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Hyperspectral Software Announced for Airborne Applications

Hyperspec III Software Simplifies Collection and Management of Hyperspectral Data With Integrated Functionality

Fitchburg, MA, April 4, 2014 — Headwall has released its new Hyperspec III application software featuring a powerful set of hyperspectral data acquisition management tools. The enhanced software suite represents an easy-to-use platform for controlling hyperspectral sensors across applications ranging from manned aircraft to UAV airborne remote sensing. The software is compatible with Headwall’s award-winning Hyperspec® family of sensors, including lightweight Micro-Hyperspec®. The software is versatile, Windows- and Linux-based, and supports both USB and CameraLink interface.

Hyperspec III"Efficient, flexible and powerful software is pushing the science of hyperspectral imaging forward at a very rapid rate," said Headwall CEO David Bannon. "Combining this new software platform with our patented, high-performance optics technology gives the spectral imaging community capabilities they’ve never had before."

An important benefit of Hyperspec III software is that it is multi-threaded and can control more than one sensor simultaneously. For example, machine-vision applications using multiple sensors are able to operate at peak efficiency with this highly efficient and elegant software platform. With sensor frame rates in excess of 400 FPS, Hyperspec III is designed for rapid collection and management of large volumes of incoming hyperspectral data.  Hyperspec III software runs on Headwall’s Hyperspec Data Processing Unit (HDPU), which effortlessly captures and manages incoming image files for interpretation and post-processing.

With the exponential growth in the deployment of UAV platforms, the Hyperspec III software offers end-users a comprehensive and efficient user environment for quickly obtaining remote sensing data with Headwall’s hyperspectral imagers.

Hyperspec III software is exceptionally versatile, allowing users to choose modules to suit specific needs. For example, airborne versions of the software provide GPS/INU integration and time stamping, ortho-rectification, precise calibration, and start/stop triggering of the sensor. This optimizes flight-path efficiency, which is a highly desired capability for the remote-sensing community.  The Hyperspec III software also includes the ability to interface with Google maps to trigger sensor operation based on pre-defined GPS coordinates.

Pan-and-tilt and other motion-control features are built into Hyperspec III, yielding a virtually unlimited array of use-cases for hyperspectral imaging that range from ground to space.

About Headwall Photonics

Headwall Photonics is a leading designer and manufacturer of hyperspectral imagers and spectral instrumentation for industrial, commercial, and government markets. Headwall’s high-performance instruments are used in applications ranging from remote sensing and military/defense to advanced machine vision and document verification. The Company also produces integrated spectrometers for use in OEM applications such as color-management systems. Headwall enjoys a market leadership position through the design and manufacture of spectral instrumentation that is customized for application-specific performance.

 

For information contact:

 

Mr. Chris Van Veen

Headwall Photonics, Inc.     

Tel: +1 978-353-4051                

www.headwallphotonics.com 

Email: [email protected]

                                   

 

Tags: hyperspectral imaging, hyperspectral, Airborne, Remote Sensing, Sensors, precision agriculture

Headwall Appoints Diessechem as Distributor for Italy

Italy’s foremost distributor of analytical instruments adds Headwall’s Hyperspectral Sensors and Raman Imagers

 

Fitchburg, MA, October 30, 2013 — Headwall has announced a new distributor partnership with Diessechem srl, with offices in Milan, Italy. The agreement between the two companies is effective immediately and forges a distribution relationship in Italy for Headwall’s award-winning Hyperspec® line of hyperspectral sensors and Raman imagers. Mr. Francesco Beccari, Product Manager for Diessechem, has extensive experience in spectral imaging and will be handling sales, support, training and deployment on behalf of Headwall.

Headwall diessechemIn announcing the appointment, Headwall CEO David Bannon remarked on the depth of spectral imaging knowledge at Diessechem. “From pharmaceuticals to food processing, to remote sensing, Diesschem is uniquely able to fulfill rising demand for Headwall’s spectral imaging instruments and custom spectrometers as well as provide the critical training and engineering assistance vital to every successful deployment.”

