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Headwall Honored by 2020 Laser Focus World Innovators Awards

2010LFW_iaHero.5f7ca4e64fa47Bolton, Massachusetts – October 14, 2020

Headwall, the industry leader in turnkey hyperspectral imaging solutions and spectral instrumentation, announced today that the MV.X Embedded-Vision Hyperspectral Imaging System was recognized by an esteemed and experienced panel of judges from the optics and photonics community as a Platinum honoree for Detectors and Imaging, part of the 2020 Laser Focus World Innovators Awards.

“On behalf of the Laser Focus World Innovators Awards, I would like to congratulate Headwall on their Platinum level honoree status,” said Laser Focus World Editor in Chief, John Lewis. “This competitive program allows Laser Focus World to celebrate and recognize the most innovative products impacting the photonics community this year.”

Headwall’s MV.X Embedded-Vision Hyperspectral Imaging System uses onboard computing to run spectral classification algorithms and output actionable data in real time. This data enables automation of industrial workflows, which can then be used for the inspection and grading of products and many other applications. Headwall’s MV.X is a significant step in easing the adoption of hyperspectral imaging for industrial applications and provides significant added value where spectral information is needed.

“Although some industrial applications exist, hyperspectral imaging has primarily been used in research applications. This is largely due to the difficulty in quickly processing the large data files generated by a hyperspectral imager,” says Christian Felsheim, Director of Headwall Europe, a driving force behind the development of the MV.X. “The MV.X eliminates both the deployment complexity and computational bottlenecks of previous solutions using a proprietary embedded processor and advanced classification algorithms to output a data stream compatible with machine vision standards for automation systems. This facilitates using hyperspectral imaging across a wide application space including food quality and inspection, material sorting, pharmaceutical monitoring, precise color measurement for paint, dye, and pigment formulation, as well as even phenotyping of plants.”

About Laser Focus World
Published since 1965, Laser Focus World has become the most trusted global resource for engineers, researchers, scientists, and technical professionals by providing comprehensive coverage of photonics technologies, applications, and markets. Laser Focus World reports on and analyzes the latest developments and significant trends in both the technology and business of photonics worldwide — and offers greater technical depth than any other publication in the field.

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 is headquartered in the US, and has three European locations in Belgium, Germany, and Italy. European headquarters operations at Headwall BVBA are located near Brussels, Belgium. For more information, visit
 headwallphotonics.com.

For more information, please contact:
Heather Hargraves
Headwall Marketing Communications Manager
580 Main Street
Bolton, Massachusetts 01740
Tel: +1-978-353-4034
E-Mail: hhargraves@headwallphotonics.com

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Headwall Welcomes New Marketing Communications Manager

ProfileHHBolton, Massachusetts – September 14, 2020

Headwall, the industry leader in turnkey hyperspectral imaging solutions and spectral instrumentation, announced today that Heather Hargraves has joined as the new Marketing Communications Manager. She will be responsible for conceiving and executing marketing strategies and tactics that drive growth for Headwall. In addition, Heather will help drive overall brand development and messaging in the marketplace.

“Headwall is undertaking a number of new initiatives where Heather’s extensive knowledge and experience will be a significant asset,” says Don Battistoni, Headwall Vice President of Sales & Marketing. “Her skill set spans all aspects of communications and marketing, and we're very pleased to have her onboard to help capitalize on the strength of the Headwall brand as we continue to innovate and grow.”

“I’m thrilled to have been chosen for this role at such an exciting time for Headwall,” said Heather. “I was attracted by the company’s mission to solve critical problems across a wide range of applications in agriculture, food safety, biotechnology, and defense markets. I look forward to bringing my experience and energy to the team.”

Heather Hargraves comes to Headwall after a productive stretch at Radius Innovation & Development, a Jabil company, where she was a Marketing Communications & Content Manager. Previously she worked in the market research industry for both International Data Corporation (IDC) and BCC Research, with a strong focus on content and digital marketing communications. Heather has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications, with a concentration in Communications Media, as well as a Minor in English, from Worcester State University. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Marketing.

