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World of Sensors
In late-2017 Panorama Synergy released its first field-ready prototype the Panorama P3 Spectrometer (Panorama P3). Read on or view a summary presentation here.
The Panorama P3 embodies the company’s core patented MEMs sensor technology. The portable, hand-held prototype device is currently undergoing market-testing in the commercial agricultural sector and is receiving positive responses from agronomists and agriculturalists after in-field demonstrations across Australia and overseas.
The Panorama P3 prototype is being trialled in a range of agricultural in-field environments to analyse and provide information on crops and other samples – from its health, need for water, fertiliser or other micro nutrients, its protein content, level of pesticide residues and much more. All this adds up to Panorama Synergy enabling farmers to make decisions in real time to maximise crop yields and profit.
The Panorama P3 technology is powerful enough to be used right across the agricultural value chain; from farmers in the field; to suppliers of fertiliser, seeds or water; to harvesters and logistics companies seeking to monitor quality and contamination; to ingredient manufacturers and retailers wanting to ensure their ingredients and food are clean, green and nutritious.
The technology also has applications in other fields with the medical industry expressing interest in the technology to detect the presence of cancers, sepsis and other human and animal diseases.
Furthermore, Panorama has been awarded contracts with the Australian defence industry to assist with the detection of roadside IEDs and other biological battlefield contaminants using our technology mounted in autonomous drones.
TIME: The ability to accurately test crop samples in the field removes the need for samples to be sent for analysis in distant laboratories delivering a significant time advantage.
NON-DESTRUCTIVE: In field-testing with Panorama P3 is non-destructive. The same leaf can be tested day after day and to measure pulp yield, for example, it is not necessary to fell a tree to take a sample.
LOW COST: Panorama P3 has demonstrated that micro-scale MEMs spectrometry sensors can be mounted into portable devices or fixed structures for use in field. This provides considerable commercial advantages over costly laboratory-bound sample examination processes and expensive lab-based equipment.
EASE OF USE: The end user can tune the Panorama P3 to be able detect wavelengths of interest – for example protein, or water-borne contaminants - so it can be used for a wide variety of applications. It is lightweight, robust and delivers findings fast.
Global Competitive Advantage
It’s what’s inside that gives Panorama P3 its competitive advantage – a unique, patented MEMs spectrometer sensor. The sensor includes a micro-scale dynamically tunable bandpass filter that works in the near-infrared (NIR) spectrum. Invisible to the human eye, NIR comprises a range of ‘Information rich’ frequencies which are contained in light reflected by organic samples and other substances.
Scientists, farmers and agronomists, for example, can analyse the NIR spectrum of a sample to determine the presence and concentration of both wanted and unwanted elements, such as protein levels or unwanted levels of pesticides.
Surgeons can use NIR to determine the presence of disease. Food companies can use NIR to detect contaminants or confirm ingredient quality. In simple terms PSY’s sensor is a highly sensitive ‘eye’, capable of identifying compounds and substances in a sample by analysing the composition of the reflected infra-red light.
While a single sensor can scan a wide range of NIR frequencies, the micro-scale of Panorama Synergy’s sensor enables multiple sensors to be mounted into a single device depending on the type and complexity of the analysis a customer requires.
Panorama’s sensors can also be fabricated to scan in the medium wave (MWIR) and long wave (LWIR) Infrared spectra which provides wide ranging applicability and value to the mining, industrial processing, chemicals and space industries.
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Large Application Potential
With the Panorama P3 demonstrating proof-of-concept in agriculture, broader application potential has been identified for food safety and contamination detection, healthcare and defence.
The opportunity for application in defence was evidenced in late 2017 when Panorama Synergy, in partnership with University of Western Australia (UWA) and Scientific Aerospace (Sci.aero), was awarded a Defence Grand Challenge Grant to develop an unmanned bomb-detecting drone.
Panorama Synergy’s patented sensor enables operation of the prototype spectrometer at wider and higher wavelengths than its competitors. The sensor operates in a region from 1500nm to 2200nm which allows it to capture more detailed information and can exhibit greater sensitivity than its closest competitor in the market today; they generally operate in the 900nm to ~1700nm range.
Panorama Synergy’s spectrometer sensor can be tuned up and down within its wide range of frequencies to detect many different compounds with consistently high accuracy rates. In recent tests the Panorama P3 readings have been comparable to expensive, high performance laboratory spectrometers.
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