Diessechem, operating since 1993, will be managing Headwall’s hyperspectral and Raman imagers through its Diesseinstrument unit. Since the Company handles other complementary imaging technologies, Diessechem is able to provide end-to-end, application-specific solutions built around Headwall’s range of sensors. Mr. Beccari noted that Headwall’s hyperspectral sensors fit Diessechem perfectly: “Spectral imaging is much more than simply a catalog of products,” he noted. “Our ability to now offer Headwall’s industry-leading hyperspectral imagers across all our markets represents a very important advancement for our clients across Italy.”

Hyperspectral imaging can quickly and non-destructively image objects within the field of view to determine its chemical and spectral fingerprint. Headwall’s sensors take advantage of reflective diffractive optics, which use aberration-corrected gratings to deliver high performance with respect to high spatial and spectral resolution, high signal-to-noise performance, and a wide field of view. Remote sensing using small and light sensors mounted to small aerial platforms and manned aircraft is a fast-growing application area that Headwall has pioneered. Other application areas include advanced machine vision, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, and mining & mineral exploration.

About Headwall Photonics

Headwall Photonics is a leading designer and manufacturer of hyperspectral imaging spectrometers and spectral instrumentation for industrial, commercial, and government markets. Headwall’s high performance instruments have been selected by end-user corporations, OEMs, and universities around the world. Headwall enjoys a market leadership position through the design and manufacture of spectral instrumentation that is customized for application-specific performance.

For information contact:

Mr. Chris Van Veen

Headwall Photonics, Inc.

601 River Street, Fitchburg, Massachusetts USA     

Tel: +1 978-353-4051                

http://www.headwallphotonics.com

Email: [email protected]

 

About Diessechem srl

DIESSECHEM srl is the leading supplier of diagnostic kits for laboratory analysis and food safety, and of NIR spectrophotometers, spectroradiometers, ultra-portable Raman imagers. DIESSECHEM is divided into two product lines (Diessefood and Diesseinstrument) operating in synergy through a sales network of employees and commercial agents throughout Italy. DIESSECHEM also provides technical support from Milan (for northern and central Italy) and Rome (for Central and Southern Italy) to meet the demands for post-sale assistance.

Mr. Francesco Beccari

Diessechem srl

via Meucci 61/b, Milan, 20128 ITALY     

Tel: +39 0226305484

http://www.diessechem.com

 

 


Tags: hyperspectral imaging, hyperspectral, Headwall, Europe, Italy

Airborne Sensor Payloads Lift Off With Complete Hyperspectral Solutions

Micro-Hyperspec Sensor, Data Processor, GPS, and Imaging Software Provide Flight-Ready Package For UAVs and fixed-wing aircraft

Fitchburg, MA, October 28, 2013 — Responding to customer demand across the remote sensing industry for small, light, and power-efficient spectral imaging solutions, Headwall has announced availability of a completely integrated airborne solution that provides users with unmatched levels of hyperspectral image acquisition and data-processing performance. The core element of the solution comprises Headwall’s Micro-Hyperspec hyperspectral sensor, which is based on the Company’s patented aberration-corrected sensor design. The use of aberration-corrected diffractive optics designed and manufactured by Headwall allows the Micro-Hyperspec sensor to achieve outstanding performance: very high signal-to-noise characteristics, a very wide field-of-view, and high spatial and spectral resolution.

complete airborne componentsHeadwall engineers designed the hyperspectral airborne configuration to optimize configuration size, weight, and power (SWaP), which are each critical considerations for deployment on manned aircraft and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs).

Elements of the solution include a GPS unit, a compact, lightweight Hyperspec Data Processing Unit, and airborne-specific hyperspectral software providing image acquisition, sensor control, and synchronization for flight-plan efficiency. Every element of the solution is optimized for airborne use, in platforms ranging from small, hand-launched UAVs to fixed-wing aircraft and multi-rotor airframes.

