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Neptec Technologies launches suite of products designed for the 3D machine vision market in harsh environments

April 3, 2013

OTTAWA, April 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – Neptec Technologies Corp., a spin-out of
Neptec Design Group Ltd., an award-winning space flight technology
company and NASA Prime Contractor, today announced the launch of a
range of innovative obscurant-penetrating 3D laser scanners (OPAL 2.0)
for harsh environments and a software development tool kit (3DRi) with
real-time features such as automatic change detection and object
recognition and tracking. These out-of-the-box “building blocks” make
it easy to develop intelligent 3D machine vision applications on
autonomous off-road vehicles and for laser-based survey and measurement
tasks in harsh environments.

“OPAL 2.0 and 3DRi represent the first step in Neptec’s broader strategy
to adapt over 20 years of technology innovation for clients such as
NASA and the Canadian Space Agency for commercial use on Earth,” said
Paul Nephin, Chairman and Founder of Neptec. “Commercializing
technology takes a product-centric mindset, so we set up Neptec
Technologies as a separate company from Neptec Design Group Ltd. with
the mandate to create value for customers looking to use
next-generation 3D machine vision and robotics technologies in their
operations.”

Neptec Design Group Ltd. is an industry leader in developing mission
critical real-time 3D sensor, software and robotics technologies for
the Space market.  Industries such as mining, oil and gas,
construction, automotive,  defence, and homeland security are
increasingly turning to these technologies to improve safety and
productivity, and reduce costs.

“To take on greater autonomy, machines need 3D sensors that can give
them an accurate view of their surroundings, and intelligence to
interpret that input and react appropriately to the situation,” said
Mike Sekerka, Chief Operating Officer for Neptec Technologies. “And it
all has to work in real-time, while moving, in harsh environments and
unpredictable situations! Neptec has been solving such mission-critical
problems for the Space Shuttle for years, and we are now adapting these
technologies for terrestrial applications.”

OPAL 2.0 laser scanners are specifically designed for real-time 3D
applications in harsh environments. They incorporate Neptec’s
obscurant-penetrating LiDAR technology – originally developed for
helicopters landing in brownout conditions in the desert – and have
been packaged for the punishing conditions typical of off-road vehicles
and mapping sensors used in the mining, oil and gas, and construction
industries.

More Information, Less Data!

Traditionally, extracting actionable information from 3D laser scanners
has been a major challenge for integrators trying to develop
intelligent machine vision solutions.

“We’ve taken a fresh approach to 3D machine vision because, in real-time
applications like surveillance or autonomous navigation, it is not just
about the sensor collecting and, more importantly, having to process
millions of data points per second,” said Sekerka. “Instead, it’s about
collecting the right amount of 3D data that contains the actionable
information you really need.”

Over the course of many projects for NASA and other clients in the Space
market, Neptec has developed a collection of highly efficient 3D data
algorithms and real-time software for automatic change detection, 3D
data alignment and object recognition and tracking.

“We have incorporated that technology, which we called 3DRi (3D
Real-time intelligence), into a software development toolkit to make it
easier to develop and integrate intelligent 3D machine vision
solutions,” said Sekerka. “This greatly reduces integration complexity
and life cycle costs for our customers.”

Neptec Technologies Corp. will be exhibiting its products at SPAR International in Colorado Springs April 15-18, at SPIE Defense, Security + Sensing in Baltimore, Maryland from April 29 to May 3, and at PTMSS/SRR that is held in conjunction with the Canadian Institute of Mining (CIM) 2013 Convention in Toronto May 5- 8.

About Neptec Technologies Corp.

Neptec Technologies Corp. develops innovative 3D machine vision products
for machine automation and robotics applications in harsh
environments. The company was founded in 2011 to commercialize
space-technologies developed by Neptec Design Group Ltd., an
award-winning space flight technology company and NASA prime
contractor. Our first products are a family of obscurant-penetrating
laser scanners (OPAL) and a software development tool kit (3DRi)  with
advanced features such as automatic change detection and object
recognition and tracking. These out-of-the-box “building blocks” make
it easy to integrate intelligent real-time machine vision applications
on autonomous off-road vehicles, and for more familiar LiDAR-based
survey and measurement tasks in harsh environments. The company is
located in Kanata, Ontario. For more information on Neptec Technologies
Corp., visit www.neptectechnologies.com.

SOURCE Neptec Technologies Corp.


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