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Headwall & geo-konzept Announce Hyperspectral Remote-Sensing Center in Europe

Center of Excellence in Europe to link airborne hyperspectral & LiDAR technology and applications

Hannover, Germany, Nov. 12, 2019 -- Headwall BVBA, Belgium and geo-konzept of Germany announced at Agritechnica 2019 the formation of a Center for Hyperspectral Remote Sensing Europe (CHRSE). Agritechnica is the world’s largest trade fair for agricultural technology and geo-konzept is an Agritechnica exhibitor at Hall 15 / Stand J20.
Headwall-UAV_Infrastructure-Inspection-RailwayThe Headwall CHRSE will be located at geo-konzept’s headquarters in Adelschlag, Germany. The new center will support the implementation and utilization of hyperspectral imaging technology combined with other sensor technology such as LiDAR and high-precision GPS focusing on agriculture, mining, environmental monitoring and infrastructure inspection applications. The facility features large areas for unmanned drone flights and certified unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) pilots available to test and demonstrate hyperspectral imaging technology in application-specific environments and to train the next generation of UAV operators. The center also offers indoor meeting areas to develop applications together with researchers and users and to train data analysts utilizing hyperspectral imaging technology to come to better, fact-based decisions to manage their applications.

“Headwall focuses on providing UAV-based solutions for critical agriculture applications ranging from plant phenotyping to early detection of crop disease. We have established a broad portfolio of hyperspectral and multispectral sensor solutions purpose built for harsh environments,” said Christian Felsheim, Headwall’s European Area Business Director. “Our partner geo-konzept has accumulated great experience bringing multi-modal sensing technology into demanding applications in the field. Researchers and customers will find that this new Center for Hyperspectral Remote Sensing Europe will be a great place to develop application-relevant solutions for their needs.”

“We have a history as an independent authority on applications and technology solutions. Participating in the establishment of this Center for Hyperspectral Remote Sensing Europe is a unique opportunity to support our customers, who will benefit from powerful new hyperspectral imaging tools, and our realworld experience in a variety of applications in the field,” said geo-konzept founder Thomas Muhr. “We eagerly anticipate working with Headwall as both a customer of their award-winning products and a now a partner for educating and expanding the market for nimble airborne hyperspectral solutions.”

About Headwall

Headwall is a leading designer and manufacturer of complete spectral instrumentation solutions for remote sensing, advanced machine vision, and government/defense markets. With a worldwide base of end-user and OEM customers, Headwall enjoys a market leadership position through the design and manufacture of spectral solutions that are customized for application-specific performance. The Company has three European locations in Belgium, Germany, and Italy. European headquarters operations at Headwall BVBA are located near Brussels, Belgium. For more information, visit www.headwallphotonics.com

About geo-konzept

Since 1992 geo-konzept GmbH stands for reliable and robust GPS and GIS technologies for agriculture and forestry. The company is one of the market leaders in the field of high-precision and GPS-supported agriculture. Particular emphasis is placed on steering, sensor and management systems. Further business fields are laser-supported and high-precision 2D and 3D measurements, e.g. for architects or blasting companies. Mobile GIS and remote sensing (aerial photography and analysis) also play an important role in the company. Services as well as our own hardware and software development complete the picture of geo-konzept as a company for environmental planning systems. For more information, visit geo-konzept.de

For more information, please contact:
Ross Nakatsuji
Headwall Marketing Communications
580 Main Street
Bolton, Massachusetts 01740
Tel: +1-978-353-4051
E-Mail: rnakatsuji@headwallphotonics.com

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Headwall Adds Mark Boehm to US Sales Team

Mark Boehm Hired as Southeast US Regional Sales Manager

Mark_A_Boehm_StandingBolton, MA – October 1, 2019 – Headwall welcomes Mark Boehm to the Sales team as Southeastern US Regional Sales Manager. Mark’s territory consists of the following states: Arkansas, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas.

“What Headwall has done to advance hyperspectral imaging as the go-to technique for remote sensing, machine vision, and other specialized markets including the OEM and custom-application business is eye-opening,” said Boehm. “I look forward to working with the team to become the ‘boots on the ground’, showing customers in my territory the advantages of working with turnkey Headwall systems or utilizing Headwall holographic gratings, spectrographs, and sensors.”

Mark brings over three decades of experience in technical sales and account management in technology-based businesses, most recently at 4D Technology, Princeton Instruments, and Horiba. He was also Regional Sales Manager of the Midwest and Midatlantic territory for PerkinElmer Optoelectronics, and prior to that Regional Sales Manager for Melles Griot, Photonics Division.

