Sharp focus on smart development

This innovative project will create a compact spectroradiometer and special software, providing a simple device for users and a solid basis for further high-tech developments in the future.

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Projects such as this are helping the EU to become a smart, sustainable and inclusive economy by 2020, as set out in the EU 2020 growth strategy. The EU is facing some tough challenges, including an ageing population, an insufficiently qualified workforce, the need for greater innovation, striking a balance between economic growth and environmental degradation, and ensuring secure, clean energy supplies. Regional policy projects across the EU are playing an active role in dealing with these and many other challenges, by undertaking projects designed to generate employment, raise educational achievement, develop renewable energy sources, boost productivity and give all citizens access to opportunities. The projects and the regions play a pivotal role in this, as they generate real results that contribute to achieving the strategy’s key goals.

In such a competitive and highly specialised market, the affordable price of this device will lead to greater opportunities for application in various areas including multimedia, dentistry, teaching and ecological monitoring.

A new class of innovative spectroradiometer

Electronic devices and spectroradiometers are used for measuring the spectral concentration of radiation in different spectral ranges. There are two main classes of spectroradiometers. The first covers the optical range from the medium infrared to the ultraviolet spectral range. These devices are generally large, heavy, energy-demanding and expensive and designed for laboratory use. The other class has lighter and smaller devices with a much narrower spectral range, yet they are still expensive. They also have lower performance, but can be used in field conditions. 

The spectrometer designed under this project will be compact and simple. Since the technical characteristics will be provided mainly by the software developed, the price will be competitive. Application areas will be wide and include lacquer painting, food, polygraphy, multimedia, dentistry, textiles and teaching. The spectroradiometers will also be suitable as stand-alone measuring devices and sensors.

The innovative features include software that corrects errors in spectra measurements, patented spectral distribution optical elements, and standard samples protected by patents (optical quartz filters) and developed for calibration of the spectroradiometer.

Long-term growth

Following project completion, the project team will handle warranty and post-warranty maintenance. The team will also work on putting the product into regular production and establishing a solid market position, with plans to launch operations to develop optical components for this device later on. Special software will also be developed for various customer groups as well as individual clients.

Draft date

22/08/2011