Basler Vision Technologies has started series production of the first four models in the Ace series of compact area scan cameras. Basler's Ace is currently the smallest GigE camera in its class with Power over Ethernet (PoE).
The Ace series was designed to make GigE available to new markets. The Ace has the same form factor as many 'sugar cube' types of industry standard IEEE 1394b, USB 2.0, and analogue cameras, while adding enhanced functionality and better imaging performance. The combination of a small footprint and Power over Ethernet functionality makes the ace series unique and the smallest GigE camera with PoE in its class. All of this is done with extremely low power consumption and topped by entry-level pricing of 299€.
Basler Ace cameras have all of the relevant features for a digital camera, such as auto-functions for gain and exposure, look-up tables, and chunk data. It also has 'multi-shot', a new feature designed mainly for ITS applications that allows quick capturing of a series of images using only one trigger pulse.
Along with the release of these cameras, Basler has extended the functionality of its Pylon software and driver package to support additional development environments including C, C#, Borland, Visual Basic 6.0, .NET, etc.