The AIT develops new image processing solutions for quality assurance in industry,infrastructure and medicine.
Embedded in the production lines, huge quantities ofimages are created during quality inspection. Thesemust be reliably shot by compact high-tech camerasystems and then processed efficiently. Nothing iscurrently faster and better than an AIT development:The high-speed vision technology for industrialimage processing „xposure“ achieves speed records,it is three times faster than the competition. Thesystem is the result of a close collaboration betweenresearch and industry and benefits from more than20 years of experience in the field of high-performance image processing.
xposure consists of the world‘s currently fastest linesensor with line rates of up to 600 kHz, a high-performance multi-line camera with a 40 GigE visioninterface and a unique embedded vision evaluationplatform based on the currently fastest multi-coreserver/network processor ARM Cortex-A72.
COMPLETELY NEW APPLICATION POSSIBILITIES
Thanks to these high-tech components, completelynew application possibilities for image processingsolutions in industry, infrastructure and medicineare 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 thesame production speed. This makes test resultseven more accurate and reproducible. Thanks tothe flexibility of the sensor, new image processingsolutions can be implemented which were pre-viously considered unrealisable.
In railway systems, the camera can be used forautomated surface inspection of rails for faultsand cracks even when it is travelling on board anICE at a speed of 300 km/h.
In ophthalmology, the xposure camera can interactwith 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 collaborationwith key players in business, science and the public sector.
AIT has also developed a number of further innovations in the visionarea, such as FlexInspect – an innovative method developed by AIT forfast and high-precision image registration. It allows fast and accuratecorrection of geometric image distortions. This makes it possible to car-ry out a detailed comparison with a „target template“ in order to detectundesirable 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 whichenables reliable capturing the three-dimensional environment in realtime. This sensor system is a component of the driver assistance sys-tems which are also developed at AIT. The development will culminatein 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 flyingaircraft are being developed here.
Overall, AIT laid the groundwork for basic funding and subsidizedprojects 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 stabilityof AIT, diversifies the returns, and increases the impact of the R & D re-sources used through the reflection of the basic research in differentcompanies and domains. This strategy also opens up the potential ofadvancing into new markets in addition to orders from established in-ternational and national industry partners and of creating new jobs inAustria through the establishment of spin-offs and start-ups based onthe AIT technology..
DI Andreas Vrabl, Head of Center for Vision, Au-tomation & Control and Head of Businesss UnitHigh-Performance Image Processing
Univ.-Prof. DI Dr. Andreas Kugi, Head of Centerfor Vision, Automation & Control and Head ofBusiness Unit Complex Dynamical Systems