Xenics will introduce its SWIR (short wave infrared) imaging technology to aerospace and security system communities in Latin America. This technology will be exhibited at the Xenics booth at Hall F, Booth F30 at the Belgium pavilion hosted by BSDI (Belgium Security & Defense Industry).
What is Shortwave Infrared (SWIR) imaging?
For the uninitiated, SWIR imaging operates within the 0.9 - 1.7μm wavelength. Just like in visible imaging, you need a light source to make a SWIR image. The light source could be the sun, the night glow or an eye-safe laser.SWIR offers distinct advantages in the areas of enhanced Vision Systems (EVS) and in remote sensing. SWIR covers a larger dynamic range, uses conventional optics, gives improved identification and recognition, can image through glass (so can easily be cockpit or gimbal mounted), delivers high frame rates and offers markedly better visibility and higher transmittance in poor atmospheric or weather condition.
Hyperspectral imaging in the SWIR range opens a wealth of new sensing applications for measuring environmental parameters, in geology for mineral detection, in agriculture for monitoring the maturity of crops and the type of vegetation that is present or in any application where disaster monitoring is needed. This is as relevant for airborne as it is for space based applications.