• 2014: VNIR microCASI Introduced

    microCASI-1920. 0.4 to 1 micron range. Commercial-grade, small footprint hyperspectral pushbroom VNIR imager. Designed for ground use, industrial applications, and small UAVs.

  • 2013: UVC-1800 Introduced

    UVC-1800: 0.28 to 0.375 micron range (broadband). Wide-swath, pushframe, ultraviolet camera.

    Industry’s first commercial ultraviolet mapping imager.

  • 2013: microTABI Introduced

    microTABI-640: 3.7 to 4.8 micron range. Broadband thermal pushframe coverage, high thermal sensitivity. Internal blackbody calibration source. Designed for ground use, industrial applications, and small UAVs.

  • 2004: CASI-1500 Developed in Collaboration with JALBTCX and Optech

    ITRES conducted a custom sensor development program with JALBTCX (Joint Airborne Lidar Bathymetry Technical Center of Expertise) and Optech Incorporated. Through this program was introduced the wide array CASI-1500 fused to SHOALS 300T Lidar system for benthic cover mapping.

  • 2003: CASI-3 Developed

    The wide-swath CASI-3 is developed. Among other improvements, this new design provided an almost three-fold increase in the number of across-track pixels from 550 (CASI-550) to 1500. Its faster readout and recording speeds enabled much finer spatial pixel resolutions to be achieved from an airborne platform.

  • 2003: Multi-Temporal Remote Sensing Study in US, (2001-3)

    Over the course of three years, ITRES conducted a multi-temporal mapping survey in the US using the CASI.

  • 2002: Large-Scale Baseline Coastal Mapping Project Conducted, Air + Ground

    ITRES conducted a 2200 km2 wetland mapping and analysis project for the US Army Corps of Engineers over Mobile Bay, Alabama. The project utilized CASI-2 data synchronized with data from the POS/AV (attitude and position), Lidar, and ASD spectral ground measurements.

  • 2001: Large-Scale Remote Sensing Projects in Europe and Asia

    The ITRES Operations Group continues to to build upon its experience with successful mapping projects, conducting large-scale airborne hyperspectral surveys in Europe and Asia.

  • 2001: TIR and SWIR Sensor Development

    Based on availability of new arrays, ITRES begins development work on thermal infrared and shortwave infrared hyperspectral imagers.

  • 2001: CASI-550 Developed

    A wider imaging array and improvements in data readout and recording were introduced with the release of the CASI-550, replacing the CASI-2 in 2001.

  • 2000: Continued CASI and Lidar Integration

    ITRES adds integration support for new models of Lidar to its CASI imager.

  • 2000: Sensor Fusion Developed

    ITRES further develops the ability to integrate its hyperspectral CASI mapping imagers with other technologies through new means of precision data synchronization.

  • 2000: RTPS Landmine Detection Development

    Working closely with DRES-Suffield, ITRES jointly developed a real-time processing system for land mine detection.

  • 2000: CASI-2 Developed

    The second generation CASI featured improvements to data readout and frame rates (allowing higher spatial resolution), data recording to high-capacity Exabyte tape, and refinement of the processing software suite.

  • 1999: First Lidar Integration with Hyperspectral

    The industry’s first integration of Lidar with a hyperspectral imager was performed by ITRES for the Environment Agency in the UK.

  • 1999: ITRES’ US Expansion

    To better serve it’s US clients, ITRES opens an office in Engelwood, Colorado.

  • 1998: CASI Agriculture Applications Developed

    The CASI was used in the initial development of large-scale agricultural mapping programs conducted in North and South America.

  • 1997: CASI Forestry Operations Commence

    Working closely with government forestry agencies and industry, ITRES develops large-scale hyperspectral forestry mapping applications using the CASI. These include ground-truthed stem counting algorithms and procedures and derived-product map generation.

    Forestry was shown to be an ideal application for the CASI, whose hyperspectral data depth and quality allowed classifications and stem count products to be generated under working conditions of variable illumination, cloud cover, and time of year constraints.

  • ITRES Begins Integrating POS/AV with Hyperspectral CASI

    ITRES begins to use the new Position Orientation System (POS) developed by Applanix Corp. with its CASI-1 hyperspectral imager. The POS, providing precise roll, pitch, heading, and position data, replaced the use of the two-axis vertical gyroscope used with earlier CASI-1 systems.

  • 1996: ITRES Operations Group Established

    To further develop the still-growing global commercial hyperspectral market, ITRES established an Operations Group skilled in all aspects of couducting airborne surveys globally for environmental applications.

    In the first few years following the group’s establishment, projects were conducted in the U.S., Canada, Europe, South America, Australia, and Asia.

  • 1992: Tech-Transfer Program in Brazil

    ITRES participated in a nine-month tech transfer program in Brazil.

  • 1989: First Commercial CASI Flown and Sold

    The first commercial hyperspectral airborne imager on the market, the original CASI system, is flown and sold. Programmable with up to 288 spectral bands and a 512-pixel swath, the original CASI was integrated with a 2-axis vertical gyroscope and later accepted input from survey-grade GPS receivers.

    In addition to the development of a traceable calibration system, a full suite of pre-processing software was developed by ITRES, including radcorr, and later, geocor.

  • 1988: Original CASI Designed

    Development work began on a commercial hyperspectral imager based on a CCD sensor and spectrograph.

  • 1985-1987: Technology Applications Evaluation

    Dr. Anger and his team evaluated CCD-based sensor applications, including the measurement of X-rays.

  • 1980-84: CCD-Based Spectrograph Developed

    Dr. Anger developed the concept for, and participated in, the fabrication of an early CCD-based spectrograph (FLI) for the Canadian Government.

