Redefining industrial cameras
The NXT big thing.
With IDS NXT we have created a platform for a new generation of vision systems for industrial applications. The philosophy behind this marks a paradigm shift: Our goal is no longer to simply develop individual components, but to offer easy-to-use yet flexible complete systems that can be used to implement all steps of a vision solution, from image acquisition, image analysis and processing to the control of industrial production machines.
IDS NXT is designed to allow the processing of image processing tasks directly at the image source. The result is a compact embedded vision system that can be used in the future, for example, as powerful vision sensors in factory automation. IDS NXT cameras not only produce results themselves, but can also trigger subsequent processes directly - this simplifies and accelerates workflows, reduces network load and lowers energy consumption. In addition, IDS NXT cameras are designed specifically for use in industrial environments.
The IDS NXT platform is constantly evolving - we are already working on additional industrial interfaces for communication with machine controllers, as well as new vision app features and additional deep learning functions. Customers will also be able to develop their own vision apps and install them on their cameras, making their range of applications even broader and more individual.
With IDS NXT ocean, a complete solution especially for AI-based image processing is now available. It makes it possible to solve tasks where classic, rule-based image processing has reached its limits - without any programming effort.
IDS NXT is the future: One platform, countless possibilities
From Vision App-based image processing to Smart GenICam
The functions of classic vision sensors - such as barcode readers - are usually strictly defined and rarely expandable. IDS NXT shows that there is a different way: to ensure that the cameras of this platform are not tied to predefined tasks, users will in the future be able to develop and install vision apps themselves. This will allow different image processing tasks to be interchanged and set up in a short time. The open approach creates universal application possibilities in numerous application areas, for example as an analytical device in medical technology, for monitoring tasks using face recognition or vehicle and person counting.
In AI-based classification tasks, the cameras are already demonstrating their strengths - for example by distinguishing "OK" / "NOK" in optical quality assurance. However, these embedded vision systems will be capable of much more. Thanks to their powerful FPGA and wide range of interfaces, they will be able to transmit ready-to-use results to PCs or machine controllers.
In addition, even self-programmed camera functions will be available in a GenICam-compliant format. When users want to execute self-created functions on intelligent cameras, they face two challenges. Firstly, because there are often only proprietary interfaces available, processing data in third-party applications becomes more difficult, and secondly, few models offer a high-speed data interface such as GigE Vision. However, industrial applications often require both.
IDS NXT industrial cameras with Smart GenICam will be one solution: the user uploads the desired new camera function as a vision app on an IDS NXT model. Its firmware then integrates the application code into the camera's range of functions. Control and function parameters as well as results of the self-programmed application are then made available in standardised form via the device-specific XML description file of each GenICam-compliant application. Third party applications then use these features as if they were part of the standard functionality of the industrial camera.