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IRSX Series of Smart Infrared Cameras for Industry 4.0 Wins Its First Prize

Today, AT – Automation Technology, innovator in the field of special imaging sensors, was presented with a bronze-level award in the product category “Cameras – non-visible” at the Fifth Annual Vision Systems Design Innovators Awards presentation, held during Automate in Chicago, IL, USA. AT’s IRSX series of smart infrared cameras for industrial use was recognized by a panel of esteemed experts from system integrator and end-user companies.

Michael Wandelt, Managing Director of AT, said, “With the IRSX series, we are setting a milestone to finally help thermal imaging achieve a breakthrough, especially in the industrial environment. With these smart cameras, integrators are able for the first time to create application solutions very quickly without special software and, in principle, without programming knowledge. In addition, the simple connection via numerous integrated interfaces enables the practical implementation of Industry 4.0 for the first time. We are pleased about the appreciation of our innovation by the Vision Systems Design Innovators Awards expert panel as well as the extensive, very positive feedback from the professional audience and our partners.”

Alan Bergstein, publisher of Vision Systems Design, said, “This prestigious program allows Vision Systems Design to celebrate and recognize the most innovative products and services in the vision and image processing industry. Our 2019 Honorees are an outstanding example of companies who are making an impact in the industry.”

The Innovators Awards are judged based on the following criteria:

  • Originality
  • Innovation
  • Impact on designers, systems integrators, end users
  • Fulfilling a need in the market that hasn’t been addressed
  • Leveraging a novel technology
  • Increasing productivity

The 2019 Visions Systems Design Innovators Awards Honorees are featured in the June Issue of Vision Systems Design magazine as well as on http://www.vision-systems.com/. Companies were recognized in categories such as:

  • Cameras – visible
  • Cameras – 3D
  • Cameras – non-visible
  • Embedded vision: cameras, computers, boards, processors, development kit, components
  • Software
  • Vision systems

With AT’s IRSX series of smart infrared cameras, intelligent, self-contained thermal imaging systems that are consistently designed for industrial use are available for the first time. Designed as an all-in-one solution, the cameras combine a calibrated thermal imaging sensor with a powerful data processing unit and a variety of industrial interfaces in a small, rugged IP67 housing. A computer, special thermal imaging software, or external interfaces are no longer required. This considerably reduces system complexity, installation effort, and costs while significantly improving system stability.

Thanks to the web-based configuration interface, the IRSX cameras can be set up for thermal monitoring tasks in no time without programming skills. The REST-API, implemented according to the OpenAPI standard, makes it easy to adapt the visualization for customer-specific applications. Users can create their “own website” or import the data supplied by the cameras into an existing website. The provided standard protocols Modbus TCP, Profinet, OPC-UA, and MQTT enable direct access to the evaluation data as well as a direct connection to the PLC and industrial visualization systems. With the Lua scripting integrated in AT’s standard smart apps, complete customer-specific evaluation scenarios can be put into practice.

A growing number of application-specific app packages are available, such as an app for substation monitoring with a correspondingly optimized visualization and a SCADA protocol established in this area, DNP3. Here, too, customer-specifically adapting the visualization is possible via the REST-API.

The camera platform is based on Gigabit-Ethernet with GigE Vision so that even larger sensor networks can be set up with standard network components.

The IRSX series includes a variety of models with different fields of view, resolutions, and frame rates, thus covering a broad spectrum of applications in all areas of industrial process automation. Wherever temperature has a decisive influence in the manufacture and processing of products, the IRSX cameras provide a highly flexible solution for autonomous thermal monitoring. A further application focus is preventive early fire detection and plant condition monitoring. Once set up, the cameras automatically detect temperature anomalies and trigger an alarm long before a fire breaks out or a system fails.

Product page: IRSX Series

Learn more about the breakthrough of smart infrared cameras: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1002/phvs.201900014