“All across the remote-sensing landscape we’re seeing a need for precise, accurate, data-rich hyperspectral imagery using increasingly smaller airborne platforms,” said David Bannon, CEO of Headwall. “Customers need solutions that are small and light, and they need them to be fully integrated between the sensor, software, GPS/INS, and data-processing hardware.” Because Headwall’s hyperspectral sensors run at very high frame rates to capture exceptionally precise imagery, Hyperspec data processing software is optimized for the task. “We found that many of our customers were spending a lot of valuable time assembling the necessary payload components,” said Mr. Bannon. “The Headwall team worked collaboratively with leading researchers to offer an airborne configuration that is ready to fly out of the box.

Typical uses for hyperspectral sensing from airborne platforms include precision agriculture, oil and gas exploration, forestry management, and environmental monitoring.

About Headwall Photonics

Headwall Photonics is a leading designer and manufacturer of hyperspectral imaging  spectrometers and spectral instrumentation for industrial, commercial, and government markets. Headwall’s high performance instruments have been selected by military/defense departments, OEMs, and end-user customers around the world for use in critical application environments. Headwall enjoys a market leadership position through the design and manufacture of spectral instrumentation that is customized for application-specific performance.

For information contact:

Mr. Chris Van Veen

Headwall Photonics, Inc.     

Tel: +1 978-353-4051                

www.headwallphotonics.com 

Email: [email protected]

 

The Micro-Hyperspec name is a registered trademark of Headwall Photonics, Inc.

Tags: hyperspectral, Airborne, Remote Sensing, Micro Hyperspec

Headwall Appoints Portable Analytical Solutions as Integrator for Australia, New Zealand

Hyperspectral technology partner expands Headwall presence in Australia & Asia-Pacific region with End-to-End Remote-Sensing Solutions

Fitchburg, MA, September 17, 2013 — Headwall has announced a new distributor agreement with Portable Analytical Solutions (PAS), with offices in the Australian cities of Sydney, Melbourne, and Perth. The agreement between the two companies, effective immediately, includes the country of New Zealand as well and reflects the growing interest of the remote sensing industry in both ground-based and airborne hyperspectral sensing solutions.

logosIn announcing the appointment, Headwall CEO David Bannon remarked on the synergy between Portable Analytical Solution’s existing lines and Headwall’s hyperspectral sensors. “Remote sensing customers and the mining and exploration community will benefit from Portable Analytical Solutions’ ability to offer its customers a complete remote sensing hyperspectral package that complements the other ground-based technologies they represent,” Mr. Bannon noted. “Remote sensing is most precise when airborne and ground-truth capabilities are synchronized, and PAS will have the unique ability to provide the very diverse Australian market with integrated solutions.”

Portable Analytical Solutions has 20 years of experience in instrumentation, ranging from technical assistance to sales, training and deployment. Application areas for PAS are diverse, including mining and mineral exploration, metal recycling, environmental research, and petrochemicals/gas exploration. Mr. Paul Martin of Portable Analytical Solutions remarked on bringing Headwall’s award-winning Hyperspec® line of Hyperspectral sensors to the Australian market. “Hyperspectral imaging is a required tool for the remote-sensing community, and we’re very pleased to announce our alignment with Headwall,” noted Mr. Martin. “We can offer our clients solutions for UAVs and manned aircraft while at the same time showing how the technology is also perfectly suited for field use, in high-speed advanced machine vision applications, for environmental monitoring, precision agriculture, and exploration sciences.”

Hyperspectral imaging can quickly and non-destructively image anything within the field of view to determine its chemical and spectral fingerprint. Headwall’s sensors take advantage of diffractive optics, which use aberration-corrected gratings to deliver high performance with respect to high spatial and spectral resolution, high signal-to-noise, and a wide field of view. Remote sensing using small and light sensors mounted to hand-launched UAVs is a fast-growing application area that Headwall has pioneered.

About Headwall Photonics

Headwall Photonics is a leading designer and manufacturer of hyperspectral imaging spectrometers and spectral instrumentation for industrial, commercial, and government markets. Headwall’s high performance instruments have been selected by end-user corporations, OEMs, and universities around the world. Headwall enjoys a market leadership position through the design and manufacture of spectral instrumentation that is customized for application-specific performance.

For information contact:

Mr. Chris Van Veen

Headwall Photonics, Inc.

