Newsletter | April 25, 2012

04.25.12 -- Live From SPIE DSS 2012 - Day 1

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Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R-Maryland) opened the SPIE Defense, Security, and Sensing (DSS) exhibition on Tuesday morning in Baltimore with some strong statements advocating the need for cultural change in the United States.

"When is the last time you saw an academic achiever invited to the White House and slobbered all over the way they do with sports figures and entertainers?" he said. "The number one thing we need in our country is a cultural change. There's no shortage of bright young people. … Increasing numbers of them are becoming lawyers and political scientists.

"This year the Chinese will graduate seven times as many engineering students as we will graduate. Unless we turn this around, we will not continue to be the world’s premier economic and military power."

Rep. Bartlett serves as Chairman of the Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee. He also serves on the Small Business Committee and — as one of three scientists in Congress — is also a senior member of the Science, Space and Technology Committee.

Many new and exciting technologies were also on display at the SPIE DSS exhibition. See below for videos and news from Day 1 on the exhibit floor.

Real-Time Gas Detection And Identification

Real-Time Gas Detection And Identification

Telops introduces Reveal D&I, a real-time chemical imaging software for hyperspectral data. Advanced detection algorithms are built into a user-friendly environment for detection and identification of multiple gases simultaneously. Used for applications including detection of CWAs, TICs, and VOCs, environmental monitoring, and more, this interactive software quickly and efficiently displays the location of the identified gas clouds and their evolution in real-time. Visit to find out more.

Videos From The Show
Canon Sensors, Encodes, And Scanners For Various Applications
Ronald Travis, sales manager at Canon U.S.A., tells us about SR series of ultra-miniature optical encoders, laser rotary encoders, laser doppler velocity sensors, and galvano scanners. These products are used in a wide variety of applications such as motion and speed control, robotics, manufacturing equipment, and more.
Laser Components Highlights Gaussian Mirrors, Optical Switches
Bob Gulino, sales engineer at Laser Components, shows us the Gaussian reflectivity mirrors, LEONI Fiber Optics SM/MM switches, laser diodes and modules, and high performance Codixx glass polarizers that his company offers.
Nova Sensors Discusses Imaging Solutions For Military Applications
Tony Vengel, VP of business development at Nova Sensors, gives an overview of his company and its capabilities and introduces us to several cameras designed for integration into UAVs and manned aircraft, a custom two-board stack that was designed for a MWIR camera, a SWIR camera, and more.
OptoSigma Showcases Positioners, Mirror Mounts, Optical Components
Mao Phavantha, applications engineer at OptoSigma, shows us the company's optical and mirror mounts, manual positioners, stages, automation products for positioning control applications, optical components/coatings, and custom products.
Telops Introduces Software For Real-Time Gas Detection, Identification
Vincent Farley, business development manager at Telops, introduces his company's new Reveal D&I Software, which works in conjunction with the Hyper-Cam hyperspectral imager for real-time gas detection and identification. Farley also discusses Telops' MW InSb broadband infrared camera.
News From The Show Floor
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