congatec has introduced an application-ready kit for the evaluation and deployment of MIPI-CSI 2 based rugged smart camera analytics in harsh industrial, outdoor, and in-vehicle environments. Typical smart camera applications at the IIoT edge include industrial and medical imaging and vision systems, situational awareness and video surveillance systems in smart cities, as well as intelligent vehicle applications, augmented reality in maintenance, gesture-based controls or biometrics recognition.
MIPI-CSI 2 based smart camera technology brings video analytics and optional artificial intelligence for decision making to the IIoT edges, saving on data transmission costs, speeding time to results, and ultimately enabling the autonomous behavior.
“MIPI-CSI 2 cameras are the perfect complement to the hardware-based video acceleration implemented on our Intel Atom processor based Pico-ITX boards,” explains Jürgen Jungbauer, Product Line Manager Single Board Computer at congatec. “As we have enabled a Passthrough mode, the logic of the Intel Atom processor can handle the camera sensor directly, making video processing very flexible, fast and efficient. Having access to all this before OEM demands occur, makes it easy for our customers to explore new technology options.”
As per the announcement, the congatec MIPI-CSI 2 Smart Camera Kit includes all the building blocks of a smart camera solution, and can be easily customized to support new applications and features. It is 100% compliant with the latest MIPI-CSI standard and optimized to run the MIPI CSI 2 camera from Leopard Imaging based on ON Semiconductor’s AR0237 HD sensor together with the rugged conga-PA5 Pico-ITX single board computer based on Intel Atom E3900 processors for the extended temperature ranges. It comes with all required configurations and patches, and is ready to run code on the basis of the Linux Yocto kernel.