Visual Processing in Rugged Environments
Complex visual processing is becoming an important part of rugged industrial applications. Automated Optical Inspection (AOI) of manufacturing lines, Infrared Thermography (IRT) in oil refineries, and traffic safety enforcement are some examples of the ways image and video processing improve quality, efficiency, and safety. However, visual computing in rugged environments has its challenges. Most applications are resource-intensive and include extensive 2D and 3D graphics processing. Tough environmental conditions require fanless designs that limit power and present thermal dissipation challenges. Customers are also pushing for smaller sizes and lower costs.