Future Standards Forum - A step into the future of machine vision standards
FSF aims to provide proactive, strategic guidance to the development of industry standards and to minimize the creation of conflicting standards within the machine vision industry and in neighboring industries. The Future Standards Forum will investigate opportunities offered by new technologies and identify future challenges; and provide recommendations for new standards and the evolution of existing standards. Additionally, FSF will promote the re-use and harmonization of existing standards in order to minimize overlap between standards and prevent double work. Because the machine vision market supports many industries, the FSF will also seek active collaboration with standards bodies outside of our market, such as the commercial, automotive, medical, broadcast and military markets. When appropriate, the Future Standards Forum will also promote the use of machine vision standards in other markets.
Realization and communication
White papers and trade show presentations will be used to drive industry awareness, thereby increasing the market for products leveraging the machine vision standards. The Future Standards Forum will also regularly invite people to join working groups that are established to investigate a certain subject. Generally, these people will be members of EMVA, AIA or JIIA, but also non-members may be invited to join based on their potential contribution. The outcome of the work of the FSF will be shared with the community through, for example, newsletters, articles in magazines and presentations at tradeshows. Here at VISION 2012 quite a number of events are staged: A special exhibition on standards, plugfests, committee meetings, various presentations and also the panel discussion on standards at the Industrial VISION Days.
Now that the Future Standards Forum has been established, the three associations are in the process of launching the first working groups. One of those working groups will start working on the roadmap of interface standards that are already hosted by one or more of the associations or currently under development. Another working group will focus on lighting standards. More working groups are already in discussion.
Founded in 1984, the AIA was organized specifically to advance the global understanding and implementation of vision and imaging technologies to help its members grow. AIA is committed to providing support and leadership on common industry issues. Key AIA activities include standards development for the industry; market research and analysis; trade show sponsorship; educational workshops, conferences and networking opportunities throughout the world; and an annual industry Business Conference. To find out more visit the web site www.visiononline.org.
Having its roots in a standardization group of Japanese machine vision manufacturers, Japan Industrial Imaging Association(JIIA) is a Japan-based organization fostering technological innovation of industrial imaging promoting global community for the organizations related to industrial imaging and thereby further contributing to development of the field of these industrial imaging world-wide. To find out more visit the web site www.jiia.org/.
European Machine Vision Association
Founded in May 2003 in Barcelona, the European Machine Vision Association currently has about 130 members representing 22 nations. Its aim is to promote the development and use of machine vision technology and to support the interests of its members - machine vision companies, research institutions and national machine vision associations. The main fields of work of EMVA are: standardization, statistics, the annual EMVA Business Conference and other networking events, European research funding, public relations and marketing. To find out more visit the web site www.emva.org.