SMDIGCAM DATA ACQUISITION PROGRAM FOR ROPER SCIENTIFIC/KODAK MEGAPLUS
16.8i DIGITAL CAMERA
SMDigCam real-time data acquisition software was developed to support
the MegaPlus 16.8i digital camera from Roper Scientific.
The camera is based on Kodak technology and is built around the KAF
16800, a 4,096 by 4,096 CCD chip, which is available if monochrome
and color versions. The pixel size is 9 x 9 micron, and the focal
plane sensor area is 36.86 mm by 36.86 mm. The highest data acquisition
rate is about 2 FPS. The camera equipped with Rolleiflex medium format
PQS series lenses, which offers high-quality optics and in between
lens shutter, is ideal for demaning applications such as airborne
The SMDigCam real-time data acquisition software provides
you with the capability to acquire images in a real-time environment
including the control of all the camera operation aspects. Specifically,
SMDigCam offers the following features:
SMDigCam is designed to take advantage of Windows© NT/2000/XP
technology, including the popular Windows user interface as well
as its multitasking ability.
full use of Windows' graphics capability by displaying the status
of all the camera controls and image capture process, and provides
immediate display of the recently acquired image.
SMDigCam interfaces the digital camera through a high-performance
BitFlow interface board and another interface card provides input
for an external camera triggering signal.
settings such as exposure control and f/stop can be controlled either
manually or automatically by the program.
can be stored in either BMP or TIFF formats.
acquisition can be controlled in a variety of ways such as interactively
through the user interface, by an external hardware signal coming
either from a flight management system or manual device, and by
the program by specifying the time interval between image captures.
imprinting such as date and time or image name is available
are named by date and time and can be automatically stored in flighline-defined
real-time image processing can provide histogram equalization on
file records all the image captures and thus provides an easy handling
of the images
acquisition parameters are automatically saved and restored for
The SMDigCam data acquisition program was used
to collect digital imagery during the emergency mapping operations
by the EarthData Group, who provided daily airborne surveys
in mapping hot spots at the World Trade Center Ground Zero
between September 15 and October 22, 2001.
SMDigCam System Requirements
SMDigCam real-time data acquisition software is built
to run on Windows© NT/2000/XP PC systems. A minimum system
III processor, 600 MHz or better is recommended.
memory, at least ½ Gbyte hard-disk (about 60 images can be
stored on one Gbyte space)
frame grabber with driver.
Computing interface board for external triggering.
1024 x 768 resolution graphics (XVGA) and color monitor, LCD is
recommended for airborne operations.