Frequently Asked Questions
FotoNow uses cutting edge deep learning, computer vision, fluid dynamics, and image processing technology to deliver above 99% accuracy for fault inspection. With an easy to use Self-Service based setup, the following questions would be helpful to configure and solve most commonly occurring questions.
What features does FotoNow offer?
What quality defects can FotoNow detect?
Generally anything within the camera’s field of view. From missing or incorrectly mounted parts, scratches, dents and gaps, to color differences. Dust detection in the run-up to painting processes is not a problem, nor is text recognition on components, for example to automatically detect approval- relevant information.
Are smartphones really used as vision sensors in the quality inspection system?
Among others, yes! Our experience is that in large companies the use of smartphones is the fastest and most efficient way to set up a quality monitoring system with FotoNow in a very short time. Often there are smartphones that are no longer in use and FotoNow gives them a second valuable life. However, you can easily use other devices for image capture as well.
What type of smartphone is suitable?
Actually any device on the market. For one of our customers, we mainly work with 1st generation iPhone SE devices (release year 2016).
Which functionalities can I expect from the most simple FotoNow module?
With FotoNow you can automatically take pictures and store them in a cloud. Thanks to our innovative and easy-to-use self-service option, anyone interested can train the photo trigger themselves. No previous IT knowledge is required. Automatic error detection is not included in this version.
What are the advantages of the basic FotoNow module?
The images taken can be consulted at any time via our user-friendly web interface and lead to a significant increase in efficiency in root cause analysis as well as problem-solving. This helps to manually identify areas of faults, collect numbers, data and facts, and locate the fault location and the cause faster. These images can also be used as evidence to show that an error did not occur in your own area.
How long is the setup and deployment process?
Deployment depends on the specific use-case. If there are cameras or smartphones available, we could get FotoNow up and running after one or two days, depending on the use case. Other use-cases were fully operational within one to two weeks.
How long does it take to launch the basic module?
Thanks to our innovative and easy-to-use self-service option, training for the automatic photo trigger is completed in as little as one to five minutes.
What are the error notification options?
FotoNow sends notifications either by email to designated email addresses or as a push message directly to your mobile phone. On top of that, we’ve built-in support for 80+ industrial systemconnectors.
How is image quality maintained even under strong vibrating conditions and with shocks in the environment?
FotoNow ensures clear and crisp sharp images at all times. Our patented technology can compensate for vibrations, whether on assembly lines, in presses, or in other environments.
How is accuracy maintained under changing light condititions?
Our system is specialized in automatically and flexibly reacting to such conditions without compromising detection accuracy.
Q-Gates usually take up a lot of space. How much space does FotoNow take up?
Since FotoNow is fully functional with a smartphone, it can be used in small or confined spaces. All you need to do is to attach the smartphone in the desired way. This can be on a tripod, but also on a do-it-yourself solution. We can assist you to find the best positioning to ensure a 100% quality test coverage.
Can FotoNow inspect and recognize documents and text along with the inspected objects?
Text of any kind can be read with FotoNow and the information can be transmitted to connected systems. The customer requirements so far range from reading specific information on order sheets, to the recognition of texts and numbers on components of any kind and shape. For example, to automatically store approval-relevant information in databases due to the necessary documentation requirements.
What are the possibilities for data transfer?
Smartphones or tablets can send images to the connected cloud either via Wi-Fi or telephone network. If the monthly data volume of the SIM card is not sufficient, this can be increased via the mobile phone providers. Of course, there is also the option of connecting these devices using a standard network cable, as well as all other Internet-capable camera systems.
Do images created with FotoNow need to be stored in a cloud system?
No. So called Edge-PC solutions can be connected at any time.
Production environments often have many employees. What happens if they are visible in the image?
FotoNow is fully GDPR compliant. This means that people visible in the image are automatically made unrecognizable.
What operating system does FotoNow require?
The FotoNow architecture is a web application and therefore runs on any operating system. Special app versions for iOS and Android are also available. Likewise, cloud and system services can be easily accessed via browser.
Can FotoNow send data and information to internal business interfaces and databases, or work with IT systems used for quality information?
Of course we can connect and integrate FotoNow to most commonly supported industrial systems, if the support is not available yet, we will add support based on request.
How long does it take until the error detection works?
This depends on the problem and the number of error images already available. Unused parts can be detected with a high degree of accuracy from day one. For the detection of scratches, dents and gap measurements a few days more are needed.
Does FotoNow include a self-service option to train and detect new defect patterns?
Yes, our quality inspection training engine with self-service functionality is available for immediate setup of use-cases in minutes.