601 River Street, Fitchburg, Massachusetts USA     

Tel: +1 978-353-4051                

http://www.headwallphotonics.com

Email: [email protected]

 

About Portable Analytical Solutions (PAS)

Portable Analytical Solutions has 20 years of experience in instrumentation. This experience covers all technical assistance, training and sales through to application use across a diverse range of industries including:

  • Mining & exploration

  • Scrap metal recycling

  • Engineering & fabrication

  • Mineral processing

  • Petrochemical/ gas exploration and production

  • Environmental

  • Consumer goods/RoHS

  • Precious metals (jewelry)

For Headwall’s hyperspectral instruments, areas of expertise includes:

  • Sales and support

  • Training

  • Technical support and repairs

  • Application advice

  • Consulting

For information contact:

Mr. Paul Martin, Portable Analytical Solutions

Postal: PO Box 4185 Copacabana NSW 2251
Tel: +61 2 4381 2844
Email: [email protected] or [email protected]

 


Tags: hyperspectral imaging, hyperspectral, Airborne, Remote Sensing, Australia, New Zealand

Headwall Names New Distributor for France, Switzerland

Bonsai Advanced Technologies Adds Hyperspectral Sensors to its Existing Instrument Offerings

Fitchburg, MA, August 15, 2013 — Responding to significant business growth across Europe, Headwall Photonics is pleased to announce that it has named Bonsai Advanced Technologies to be its distributor of record for both France and Switzerland. The agreement was effective July 1, 2013. Principal contact at Bonsai is Mr. Eric Bécourt, with regional headquarters in southern France.

eric becourtIn announcing the appointment, Headwall European Sales Manager Kevin Lynch noted Bonsai’s high degree of experience in spectral imaging and, in particular, remote sensing and industrial inspection. “We are very impressed with the level of technical understanding at Bonsai with respect to our market-leading hyperspectral sensors. They will be able to effectively demonstrate and differentiate our technology to their broad base of accounts all across France and Switzerland.”

Headwall’s award-winning family of Hyperspec® sensors are used in applications ranging from ground-based and handheld all the way up to aircraft and earth-orbiting satellites. Hyperspectral imaging represents a required tool for the scientific research community, which can quickly and non-destructively image anything within the field of view to determine its chemical and spectral fingerprint. Headwall’s sensors take advantage of diffractive optics, which use aberration-corrected gratings to deliver high performance with respect to high spatial and spectral resolution, high signal-to-noise, and a wide field of view. Remote sensing using small and light sensors mounted to hand-launched UAVs is a fast-growing application area that Headwall has pioneered. Other application areas include advanced machine vision, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, and mining & mineral exploration.

Mr. Bécourt has 23 years of experience in the analytical business, especially in the spectroscopic and NIR markets. He remarked on Headwall’s innovation and technical leadership: “Our customers in France and Switzerland embrace innovation and technology just as Headwall does,” he said. “They understand that hyperspectral imaging represents a valuable tool for their scientific research efforts and will be very pleased to know that we can bring those solutions to them.”

About Bonsai Advanced Technologies

Bonsai Advanced Technologies focuses on critical application environments such as remote sensing, machine vision, and laboratory research. The Company has extensive deployment expertise and specializes in analytical instrumentation, biosciences, and high- and ultra-high vacuum technologies. For Headwall, Bonsai will specialize in the sale, distribution and service of spectroscopy solutions throughout France and Switzerland.  

For information contact:

Mr. Eric Bécourt

Bonsai Advanced Technologies

Tel: +33 (0)6 08 16 02 81

www.bonsaiadvanced.com

Email: [email protected]

 

Tags: hyperspectral imaging, hyperspectral, Headwall Photonics, Remote Sensing, Europe, Bonsai Advanced Technologies, France, Switzerland

Headwall’s High-Performance Gratings Optimized for Small-Form-Factor Spectral Instruments

 

OEM-Specific Designs Feature Aberration Correction, High SNR, Low Stray Light Performance

 

Fitchburg, Massachusetts, July 17, 2013 Headwall Photonics, Inc. is responding to increased demand from original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) for high-performance small-form-factor diffraction gratings used in their precision optical instruments.  

