Wired and wireless camera triggering with Arduino

H. Kauhanen*, P. Rönnholm

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Synchronous triggering is an important task that allows simultaneous data capture from multiple cameras. Accurate synchronization enables 3D measurements of moving objects or from a moving platform. In this paper, we describe one wired and four wireless variations of Arduino-based low-cost remote trigger systems designed to provide a synchronous trigger signal for industrial cameras. Our wireless systems utilize 315MHz or 434MHz frequencies with noise filtering capacitors. In order to validate the synchronization accuracy, we developed a prototype of a rotating trigger detection system (named RoTriDeS). This system is suitable to detect the triggering accuracy of global shutter cameras. As a result, the wired system indicated an 8.91 µs mean triggering time difference between two cameras. Corresponding mean values for the four wireless triggering systems varied between 7.92 and 9.42 µs. Presented values include both camera-based and trigger-based desynchronization. Arduino-based triggering systems appeared to be feasible, and they have the potential to be extended to more complicated triggering systems.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFrontiers in Spectral Imaging and 3D Technologies for Geospatial Solutions
PublisherInternational Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS)
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 19 Oct 2017
MoE publication typeA4 Conference publication
EventFrontiers in Spectral Imaging and 3D Technologies for Geospatial Solutions - Jyväskylä, Finland
Duration: 25 Oct 201727 Oct 2017

Publication series

NameInternational Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences
PublisherISPRS Council
Number XLII-3/W3
ISSN (Print)1682-1750
ISSN (Electronic)2194-9034


ConferenceFrontiers in Spectral Imaging and 3D Technologies for Geospatial Solutions
Abbreviated titleISPRS SPEC3D


  • Arduino
  • Camera
  • Triggering
  • Wired
  • Wireless


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