Leuven, Belgium, January 2014 --- Xenics, Europe's leading developer and manufacturer of advanced InGaAs infrared detectors and customized IR imaging solutions, is expanding its reach to the government and security systems community by strengthening its direct sales force for the 'XenicsCores' product line of ShortWave InfraRed and LongWave InfraRed OEM modules. Xenics has recently appointed a new European Sales Manager and added another staff position to cover the OEM security market.
After more than ten years of successfully building and expanding its leadership position in the R&D and industrial automation markets for its uniquely qualified infrared detectors and camera systems, Xenics is putting a stronger focus on targeting the highly demanding and rapidly growing segment of government and security applications, such as active and passive day/night vision for enhanced vision systems, situational awareness, UAV (defense, surveillance and fire-fighting), homeland security and SAR (search and rescue) missions.
Based on its renowned in-house InGaAs development and vertically integrated manufacturing capacity, Xenics is now directly marketing its proven 'XenicsCores' product family of high-resolution OEM modules to the highly demanding security markets in Europe and worldwide. The XenicsCores family was announced in 2012, and is now available worldwide.
Reaching out to Government and Security Systems Integrators
"Our customers frequently state there is an important piece missing in the government and public security market for highly qualified and rugged OEM modules," says European Sales Manager Guido Deutz, who joined Xenics in 2012 from distinguished previous positions at Isra Vision, Parsytec, FLIR, and LumaSense. "Especially the European security community is looking for an alternative supplier like us - who is not a potential competitor but close technology-wise to help build product value and accelerate time to market. We have proven these requirements many times and support our customers as partners."
In this vein, the XenicsCores product family of high-resolution infrared OEM modules offers easy integration and excellent image quality. The first two members out on the market are the short-wave module XSW-640 and the thermal imaging module XTM-640. These uncooled OEM modules are compact and light-weight, and offer low power consumption. Due to their easy integration via the universal QTE interconnect or standard interfaces e.g. analog video, CameraLink or Gigabit Ethernet they can substantially accelerate the time to market for the users' products. Longer detection, recognition and identification distances are feasible due to the detector's small pixel size. With their powerful integrated readout electronics, their use of advanced non-uniformity compensation and image processing algorithms, these OEM modules deliver crisp IR images covering a broad range of defense and security applications under all weather conditions.
Unique Combination of SWIR and LWIR
"Extensive use of the SWIR realm for superior day/night vision and other security applications is being evaluated by major government system integrators,” says Xenics founder and CEO Bob Grietens. SWIR imagers, as compared to their LWIR counterparts, allow the penetration of fog, haze and high humidity for camouflage detection, long-range identification and detection of lasers and other markers. “We regard the LWIR module as a volume driver, while the SWIR version will open up new territories for extreme day and night vision tasks."
The XSW-640 and XTM-640 modules can be easily combined in one imaging system boosting detection and recognition to previously unseen levels. Both modules are based on the same advanced on-board image processing platform featuring multiple interfaces and multiple wavelength specs. Depending on the application, this unique SWIR/LWIR combination is done either through independent imaging devices or as fused imaging.
"The emerging security market is very important to us," Bob Grietens says. "Thus, we are moving into direct sales to be closer to the system designer and manufacturer. Last December, we have hired an extra person as Sales Manager XenicsCores based in Paris, France, to handle the many inquiries destined for Southern Europe."
With its European location and ITAR-free delivery, Xenics is set to quickly gain market share in the evolving OEM security segment. As a key differentiator Xenics offers high-performance specs such as high frame rates and excellent sensitivity. In terms of quality control, Xenics is certified to ISO-9001:2008.