 

gratings montageApplication areas include color management, plant phenotyping, pathogen detection, semiconductor fabrication, process monitoring, and remote sensing. Although end users need instruments having exceptionally high signal-to-noise (SNR), high spatial and spectral resolution, and low stray light, they also want simplified optical designs that lower size, weight, and cost. Aberration-corrected holographic diffraction gratings deliver these performance characteristics and are also temperature insensitive for suitability in applications that range from ground to space. 

 

Original gratings, unlike those produced using replication techniques, are guaranteed to meet groove profile and density specifications from prototype to production. Headwall's gratings are aberration-corrected, meaning that unwanted optical effects such as keystone and smile are eliminated. Headwall's cost-effective, high-volume manufacturing process for all-original gratings means that OEMs can move from prototype to production rapidly.   

 

"We are seeing a fundamental shift toward small form-factor spectral instruments across all the markets we serve," stated Headwall CEO David Bannon. "Our OEM customers can differentiate their instruments thanks to the unmatched optical precision and efficiency of our aberration-corrected holographic gratings." These instruments can be found not only in laboratory settings, but in airborne platforms and satellites as well. "Temperature insensitivity is a crucial differentiator for our diffractive optics technology," noted Bannon. "Customers want to make sure that the high optical performance that they demand is locked in no matter where or how their instrument is used." Headwall's gratings can routinely survive temperatures exceeding 80 degrees C (to 150 degrees C upon request).

 

Headwall's gratings are used in UV, VIS, NIR, IR, absorption spectroscopy, fluorescence spectroscopy, hyperspectral and Raman spectroscopy, CARS spectroscopy, and more. Designs can be fiber-matched and self-referencing if needed and are simplified by Headwall to reduce size, complexity, and cost.

About Headwall Photonics

Headwall Photonics is a leading designer and manufacturer of hyperspectral imaging  spectrometers and spectral instrumentation for industrial, commercial, and government markets. Headwall’s high performance instruments have been selected by military/defense departments, OEMs, and end-user customers around the world for use in critical application environments. Headwall enjoys a market leadership position through the design and manufacture of spectral instrumentation that is customized for application-specific performance.

For information contact:

Mr. Chris Van Veen

Headwall Photonics, Inc.     

Tel: +1 978-353-4051                

www.headwallphotonics.com 

Email: [email protected]

                                   

 


Tags: hyperspectral imaging, hyperspectral, Headwall Photonics, Sensors, diffraction gratings

Headwall-Alava Remote Sensing Solution Takes Wing Aboard Ultralight Aircraft

Airborne Hyperspectral Sensors Measure Interface Between Air and Water In Switzerland & Russia

 

Fitchburg, Massachusetts USA, January 24, 2013 - Using the Headwall Photonics Micro-Hyperspec VNIR sensor, Headwall's integration partner Alava Ingenieros (Madrid, Spain) will provide the worldwide scientific community with a completely integrated airborne remote EPFLsensing solution that is currently being deployed. Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL, Lausanne Switzerland)  is sponsoring an exploration program featuring a sensor-packed ultralight aircraft that will analyze the phenomena occurring at the interface between air and water. Flights are underway now over Lake Geneva in Switzerland, and will be repeated over Lake Baikal in Russia later this year. The airborne technology will allow scientists to gather a wealth of data around bacteria, sediments, and dissolved gasses. While satellites can analyze these variables now, low-flying ultralight aircraft can collect this data more precisely and put it into the hands of researchers sooner. Because Micro Hyperspec is exceptionally small and light, EPFL plans to eventually migrate to even smaller and lighter UAVs.

 

Micro-Hyperspec® is the industry's only remote sensing instrument specifically designed for high resolution spectral and spatial imaging aboard small, tactical airborne vehicles. It provides excellent spatial and spectral resolution and a wide field of view, meaning a more efficient flight path over areas of interest. Alava is packaging Micro-Hyperspec with the software needed to handle radiometric calibration, flight data acquisition, ground data acquisition, atmospheric correction, and post-processing of the hyperspectral data. The Airborne Remote Sensing Spectral Solution (ARS3) is available from Headwall and Alava now.

