Ground-Based, Hyperspec™ Point & Stare Named as Finalist for Prestigious 2010 Prism Award

For Military & Defense Applications, High Performance Hyperspectral Imaging Sensor Garners Industry Praise for Sensor Innovation

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Fitchburg, MA; January 7, 2011 - SPIE, the international society for photonics and optics, and Photonics Media announced that Headwall Photonics was named as a finalist for the 2010 Prism Award in the Defense & Security category. The Prism Award honors leading companies and products around the world that demonstrate the highest degree of innovation in the field of photonics.

The Hyperspec© Point & Stare sensor is a fully integrated imaging instrument that is used for unattended, ground-based surveillance applications such as forward operating base security and border patrol. The sensor identifies objects within the field of view based on the target's unique spectral signature, i.e., the chemical fingerprint of the objects within the field of view. The Hyperspec© instrument has already been in deployment within many DoD organizations. The Hyperspec Point & Stare sensor can be trailer or mast-mounted offering a range of deployment options.

"The Hyperspec© Point & Stare sensor is a truly innovative product that, for the first time, provides the military, defense, and homeland security markets with a ground-based, stand-alone hyperspectral sensor capable of high performance surveillance and reconnaissance applications. We are extremely honored to be selected as a finalist for this prestigious award." said David Bannon, CEO of Headwall Photonics. "Being named a finalist for the 2010 Prism Award is recognition of our engineering innovation and the technical leadership we've gained through the commercialization of integrated spectral imaging instruments."

"Photonics technologies affect nearly every aspect of life — energy production and distribution, communications, consumer electronics, medicine, biotechnology, manufacturing, analysis of climate change, and security, to mention a few," said SPIE CEO Eugene Arthurs. "The Photonics Prism Awards program is one way we are helping to accelerate innovation and move technology to market." Category Winners in each of the categories will be presented with their awards on 26 January at the Photonics West Conference.

About Headwall Photonics

Headwall Photonics is the leading designer and manufacturer of imaging spectrometers and spectral instrumentation for research, industrial, and government applications and markets. Headwall's high performance spectrometers, spectral engines, and holographic diffraction gratings 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 innovative spectrographs and imaging spectrometers based on optical technologies, Headwall enjoys a market leadership position through the design and manufacture of patented spectral instrumentation that is customized for application-specific performance. Headwall Photonics was formed in 2003 as the result of a management buy-out from Agilent Technologies.

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