurrach or call + 1 734-994-6088.

For details on becoming an AIA member, visit Become a Member.

More information on Vision Standards can be found on Vision Online.