 

David Bannon, CEO of Headwall, commented on the value of hyperspectral sensing from airborne platforms: "ARS3 is a very high performance - yet affordable - sensor solution for small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and manned aircraft.  Alava has integrated a complete airborne solution around the market leading Micro-Hyperspec sensor which meets the demanding requirements of hyperspectral imaging in harsh environments."

 

Thanks to Headwall's innovative and pioneering sensor designs, remote sensing from the air using hyperspectral imaging is a fast-growing field of research. Because hyperspectral technology is more precise and more affordable than ever, it can be used for forestry management, precision agriculture, pollution control, resource exploration, and more.

About Headwall

Headwall, based in Fitchburg, Massachusetts (USA), is a leading designer and manufacturer of hyperspectral instruments for industrial, commercial, remote sensing, precision agriculture, and government markets. Other application areas include medical and biotechnology, forensics, chemicals, and color measurement, and in-line process inspection. Headwall enjoys a market leadership position through the design and manufacture of spectral instrumentation that is customized for application-specific performance, for end users and OEMs.

For information contact:

Mr. Chris Van Veen, Headwall Photonics, Inc.     

Tel: +1 978-353-4051                

Email: [email protected]      

 

About Alava Ingenieros

Alava Ingenieros Group is an entirely privately owned group that provides high technology solutions in the fields of Testing, Measurement, Communications, Security, Defense and Preventive Maintenance. The Group offers consultancy, engineering, distribution, training and technical services, providing turn-key projects for several sectors including Aerospace, Automotive, Security, Defense, Energy, Communications and Finance, as well as Testing and Research Centres, Universities, Public Services and Industry in general.

For information contact:

Mr. Yago Sanchez, Alava Ingenieros

Tel: +34 91 567 97 00

Email: [email protected]

 


 

Tags: hyperspectral imaging, hyperspectral, Headwall Photonics, Airborne, Remote Sensing, UAV, agriculture, ALAVA Ingenieros, EPFL, Lake Geneva

TerraLuma Chooses Hyperspectral Sensor for Airborne Missions

University of Tasmania Researchers Utilize Hyperspectral Remote Sensing to Improve the Science of Earth Observation

Fitchburg, Massachusetts USA, January 10, 2013 The TerraLuma Project (University of Tasmania, Australia) is partnering with Headwall Photonics to bring hyperspectral technology to their fleet of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). Because the richness of imagery data collected via hyperspectral sensing far exceeds that of other methods, TerraLuma is putting Headwall’s Micro-Hyperspec sensor aboard its innovative, multi-rotor SkyJib airframe from Droidworx (Waikato, New Zealand).

SkyJib TerraLumaHeadwall’s Micro-Hyperspec is a high performance, compact sensor that meets the payload restrictions of increasingly smaller UAS platforms while providing the spatial and spectral resolution needed to ‘map’ the environment in better detail than ever. Size, weight, and power-draw (SWaP) are key considerations for any airborne application, which is why Micro-Hyperspec appealed to the TerraLuma team. “Environmental remote sensing and aerial surveying represent the kind of groundbreaking work we’re known for,” said Dr. Arko Lucieer, Team Leader for the TerraLuma Research Group. “Our move to hyperspectral fits with our goal to provide the research community with clear, actionable data that can be captured, managed and delivered faster than ever.”

David Bannon, CEO of Headwall, remarked on the work of Dr. Lucieer and the TerraLuma team is doing: “Remote sensing utilizing a UAS such as SkyJib represents a high-growth area of research because airborne platforms combined with small hyperspectral sensors represents an innovative and cost-effective research approach. We’re very proud to be working with Dr. Lucieer and play a key role as TerraLuma undertakes aerial mapping with our sensors.”

SkyJib is a purpose-built aerial platform, the Terraluma team has adapted it to carry scientific instruments such as Micro-Hyperspec. Precision agriculture, mapping and monitoring vegetation in remote locations, represent some areas of research made possible through the use of hyperspectral sensing.

 

About Headwall

Headwall, based in Fitchburg, Massachusetts (USA), is a leading designer and manufacturer of hyperspectral instruments for industrial, commercial, remote sensing, precision agriculture, and government markets. Other application areas include medical and biotechnology, forensics, chemicals, and color measurement, and in-line process inspection. Headwall enjoys a market leadership position through the design and manufacture of spectral instrumentation that is customized for application-specific performance, for end users and OEMs.

