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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 Integrates Hyperspectral and LiDAR Aboard UAV Platforms

Enabling Remote Sensing Capabilities From Civil Infrastructure Inspection to Crop Monitoring

BOLTON, MA, JUNE 11 – Headwall has introduced advanced sensor payloads consisting of hyperspectral sensors and LIDAR for deployment on Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) platforms.  Through the fusion of spectral imaging data and 3D LIDAR output, Headwall continues to provide new industry-leading capabilities for addressing critical remote sensing applications ranging from civil and military infrastructure inspection to crop science applications requiring discrete solutions for crop monitoring.   The Headwall payload consists of a Hyperspec® spectral imager, a LIDAR unit, a UAV, a high-performance GPS/IMU, and the associated software for data acquisition and workflow processing for exploitation.  The combination of hyperspectral and LiDAR is especially powerful because the entire data set can be acquired on inexpensive UAV platforms with both sensor instruments operating simultaneously. Headwall’s software will allow for the control of both instruments, utilize the Digital Elevation Map for image creation, and allow for the merging of spectral datasets with the 3D point cloud.

UAV-deploymentAs instruments get smaller and lighter and UAVs get more robust and powerful, Headwall’s integrated airborne packages are designed for low-altitude, high precision flight for applications where high spectral and spatial resolution is required. Headwall’s focus is on integrating these sensor modalities and providing the necessary image workflow analysis for data exploitation.  “We continue to lead the industry with these integrated solutions that are based on solving costly problems for our customers,” said Headwall CEO David Bannon. “Hyperspectral sensing is in high demand right now, and Headwall continues to lead the industry with enabling data acquisition platforms as well as data exploitation and interpretation software,” said Bannon.

“We continue to lead the industry with these integrated solutions that are based on solving costly problems for our customers,” said Headwall CEO David Bannon. “Hyperspectral sensing is in high demand right now, and Headwall continues to lead the industry with enabling data acquisition platforms as well as data exploitation and interpretation software,” said Bannon.

Recognizing the growing market and need for LIDAR within remote sensing, David Bannon stated that “the fusion of LIDAR and hyperspectral imaging represents a key enabling technology for many remote sensing applications from civil infrastructure inspection to crop monitoring. With many years of experience, we are delighted to closely work with all of the leading LIDAR manufacturers in the industry to bring these capabilities to market.”

Headwall’s successful implementation of hyperspectral and LiDAR also involves a high-performance GPS/IMU, which collects both geographical data (the GPS) and roll/pitch/yaw information from the UAV (the IMU). This data as well as LiDAR and hyperspectral information is stored aboard Headwall’s small Nano-Hyperspec®, which includes a 500GB solid-state drive within its enclosure. Combined, the entire data set will represent a geo-rectified point cloud consisting of fused spectral and LIDAR output, which will be an industry first.


About Headwall

Headwall Photonics is a leading designer and manufacturer of spectral imaging instrumentation for remote sensing, advanced machine vision, medical/biotech, and government/defense markets. Headwall’s high-performance Hyperspec® instruments have been selected by end-user corporations, OEMs, and universities around the world who demand high spectral and spatial resolution performance. Headwall enjoys a market leadership position through the design and manufacture of spectral instrumentation that is 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.

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