Industry/Quality assurance/Image processing

New recording methods ensure the highest quality requirements in electronics production as well.





The AIT develops new image processing solutions for quality assurance in industry, infrastructure and medicine.

Embedded in the production lines, huge quantities of images are created during quality inspection. These must be reliably shot by compact high-tech camera systems and then processed efficiently. Nothing is currently faster and better than an AIT development: The high-speed vision technology for industrial image processing „xposure“ achieves speed records, it is three times faster than the competition. The system is the result of a close collaboration between research and industry and benefits from more than 20 years of experience in the field of high- performance image processing.

xposure consists of the world‘s currently fastest line sensor with line rates of up to 600 kHz, a high- performance multi-line camera with a 40 GigE vision interface and a unique embedded vision evaluation platform based on the currently fastest multi-core server/network processor ARM Cortex-A72.


Thanks to these high-tech components, completely new application possibilities for image processing solutions in industry, infrastructure and medicine are created:

The line camera is a milestone on the way to zero- defect production in the field of industrial inspec- tion. It achieves higher optical resolutions at the same production speed. This makes test results even more accurate and reproducible. Thanks to the flexibility of the sensor, new image processing solutions can be implemented which were pre- viously considered unrealisable.

In railway systems, the camera can be used for automated surface inspection of rails for faults and cracks even when it is travelling on board an ICE at a speed of 300 km/h.

In ophthalmology, the xposure camera can interact with OCT devices (Optical Coherence Tomography).


The AIT Center for Vision, Automation & Control occupies an interna- tionally recognized top position in the field of technology and science. More than 50 experts at the Vienna location conduct cutting-edge re- search of intelligent image processing systems such as „High-Perfor- mance Vision“ and „3D Vision and Modeling“ – in close collaboration with key players in business, science and the public sector.


AIT has also developed a number of further innovations in the vision area, such as FlexInspect – an innovative method developed by AIT for fast and high-precision image registration. It allows fast and accurate correction of geometric image distortions. This makes it possible to car- ry out a detailed comparison with a „target template“ in order to detect undesirable production deviations. FlexInspect is therefore a key technol- ogy for reliable optical inspection at high speeds and high resolutions.


Furthermore, AIT developed a new vehicle environment sensor which enables reliable capturing the three-dimensional environment in real time. This sensor system is a component of the driver assistance sys- tems which are also developed at AIT. The development will culminate in fully autonomously operating vehicles and working machines. In avi- ation, the sensors can help avoid collisions. Specially developed proce- dures enable the vision-based self-localization of the aircraft. New as- sistance systems for pilots and control systems for autonomously flying aircraft are being developed here.

Overall, AIT laid the groundwork for basic funding and subsidized projects for several years. This resulted in a high contract research vol- ume as well as several long-term contracts for future license pay- ments. This multi-domain exploitation increases the financial stability of AIT, diversifies the returns, and increases the impact of the R & D re- sources used through the reflection of the basic research in different companies and domains. This strategy also opens up the potential of advancing into new markets in addition to orders from established in- ternational and national industry partners and of creating new jobs in Austria through the establishment of spin-offs and start-ups based on the AIT technology..

DI Andreas Vrabl, Head of Center for Vision, Au- tomation & Control and Head of Businesss Unit High-Performance Image Processing

Univ.-Prof. DI Dr. Andreas Kugi, Head of Center for Vision, Automation & Control and Head of Business Unit Complex Dynamical Systems


60 x 2016 pixels

High speed: 600kHz (mono), 200kHz (color)

High dynamic range: > 53dB

High signal to noise ratio: > 40dB

Small size: 85 x 85 x 85 mm


Linescan and areascan

Single Sensor Photometric Stereo

Single Sensor Lightfield