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Pleora Technologies and Skoopia™ announce first GigE Vision block camera connectivity solution

POSTED 04/01/2024

Pleora Technologies and Skoopia proudly introduce the industry’s first external frame grabber that adds GigE Vision connectivity to Skoopia’s 21Z30S series block cameras. The combined solution helps designers and integrators leverage the ease-of-use of Skoopia blocks with the cabling and networking advantages of Pleora’s external frame grabber to boost performance, lower costs, and speed time-to-market for machine vision applications.

Skoopia portfolio of blocks offer 30x and 10x optical zoom delivering object capture without resolution loss, while remaining in focus (auto-focus). Integrating Pleora’s iPORT SKB-GigE external frame grabber, Skoopia blocks transmit full-resolution low latency video, power, and control signals to existing ports on a computer over a GigE link for distances up to 100 meters using standard CAT5e/6 cabling.

Designers can reduce system size, cost, and power consumption by using smaller form factor computing platforms, including laptops and embedded devices, for processing. The networking flexibility of GigE means images from multiple Skoopia block cameras can be aggregated to a single port, and/or images from one camera can be multicast to multiple endpoints.

In comparison competing solutions require multiple cables for video transmission and control, external power sources, and PCIe frame grabbers to capture images. This results in more complex systems, longer design times, higher costs, and limited component selection.

“Building upon our proven block camera interface expertise, our new connectivity solution with Skoopia allows system designers to meet key performance targets for a wide range of machine vision applications.” says Jonathan Hou – President, Pleora Technologies. “Adding the cabling, networking and multicasting advantages of our GigE Vision® interface with the superior image quality and resolution delivered by Skoopia is a winning combination for vision system designers and manufacturers.”

Jouelle Sniekers, Skoopia’s Chief Executive Officer, adds, “We are delighted to launch this combined solution with Pleora Technologies whereby we extend our portfolio, offering GigE block camera output with low and predictable latency to a very broad range of computing platforms.”

Pleora’s external frame grabbers for block cameras have been designed into robotics, automated inspection, security and defense, transportation, and drone applications. The company’s new solution for the Skoopia 30x optical zoom 21Z30S is available now, with additional external frame grabbers support for Skoopia 10x optical zoom 21Z10S, 21Z36S and global shutter blocks to be released in 2024.