The Industrial Imaging and Communications Section represents manufacturers of systems, devices, components, software, and accessories used in imaging and communications for security and protection purposes, including equipment, components, software, accessories, and devices used in image generation, transmission, capture, of and integration of imaging information with other information associated with human, animal, baggage and cargo scanning, inspection, and analysis. Click for detailed product scope information.
Section Product Scope
All systems, devices, components, software, and accessories used in imaging and communications for security and protection purposes, including equipment, components, software, accessories, and devices used in image generation, transmission, capture, of and integration of imaging information with other information associated with human, animal, baggage and cargo scanning, inspection, and analysis.
These systems, devices, components, software and accessories perform one or more of the following functions:
- Image generation
- Digital image acquisition
- Digital electronic display, capable of being used for more than one image acquisition device
- Connection to image acquisition devices with digital output.
- Digital archiving and storage
- Communication using local and/or extended networks, telecommunications, or video networks
- Image encoding and decoding (e.g., data compression, error detection and correction)
- Image processing
- Integration of imaging and/or other information systems.
- Image distribution
- Non-image detection, for example trace or diffraction detection
- Image inspection
This scope excludes devices already included in other NEMA product areas, especially Signaling, Protection, Communication, and Medical Division Sections.
The Section members develop technical standards and guidelines, influence government affairs and trade issues, and develops marketing programs for the benefit of users and manufacturers.
The product links to the left provide list of product manufacturers and associated standards.
Below is information on the section activities:
In partnership with U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Transportation Security Administration, NEMA has developed a standard for digital imaging and communications for security applications.
Designated as NEMA IIC 1, or Digital Imaging and Communication in Security (DICOS v01), standardizes an exchange protocol, and an interoperable file format to permit exchange of the images and metadata that result from security scans, with an emphasis on airport security examinations.
As homeland security scanning, inspection and analysis become more automated, and the need for consistent and immediate data exchange becomes more critical, NEMA and its manufacturing members developed an industry standard that is designed to enables data exchange among multiple companies devices, provided those devices conform to
DICOS is based on Digital Communication in Medicine (DICOM) and:
Establishes the initial negotiation between communicating devices, using DICOM services. During an initial "handshake", the requesting device and the receiving device exchange information about their capabilities. Subsequent data exchanges rely on the common capabilities identified during the initial handshake.
Standardizes the way that imaging devices represent meta data values, and defines transfer syntax.
DICOS enables communication among disparate devices and systems used for security and protection purposes. DICOS v01 was published in August 2011.
DICOS v02 is under development, and is developing support for additional security examination modalities.
In consultation with DHS and TSA, NEMA provides a forum for users, vendors, service providers and manufacturers to develop standards for digital security.
Membership in NEMA is open to any firm actively engaged in the manufacture in North America of a product within the NEMA scope and for sale in the open market. Membership of foreign firms is subject to product section policies and NEMA Board of Governors approval.
NEMA operates on a fee-for-service basis. Each product section establishes its projects and activities and approves an annual operating budget.
For more information on joining NEMA or this section, please see the membership