The cameras are equipped with 32 MB DRAM and 4 MB Flash EPROM for program and data storage. They are integrated into existing automation environments via an RS422 and an Ethernet interface – the latter also enables live video display on a PC. Standard equipment also includes two digital inputs and four outputs. A robust aluminum and plastic housing provides IP65/67 protection, making VisiCube units suitable for rugged environments. Further accessories, such as external lights, tilted mirrors and protective cases, allow for easy adaptation to specific requirements. Thanks to the Linux-like real time operating system VCRT, which was developed by Vision Components, the intelligent cameras can be freely programmed. With a wider performance range than conventional vision sensors, they carry out sensor-like tasks and execute all image process-ing routines without an additional PC. They thereby enable automation in applications where conventional, PC-based image processing systems are too costly or too complicated to implement.