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Canon partners Aveva on imaging technologies for smart factories

Canon Inc.  is starting a partnership with Aveva Group plc on smart factories through Canon imaging technologies to achieve “factory visualisation.”

The technology partnership will combine Aveva capabilities, including industrial automation and information management software, with Canon’s imaging technology.

Aveva’s InTouch SCADA1 system will be integrated with Canon products such as network cameras, industrial cameras and software for production centres to create new value based on video and image processing technologies employed on factory floors.

From early September 2018, it will be possible to utilise Aveva software with Canon network cameras to enable remote monitoring of factory floors from such locations as production control departments and central monitoring rooms.

Capabilities will be gradually expanded, enabling users to link information collected from Avevasoftware with Canon’s Monitoring Edition2 video management software and Vision Edition3 image processing software.

The combination of Canon and Aveva products enables efficient monitoring of a factory’s operational status through such features as video recording and image processing technology.

This makes possible the automation of tasks conventionally performed by human workers, including the prevention of problems before they happen or fast recovery of production equipment.

Canon plans to expand the intelligent functions of its network cameras, which include Intruder Detection and Abandoned Object Detection.

The company plans to link this information, detectable only by these cameras, to Aveva software with the aim of further improving production efficiency.