Visualant launches new scanner with compact optical sensor

September 9, 2013 - 

Visualant has just announced the launch of its new ChromaID Scanner, which it says enables the advanced assessment of new portable identification, authentication and diagnostic applications.

The new scanner uses Visualant’s patented structured light system, which relies on specific, ultra-violet, visible and near-infrared wavelengths, to record reflection and create unique identifiers. According to the company, this could be used for biometric applications like identity verification or access control.

“We are eager to introduce a product that not only reduces costs, but also modernizes the current infrastructure of industries that increasingly need to rely on more accurate diagnostics and identification systems,” Ron Erickson, President and CEO of Visualant said. “From laboratory testing, biometric access to identity management and quality control, with our patented ChromaID technology, these processes become as simple as snapping a digital photo, with a portable configuration about the same size of a camera lens embedded into today’s smartphones.”

After recording reflections to create a sample, the company says the ChromaID Lab software lets users calibrate each scan individually. Visualant will begin shipping the scanner and SDK to engineers and developers early this fall.

“The ChromaID Scanner and SDK will give engineers an opportunity to explore firsthand the many potential applications of ChromaID in their industry. ChromaID takes substance identification out of the lab and into daily life, spawning a wave of new consumer and industrial applications,” Erickson said. “Putting this disruptive technology in the hands of the brightest people at the world’s most innovative companies presents a tremendous opportunity for the creation of applications across a variety of industries. Already, our beta users are surprising us with exciting applications.”

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