For information contact:

Mr. Chris Van Veen, Headwall Photonics, Inc.     

Tel: +1 978-353-4051                

Email: [email protected]      

Web site: http://www.headwallphotonics.com

 

About TerraLuma

The TerraLuma research project at the University of Tasmania aims to develop novel tools and algorithms for environmental remote sensing applications and aerial surveys using unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). Up-to-date and accurate spatial data are of crucial importance for sustainable management of our ecosystems. UAS offer an exciting and novel opportunity to map the environment in greater detail than ever before. We are a university team of a senior academic, a postdoc, six PhD students, and two technical officers and we specialize in UAS sensor integration and image processing for earth observation applications.

For information contact:

Dr. Arko Lucieer, TerraLuma Team Leader

Tel: +61 3 6226 2140

Email: [email protected]

Web site: http://www.terraluma.net/

 

 

About Droidworks

Droidworx Ltd New Zealand is a manufacturer of advanced multi-rotor airframes and related accessories. Based in New Zealand, the Company exports its products around the world. Droidworx UAV platforms service the growing market in multi-rotor systems for aerial photography, professional cinematography, remote sensing, and service sector applications. Aeronavics is the trademark brand for our innovative aerial solutions and global operations.

For information contact:

Tel: +64 (0)7 825 88 11

Email: [email protected]

Web site: http://www.droidworx.co.nz

 

Tags: hyperspectral imaging, hyperspectral, Headwall Photonics, Airborne, Remote Sensing, Micro Hyperspec, UAS, Sensing, UAV, agriculture, Droidworx, TerraLuma

UTC Aerospace Systems Selects Headwall Hyperspectral Imaging Sensor For SYERS-2 Program

Spectral Exploitation Offers Enhanced ISR Functionality for High Altitude Platform

Fitchburg, MA, November 8, 2012—Headwall Photonics announces that its Hyperspec sensor has been chosen by UTC Aerospace Systems (formerly Goodrich Corporation) for the Senior Year Electro-Optical Reconnaissance Sensor (SYERS-2) platform. SYERS-2 is currently used on the U.S. Air Force U-2 ‘Dragon Lady’ for very high altitude reconnaissance missions. Headwall’s hyperspectral sensor will provide SYERS-2 with enhanced intelligence and surveillance capabilities.

SYERS and HyperspecThe Headwall Hyperspec imaging sensor was selected based on the demanding imaging performance needed for advanced sensor surveillance capabilities. Key attributes of the selected Hyperspec sensor platform are optimized signal-to-noise performance as well as customized spectral and spatial resolution, all tightly coupled with a spectral processing system.

Hyperspectral imaging represents a critical sensing technology that allows DoD organizations to identify an object within the field of view of the sensor based on the target’s chemical "fingerprint" or spectral signature rather than relying solely on visual appearance.

"Headwall’s products continue to be recognized and deployed in critical application areas – for both defense and industrial applications," stated David Bannon, CEO of Headwall Photonics. "This program demonstrates our ability to deliver a value-based combination of product performance, optimization, and collaboration for the most demanding, mission-critical customer applications."

Based on a patented, aberration-corrected sensor design, Headwall’s High Efficiency Hyperspec sensors are specifically designed for operations in very harsh operating environments. Headwall’s Hyperspec sensors are available as optimized sensors for the following spectral regions:

UV-VIS 250 - 600 nm
VNIR 380 - 1000 nm
Extended VNIR 550 - 1700 nm
NIR 900 - 1700 nm
SWIR 900 - 2500 nm

Information on MWIR and LWIR models available upon request.

About Headwall Photonics

Headwall Photonics is a leading designer and manufacturer of hyperspectral imaging spectrometers and spectral instrumentation for industrial, commercial, and government markets. Headwall’s high performance instruments have been selected by military/defense departments, OEMs, and end-user customers around the world for use in critical application environments. Headwall enjoys a market leadership position through the design and manufacture of spectral instrumentation that is customized for application-specific performance.

