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2017 year in review

Another year has gone by, and it is time to look back and reflect on the learnings of another exciting year in the vision industry and at Allied Vision.

2017 Year in Review - Allied Vision

2017: The Year of Embedded Vision

Without a doubt, embedded vision made the headlines. With more and more powerful embedded processors now available in the market, it is possible to perform advanced image processing tasks on embedded systems. As a result, there is a growing interest in vision technology in the embedded world. This trend was clearly visible at events such as the Embedded Vision Summit or the Embedded Vision Europe conference. In parallel, the traditional PC-based machine vision industry has recognized the potential of embedded technology for more compact and cost-efficient applications. 

In May 2017 we introduced an all-new camera platform that combines the best of both worlds at the Embedded Vision Summit in Santa Clara, California: The Allied Vision 1 product line is powered by the innovative ALVIUM® processing technology. The new platform was well received, and we look forward to releasing the first camera models next year.

Behind the scenes, we also heavily invested in our manufacturing facilities in Stadtroda, Germany, to build an all-new, fully automated production line for the future platform.

 

Record growth 

Overall, 2017 was a very dynamic year in the machine vision industry. We saw strong growth in the market fueled by positive economic trends, growing industrial automation in the Chinese market driven by the never-ending demand for consumer electronics, and the surge of new application areas for computer vision. Allied Vision posted record growth in sales and revenue and we hired additional staff to better serve our customers around the world, notably in China and the Asia Pacific region.

More CMOS and high-resolution cameras

Besides the trend toward embedded vision, 2017 was also the year of CMOS. After Sony’s decision in 2015 to discontinue CCD sensors by 2025, CMOS sensors have become commonly integrated in digital industrial cameras, gradually taking over CCD sensors. We have introduced numerous new camera models featuring the latest high-resolution CMOS sensors from Sony, as well as from ON Semiconductor in our Mako, Manta and Prosilica GT camera families.

2018

2018 will bring more exciting challenges to the industry but until then, I would like to thank our customers, our partners, and our staff for a tremendous year 2017. 

On a sad note, the recent passing of one of our colleagues reminds us to be appreciative of everything around us and above all to enjoy and live life to its fullest. With that in mind, I’d like to wish a very happy and healthy holiday season to all, and best wishes for the New Year!

 

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