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The Spirit of Giving Continues at Headwall

Robin Jacobs | Wed, Dec 27, 2017 | Christmas

For the past three years, Headwall Photonics has been involved with local charitable organizations in north-central Massachusetts, providing everything from Thanksgiving meals and personal kits for the homeless to Christmas gifts for needy children.

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Hyperspec SWIR Gets UAV Wings!

Remote sensing with hyperspectral sensors is  a combination of several elements: an imaging spectrometer and a fast data processing system to acquire and analyze spectral and spatial data. For remote sensing missions such as crop disease or invasive species detection, the spectral range of most interest is the visible-near-infrared (VNIR) from 400-1000nm.

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The Eyes Have It...But Not Always

Humans have a marvelous ability to see and identify objects within what is called the visible range of the electromagnetic spectrum. That starts at roughly 380 nanometers and goes up to around 700 nanometers or so.

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A Hyperspectral View of Western Australia's Ningaloo Reef

Christopher Van Veen | Wed, Feb 15, 2017 |

Headwall's hyperspectral imaging sensors are used around the globe for a wide variety of remote sensing missions. Hyperspectral sensors can see well beyond the limits of human vision, which runs to about 700 nanometers (nm). Many of the scientific research projects demand the ability to see into the infrared ranges, often up to and beyond 2500nm.

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Spreading Holiday Cheer at Headwall

In 2016 Headwall embarked on a mission of volunteerism. The small, 50-person technology company headquartered in Fitchburg understood that the community it called home was also home to disadvantaged families in need. So beginning with a variety of projects throughout the area, Headwall employees embraced the opportunity to ‘give back’ by partnering with a local charitable organization called Our Father’s House.

“Our goals were twofold,” said Robin Jacobs of Headwall. “We wanted to help out wherever the need arose and we wanted to have broad employee participation,” she said. In addition to sprucing up neighborhoods and planting trees, Headwall and its employees purchased and assembled hundreds of ‘personal care kits’ for disadvantaged people in the area. “It really was a fun experience each time we assembled these kits,” said Robin. “We all knew we were putting a smile on someone’s face and making their difficult life a little less difficult.”

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Headwall had almost 100% employee participation in purchasing new gifts for area children. 

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Headwall employees carrying gift bags to Our Father’s House transport truck

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The Spirit of Giving at Headwall

The corporate environment is always a bustling one: Getting and shipping orders, building sensors, designing new products, and maneuvering through a seemingly endless stream of meetings. But at Headwall, we take the opportunity to ‘give back’ to several central Massachusetts communities with families in need. This can range from assembling ‘personal care kits’ to cleaning and beautifying neighborhoods. This happens several times during the year, and is a part of Headwall's ongoing pledge to donate and contribute wherever possible to those less fortunate.

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Almond Inspection Goes High-Tech

In Manteca, CA about 90 minutes south of Sacramento sits Travaille and Phippen, a family-run business focused on processing the world's finest almonds. Manteca sits at the heart of California's agricultural valley, which is ripe with growers and processing companies of everything from avocados to nuts. Chances are, the produce that you pick up at your local grocery store comes from this fertile part of California that stretches hundreds of miles from north to south.

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Nano-Hyperspec, PrecisionHawk Impress!

Steven Sexton is Technical Consultant at Aerial Imaging Services, LLC (Ephrata, WA). With broad availability of new UAVs and high-performance hyperspectral imaging sensors, Steven's business is a good one. 'Remote sensing' is the study of agriculture, climatology, geology, and infrastructure from airborne platforms. The amount and quality of image data the sensors collect is amazing, allowing scientists to make important decisions about crops, plant health, mineral deposits, and environmental trends.

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Hyperspectral Imaging & Processing Takes Hold in Turkey

Hyperspectral imaging is a very valuable scientific technique for a wide range of applications that extend far beyond the defence and military uses the technology was in part originally conceived for. These include airborne precision agriculture, advanced machine vision, forensics, medical science, cultural preservation, and a range of others. For scientists in these application areas, hyperspectral imaging is often a new tool where the need for education is quite common. As a leader in the field of hyperspectral imaging, Headwall partners with its international resellers to sponsor workshops and events that are geared toward promoting an understanding of hyperspectral imaging and how best to use the rich data coming from the sensors.

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Community Partnership in Action!

Great companies can serve not only as an economic engine for customers, employees, suppliers, and business partners but also as a strong community partner based on how that company integrates itself into the communities in which it operates.

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