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VineView Selects Headwall's Airborne Hyperspectral Sensors

High-resolution hyperspectral sensors utilized for precision agriculture in the wine-grape industry

Fitchburg, MA, March 14, 2012 -- VineView Scientific Aerial Imaging has selected Headwall Photonics to supply hyperspectral VNIR sensors for airborne deployment. VineView is a remote sensing company that provides precision imaging services to the agricultural communities of California, Oregon, and Washington.  Creating exceptional wine requires a detailed understanding of changes in vineyard conditions that directly impact grape quality – an ideal application for hyperspectral imaging.

VineView - HeadwallThe Headwall VNIR hyperspectral sensor was chosen for its optimized combination of outstanding spatial resolution and rapid data acquisition. Because VineView’s aircraft fly at speeds exceeding 100 knots and at altitudes ranging from 5,000 to 18,000 feet, Headwall’s integrated hyperspectral system will address both needs simultaneously. VineView currently uses infrared sensors to help monitor crop uniformity, irrigation management, and harvest planning.

Headwall CEO David Bannon noted that VineView is on the cutting edge of remote sensing. "Hyperspectral imaging is a proven technique for commercial airborne applications. VineView is able to harness this technology to deliver a wealth of useful data to vineyard operators and agriculturalists. Integrated with GPS/INS instruments, Headwall’s Hyperspec sensors are designed for harsh airborne environments."

"Adding hyperspectral data allows us to provide more specific actionable information to our clients who manage high-value crops," said Dr. Matthew Staid, President of VineView. The new hyperspectral sensing technology means that VineView can not only map vigor or stress within crops, but can better identify the specific causes of those stresses. The presence of Leafroll virus, weeds, and invasive species will be mapped as VineView aircraft patrol orchards and crop fields. "We chose Headwall because of the high spatial and spectral performance of their imaging spectrometers and their reputation as a provider of high-quality sensors for airborne deployment," noted Staid.

VineView will use the Headwall hyperspectral system in 2012 to monitor vineyards and other crops such as cotton, almonds, and citrus.


About Headwall Photonics

Headwall Photonics is a leading designer and manufacturer of imaging spectrometers, spectral instrumentation, and diffractive optics for industrial, commercial, and government markets. Headwall’s high performance instruments have been selected by government, OEM, 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.  Headwall Photonics was formed as the result of a management buy-out from Agilent Technologies.

For information contact:

Mr. Chris Van Veen, Headwall Photonics, Inc.     
Tel: +1 978-353-4051        


About VineView Scientific Aerial Imaging

Based in Saint Helena, CA, VineView has been providing remote sensing services to the winegrape industry since 2002. The Company uses state-of-the-art equipment and image processing techniques to deliver high-quality, calibrated NDVI, thermal, infrared and other imaging products. Aerial images are a valuable tool for many aspects of vineyard management and can help growers improve grape quality, save time and resources, and reduce the environmental impacts of farming. More information about VineView can be found at

For information contact:

Dr. Matthew Staid, VineView - Scientific Aerial Imaging, Inc.

Tel: +1 707-967-8707      


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