BIRD Award Takes Brimrose to New Height

Brimrose has received a prestigious BIRD (United States-Israel Binational Industrial Research and Development) award together with File X, based in Ness Ziona, Israel.

The goal of the program is to build a new hyperspectral imager specifically for rapidly locating oil spills in the water or for other kinds of pollution control. Brimrose will receive $540,000 over the two year life of the program, which we hope will culminate in a valuable new product or products. Brimrose and File X are required to put in 50 percent of their own resources into the program.

Brimrose has been making hyperspectral imagers for more than 20 years, including for the R&D community, the defense industry and for medical applications. Some customers have included the Stanford Research Institute, the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab, Smith Detection, the Mitre Corporation and Canada’s Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness agency.

The program has now completed its first six month period and significant progress has been made on the new unit. Brimrose is using its engineering design and manufacturing expertise to build the new product while File X is using its expertise in software to customize it for the application.

The two teams are getting along well. Two File X staff have visited us and we have sent one staffer to Israel. In addition, we have regular conference calls to assess the progress of the project and to continue working toward its successful conclusion.

Both sides have much to offer the program. Brimrose engineering and manufacturing, and our acousto-optic tunable filter (AOTF) technology, provide the potential for a very sound, compact, highly efficient hardware product. File X has a solid entrepreneurial culture and can-do attitude, as well as an important understanding of software issues.

Both companies hope and believe the program will lead to a new, superior product operating with real-time capabilities. With thousands of oil spills each year, including some that are catastrophic, it is time to be able to rapidly detect and contain the problem at the earliest possible stage.