Don Battistoni, VP of Sales & Marketing, commented, “Mark brings an ideal combination of technical and consultive sales skills penetrating and fostering customer accounts with disruptive technology.”

“Over the next year we see opportunities for greater visibility for our brand, and Mark will be there as one of the faces of Headwall: a friendly, knowledgeable face that researchers and engineers can trust to recommend the best solution for their needs.”

Mark received degrees in electro-optic science & technologies at Vincennes University in Indiana and the University of Houston-Clear Lake in Texas, and his Master of Science in Management at Oakland City University in Indiana. He is based in Jacksonville, Florida.

About Headwall
Headwall Photonics is a leading designer and manufacturer of spectral instrumentation for remote sensing, advanced machine vision, medical/biotech, and government/defense markets. With a worldwide base of end-user and OEM customers, Headwall enjoys a market leadership position through the design and manufacture of spectral solutions that are customized for application-specific performance. The Company is based in Massachusetts where it has two locations (Bolton and Fitchburg). European operations (Headwall BVBA) are located near Brussels, Belgium. www.headwallphotonics.com

For more information, please contact:
Ross Nakatsuji
Headwall Marketing Communications
580 Main Street
Bolton, Massachusetts 01740
Tel: +1-978-353-4051
E-Mail: rnakatsuji@headwallphotonics.com

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Headwall Receives 2019 Team Engineering Excellence Award from OSA

Teamwork and innovation rapidly created a state-of-the-art solar-induced fluorescence spectrometer for airborne monitoring of plant health

David Blair of Headwall accepts the Paul F. Forman Award for Team Engineering Excellence from OSA President Ursula Gibson

Caption: David Blair, Headwall’s director of strategic programs, accepted the 2019 Paul F. Forman Award for Team Engineering Excellence on behalf of the Special Projects Team and scientific partners from OSA President Ursula Gibson. Photo credit: OSA

Bolton, MA – September 18, 2019 –Headwall Photonics proudly announced that the Optical Society (OSA) has awarded the 2019 Paul F. Forman Team Engineering Excellence Award to the company for successful development of the state-of-the-art Chlorophyll Fluorescence Sensor for airborne imaging solar-induced fluorescence (SIF).

As described in the award, the Headwall Special Projects Team is recognized for “the successful development of a compact, rugged, and lightweight imaging spectrometer, optimized for cost-effective airborne retrieval of chlorophyll fluorescence emission signatures monitoring plant health in near-real-time at simultaneously high spectral and spatial resolutions.”

OSA President Ursula Gibson said during the award ceremony in Washington, DC, “OSA is proud to honor the teamwork and innovation that created this new technology to improve the way we monitor the health of our planet’s ecosystems and global agriculture.”

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The ability to take direct measurements of SIF can be used as an indicator of plant stress and crop health. It can also be used to provide more accurate estimates of species composition, seasonal variations, and physiological status.

Headwall engineers along with science partners from NASA and Brown University delivered the spectrometer just 13 months after initial project discussions and test results confirmed near-theoretical instrument performance.

Headwall also announced that the monetary portion of the award will be donated to a local high school Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) program and to a deserving student at Brown University.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Paul F. Forman Team Engineering Excellence Award, which was established by OSA in 1989 and in 2007 was named in remembrance of Paul F. Forman, who helped raise visibility for the field of optical engineering. The team award recognizes technical achievements such as product engineering, process, software and patent development, as well as contributions to society such as engineering education, publication and management, and public appreciation of optical engineering.

About Headwall

Headwall Photonics is a leading designer and manufacturer of spectral instrumentation for remote sensing, advanced machine vision, and government/defense markets. With a worldwide base of end-user and OEM customers, Headwall enjoys a market leadership position through the design and manufacture of spectral solutions that are customized for application-specific performance. The Company is based in Massachusetts where it has two locations (Bolton and Fitchburg). European operations (Headwall BVBA) are located near Brussels, Belgium.

About The Optical Society

Founded in 1916, The Optical Society (OSA) is the leading professional organization for scientists, engineers, students and business leaders who fuel discoveries, shape real-life applications and accelerate achievements in the science of light. Through world-renowned publications, meetings and membership initiatives, OSA provides quality research, inspired interactions and dedicated resources for its extensive global network of optics and photonics experts. For more information, visit osa.org.

