Friday, September 21, 2012

Vision Systems in Action

As regular readers of this blog might recall, a few weeks ago I decided to hold a competition in which I challenged systems integrators to email me images of their very own vision systems in action.

To encourage readers to enter the aptly named "Vision Systems in Action 2012" competition, I promised that the winning images that we received would be published in an upcoming blog, providing the winners with lots of publicity and, potentially, a few sales leads as well.

Because the competition didn't come with any prizes, however, the response was less than spectacular. Nevertheless, the Vision Systems Design judging panel were impressed by the high standard and diversity of the photographs we did receive. And now, after several hours deliberating over the entries, I'm pleased to say that our judges have chosen a winner as well as a runner up.

The winner of the "Vision Systems in Action 2012" competition is none other than Earl Yardley, the Director of Industrial Vision Systems (Kingston Bagpuize, UK) who submitted a rather stunning image of a vision system his company has developed to inspect a medical device.

The judges unanimously decided that Yardley's photograph should take first prize, not only for its quality, but the fact that it followed the overall brief set by the judging panel. They were particularly impressed by the photographer's use of lighting as well as the effective use of the color blue which dominated the image.

The runner-up in the "Vision Systems in Action 2012" competition was Vincent Marcoux, the sales and marketing co-ordinator of Telops (Quebec, Canada). He submitted a rather stunning picture of the Chateau Frontenac which was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1980. Marcoux captured the image of the chateau using the company's very own HD-IR 1280 x 1024 infrared camera.

The judges were extremely impressed by the exquisiteness of the image, as well as the sense of foreboding that it conveyed. Our panel was particularly taken by the effectiveness of the infrared imaging technique as well as the striking use of the color orange which dominated the image.

As the Editor-in-Chief of Vision Systems Design, I would like to thank everyone for their interest in the "Vision Systems in Action" competition and for taking the time and effort to participate. Perhaps next year, we shall do it again.

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