Global Vision Standards Update

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

Bob McCurrach, AIA Director of Standards DevelopmentThe Director's View

Hello! Here are some of the key highlights for AIA standards:

  • Upcoming standards activities at The Vision Show in Boston April 15th-18th
  • Global Machine Vision Interface Standard Brochure published!
  • Spring 2014 International Vision Standards Meeting (IVSM) hosted by JAI in San Jose California USA the week of March 24th 2014
  • USB Implementers Forum releases USB 3.1 and implications for USB3 Vision
  • AIA's 2014 PlugFest dates
  • Global Lighting Standard Activities

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

Standards Activities at The Vision Show in Boston

The Vision Show will here before you know it and we have a number of vision standards related activities to communicate. We will have an International Standards Booth featuring standards from the AIA, JIIA and EMVA. Please stop by to see our live demonstrations and learn more about standards. As per usual, we will have Coordinating Committee meetings for AIA standards which are open to registered Coordinating Committee members. The only exception will be the USB3 Vision meeting which will have a portion of the meeting open to the public who are interested in knowing more about the standard.

We will also be having a Global Lighting Standard Meeting which will be open to any AIA/JIIA/EMVA member who is interested in future enhancements to the JIIA global lighting standard. More on the content of this meeting below. The schedule is:

Global Lighting Standard Meeting 4/15 (Tues) 4PM - 7PM
USB3 Vision Coordinating Committee 4/16 (Wed) 1PM - 3PM
(Open to public 2:30 - 3)
Camera Link/Camera Link HS Coordinating Committee 4/17 (Thurs) 9AM - 11AM
GigE Vision Coordinating Committee 4/17 (Thurs) 1PM - 3PM
GigE Vision and USB3 PlugFest 4/18 (Fri) 9AM-3PM

Global Machine Vision Interface Standard Brochure Published!

As previously reported, the AIA worked 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
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 has been translated into Japanese and Chinese which will greatly enhance our ability to reach the global market. Look for this brochure at upcoming shows, on Vision Online and the other association's websites in 2014.

Spring 2014 International Vision Standards Meetings

The Spring IVSM is being 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.

Key focus areas for each committee:

  • Camera Link: Camera Link on FPGA and hardware testing
  • Camera Link HS: ROIs, 3D Pixel formats, greater speeds
  • GigE Vision: Locking Connector requirements, 3D Pixel formats
  • USB3 Vision: high frame rate optimization, multiple image streams, cable compliance testing

USB3 Implementers Forum Releases USB 3.1 and Implications for USB3 Vision

USB3You 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 Promoters group 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.

For any of these PlugFests, please contact Bob McCurrach and provide the number of attendees and what equipment/software you intend on testing.

Global Lighting Standard Activities

A number of lighting companies across the globe have contacted the AIA and EMVA regarding future enhances to standards covering LED and laser lighting. AIA and EMVA are in the process of forming working groups to help support JIIA, who is the global host of lighting standards. Current topics under discussion include:

  1. Performance metrics
  2. Command and Control
  3. Connectors
  4. Safety

The group’s objective is to standardize items in these categories to help expand and promote the market for LED and laser lighting in machine vision. The idea behind performance metrics is to help define standard key performance metrics and tests so that customers can more easily compare lighting products across the industry to make more informed purchase decisions, very much like the nutrition labeling on foods. If you are interested in participating, please contact Bob McCurrach so that you can attend the April 15th meeting in Boston.

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.