For more information, please contact:

Ross Nakatsuji, Headwall Marketing Communications

580 Main Street

Bolton, Massachusetts 01740

+1-978-353-4051

rnakatsuji@headwallphotonics.com

www.headwallphotonics.com

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Headwall Selected to Provide Spectral Imaging Technology for High Speed Detection of Opioid Packages in Real Time

Battelle selects Headwall hyperspectral sensors for machine vision Opioid Detection Challenge

Bolton, MA – September 9, 2019 –Headwall announced that its hyperspectral imaging technology is part of a proposal by Battelle chosen as a first-stage finalist for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate Opioid Detection Challenge.

opioid-splash-imageThe Automated Multimodal Opioid Detection system by Battelle uses Headwall hyperspectral imaging sensors, as well as dual-energy radiography and machine-learning algorithms, to non-invasively detect opioids in packages without disrupting the flow of mail.

“We thrive on working with companies like Battelle with a long track record of success on projects that save lives,” David Bannon, CEO of Headwall commented. “Our hyperspectral sensors offer a powerful combination of machine vision sensing, real-time processing capability, and a ruggedized design that already benefits thousands of customers around the world with instruments on the process line, on the farms, in the air, and even in space. Helping to reduce the human cost of addiction by automated interdiction has great social impact and means a great deal to us and our community.”

According to the White House, the abuse of opioids such as fentanyl has created an unprecedented public health crisis across the United States. In 2017, approximately 50,000 Americans died from opioid overdoses. International mail has been identified as a route for illicit opioids entering the United States, commonly transported in nearly pure, powdered form. Consequently, large-scale drug trafficking can occur via small packages sent in the mail.

As part of the comprehensive government effort to address the crisis, DHS S&T, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) and the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), are seeking novel, automated, nonintrusive, user-friendly and well-developed designs for tools and technologies. The $1.55 million prize competition attracted 83 submissions from around the world.

The Battelle/Headwall system now moves on to a 14-week accelerator stage, during which a deployable prototype will be developed. Government and industry mentors will provide specialized support on topics such as the inspection process, trace detection, artificial intelligence, and user design. These tools would be deployed in international mail, express consignment facilities, and other environments across the country.

About Headwall

Headwall Photonics is a leading designer and manufacturer of spectral instrumentation for remote sensing, advanced machine vision, and government/defense markets. With a worldwide base of end-user and OEM customers, Headwall enjoys a market leadership position through the design and manufacture of spectral solutions that are customized for application-specific performance. The Company is based in Massachusetts where it has two locations (Bolton and Fitchburg). European operations (Headwall BVBA) are located near Brussels, Belgium.

About Battelle

Every day, the people of Battelle apply science and technology to solving what matters most. At major technology centers and national laboratories around the world, Battelle conducts research and development, designs and manufactures products, and delivers critical services for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio since its founding in 1929, Battelle serves the national security, health and life sciences, and energy and environmental industries.

For more information, please contact:

Ross Nakatsuji, Headwall Marketing Communications

580 Main Street

Bolton, Massachusetts 01740

+1-978-353-4051

rnakatsuji@headwallphotonics.com

www.headwallphotonics.com

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Headwall & Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) Awarded Contract for High-Endurance Fixed-Wing Hyperspectral Imaging UAV for Wide Area Precision Agriculture

Project funded in part by the BIRD (Binational Industrial Research and Development) Foundation

Bolton, MA – August 1, 2019 –Headwall, the industry leader in turnkey hyperspectral imaging solutions for remote sensing and precision agriculture, and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), a leader in UAV technology, announced that a project valued at  approximately $1 million USD for large-scale precision agriculture has been awarded by the Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Foundation to develop a high endurance UAV and hyperspectral imaging solution for agricultural customers with thousands of hectares of crops.

Image courtesy Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI); drone over agricultural fieldDevelopment of the Precision Agriculture Decision Support System will utilize a custom-designed and manufactured wide-area hyperspectral imaging payload and a fixed-wing UAV designed for beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) missions, as well as analytics that allow accurate assessment of crop and soil conditions as well as crop disease over a wide area with high resolution and positional accuracy.

“Headwall has always strived for commercialization of advanced spectral imaging technology for the benefit of customers worldwide,” David Bannon, CEO of Headwall commented. “IAI combines rugged and reliable military technology with commercial know-how for this project to assist farmers with decisions based on comprehensive yet rapid reports made possible by our sensor systems. Deployment of high endurance solutions for wide area data acquisition integrated with advanced hyperspectral and multispectral sensors is a game changer for the agriculture industry”.

Projects submitted to the BIRD Foundation are reviewed by evaluators appointed by the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Israel Innovation Authority.