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 is headquartered in the US, and has three European locations in Belgium, Germany, and Italy. European headquarters operations at Headwall BVBA are located near Brussels, Belgium. For more information, visit headwallphotonics.com.

For more information, please contact:
Heather Hargraves
Headwall Marketing Communications Manager
580 Main Street
Bolton, Massachusetts 01740
Tel: +1-978-353-4034
E-Mail: hhargraves@headwallphotonics.com

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Headwall Bolsters Business Development in Asia/Pacific Region with New Addition

Jackie Hsiao Hired as Asia/Pacific Regional Sales Manager

Jackie_Hsiao_PicBolton, Massachusetts – September 1, 2020

Headwall, the industry leader in turnkey hyperspectral imaging solutions and spectral instrumentation, announced today that Jackie Hsiao has joined the Headwall commercial team as Regional Sales Manager for the Asia/Pacific region. He will be responsible for driving revenue across Headwall's core markets and application spaces including Remote Sensing and Machine Vision.

“Jackie brings a wealth of successful sales management experience to the team,” says Don Battistoni, Headwall Vice President of Sales & Marketing. “His strategic thinking, technical background, and channel management expertise will be instrumental in expanding awareness of Headwall’s products, technology, and value in the Asia/Pacific region.”

“As the first Headwall employee in the region, I look forward to building on our established brand through increased face time with our end customers and channel partners to understand their specific needs and challenges. This direct 'voice of customer' input will be key to cultivating long-term partnerships, guiding future product development, and insure our long term mutual success,” said Jackie.

Jackie Hsiao most recently served as Sales Vice President & General Manager for China at UnitySC, responsible for overseeing semiconductor automated inspection and metrology solutions. Previously, he was Director of ALD Sales in Asia for Veeco (formerly Ultratech/Cambridge NanoTech), developing sales strategies for core market segments while leveraging insights from customers and stakeholders to facilitate growth. Jackie obtained a Bachelor of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering & Industry Economics from Tamkang University.

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 is headquartered in the US, and has three European locations in Belgium, Germany, and Italy. European headquarters operations at Headwall BVBA are located near Brussels, Belgium. For more information, visit headwallphotonics.com.

For more information, please contact:
Heather Hargraves
Headwall Marketing Communications Manager
580 Main Street
Bolton, Massachusetts 01740
Tel: +1-978-353-4034
E-Mail: hhargraves@headwallphotonics.com

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Headwall MV.X Embedded-Vision Hyperspectral Imaging System wins Gold Innovation Award

Industry-leading Hyperspec® MV.X platform paired with real-time onboard classification on processing/production lines

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Bolton, MA – June 16, 2020 – Headwall Photonics, a world leader in hyperspectral imaging platforms and instrumentation, announced today that its MV.X Embedded-Processing Hyperspectral Imaging System was recognized as among the best in machine vision today by the judges of the Vision Systems Design 2020 Innovators Awards program. The judging panel consisted of esteemed experts from system integrator and end-user companies.

“The Vision Systems Design team would like to congratulate Headwall Photonics for their score in the 2020 Innovators Awards program,” says John Lewis, Editor in Chief. “Each year this unbiased and increasingly competitive program aims to celebrate the most innovative products and systems in machine vision. The Headwall team should be very proud.”

The robust and embedded architecture of the Hyperspec® MV.X portends a shift towards ’edge computing’ solutions, optimizing, reducing complexity and the cost of processing large amounts of high-resolution hyperspectral data and converting it into actionable information that can be transmitted over industrial networks to enable efficient and timely decision making.

“Our goal is to make the power of hyperspectral imaging much more widely accessible so that customers can reap the benefits of increased efficiency,” says Christian Felsheim, Director of Headwall Photonics Europe and a driving force behind the inception and development of the MV.X. “This helps customers save time and money in many applications such as food inspection for grading and safety, material sorting for recycling operations, quality control for pharmaceutical manufacturing, and precise color measurement for paint, dye and pigment formulation as well as phenotyping of plants.”

