Message from the Chair of Directors

August 2, 2023
Chair of Directors Masahito Watanabe

Machine vision technology is expected to further develop and create applied technologies and industries as a key technology essential to future society. In addition to the industries in which machine vision technology has been directly used, recent advances in communications technology have resulted in the deepening of machine vision through the fusion of various imaging technology and communication technology, such as the sports determination and the independent control of logistics using AI control, which has been remarkably rapid.

The Japan Industrial Imaging Association started its activities in 2005 with more than 20 founders based on the philosophy that the promotion of fair and equitable standardization in the machine vision industry will promote the further development of related technologies and industries and contribute to the future of human society.
In April 2006, the company was formally established as the Japan Industrial Imaging Association in accordance with the Intermediate Corporation Law, and has been operating as a general incorporated association since the revision of the law. The company has been active for 18 years since this year.
At the end of June 2023, more than 120 member companies from the 20 member companies at the time of establishment will be cooperating, and the members will be expanding in a wide range of fields to show the spread of related technologies. Activities in various fields are becoming indispensable.

Since its inception, JIIA has established specialized committees in the machine vision industry, technical committees for camera interfaces, camera protocols and imaging technologies such as lighting, lenses. Subsequently, JIIA has periodically held a high-speed transmission standard test of the CoaXPress standard and also established a cable and connector certification system and conducted vibration tests in a special environment. Thus, the company has focused on promoting the standardization of standards for the entire industry.
Starting this year, we will work together under the standardization committee.

Furthermore, in 2009, recognizing the importance of collaboration with similar organizations overseas as well as the Japanese machine vision market, JIIA formed an alliance with three organizations of associations already active in North America (now A3), EMVA in Europe (Global 3 Agreement), and industry standardization activities. As part of its promotional activities, JIIA took the lead in participating in conferences and exhibitions related to machine vision in Japan and abroad. The fact that VDMA in Germany in 2015 and CMVU in China in 2019 joined the G3 partnership can be seen as proof that progress has been made toward achieving fair and equitable standards.

Since its establishment, we have been promoting standardization activities for technologies specializing in the machine vision industry. In the past few years, with the advancement of information communication network technology, the scope of the machine vision has expanded further, including the importance of data obtained from machine vision technologies applied to multimedia and the application of computer vision including AI that uses such data.

To cope with this expansion, JIIA established the Committee for the Promotion of International Standards within JIIA in 2021, and participated in the Committee on Information and Communications Technology (TTC), an organization authorized by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications. Under the auspices of the Committee on Multimedia Applications used in the information and communications technology environment, JIIA established the Machine Vision Subworking Group (MV SWG) and is working as a leader in the public sphere.

Furthermore, since 2022, based on the approval and recommendation of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, as a member of the Japanese delegation of the International Telecommunication Union's Division of Telecommunication Standardization (ITU-T), one of the United Nations organizations headquartered in Geneva, we have been promoting activities such as responding to contributions (standardization proposals) that have been proposed and presented from Japan and abroad centered on machine vision technology. The date of ratification of the JIIA standards by ITU-T is approaching.

The results of JIIA activities are the result of the extensive support of the member companies who have participated in the activities, and are also supported by interaction with each other and with other organizations.
As machine vision technology expands, this interchange is spreading. JIIA is committed to promoting fair and equitable standardization technology that supports the increasingly wide future of the region, with standardization as the vertical axis and exchange as the horizontal axis, and is committed to contributing to the international community through machine vision technology.