For information contact:

Mr. Chris Van Veen

Headwall Photonics, Inc.     

Tel: +1 978-353-4051                

www.headwallphotonics.com 

[email protected]

Hyperspec® is a registered trademark of Headwall Photonics, Inc.

 

About UTC Aerospace Systems

UTC Aerospace Systems is one of the world’s largest suppliers of technologically advanced aerospace and defense products. We design, manufacture and service systems and components and provide integrated solutions for commercial, regional, business and military aircraft, helicopters and other platforms. We are also a major supplier to international space programs.

In 2012, UTC Aerospace Systems was formed by combining two industry leaders, Hamilton Sundstrand and Goodrich, creating an organization with key positions on a wide range of aircraft flying today and substantial content on various UAVs, satellites and ground and naval vehicles. 


Tags: hyperspectral imaging, hyperspectral, Headwall Photonics, Airborne, Defense, Sensors, Sensing, Security

Headwall, QualySense Collaborate on In-Line Hyperspectral Inspection

Hyperspectral Sensors Provide Data-Rich Feedback for Precision Grain Sorting

Hyperspec VNIRFitchburg, Massachusetts USA, November 2, 2012Headwall is pleased to announce the production of a new precision hyperspectral collaboration to be used in grain, seed and bean sorting by QualySense (Dübendorf Switzerland). The Hyperspec Extended VNIR sensors, which operate in the spectral range of 550-1650nm, will provide a higher level of precision during the analysis of seeds and grains.

The unique ability of Headwall’s sensors to assess and inspect quality levels of seeds and grains based on spectral characteristics positions QualySense as an innovative leader in this important industry of crop science. Through collaboration with Headwall, the QualySense QSorter systems will be able to classify and sort grains based on nutrients and contamination levels. Waste will be minimized because hyperspectral sensing has the ability to eliminate only those seeds and grains that specific algorithms deem to be of poor quality. Foods made from those commodities will be more effectively processed, utilized, and priced based on quality parameters assessed during the high-throughput, hyperspectral inspection process.

QSorterDavid Bannon, Headwall CEO, noted how hyperspectral sensing is playing an innovative role in food quality and safety: "QualySense is a perfect example of how our technology can be used to deliver cost-effective innovation to processors of seeds and grains. With the QSorter instruments, quality can be determined more precisely than ever and in real time."

Dr. Francesco Dell'Endice, QualySense CEO, explained the key role that innovative technology can play. "Food producers need a highly resolved way of determining protein and oil content, color, size and other meaningful characteristics while increasing product consistency. Hyperspectral sensing represents a tremendous technical leap forward because it gives our customers a new view on quality. Headwall’s Hyperspec sensor provides exceptional spectral and spatial imaging and does so with the processing power required for high-throughput food inspection."

 

 

About Headwall

Headwall, based in Fitchburg, Massachusetts (USA), is a leading designer and manufacturer of hyperspectral instruments for industrial, commercial, remote sensing, precision agriculture, and government markets. Other application areas include medical and biotechnology, forensics, chemicals, and color measurement, and in-line process inspection. Headwall enjoys a market leadership position through the design and manufacture of spectral instrumentation that is customized for application-specific performance, for end users and OEMs.

For information contact:

Mr. Chris Van Veen, Headwall Photonics, Inc.     

Tel: +1 978-353-4051                

Email: [email protected]      

 

About QualySense

QualySense is the worldwide leader focused on delivering innovative, high-end sorting solutions to achieve optimal processing, quality, and safety of grains, seeds, and beans. It is the leader in the development of efficient, high-capacity technologies for analyzing and sorting grains, seeds, and beans according to biochemical and morphological traits. QualySense was founded in 2010 and has been awarded a number of prizes and grants. The company is rapidly growing and has lately received the Swissparks “Best Startup of 2012” award.

For information contact:

Dr. Francesco Dell'Endice QualySense AG

c/o EMPA, Uberlandstrasse 129

CH - 8600, Dübendorf

Switzerland

Phone: +41 44 824 35 80

http://www.qualysense.com

Email: [email protected]

 

 

 


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