Dr. Amiram Appelbaum, Chief Scientist at the Ministry of Economy and Industry, Chairman of the Israel Innovation Authority and co-Chairman of BIRD’s Board of Governors said, “The U.S. is one of Israel's major partners for innovation. We are proud of our long-standing collaboration with the BIRD Foundation that has resulted in such spectacular successes over the decades and numerous groundbreaking technological innovations offered by both Israeli and U.S recipients of the grant. We are confident that this year's grant recipients in the various fields and the new projects approved will prove vital for the population worldwide.”

About Headwall

Headwall Photonics is a leading designer and manufacturer of spectral instrumentation for remote sensing, advanced machine vision, and government/defense markets. With a worldwide base of end-user and OEM customers, Headwall enjoys a market leadership position through the design and manufacture of spectral solutions that are customized for application-specific performance. The Company is based in Massachusetts where it has two locations (Bolton and Fitchburg). European operations (Headwall BVBA) are located near Brussels, Belgium.

About IAI

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is a leader in both the defense and commercial markets, delivering state-of-the-art technologies and systems in all domains – providing customers with tailored, cutting-edge solutions in the unique challenges that they face. IAI provides a wide range of solutions and services from special mission aircraft to advanced unmanned aerial systems (UAS).

About the BIRD Foundation

The BIRD (Binational Industrial Research and Development) Foundation works to encourage and facilitate cooperation between U.S. and Israeli companies in a wide range of technology sectors and offers funding to selected projects.

For more information, please contact:

Ross Nakatsuji, Headwall Marketing Communications

580 Main Street

Bolton, Massachusetts 01740

+1-978-353-4051

rnakatsuji@headwallphotonics.com

www.headwallphotonics.com

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Headwall Adds Leadership for Engineering & Product Development

Dennis Merrill Hired as Vice President to Lead Engineering Department

Bolton, MA – July 1, 2019 – Headwall Photonics, Inc., the industry leader in turnkey hyperspectral and multispectral imaging solutions and spectral instrumentation for a variety of market segments, announced that Dennis Merrill has joined the Headwall team as Vice President of Engineering. Dennis will be responsible for leading Headwall’s engineering department, including hardware, software, integrated systems, and research & development teams, and will report to Headwall CEO David Bannon as a member of the executive team.

Dennis Merrill“Headwall has built a foundation of excellence in technology innovation and manufacturing, and our hyperspectral imaging products have earned an enviable reputation across a wide application space,” said Merrill. “I look forward to working with my team to make our systems even more intuitive to use, and easier and more efficient to manufacture, as well as continuing to satisfy government and agency customers who demand high performance above all else.”

Dennis arrives at Headwall with over 20 years of experience in the design, manufacture, and commercialization of spectroscopic tools for the industrial, medical, and scientific markets. He previously co-founded and served as the Chief Technology Officer of Galaxy Scientific, a company pioneering realtime FT-NIR spectroscopy for food and agriculture. Previously, Dennis held executive roles in engineering and product development for various instrument companies such as Thermo Fisher Scientific where he led the development of handheld and benchtop Raman and FT-IR instruments. Dennis has brought over 20 spectroscopic products to market.

David Bannon, CEO of Headwall commented, “We could not have found a better fit with Dennis. He brings a systematic and customer-oriented approach that resonates with our diverse group of talented engineers and scientists, as well as our sales leadership. We can accelerate bringing our unique and powerful technology to customers who are focused on their particular application and want solutions that simply work and work well.”

Dennis received his degree in engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and his MBA at the Sloan School of Management at MIT. He will be based at Headwall’s headquarters in Bolton, Massachusetts.

About Headwall
Headwall Photonics is a leading designer and manufacturer of spectral instrumentation for remote sensing, advanced machine vision, medical/biotech, and government/defense markets. With a worldwide base of end-user and OEM customers, Headwall enjoys a market leadership position through the design and manufacture of spectral solutions that are customized for application-specific performance. The Company is based in Massachusetts where it has two locations (Bolton and Fitchburg). European operations (Headwall BVBA) are located near Brussels, Belgium. www.headwallphotonics.com

For more information, please contact:
Ross Nakatsuji
Headwall Marketing Communications
580 Main Street
Bolton, Massachusetts 01740
Tel: +1-978-353-4051
E-Mail: rnakatsuji@headwallphotonics.com

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Headwall Expands Executive Leadership Team

With High-Growth Markets, Donald Battistoni Hired to Lead Worldwide Sales & Marketing

Bolton, MA – May 8, 2019 – Headwall Photonics, Inc., the industry leader in turnkey hyperspectral and multispectral imaging solutions and spectral instrumentation, announced today that Donald Battistoni has joined the Headwall team as Vice President, Sales & Marketing. Don will be responsible for leading and developing Headwall’s entire commercial organization. As a member of the executive team, Don will report to Headwall CEO David Bannon and drive customer engagement strategy.

