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The GenICam 3.0 Standard Opens Doors to 3D Cameras

With the official release of the GenICam 3.0, integrators and end users will now be able to more easily deploy 3D cameras in vision systems, as the standard provides easier integration and access to 3D machine vision technologies.

This release of the GenICam standard—which marks the first time that access to 3D cameras is standardized—provides a means for communication and image acquisition between software and a camera. It also provides a controlled exchange which applies across various camera manufacturers and interfaces (GigE, USB3, CoaXPress, Camera Link HS). In addition, proprietary transport layers can make use of the new standardized GenICam 3D interface.

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GenICam Makes 3D Vision Cameras Easy to Use

During VISION 2014 in Stuttgart, a demonstration at the International Machine Vision Standards booth showcased the interactions between 3D cameras and vision software using a preview of the new GenICam 3.0 standard. One new feature that the standard provides is the ability to extract 3D point clouds more easily with a new standardized data format.

The GenICamstandard

The GenICam standard consists of multiple modules according to the main tasks to be solved:

  • GenApi: configuring the camera.
  • Standard Feature Naming Convention (SFNC): standardized names and types for common device features. Includes Pixel Format Naming Convention (PFNC).
  • GenTL: transport layer interface, grabbing images.
  • CLProtocol: GenICamTM for Camera Link.
  • GenCP: generic control protocol.
  • GenTL SFNC: recommended names and types for transport layer interface.

More Info

Visit EMVA for more info about the GenICam standard.