Advanced Imaging


Advanced Imaging Magazine

Updated: July 8th, 2008 05:26 PM CDT

Signing on for Hazardous Duty

Remote Ocean Systems' nuclear fuel inspection system with two color zoom cameras (indicated by the red circles) works outside the reactor.
A four-dimensional "image" of seismic data collected by Input/Output's Digital Futurewave sensor.
Micro Video lenses incorporating Edmund Optics' Harsh Environment Optics.
The specialized IMAPCAR parallel processing chip from NEC Electronics boasts 100 gigaOPS (1 billion operations per second) performance.
Rockwell Collins Optronics' Dual Aperture Visible Sensor, DAVS 100.

By Lee J. Nelson
Contributing Editor

"Increasingly, system developers are turning to OLED microdisplays for thermal imaging," noted Susan Jones, eMagin's Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer. "To perform effectively in night, fog, smoke and dust requires clear imagery and a reliable source of that imagery for extended periods of time. OLED microdisplays have proven to be both the most power-efficient and the most rugged technology for these applications."

WZ18 All-Weather Integrated Day-Night cameras from Extreme CCTV Inc. (Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada) are set to provide rare footage of some of the most endangered and mysterious felines. The video imagery is anticipated to impart a better understanding of Felis bieti (Chinese Desert Cat), Oreailurus jacobita (Andean Mountain Cat) and Panthera uncial (Snow Leopard) for the Wildlife Conservation Network's (Los Altos, Calif.) scientists and conservationists.

Operating around-the-clock and under exigent conditions, the WZ18 cameras will archive daytime color and active-IR night imagery. They are slated for installation in central Asia's alpine and sub-alpine mountains, inhospitable Andean deserts and sub-zero Tibetan highlands.

As increasing demand for natural gas drives exploration and development in Alaska and northern Canada, the petroleum industry looks to solve critical procedural challenges: acquiring high-quality images of areas characterized by wide, near-surface velocity variations; and, maintaining reliable field activities in bitterly cold surroundings.

Seismic geophones and ultrasonic imaging, which work well in warmer climates, often fail in very cold locales, are not efficient or result in compromised functionality. Shallow, variable, high-velocity regions present an arduous backdrop and require novel approaches, sensors and methods. Combinations of innovative field acquisition techniques and processing technologies can solve cold climate obstacles. Input/Output, Inc. (Houston, Texas) offers systems designed to enhance image fidelity and sustain field productivity in frigid weather settings.

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