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Headwall wins Gold in Vision Systems Design 2015 Innovators Program

Fitchburg, MA March 27, 2015 –Headwall Photonics, a global leader in multispectral and hyperspectral imaging systems, announced today that its Hyperspec® INSPECTOR was recognized among the best in the industry by the judges of the Vision Systems Design 2015 Innovators Awards program. The judging panel consisted of esteemed experts from system integrator and end-user companies.

Headwall was presented with a Gold level award at the AUTOMATE 2015 conference held in Chicago on March 25.

“On behalf of the Vision Systems Design Innovator Awards, I would like to congratulate Headwall on their Gold award,” said Vision Systems Design Group Publisher Alan Bergstein. “This competitive, unbiased program celebrates the most innovative products and services in the vision and image processing industry. The team at Headwall should be very proud.”

inspector cranberriesHeadwall’s Hyperspec® INSPECTOR is a completely integrated solution that collects all the spectral and spatial data within the field of view. Hyperspectral image data far exceeds the amount of useful information that traditional machine-vision or RGB systems can collect. As an example, hyperspectral image data can help boost food quality and safety because hard-to-detect anomalies, foreign matter, and disease conditions can be seen with exceptional clarity and precision. As regulations become more stringent worldwide, industry is rapidly exploring and adopting this new technology. Hyperspec INSPECTOR can be ‘tuned’ to work in the Visible/Near-Infrared (VNIR) range of 400-1000nm or in the Shortwave Infrared (SWIR) range of 950-2500nm.

While INSPECTOR is typically deployed in-line or at-line as part of advanced machine-vision applications, Headwall’s hyperspectral imagers are also used aboard aircraft and UAVs for environmental research, precision agriculture, and overall remote-sensing initiatives.

About Vision Systems Design

Published since 1996, Vision Systems Design is a global resource that provides engineers, engineering managers and systems integrators comprehensive global coverage of vision systems technologies, applications, and markets. Vision Systems Design's magazine, website (www.vision-systems.com), email newsletters and webcasts report on and analyze the latest technology and business developments and trends in the worldwide machine vision and image processing industry.

About The Vision Systems Design 2015 Innovators Awards program

The Vision Systems Design 2015 Innovators Awards program reviewed and recognized the most innovative products and services in the vision and image processing industry. High-scoring companies were announced at AUTOMATE 2015 held in Chicago, IL, USA. Criteria used in the Innovators Awards ranking included: originality, innovation; impact on designers, systems integrators and end-users; fulfilling a need in the market that hasn’t been addressed, leveraging a novel technology, and increasing productivity.

About Headwall Photonics

Headwall Photonics is the leading designer and manufacturer of imaging sensors and spectral instrumentation for industrial, commercial, and government markets. Headwall’s high performance spectrometers, spectral engines, and high performance diffractive optics have been selected by OEM and end-user customers around the world for use in critical application environments.  As a pioneer in the development of hyperspectral sensors and imaging spectrometers, Headwall enjoys a market leadership position through the design and manufacture of patented spectral instrumentation that is customized for application-specific performance.

For information contact:

Mr. Chris Van Veen

Headwall Photonics, Inc.     

978/353-4051                

www.headwallphotonics.com 

[email protected]

 

 

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Tags: hyperspectral imaging, Remote Sensing, Sensors, food processing, precision agriculture

High Resolution Sensor Targets Vegetation Fluorescence for Airborne, Satellite Platforms

Chlorophyll Fluorescence Imaging (CF) Helps Agriculturalists Build Robust Plant Physiological Database

HI-RES spectrometer

Fitchburg, MA – July 14, 2014 – Headwall is announcing the availability of a new hyperspectral imager targeting very high resolution spectral measurements of 0.1 nm over specific spectral ranges which yield indicators of vegetative fluorescence to measure plant health. The ability of the new High Resolution Hyperspec® instrument to analyze chlorophyll fluorescence emissions at extremely high resolution and high throughput gives remote sensing researchers and precision agriculturalists exceptionally valuable data from which to make environmental decisions. The new instrument is smaller, lighter, and more affordable than any other commercially available products and is optimized with robust packaging for airborne and satellite deployment.

“Our customers have been asking us for a high resolution hyperspectral imager targeting the small spectral bandpath ranges for use in extracting useful data with respect to chlorophyll fluorescence,” said Headwall’s CEO David Bannon. “Because remote sensing and the global crop industry is a multi-billion-dollar one, plant heath and physiology determined through hyperspectral imaging is a key investment for this market.” Water deficit is a major leading indicator of crops under distress, and there is a scientific link between this and chlorophyll fluorescence emissions.

