Camera combines consumer image processing and AI technology 

Edge AI industrial cameras developed by IDS Imaging Development Systems in collaboration with visual AI company, Ambarella. The IDS NXT malibu allows AI overlays in live video streams in industrial cameras.

The camera features Ambarella’s CVflow AI vision SoC and uses the SoC’s advanced image processing and on-camera AI capabilities. Image analysis can be performed at high speed (in excess of 25 frames per second) and displayed as live overlays in compressed video streams via the RTSP protocol for end devices.

The SoC’s integrated image signal processor (ISP) captures information by the light-sensitive onsemi AR0521 image sensor which is processed directly on the camera and accelerated by its integrated hardware. The camera also offers helpful automatic features, such as brightness, noise and colour correction, which significantly improve image quality, said the company.

The NXT malibu industrial camera can analyse images in real time and incorporate results directly into video streams, explained Kai Hartmann, product innovation manager at IDS. The combination of on-camera AI with compression and streaming opens up new application scenarios for intelligent image processing, he added.

IDS NXT malibu has entered series production. The camera is part of the IDS NXT all-in-one AI system. Optimally co-ordinated components, from the camera to the AI vision studio, include the acquisition of images and their labelling, through to the training of a neural network and its execution on the IDS NXT series of cameras.

IDS Imaging Development Systems manufactures industrial cameras and specialises in industrial image processing. The owner-managed company develops modular concepts of powerful and versatile USB, GigE and 3D camera as well as models with AI. The range of applications includes multiple non-industrial and industrial sectors of equipment, plant and mechanical engineering. 

IDS began as a two-man company in 1997 and is now an independent, ISO and environmentally certified family business with headquarters in Obersulm, Germany, where there is both a development and production site. The company has branches and representative offices in the USA, Japan, South Korea, the UK, France and the Netherlands.

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