  • 1979: ITRES Founded

    Dr. Clifford Anger founds ITRES Research Inc. based on his space imaging research and development conducted in the 1970’s for the ISIS 2 satellite, Swedish Viking spacecraft, and NASA’s Galileo mission to Jupiter using the SSI (Solid State Imaging) system.

    The goal was to develop and commercialize advanced airborne earth imaging technologies to assist with better understanding the earth’s environment.

Our History Highlights

In addition to our general activities in sensor sales and hyperspectral survey projects, below are some of the notable highlights from ITRES’ history.

 

Highlights of 2014 (to date)

  • μVNIR-1920 introduced. Small footprint, lower-cost, programmable hyperspectral (up to 288 spectral bands) visible and near-infrared mapping imager designed for both ground use and with small UAVs. Internal calibration system. Accepts GPS/IMU, easy Lidar integration. Custom fore-optics available.
  • μTIR-640 introduced. Broadband thermal pushframe coverage across 3.7-4.8 microns, high thermal resolution. Accepts GPS/IMU, easy Lidar integration, internal blackbody calibration source. Custom fore-optics available.
  • TABI-1800 continues government-contracted wildfire mapping work.
  • Another multi-sensor sale to new European client.

Highlights of 2013

  • UVC-1800 wide-swath, pushframe ultraviolet camera introduced. Provides broadband UV coverage between 0.28 to 0.375 microns.
  • TABI-1800 continues government-contracted wildfire mapping work.

Highlights of 2012

  • Introduction of thermal search and rescue TSR-1800 system for searches over ocean and tundra. Features automated thermal anomaly detection and georeferencing, 0.05 degrees C temperature sensitivity, moving map.
  • TABI-1800 continues government-contracted wildfire mapping work.

Highlights of 2011

  • Antarctica’s first airborne hyperspectral survey (VNIR + SWIR + LWIR) completed with British Antarctic Survey and DRDC Suffield
  • TABI-1800 Ultra-high resolution modification completed to address power line mapping application (pixel resolutions down to ~2 cm achievable)
  • TABI-1800 passes government testing for wildfire mapping
  • Multiple sensor system with gyro-stabilization delivered to Chinese client
  • TABI-1800 put into service mapping wildfires in Northern Alberta; fly at night, deliver processed and analyzed fire maps in morning.
  • Work begins on compact, 320-pixel version of SASI (SWIR) imager
  • Hyperspectral TASI (LWIR) and CASI-1500 (VNIR) delivered to multiple European clients

Highlights of 2010

  • TABI-1800 inaugural flight success
  • TABI-1800 inaugural night flight
  • TASI, sensor calibration systems for CASI, SASI, TASI, and motorized calibration cart delivered to repeat customer
  • 10,000 km2, High-altitude survey completed in South America using SASI/CASI for geological application

Highlights of 2009

  • Work continues on TABI-1800 development.
  • Design of In-Flight Processing System (IPS) begins.
  • SpaRCal™ (Spectral and Radiometric Calibration) system released.
  • Motorized calibration cart developed.

Highlights of 2008

  • MASI-600 introduced; Design begins for new 1800-pixel broadband thermal imager (TABI-1800).
  • Large scale thermal mapping project in US geared towards measuring building heat loss for government installations conducted.
  • Gyro-stabilized mount (Leica PAV30) integrated with a dual VNIR/SWIR (CASI-1500/SASI-600) sensor package.

Highlights of 2007

  • Triple hyperspectral sensor system: VNIR, SWIR, and TIR delivered
    to a client.
  • UAV-compatible, smaller footprint, VNIR hyperspectral imaging system with Mini-ICU developed.

Highlights of 2006

  • MuSIC™ (Multiple Sensor Instrument Controller) released.
  • First multi-spectral region/multi-sensor sale.
  • RF-based remote operation and monitoring system developed
    and delivered.
  • Miniaturized ICU released.
  • TASI-600 hyperspectral thermal sensor released.

Highlights of 2004

  • Sensor development program with JALBTCX (Joint Airborne Lidar Bathymetry Technical Center of Expertise) and Optech Incorporated introduces custom wide array CASI-1500 fused to SHOALS 300T Lidar system for benthic cover mapping.
  • Developed smaller configurations of the CASI-1500 and SWIR systems.

Highlights of 2003

  • 2001 to 2003 – Multi-temporal remote sensing study in USA.

Highlights of 2002

  • CASI-1500 developed.
  • Large-scale coastal mapping project in USA.

Highlights of 2001

  • TIR sensor development.
  • SWIR sensor development.
  • Large scale remote sensing projects.

Highlights of 2000

  • Continued CASI and Lidar integration.
  • Sensor fusion developed.
  • Real time processing system developed for land mine detection.
  • Second generation CASI developed.
  • 1998 to 2000 – Large scale agriculture programs in North and South America.
  • 1997 to 2000 – Large scale forestry applications.

Highlights of 1979 to 1999

  • 1999 – CASI and Lidar integration for the Environment Agency, UK.
  • 1999 – ITRES expands into the United States, opening an office in Englewood, Colorado.
  • 1996 – ASI Applications Group. Incorporated geo-correction of data.
  • 1992 – Tech-transfer program in Brazil.
  • 1989 – First commercial CASI flown and sold.
  • 1988 – Design and development of CASI (Compact Airborne Spectrographic Imager).
  • 1985 to 1987 – Evaluation of CCD sensor applications, including measurement of X-rays.
  • 1980 to 1984 – Developed concept for, and participated in fabrication of an early CCD-based spectrograph (FLI) for the Canadian Government.
  • 1979 – ITRES founded.