congatec – a leading vendor of standardised and customised embedded computer boards and modules – and Basler – the world’s leading manufacturer of industrial cameras – have entered into a technology partnership. The aim of the cooperation is to offer customers optimally harmonized x86 and ARM components for embedded vision applications. Customers benefit from simplified handling and accelerated design-in of components as well as optimised service and support. In operation, the functionally validated smart vision components also impress with increased reliability and long-term availability.
“This technology partnership will redefine the embedded vision market,” says Jason Carlson, CEO of congatec. “With Basler and congatec, two German companies working together creating new added value, thanks to a similar philosophy and vision. We are technology drivers and standardisers in our field. The combination of our expertise in industrial vision and embedded computer technology can open up entirely new opportunities for customers.”
“Over the next few years, more and more embedded vision solutions will appear on the market. They will be smaller, lighter and more tightly integrated designs at the embedded computing level. They will allow previously stationary vision applications to become mobile or portable. Embedded vision will also help to implement existing vision systems more cost-effectively, and open up new fields of application that today cannot yet take advantage of camera technology. That’s why it’s good to closely cooperate with the leading embedded computer manufacturers,” explains Alex Temme, general manager Module Business at Basler.
“Due to the increasing demand for board-level camera technology in and on equipment, machinery and systems of all kinds, it is essential that Basler’s driver packages for sensor control and image acquisition are optimally harmonised with our embedded boards and modules. We will now ensure that this is the case from day one of our technology partnership with Basler,” explains Christian Eder, director Marketing at congatec.
“Components that are optimally harmonised and therefore easy to integrate are indicative of the high quality of developments that are ‘Made in Germany’. I am therefore very pleased that we are expanding the good business relationship that has existed for years into a technology partnership. The industry needs embedded image intelligence that comes from a common mold,” says Gerrit Fischer, head of Product Market Management Embedded Vision at Basler.
First results of this new partnership were on display at the congatec booth at electronica last week. The smart embedded image recognition platform for face detection is based on Basler’s dart camera module with USB 3.0 and conga-PA5 Pico-ITX boards with 5th generation Intel Atom, Celeron and Pentium processors. Further kits based on congatec boards and Basler modules with MIPI-CSI, GigE vision or other relevant interfaces will follow. The pyloncamera software suite will also be integrated by congatec as standard software into appropriate kits.