The new sensor is based on Headwall’s all-reflective concentric optical design that uses very precise, very high diffraction-efficiency gratings for simultaneous high spatial and spectral resolution of < 0.1nm across the spectral range of the instrument. High efficiency, low stray light, and minimized smile and keystone distortion are fundamental to this design approach. Headwall’s all-reflective approach also means no transmissive optics, which makes the overall package not only more robust for space applications but lighter as well.

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


Tags: hyperspectral, Headwall Photonics, Airborne, Remote Sensing, Sensors, agriculture, precision agriculture

Headwall's New Nano-Hyperspec® Sensor Fits Small Hand-Launched UAVs

Small VNIR Hyperspectral Sensor Combines Data Processing Unit In Lightweight, 1.4 lb. Payload

Fitchburg, MA - June 23, 2014 - In extending technological leadership within the remote sensing market, Headwall announced availability of its new Nano-Hyperspec sensor for commercial UAV deployment. The low-cost hyperspectral sensor operates in the VNIR (400-1000nm) spectral range and includes onboard data processing and storage to minimize size, weight, and power constraints inherent with small, hand-launched UAVs.

The Nano-Hyperspec sensor can be combined with optional GPS/IMU capabilities to provide an airborne configuration that is small, light, and fully integrated. The total sensor package with data processor and storage weighs approximately 1.5 lb. (0.6 kg) and measures a scant 3 inch x 3 inch x 4.7 inch (76.2mm x 76.2mm x 119.4mm).

 

The VNIR sensor features 640 spatial bands and 270 spectral bands at a resolution of 2-3 nm. The maximum frame rate of the Nano-Hyperspec is 280 fps; usable data storage capacity is 480GB.

 

Nano-Hyperspec is available in two options:

  • OEM-programmable sensor configuration

  • High-performance sensor configuration for end-users

Nano-Hyperspec and UAV"We designed Nano-Hyperspec to complement our performance-leading Hyperspec line of sensors and the growing market for small, low-cost, hand-launched UAVs," explained Headwall CEO David Bannon. "The real innovation is the integration of the Nano-Hyperspec optical sensor and data processing module," he noted. The optional GPS/IMU provides pinpoint correlation between actual terrain coordinates and hyperspectral data for a completely orthorectified hyperspectral data set. This functionality is just one of the many capabilities of Headwall's Hyperspec III software

 

"In comparison, our Micro-Hyperspec sensor has been an industry-leading airborne sensor for many years," noted Bannon. "But Nano-Hyperspec addresses the rapid adoption of very small, hand-launched commercial UAVs where more integration within an even smaller, lighter package is needed," he noted. Headwall worked collaboratively with customers and UAV makers to achieve the Nano-Hyperspec design. Precision agriculture and environmental monitoring are two facets of the 'remote sensing' market addressed by the Nano-Hyperspec instrument.

 

Headwall's hyperspectral sensors are all based on a patented, concentric, aberration-corrected design using precision high-performance gratings. This fundamentally simple yet elegant design is very robust and features no moving parts and no transmissive optics such as prisms that contribute to measurement inaccuracy and stray light. Headwall's sensor design provides high signal-to-noise and outstanding spatial and spectral resolution across the entire spectral range and field of view.. The very wide field-of-view of Nano-Hyperspec is crucial for airborne applications that demand flight-path efficiency.

 

Delivery of Nano-Hyperspec is approximately 4-6 weeks ARO. For a sales quotation, please email:

 

[email protected].

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

New VNIR-SWIR Airborne Sensor Covers Broad 400-2500nm Spectral Range

Co-boresighted, co-registered sensor with reduced size and weight is ideal for remote sensing applications


Fitchburg, MA - May 5, 2014 - In leading the industry with spectral imaging innovation and responding to strong demand, Headwall has released the Hyperspec® VNIR-SWIR sensor for general availability. The high-performance airborne sensor is versatile and covers the broad 400-2500nm spectral range. Precise, high-resolution imaging is achieved through co-registered pixels utilizing a single fore-optic input for outstanding spectral fidelity across the entire spectral range.

 

VNIR-SWIRDesigned for remote sensing applications such as environmental monitoring and mineral exploration, the sensor is optimized for size, weight, and reduced power consumption. With a weight less than 30 pounds and a small form factor package (approximately 15" x 15" x 8"), the sensor is designed for use aboard a wide range of airborne platforms. Adding to high image quality is the sensor's very wide field of view and high signal-to-noise (SNR) performance. Headwall has accomplished this by combining the high diffraction ef­ficiency for the VNIR and SWIR spectral regions coupled with very high quantum efficiency of the electronic subsystems.

