Global Vision Standards Update
Global Vision Standards Update is a quarterly newsletter of the Automated Imaging Association that shares information on our industry’s standards.

New AIA Standards Staff
The AIA has expanded its commitment to industry standards by adding to its standards development team. Bob McCurrach joined AIA in June as Director of Standards Development. Bob has a BS Mechanical Engineering degree from Lehigh University and an MBA from The Georgia Institute of Technology with emphasis on operations management and marketing. With this relevant background, Bob is adding great value to the AIA team!


Camera Link HS Draft Released
Camera Link HSAIA has released the Camera Link HS™ draft standard (version 1.0). After a period of review by the Camera Link HS Technical Committee, the standard will be finalized and released to the public in 2012.

Camera Link HS is the next generation advancement to AIA’s well-established Camera Link® standard. It features high bandwidth (up to five times faster than Camera Link with up to 33.6 Gbit/s and future versions to 67.2 Gbit/s), data reliability (packet re-transmit which significantly reduces errors is available now in draft 1.0), low jitter, plug and play ease-of-use, built-in fault tolerance with CRC (cyclical redundancy check), cable lengths of up to 300 meters on fiber optic cable and 15 meters on copper cable with CX4 connectors. It is also GenICam compliant which will allow for an easy transition from Camera Link to Camera Link HS.

The standard is hosted by AIA and is being developed as a global standard as outlined by the cooperation agreement on global machine vision standardization between the AIA, European Machine Vision Association (EMVA) and the Japan Industrial Imaging Association (JIIA).  

Camera Link 2.0 Draft Released
AIA has released the Camera Link® version 2.0 draft to the Camera Link Technical Committee. It will be released to the public in December 2011. Camera Link 2.0 consolidates individually approved changes to Mini Camera Link connectors; Power over Camera Link (PoCL); PoCL-Lite (a smaller, minimized PoCL interface) and Appendix D, the Camera Link cable specification.

GigE Vision 2.0 Finalized and Available to Public Late November
GigE VisionThe GigE Vision® standard version 2.0 is currently out for committee balloting and is expected to be approved the second week of November. The standard will be available to the public in late November 2011. GigE Vision 2.0 introduces support for faster data transfer through 10 gigabit Ethernet and link aggregation. It also enables transmission of compressed images (JPEG, JPEG 2000 and H.264), accurate synchronization of multi-camera systems and enhanced support for multi-tap sensors.

USB3 Vision – New Standard in Development
USB3 Vision™ is a new camera interface standard that is based on the USB 3.0 interface (SuperSpeed USB) and is being developed specifically for the global machine vision market. This new standard will take advantage of USB 3.0 ports that will soon be standard on most PCs. Designed to give users plug and play capability using components from different manufacturers, USB3 Vision offers bandwidth of 3.2 Gbit/s with both power and data over the same passive cable to five meters length or over active cable to 10 meters or more.

The architecture of the standard is based on existing consumer hardware and draws from widely-adopted vision standards such as GenICam™. This unique building block approach simplifies the standard as it will not be concerned with the camera functionality, but instead just four basic operations: device discovery; device control; event handling; and streaming data. The standard defines the mechanics of screw locks for USB3 Vision connectors in various cable angles. The connectors are based on the micro-USB 3.0 connector. A device can optionally support device functionality with USB 2.0. A complete whitepaper outlines the details of the standard and is available by request to AIA.

The standard is hosted by AIA and is being developed as a global standard as outlined by the cooperation agreement on global machine vision standardization between the AIA, European Machine Vision Association (EMVA) and the Japan Industrial Imaging Association (JIIA).

Visit the International Vision Standards Booth at VISION 2011, Germany
The AIA is pleased to join with the EMVA and JIIA in presenting live demonstrations of popular interoperability standards including Camera Link HS, Camera Link and GigE Vision. You’ll also see GenICam, CoaXPress, Lighting, Lens Mount and EMVA 1288. Get questions answered and envision how these standards can help your business by improving processes and productivity. Visit
VISION 2011, November 8-10, 2011 at Messe Stuttgart, Hall 6-B73. Be sure to stop by the AIA stand right next door in Stand 6-B77.

Visit the International Vision Standards Booth at ITE 2011, Japan
The AIA will participate in the standards booth with live demonstrations of Camera Link HS, Camera Link, and GigE Vision interoperability standards. Staffed by knowledgeable engineers who can answer questions, you can learn which standard best fits your needs. Visit
ITE 2011
, December 7-9, 2011 at the Pacifico Yokohama Exhibition Hall. Be sure to stop by the AIA booth when you are there.

How You Can Get Involved with AIA Industry Standards
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. The GigE Vision Committee is currently chaired by Eric Carey, R&D Director at Teledyne DALSA and Vincent Rowley, System Architect 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 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.

Jeff Fryman and Bob McCurrach are AIA’s Directors of Standards Development and they support and oversee 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 Machine Vision Online.

ASTM WK31638 - New Test Method for Evaluating Static Pose Measurement Systems
The National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) has started work on a new standard that provides metrics, measurement methods, and procedures for determining how well a sensor or a perception system determines the six degree of freedom (6DOF) poses of objects of interest. It focuses on non-contact sensors, such as cameras or laser-based sensors that provide pose information. NIST is coordinating with the ASTM 31638 working group to produce this new standard. Anyone interested in participating in this activity can contact ASTM.

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