SICK has launched a configurable, plug-and-play 3D detection sensor based on its Visionary-T range of industrial 3D imaging cameras, harnessing the imaging power of SICK’s single-snapshot Time-of–Flight (TOF) technology for a range of detection, warning and security duties.

With on-board processing, the Visionary-T DT sensor can be easily set up to detect the presence or absence of 3D objects. It therefore offers a versatile, entry-level option for protection both of stand-alone objects or exhibits, and of large and complex wall-standing or mounted items such as furniture and statuary.

The sensor provides 3D image analysis with a simple yes/no, occupied or unoccupied, signal depending on the configuration

3D vision for automated security system

Tasks that were previously difficult to achieve with a fixed camera are now quickly and easily accomplished by the Visionary-T DT, for example to detect whether an installation has been damaged, moved, added to or otherwise affected.

The sensor provides 3D image analysis with a simple yes/no, occupied or unoccupied, signal depending on the configuration. A discrete output signal enables easy integration with an automated security system. Direct communication capability can be set up to a visual display, acoustic alarm or a PC, enabling activity recording for later appraisal of any incidents.

 “The SICK Visionary-T DT allows users to integrate 3D vision into automated security systems without the need to process raw data or to perform complex programming,” explains Neil Sandhu, SICK’s National Product Manager for Imaging, Measurement, Ranging and Systems. “It therefore opens up opportunities for museums and galleries to easily achieve 3D detection tasks that were previously challenging to set up with one fixed camera.” 

With a sensing area range of up to 50 by 45 metres at 40 metres distance, the SICK Visionary-T DT provides excellent area coverage around objects

Capturing high-resolution 3D images

SICK’s Visionary-T imaging sensors capture high-resolution real-time 3D images with one shot of light. With a sensing area range of up to 50 by 45 metres at 40 metres distance, the SICK Visionary-T DT provides excellent area coverage around objects. The powerful light burst illuminates even matt and dark coloured objects, and the adjustable filters allow application-specific optimisation for enhanced detection quality.

The Visionary-T DT can be configured using a PC, SICK’s SOPAS software tool and a purpose-designed Graphical User Interface. 3D objects or detection zones can be taught from the camera without the need for complex programming.

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