 

Pixel co-registration plus aberration-cor­rected optics yields very high spectral and spatial resolution with repeatable measurement accuracy - unparalleled in the industry. With diffractive optics spe­cifically designed and manufactured by Headwall, the patented hyperspectral sensor eliminates image aberrations such as keystone, smile, or stray light and thermal variation that is typically observed with transmissive-based sensors containing prisms and gratings.

 

"Our remote-sensing customers often need to cover both the VNIR and SWIR spectral ranges but until now, there has not been a hyperspectral sensor capable of reliably providing both VNIR & SWIR data," said Headwall CEO David Bannon. "We developed this co-boresighted and co-registered VNIR-SWIR sensor to avoid the complexities of multi-sensor deployments while keeping the sensor size, weight, and power consumption very low."

 

Headwall's Hyperspec VNIR-SWIR sensor is also sold with a complete airborne configuration including GPS/INS, high-speed processor and storage, and airborne Hyperspec III software for sensor control and data acquisition.

 

Headwall's VNIR-SWIR sensor is available for delivery approximately 8 weeks after receipt of order. Headwall's application engineering team is available to assist customers with airborne integration and training.

 

Headwall will be exhibiting at the SPIE-DSS show at the Baltimore Convention Center, May 6-8. Visit us in Booth 620! 


About Headwall Photonics

Headwall Photonics is the leading designer and manufacturer of imaging

sensors and spectral instrumentation for industrial, commercial, and government markets. Headwall's high performance spectrometers, spectral engines, and high performance diffractive optics have been selected by OEM and end-user customers around the world for use in critical application environments. As a pioneer in the development of hyperspectral sensors and imaging spectrometers, Headwall enjoys a market leadership position through the design and manufacture of patented spectral instrumentation that is customized for application-specific performance.

 

For information contact:

Mr. Chris Van Veen

Headwall Photonics, Inc.     

978/353-4051                

www.headwallphotonics.com 

[email protected]

Tags: hyperspectral, Airborne, Remote Sensing, SWIR, VNIR, agriculture, precision agriculture

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

Hyperspec® SNAPSHOT Sensor Commercializes Handheld Hyperspectral

Headwall’s small, compact hyperspectral sensor is ideal for field use where portable sensors facilitate spectral imaging research

Fitchburg, Massachusetts USA, March 20, 2014Headwall Photonics announced the introduction of the Hyperspec® SNAPSHOT imaging sensor which has been designed for commercial use by environmental researchers, civil engineers, and remote sensing organizations.  The Hyperspec® Snapshot sensor covers the VNIR spectral range (380-1000nm) and uses diffractive optics technology comprising aberration-corrected features for high spectral and spatial resolution and outstanding signal-to-noise (SNR) characteristics.  This commercial product is based on Headwall’s Hyperspec® RECON sensor which is sold to U.S. military and defense customers.

Snapshot ImagerThe Hyperspec® Snapshot sensor is the industry’s first portable hyperspectral imager generating very high resolution spectral and spatial datacubes of objects within the sensor’s wide field of view (FOV). This high performance, integrated sensor is a small form factor, fully integrated instrument designed for easy, straightforward use in the field. By engineering the optical complexities out of the instrument, the sensor provides point & click functionality where scene data is shown on the sensor’s LCD screen and recorded on a standard SD-card.

Headwall CEO David Bannon commented on the innovation provided by the Hyperspec® Snapshot imager: "Headwall designed this commercial sensor based on the work that went into the Hyperspec RECON military sensor, which was built for reconnaissance applications." Hyperspec Snapshot and RECON are fundamentally similar, allowing for the detection of specific spectral targets at long distances within a durable, portable, and easy to use instrument.  "The true innovation is the small size of the sensor coupled with its ease of use," noted Bannon. "We engineered the complexity out so the sensor becomes a very useful instrument for a wide range of applications and users that extend beyond military reconnaissance missions."

Hyperspec® SNAPSHOT can be ordered directly from Headwall or any worldwide distributor partners.

About Headwall

With a core capability to manufacture diffractive optics, Headwall Photonics, is unique in its ability to design and build high performance spectral instruments that are application-specific.  Based in Fitchburg, Massachusetts (USA), Headwall is the leading 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]

www.HeadwallPhotonics.com

 


Tags: hyperspectral imaging, Headwall Photonics, Remote Sensing, Sensors, agriculture, precision agriculture