Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-FP | Phase: ICT-SEC-2007-1.0-03 | Award Amount: 4.37M | Year: 2009
The aim of the proposal is to design, assess and promote an ICT-based system, exploiting distributed and local sensors, for non-destructive electromagnetic monitoring in order to achieve the critical transport infrastructures more reliable and safe. This has the overall aim to developing a high situation awareness in order to provide real time and detailed information and images of the infrastructure status to improve decision support for emergency and disasters stakeholders. The system exploits an open network architecture that can accommodate a wide range of sensors, static and mobile, and can be easily scaled up to allow the integration of additional sensors and interfacing with other networks. It relies on heterogeneous state-of-the-art electromagnetic sensors, enabling a self-organizing, self-healing, ad-hoc networking of terrestrial sensors, supported by specific satellite measurements. The integration of electromagnetic technologies with new ICT information and telecommunications systems enables remotely controlled monitoring and surveillance and real time data imaging of the critical transport infrastructures. The proposal will be based on several independent non-invasive imaging technologies based on electromagnetic sensing. Sensor cross validation, synergy and new data fusion and correlation schemes will permit a multi-method, multi-resolution and multi-scale electromagnetic detection and monitoring of surface and subsurface changes of the infrastructure . The architecture will be based on web sensors and service-oriented-technologies that comply with specific end-user requirements, including economical convenience, exportability, efficiency and reliability. The system will adopt open architectures and will make efforts to achieve full interoperability. The system will be tested on very challenging test beds such as: a highway-bridge and a railway tunnel.
Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ICT-2011.3.5 | Award Amount: 12.57M | Year: 2012
The mid-infrared (MIR) region is emerging as the favourite wavelength band for a number of applications, including high sensitivity trace detection, chemical emission monitoring, process control, and biological sensing applications. An efficient way to get precise and reliable information is to rely on spectroscopic analysis and, among the existing technologies, Tunable Diode Laser Spectroscopy (TDLS) has been identified to be the most attractive solution due to the unique adsorption spectrum of chemicals, allowing their unambiguous detection. In the MIR region, the availability of Quantum Cascade Lasers (QCL) covering a broad portion of the spectral range (MIR, 3-12 m), where many chemicals of interest for Safety & Security have their strongest absorption lines, has recently pushed forward the commercialisation of TDLS-based detection units.\nFurther technology advancements are still needed in the TDLS and QCL domains, the crucial bottlenecks being the range of tuneability, the footprint, power consumption & wallplug efficiency. Besides high cost and poor versatility, these limitations set a barrier for the realisation of powerful versatile detection units. To address these issues, MIRIFISENS will bring major technological advancements in the field of miniaturisation, process development, heterogeneous integration and co-integration of MOEMS functionalities.\nThe project will exploit state-of-the-art micro and nano-fabrication techniques. The major technologic achievements proposed will address the issues of sensitivity & selectivity, multi-gas capabilities, compactness, efficiency and cost effectiveness as specified by a number of selected Safety & Security applications. These achievements will be tested and validated for these applications. MIRIFISENS will deliver a new class of sensors with superior tuneability, better portability and extended detection capabilities, changing radically the current landscape of MIR chemical sensing spectroscopy.
Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-TP | Phase: KBBE.2013.2.3-01 | Award Amount: 4.38M | Year: 2013
SAFETYPACK aims the realisation of a new contactless non- intrusive laser gas sensors that will provide the food manufacturing industry with a real time in line control technology that can perform quality and safety control of a wide range of sealed food. In food packaging industry the use of gases other than air in the process of manufacturing and sealing of food items for distribution to the consumer chain (supermarkets, retail points, etc) has progressively grown. It follows that the precise measurement and control of the inside atmosphere represent a requirement in the food and packaging industries. The control will be made in-line after closure or later to monitor the integrity of the seal and its evolution in time. Inline non intrusive laser gas sensors, contactless based on laser spectroscopy, will be developed and validated in the project timeframe. It can operate both on (partially) transparent (food trays and bags, bottles) as well in almost non-transparent containers. What is new in our proposal is the possibility to measure gas with laser spectroscopy within diffuse materials, such as paper, plastic and food itself with a new method of inspection and its adaptation to measuring closed containers from food trays, to bags, to milk containers to bottles of different shape, colors, transparent and not transparent. The sensors will be demonstrated and validated with two real time in line pilot installations regarding bread, tortilla and cheese production. The S/T objectives will provide: Non introusive real time in line food packaging inspection. Fast & High precision accuracy gas sensor. Sensor available for exploitation in food industry. SAFETYPACK fully responds to the topic extending the in line control of safety and quality control on food processing, allowing the emerging of new hi-tech products to be applied to a large variety of packaging, supporting the overall objective to secure quality, safety and shelf life for European food products.
Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ICT-2011.3.5 | Award Amount: 3.74M | Year: 2011
The mid-infrared spectral region is emerging as the wavelength region of preference for a number of applications including free space communications, absorption spectroscopy, chemical and biological sensing and LIDAR applications. For all the classes of different applications, the key elements of the mid-infrared system are the optical source and the detector.\nThe optical source need is adequately served by the youngest diode laser, the well-known quantum cascade laser. Quantum cascade lasers have reached a certain degree of maturity, however they are still inferior to their near-infrared counterparts in terms of intensity noise and high speed modulation performance. The least developed area in MIR photonics though is photodetection characterized by slow responce and low detectivity performance.\nThe above fundamental technological limitations, besides high cost and complex manipulation, set a barrier in the process of realising miniaturized, high performance photonic systems for MIR applications.\nCLARITY will propose and develop a set of technologies which will radically change the current scenery of mid Infrared photonic systems in terms of performance, size and cost.\nUltimate Goals of CLARITY are to:\n1.\tDesign and implement quantum cascade laser systems with sub-shot noise performance.\n2.\tDesign and implement wide band, highly efficient mid-infrared to near-infrared converters relying on third order nonlinear effects in silicon waveguides and soft-glass fibres.\n3.\tDesign and implement mid-infrared photonic integrated circuits based on III-V and IV materials capable of bringing together the novel technological concepts of the project in a single chip.\n\nUpon its completion, the project will deliver a new class of MIR tools offering at least one order of magnitude higher sensitivity against noise compared to the state of the art solutions and the potential for on chip integration of photonic functions, paving the way for lab on a chip systems at mid-infrared.
Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ICT-2011.3.5 | Award Amount: 3.16M | Year: 2012
The WideLase proposal focuses on compact, rugged and cost effective laser sources with wide tuning range for safety and security applications in the 3.3 to 7.0 m wavelength range.Three particular challenging applications with significant market potential are investigated within the project. There are no suitable application grade semiconductor lasers for these sensor applications yet available on the market. The aim of the WideLase proposal is to overcome these limitations and to achieve the following goals:Novel Interband Cascade based laser structures with wide gain bandwidth will be realized enabling room temperature continuous wave operation. The developed structures will exceed existing Quantum Cascade Laser performance figures in the targeted mid infrared range.Novel monolithic concepts for electrical tuning based on multi-section DFB as well as acousto-opto-electronic lasers will be developed for the first time in the wavelength range of interest. This will result in monolithic devices with an unprecedented tuning range of up to 200nm formerly in reach only by external cavity lasers, which are not suitable for the targeted applications mainly because of their high cost and their lack of ruggedness.These novel high performance photonic sources will allow the development of the following highly sensitive detection systems:- Laser based sensor for remote detection of alcohol against drunk driving- Laser based sensor for formaldehyde monitoring- Laser based sensor for hydrocarbon leak detection.In order to reach these goals, significant challenges have to be overcome in various fields, ranging from epitaxial semiconductor growth via laser design and processing to mid infrared sensor development. The consortium comprises renowned research groups, academic and industrial SME partners from across Europe with a range of complementary competencies covering all aspects from semiconductor material development to photonic components and sensor systems.
Agency: Cordis | Branch: H2020 | Program: IA | Phase: ICT-28-2015 | Award Amount: 17.24M | Year: 2016
The MIRPHAB (Mid InfraRed PHotonics devices fABrication for chemical sensing and spectroscopic applications) consortium will establish a pilot line to serve the growing needs of European industry in the field of analytical micro-sensors. Its main objectives are to: provide a reliable supply of mid-infrared (MIR) photonic components for companies incl. in particular SMEs already active in analytical MIR sensing reduce investment cost to access innovative MIR solutions for companies already active in the field of analytical sensors, but new to MIR photonics based sensing attract companies new to the field of analytical sensors, aiming to integrate -sensors into their products. To fulfil those objectives, MIRPHAB is organized as a distributed pilot line formed by leading European industrial suppliers of MIR photonic components, complemented by first class European R&D institutes with processing facilities capable of carrying out pilot line production. MIRPHAB provides: access to MIR photonic devices via mounted/packaged devices for laser-based analytical MIR sensors expert design for sensor components to be fabricated in the pilot line plus training services to its customers. The platform will be organized such that new developments in MIR micro- and integrated optic components and modules can be taken up and incorporated into the MIRPHAB portfolio. MIRPHAB will work on a convincing scheme for the flow of hardware and information, suitable to operate a distributed pilot line efficiently. MIRPHAB will develop sound business cases and a compelling business plan. Potential cost-performance breakthroughs will be shown for reliable MIR sensing products based on building blocks provided by MIRPHAB. MIRPHAB will become a sustainable source of key components for new and highly competitive MIR sensors, facilitating their effective market introduction and thus significantly strengthening the position and competitiveness of the respective European industry sector.
Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ICT-2011.9.1 | Award Amount: 2.30M | Year: 2012
The aim of this project is to demonstrate an entirely new type of compact laser source by exploiting the unique properties of graphene to realise a solid-state free electron laser. Free electron lasers (FELs) represent a radical alternative to con-ventional lasers as they do not have the restrictions of conventional lasers on op-erating wavelengths, and they are potentially the most flexible, high power and ef-ficient generators of tuneable coherent radiation from the ultra-violet to the infra-red. In a FEL radiation is emitted from an electron beam travelling in a vacuum and passing through an undulatory magnetic field, and the emission wavelength is only determined by the period of the magnetic field and electron beam energy. However, current free electron lasers are large and expensive facilities. The recent isolation of graphene, in which electrons travel ballistically and at extremely high saturation velocities, has provided an exciting potential route for creating a compact solid state free electron laser. In this project we will first develop the theory for the operation of such a device and will use this to design and fabricate devices containing a suspended graphene active region. Metallic gratings will be patterned on top of, or below, the graphene to provide the modulation needed to accelerate/decelerate the electrons, causing the emission of radiation in the 0.2 to 10 THz range.We will then integrate an electromagnetic feedback cavity to enhance stimulated emission and to produce coherent radiation. The demonstration of such a room temperature source would challenge established notions of laser operation and would be a significant technological development.
News Article | December 22, 2016
According to a new market research report "Hyperspectral Imaging Systems Market by Component (Hyperspectral Cameras, Accessories), Application (Military Surveillance, Remote Sensing, Machine Vision/Optical Sorting, Life Sciences & Medical Diagnostics) - Global Forecast to 2021" published by MarketsandMarkets, the global market is projected to reach USD 12.71 Billion by 2021 from USD 7.41 Billion in 2016 at a CAGR of 11.4% during the forecast period (2016-2021). Browse 67 market data Tables and 28 Figures spread through 109 Pages and in-depth TOC on "Hyperspectral Imaging Systems Market" Early buyers will receive 10% customization on this report. The report provides a detailed overview of the major drivers, restraints, challenges, opportunities, current market trends, and strategies impacting the Hyperspectral Imaging Systems Market along with the estimates and forecasts of the revenue. Growth of this market can be attributed to technological innovation in sensor design, increasing number of research projects using hyperspectral imaging systems, widening industrial applications of HSI, and manufacturing of low-cost cameras that are lightweight and compact. However, increased cost of hyperspectral cameras and the complexity in processing and analyzing the high amounts of imaging data generated are restraints for the growth of this market. The Hyperspectral Imaging Systems Market is segmented on the basis of component, application, and region. Based on component, the market is categorized into hyperspectral cameras and accessories. In 2016, the hyperspectral cameras segment is expected to account for the largest share of the market. Increasing adoption for new applications and development of low-cost hyperspectral cameras have significantly boosted the adoption of hyperspectral cameras. 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Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-FP | Phase: HEALTH.2012.1.2-1 | Award Amount: 3.84M | Year: 2013
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and psoriasis arthritis (PSA) are destructive polyarthritic diseases having high incidence rates worldwide of about 1,5% and 0,5% respectively. Arthritis-related joint destruction leads to disabilities which result in a loss of patients quality of life, often include an inability to work and significant costs for healthcare systems. The functional outcome is strongly dependent on the time lag between the onset of the disease and the treatment beginning (ideally < 3-6 months). For early diagnosis allowing to improve the course of this devastating disease, sensitive and accurate diagnostic tools are required. Further, excellent image quality is needed for differentiated diagnosis (osteoarthritis vs RA or PSA) permitting the stratification of patient groups required for enabling a personalized therapeutical approach. Therefore, tools for early, precise and reliable diagnosis being affordable for screenings are of highest importance. Within IACOBUS, we suggest a new multimodal approach combining hyperspectral imaging with ultrasound (US) and optoacoustic (OA) techniques for diagnosis of arthritic diseases in finger joints. The proposed concept will allow the diagnosis and monitoring of arthritis based on imaging of early inflammation-induced hyperperfusion. Hyperspectral overview imaging for identification of suspicious joints will be combined with detailed high-resolution 3D imaging of affected joints (OA/US). Osteochondral information will be provided by high-frequency US while OA imaging will allow the high-sensitivity imaging of microvasculature in inflamed tissue. The consortium consisting of 4 SMEs and 3 academic partners will develop a novel non-invasive image-based diagnostic tool with significantly enhanced sensitivity for early arthritis symptoms and thereby allow to make use of the therapeutical window of opportunities. 50% of the overall project budget will go to SMEs which will ensure the exploitation of the developed platform.
Norsk Elektro Optikk As | Date: 2013-12-26
A hyperspectral camera includes light mixing chambers (3000) projected onto an imaging sensor (2100). The projection of each chamber is slightly larger than a sensor pixel. The chambers are placed as a linear array (3100) in a slit plane (2040) or as a two dimensional matrix in front of the imaging sensor. The mixed light from each chamber is depicted by several sensor pixels. The sensor outputs information used to form an overdetermined equation set. The set is solved and optimised for the solution giving the lowest overall error or the best fit. The solution of the equation set combined with the optimisation is the intensity values of the chambers (3000) constituting imaginary pixels being calculated. These imaginary pixels form the output of an improved hyperspectral camera system, which has significantly lower optical errors like keystone and point spread function variation for different wavelengths.