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Explore Photonfocus camera technology for railway and traffic industries that helps you improve your imaging systems!

Your benefits with Photonfocus camera technology


With more than 20 years of experience, we are true experts in camera technology. We are focusing on camera design for specific applications, amongst them cameras optimized for ultra fast 3D laser triangulation as well as cameras providing a wider spectrum than usual such as UV cameras. Our experience in railway industries and our deep understanding of the customer's needs is the basis of our camera design.


All our cameras are designed for use in rough industrial environments: they are resistant to shock and vibration and very robust against electromagnetic fields, which makes them especially interesting for railway and traffic applications.


Our modular camera set-up, that forms the basis of all our cameras, enables us to implement customer-specific adjustments quickly and easily, even at low volume.


UV camera

UV sensor with range from deep UV to NIR

The UV camera MV4-D1280U-H01-GT  with its high-sensitivity CMOS sensor and global shutter technology sets new standards for precise image acquisition without the image shearing effect ususally found in rolling shutter UV cameras.


The sensor provides an extraordinary wide range from 175-865nm with more than 30% quantum efficiency! This means, the complete spectrum beginning at deep UV, over the visible spectrum, and up to NIR spectrum can be covered by this one sensor.

These characteristics make this UV camera ideally suitable for imaging inspection in railway industry, such as pantograph inspection.


The UV camera features also open the way for new applications beyond today‘s standard, like 3D UV applications or applications where a wider spectrum is demanded. See more application examples in traffic and railway industries below.


Download the data sheet and get more details about the MV4-D1280U-H01-GT UV camera.



3D camera for ultra fast laser triangulation


Photonfocus offers a high-end platform with ultra-fast FPGA 3D laser triangulation
The photon3D platform is optimized for high frame rates and high sensitivity and offers robust algorithms for determining the laser line within the FPGA of the camera. Photonfocus has optimized these algorithms in order to suppress artifacts such as reflections.


The camera series integrates sensors from Luxima, CMOSIS and ONSemi as well as our proprietary and field-tested CMOS sensors. With a combination of the sophisticated 3D FPGA algorithm, several filter functions, multi-ROI and moving-ROI even higher scan rates of up to 80Khz are possible. The 10GiGE interface provides for a fast data transfer.

Our latest camera innovation, the MV4-D2048-L01-3D06-GT integrates the Luxima LUX2810 sensor into our industrial-grade MV4 platform. These camera models are optimized for high frame rates and high sensitivity. They feature a multi LineFinder tool recognizing up to 4 laser lines and calculate the line position with 1/64th subpixel accuracy. Users can choose between a FIR algorithm for asymmetric line profiles or a COG algorithm for symmetric profiles.


See camera models overview at photon3D.


Application examples for railway and traffic industries, laser triangulation and more


Wheel and rail inspection


Rails and wheels used in railway engineering are subject to high stresses. This is where measuring systems with fast image sensors and onboard data analysis come in: These detect wear and damage, reducing downtimes caused by unforeseen maintenance and improving safety during operation.


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Welded seam inspection


Welded seams are critical applications in industrial production. Photonfocus sensors and embedded vision solutions enable automated inspection with the highest precision, image resolution and speed – with direct onboard processing of image data on request.


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Pantograph inspection


Pantographs and overhead cables are a critical point in rail infrastructure. Automatic inspection systems with embedded vision and direct processing of image data can detect faulty and worn pantographs at an early stage. This minimizes the time and effort required for manual inspections, as well as reducing the failure rate.


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Road or rail traffic inspection


Be it counting vehicles or carriages, monitoring traffic or identifying specific signs – embedded vision systems are used in numerous areas relating to traffic and transport. Solutions from Photonfocus enable the onboard analysis of image data, making them the ideal basis for remote applications and mobile systems.


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2D and 3D object measurement


Complex components in automobile production are often made up of multiple geometries. Therefore, systems that inspect in three dimensions are needed to detect deviations measuring just a few micrometers. Embedded vision systems from Photonfocus can combine different analysis methods and evaluate and interpret image data onboard, making them ideally suited for this task.


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Modular camera set-up, standard and customized cameras


Photonfocus has a wide range of standard camera products, we are available if your application needs a slightly customized version of our standard cameras or if you need a fully customized camera to meet your requirements. Thanks to the modular set-up of all Photonfocus cameras, we can quickly indivdualize our standard cameras and equip them with components after our customer’s needs

We work daily with OEM’s worldwide helping them find the right camera solutions for their demanding requirements… we are certain we can do the same for you!

We look forward to being of assistance, do not hesitate to contact us!


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