Three IDS employees in an ergonomically furnished office in the IDS building.

About us

IDS stands for high-performance, easy to handle USB, GigE and 3D cameras with a great range of sensors and variants. With IDS NXT, we present an image processing platform with artificial intelligence - unlimited possibilities for applications of the future.

Simplicity is the basis of our thinking and actions: In line with our philosophy "It's so easy", this applies to our industrial cameras as well as to our ingeniously thought-out software. Simplicity means efficiency.

Industrial cameras from leading image processing company IDS with and without AI

IDS at a glance

about 1.8 million cameras “made in Germany” are in use worldwide

more than 11.000 customers in over 75 countries rely on IDS

IDS has about 5.000 products in its portfolio

IDS has more than 25 years of experience in image processing

family-owned with more than 350 employees from 21 countries

over 80 tonnes of CO2 saved per year through own green electricity

Our memberships

IDS is proud to be actively engaged in various cross-regional partnerships, boasting a vast network. As a leading industrial camera manufacturer and image processing company, we see ourselves as a promoter of innovation. For research purposes and new ideas, we provide our technology and share our expertise within working groups. Our headquarters are located in the midst of one of the most exciting locations in Europe, the AI Region Heilbronn. There, a unique community for artificial intelligence is emerging with the IPAI and numerous exciting institutions and startups.

The logo of the StartupCity Heilbronn, Germany.

StartupCity Heilbronn

As a corporate partner, IDS is deeply integrated into the StartupCity Heilbronn, Germany. This platform brings together founders, investors and business partners in the economic region of Heilbronn, forming a unique network. In this dynamic environment, we promote exchange, create collaboration opportunities, and participate jointly in events such as Slush'D Startup festival or the Startup BW Summit.

The logo of the German Association for Quality (DGQ).
The logo of the German AI Association.
The logo of bwcon (Baden Württemberg: connected).


Baden-Württemberg's high-tech network, consisting of over 700 members, establishes cross-industry connections between startups, corporates and investors. In addition to educational opportunities on current trends, bwcon offers a wide range of working groups on relevant high-tech topics. This also includes the Blue Ocean Group, an innovation group of innovation managers from southern Germany, in which the IDS Business Innovation Team also participates.

The logo of Baden Campus, the central innovation platform.


The platform offers high-quality innovation services for future-proof products and solutions in a dynamic ecosystem with access to expertise, new ideas and inspiring personalities. IDS learns about the latest innovations at startup pitches, engages as a mentor on site and takes part in programmes relating to AI and image processing.

The logo of the Swiss Smart Factory in Biel/Bienne.
The logo of VDMA (German Engineering Federation).
The logo of the VDMA's Blue Competence sustainability initiative.
The logo of the German Association for Small and Medium-sized Businesses.


The German Association for Small and Medium-sized Businesses is the largest, voluntarily organized and cross-industry association of German SMEs in Germany.