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Prosilica GT: Cameras for Imaging in Extreme Environments

POSTED 10/18/2011

New Prosilica GT cameras from Allied Vision Technologies offer extended operating temperature range and advanced features for outdoor imaging

Allied Vision Technologies introduces the Prosilica GT, a new range of GigE Vision® compliant digital cameras specially designed to perform in extreme environments and fluctuating lighting conditions.
Prosilica GT: Cameras for Imaging in Extreme Environments
Designed to minimize field maintenance by surviving extreme weather events, the Prosilica GT features a rugged thermal housing for maximum heat dissipation, remote temperature feedback with automatic power-down at peak temperatures to prevent critical component damage.  Equipped with Ethernet surge suppression technology the Prosilica GT is even designed to withstand a lightning storm.   

The Prosilica GT family features the latest CCD sensor technology including a selection of Sony EXview HAD CCD sensors well known for their high sensitivity and excellent near IR response , and the latest Kodak KAI family sensors that combine high resolution and fast frame rates.  Models from VGA to 6 Megapixels and up to 119 frames per second at full resolution will be released in three phases* with the first models available in November 2011. Additional models featuring high performance CCD and CMOS sensors will be released in 2012.

Advanced capabilities for ITS, outdoor imaging and much more

The Prosilica GT cameras offer new advanced features well suited for outdoor installations such as ITS and traffic monitoring, public security & surveillance, military and space applications as well as industrial inspection and machine vision.

Precise iris lens control allows users to select a fixed F-stop to optimize the depth of field, exposure time and gain, DC Auto iris support enables low cost lens control from the security market, Precision time protocol, IEEE1588 facilitates camera and peripheral device clock synchronization across an Ethernet network, while chunk data offers metadata information with captured images such as gain, exposure or region of interest.  Advanced color processing, gamma correction and multiple LUT push applications even further by offloading host processes and allowing users to capture the most suitable image directly out of the camera.  High frame rate capability offers burst image capture behavior often required in a targeted event such as a passing vehicle in traffic applications where multiples images of a license plate improve ANPR accuracy.

All GT cameras feature Power over the Ethernet (PoE), a technology that supplies power along with image data through the camera’s Gigabit Ethernet interface without the need for additional cabling.

“Cable length and interface bandwidth have encouraged widespread adoption of GigE Vision cameras in demanding remote applications.  The Prosilica GT camera was designed to handle extreme environments while providing better imaging performance under ambient light conditions.”-  says Paul Kozik, Product Manager, Allied Vision Technologies.

Ease of integration
The Prosilica GT family is supported by a free software development kit which includes libraries for Windows, Linux and QNX, and 32 / 64-bit CPU architectures allowing the same code base to be deployed across all major operating systems. The Prosilica GT’s  GigE Vision® compliant interface also ensures plug-and-play compatibility with third-party software for further ease of integration and cable lengths of up to 100 meters on a single copper link or more using switches or fiber optics.

Coming to a show near you
The Prosilica GT family will be unveiled at the ITS World Congress in Orlando, FL from October 17-20, 2011 (booth #1239) and at VISION 2011 in Stuttgart, Germany from November 8-10, 2011 (hall 4 - booth  D33).

* Phase 1 (Nov. 2011): GT660 (VGA), GT1290 (1.2MP), GT1380 (1.4MP), GT1600 (2MP), GT2450 (5MP)

Phase 2 (Jan. 2012): GT1910 (2MP), GT1920 (2.82MP), GT2300 (4MP), GT2750 (6MP)