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 Vision Systems Design

Published since 1996, Vision Systems Design is a global resource for engineers, engineering managers and systems integrators that provides 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 2020 Innovators Awards program

The Vision Systems Design 2020 Innovators Awards program reviews and recognized the most innovative products and services in the vision and image processing industry. High-scoring companies were announced via webcast on June 16. 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.

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

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Headwall Enhances Business Operations in Europe with a Director-Level Position

Christian Felsheim elevated to Director Headwall Photonics Europe

Christian_FelsheimBolton, MA – April 13, 2020 – Headwall Photonics, a world leader in hyperspectral imaging platforms and instrumentation, announced today that Christian Felsheim has been promoted to the position of Director Headwall Photonics Europe.

He joined the Headwall sales team as Business Development and OEM Account Manager for the European region in 2018 with a focus on expanding sales and solidifying customer relationships across the region. Since then, Christian has been the driving force behind the recent successful introduction of the MV.X Advanced Machine Vision camera and its simplified integration protocols that help transform Headwall’s powerful technology into intuitive solutions that directly provide actionable data.

“I see tremendous potential for business growth in Europe,” says Christian. “Customers across a wide range of markets look at hyperspectral imaging solutions as a significant step up from conventional color and multispectral methods. Headwall has those solutions today for both research applications and production deployment.”

“Christian has contributed an enormous amount to our business activity in Europe,” says Don Battistoni, Headwall Vice President, Sales & Marketing. “In addition, he has helped spearhead initiatives such as the Center for Hyperspectral Remote Sensing Europe (CHRSE) and our new MV.X advanced machine vision product line with onboard hyperspectral data processing in real time. I sincerely appreciate Christian’s experienced market insights and look forward to working with him to continue expanding Headwall’s business in Europe.”

Christian Felsheim previously served as Head of OEM Sales at Andor Technology, extending the company’s reach into the life science and machine vision markets, and was Vice President Sales, EMEA at JAI A/S, a manufacturer of area and linescan cameras for machine vision applications such as food sorting and intelligent traffic systems (ITS). He holds a Diplom in Neurobiology and Computer Science from the University of Tübingen, and a Business Administration and Management certificate from ILM.

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 US-headquartered 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

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 to Leadership Team with Director of Manufacturing & Operations

Karen Armstrong brings experience scaling optical manufacturing teams with a focus on lean manufacturing

Karen_ArmstrongBolton, MA – March 23, 2020 – Headwall Photonics, a world leader that manufactures the core optical components within its own hyperspectral imaging platforms and instrumentation, as well as OEM components and sensors for third-party instrumentation, announced today the hiring of Karen Armstrong as Director of Manufacturing & Operations.

“As an expert in lean manufacturing, Karen is an experienced senior manager helping to position Headwall for profitable growth” says David Bannon, Headwall President & CEO. “Our customers come to us for the highest performing OEM instruments and spectral imaging solutions, and Karen has a skill set to help us grow the business within our targeted markets.”

“I look forward to bringing my focus on continuous improvement and implementation of both quality-based manufacturing and business efficiencies to Headwall,” says Armstrong. “Headwall’s customers have come to expect the best, and I anticipate working hard to deliver on this value proposition.”

Armstrong most recently served as Operations Manager at IPG Photonics, responsible for the optical component production group for a well-respected product line of industrial lasers. Previously she was the Director of Manufacturing Operations at General Dynamics/Axsys IR Systems, overseeing the high-volume assembly and test area and supporting significant business growth while implementing improvements in manufacturing, automation, and business processes.
Armstrong obtained a B.S. in Physics from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and an M.S. in Electro-Optical Engineering from Tufts University.

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 US-headquartered 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

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 & 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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