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project Group Vision

The Bloodhound P oject is a British endeavour to inspire the next generation of scientists and

integration of 25 cameras on th Bloodhound Supersonic Car. roj

engineers by showcasing these s bubjjects in themost exciting way possible, b building a jet- and rocket-powered vehicle capable of reaching 1,000mph, new world land speed record attempt. There are 25 cameras located at stra points on the car. Forward-facing camerasmust deliver live streamed video broadcast purposes, while rear-facing cameras look at the output fromthe engine exhausts. Other camerasmonitor critical engineering parameters suc ground interface. In-cockpit camerasmonitor controls and driver actions. Bloodhound SSC will travel faster than a bullet fired froma Magnum.35 length of four and a half football pitches in just one second. Video datamu cameras at HD resolution andmanaged through an Ethernet data communi provides performance data during test runs for the vehicle as well as the wo each cameramust be recorded and time stamped so that individual frames

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events and linked with the enginemanagement system. In addition, video has to be compressed in real time for streaming. Reliable live video transmission has to be achievable at speeds up to Bloodhound’s target of 1,000mph. In making the award, the judges commented: “The Stemmer Imaging project demonstrates ground-breaking innovation. It is a complex undertaking, involving several aspects of machine vision technology from optics through to data handling.”

PACEPACKER SHAKES ON CHINESE DEAL AT PPMA TOTAL 2016 equipment under license in China

and Asia. Founded in 1997, Rentian specialises in providing customers with packaging production line solutions. Based in Wuhan, China, the company has a dominant market share supplying packaging equipment to the salt and chemical industry, among others.


ssex-based manufacturer of case loading, bagging and

palletising equipment, Pacepacker, has signed an agreement with Wuhan Rentian Packaging Automation Technology Co to manufacture and promote bagging


Visiting the PPMA TOTAL 2016 show on Wednesday 28 September, president of Rentian, Hao Li, formalised the cooperation

arrangement, signing the deal with Pacepacker’s managing director Dennis Allison. UK trade and


LIR Systems has announced that it has reached a definitive asset purchase agreement to acquire the business of Point Grey Research, a leading developer of machine vision cameras for use in industrial, retail, scientific, traffic,mapping, and other advanced imaging applications, for approximately $253million in cash. Founded in 1997 and based in Richmond, British Columbia, Point Grey is a global leader in the

development of advanced visible imaging cameras and solutions that are used in industrial automation systems, medical diagnostic equipment, people counting systems, intelligent traffic systems, military and defense products, and advancedmapping systems. Point Grey designs, manufactures, and distributes its cameras and related software to a global base of customers that build systems for improving the


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investment officer, Tingyi Lu, PPMA CEO, Dr. Andrew Mint, and freelance consultant, Craig Chen, who was instrumental in setting up the deal, were on hand to witness and mark the occasion.

“We have been in discussion with Rentian via Craig since the start of this year,” said Allison. “For Pacepacker, Asia represents a sizeable and relatively untapped market, and Rentian was seeking a reliable supplier of bagging and sack placing equipment in the west who were willing to share their manufacturing know-how.”


efficiency, quality, analysis, and safety of a wide range of processes and products. The addition of the Point Grey business will augment FLIR’s existing OEMcores and components business by adding a broad range of visible spectrummachine vision cameras and solutions. “We’re excited to add the broad range of innovative products fromPoint Grey to FLIR as together we have a unique capability to create advanced sensing solutions for the broadmachine visionmarket,” said Andy Teich, president and CEO of FLIR. “Thermal imaging technology provides vision systems customers an alternative imaging spectrumthat offers a rich, largely untapped layer of information that can be further leveraged. Point Grey’s global presence and credibility in industrial vision systems provides a strong platform for us to integrate our leading thermal technology.”


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