Donald_Battistoni_01“I am excited to join Headwall’s talented and entrepreneurial team to help build on their foundation of innovation and realize the potential our unique technology offers in our core markets,” said Battistoni.

“Headwall’s hyperspectral imaging products already play a key role in these markets by providing meaningful and actionable data across a wide application space.”

Don arrives at Headwall with more than 25 years of successful leadership in recruiting, developing, and managing worldwide sales teams. He most recently served as Vice President, Worldwide Sales, Marketing & Service at Zygo® Corporation. Don helped guide Zygo through its acquisition by AMETEK®, Inc. in 2014 and with his leadership, Zygo set company records in 2018 for revenues and profitability.

David Bannon, CEO of Headwall commented, “Don has a strong history of building and managing highly successful sales and marketing teams throughout his career. He brings significant experience with end-users, OEM customers, and channel partners around the world, and that experience will jump-start the our ability to capture sales opportunies, while facilitating scale-up of our business operations.”

Don received a degree in optical engineering and a certificate of management studies from the University of Rochester and will be based at Headwall’s headquarters in Bolton, Massachusetts.

About Headwall
Headwall Photonics is a leading designer and manufacturer of spectral instrumentation for remote sensing, advanced machine vision, medical/biotech, and government/defense markets. With a worldwide base of end-user and OEM customers, Headwall enjoys a market leadership position through the design and manufacture of spectral solutions that are customized for application-specific performance. The Company is based in Massachusetts where it has two locations (Bolton and Fitchburg). European operations (Headwall BVBA) are located near Brussels, Belgium. www.headwallphotonics.com

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For more information, please contact:
Ross Nakatsuji
Headwall Marketing Communications
580 Main Street
Bolton, Massachusetts 01740
Tel: +1-978-353-4051
E-Mail: rnakatsuji@headwallphotonics.com

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Headwall Hires Christian Felsheim as Bus Dev & OEM Account Manager

Headwall Further Building Hyperspectral Imaging Business in Europe

Bolton, MA – December 19, 2018 – Further enhancing business operations in Europe, Headwall Photonics, a world leader in turnkey hyperspectral imaging platforms and instrumentation, announced today that Christian Felsheim has joined the sales team as Business Development and OEM Account Manager for the European region. Throughout his career, Christian has focused on transforming powerful, complex technology into customer value.
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“I look forward to working with my colleague, Francesco Beccari, European Sales Manager, to greatly expand Headwall’s presence in Europe and to help customers solve the issues they face,” said Felsheim.

“Headwall has the perfect combination of unique and powerful technology, world-class manufacturing, and experts who are up to the challenge of designing and implementing solutions for customers across our core markets of advanced machine vision, remote sensing, medical-biotech, and defense.”

Christian brings scientific and industrial imaging experience, having previously served as Department Head at Hortmann AG and Sensomotoric Instruments where he launched eye-tracking technology for a variety of diagnostics, and as Sales Manager for Sensovation, a leading manufacturer of deep-cooled scientific cameras for endoscopy and OEM customers in Europe and the US.

Christian also served as Head of OEM Sales at Andor Technology, extending the company’s reach into the life science and machine vision markets, and later joined JAI A/S, a manufacturer of area and linescan cameras for machine vision, food sorting, and intelligent traffic systems (ITS) as VP Sales EMEA.

Christian holds a Diplom in Neurobiology and Computer Science from the University of Tübingen, a Vordiplom in Biology from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, and a Business Administration and Management certificate from ILM.

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About Headwall
Headwall Photonics is a leading designer and manufacturer of spectral instrumentation for remote sensing, advanced machine vision, medical/biotech, and government/defense markets. With a worldwide base of end-user and OEM customers, Headwall enjoys a market leadership position through the design and manufacture of spectral solutions that are customized for application-specific performance. The Company is based in Massachusetts where it has two locations (Bolton and Fitchburg). European operations (Headwall BVBA) are located near Brussels, Belgium. www.headwallphotonics.com

For more information, please contact:
Ross Nakatsuji
Headwall Marketing Communications
580 Main Street
Bolton, Massachusetts 01740
Tel: +1-978-353-4051
E-Mail: rnakatsuji@headwallphotonics.com

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