Our Innovation Analysts recently looked into emerging technologies and up-and-coming startups. As there is a large number of startups working on a wide variety of solutions, we want to share our insights with you. This time, we are taking a look at 5 promising hyperspectral imaging startups.
Heat Map: 5 Top Emerging Hyperspectral Imaging Startups
Using our StartUs Insights Platform, covering 1.116.000+ startups & emerging companies, we looked at innovation in hyperspectral imaging. For this research, we identified 55 relevant solutions and picked 5 to showcase below. These companies were chosen based on a data-driven startup scouting approach, taking into account factors such as location, founding year, and technology among others. Depending on your specific criteria, the top picks might look entirely different.
The Global Startup Heat Map below highlights 5 startups & emerging companies developing hyperspectral imaging solutions. Moreover, the Heat Map reveals regions that observe a high startup activity and illustrates the geographic distribution of all 55 companies we analyzed for this specific topic.
Gamaya – Precision Agriculture
Farmers across the world struggle to ensure complex monitoring of nutrients, water saturation, diseases, insect invasion, and general crop health at once. Besides, conventional visual inspections from ground or air occupy a lot of time and human resources in order to be completed. Contemporary hyperspectral imaging represents a non-destructive, low-cost, and highly accurate crop assessment that notices slight changes in crop health, weed activity, potential diseases, and expected yield based on spectral bands and plant reflectivity properties.
Switzerland-based startup Gamaya offers a hyperspectral camera, combined with powerful data analytics for precision agriculture. The 40-band detects weeds, pests, diseases, and nutrition issues while a crop-specific analytical suite utilizes machine learning to account for environmental conditions and obtain insights for better yield predictions.
Outsight – Autonomous Vehicles (AVs)
Safe navigation in various environmental and road conditions is a challenge for autonomous vehicles as sensors need to be accurate enough to recognize even slight changes in the surroundings. In some situations, traditional automotive cameras with a visible light spectrum are not enough for detecting road material composition, debris, ice, or any visual obstacles on the roadside. Hyperspectral imaging grounds on broad spectral bands that aid vehicles in detecting hazardous materials or risky areas in advance.
French startup Outsight aims at attaining full situational awareness for autonomous cars and robots with its 3D hyperspectral camera solution. It combines accurate localization, advanced semantics, and perception in visible and invisible spectra. The camera identifies drivable road parts, markings, traffic signs, road plants, black ice, snow, and debris, among others.
Condi Food – Non-Destructive Food Testing
It is exceptionally important for food supply chain firms to know that their products match certain quality standards and possess all required properties. Furthermore, consumers become more concerned about food sustainability, nutritional values, and ethical questions. Hyperspectral imaging helps food producers visualize the contents and composition of the product, as well as spot potential contamination issues. A wide wavelength range and accurate pixel-by-pixel spectroscopy enable harmless and non-toxic food testing.
Dutch startup Condi Food develops an automated real-time solution for non-destructive food testing. Without contact, the startup’s hyperspectral imaging technology identifies spectral fingerprints of various food types, from vegetables to meat and fish. The system recognizes the presence of certain materials or contaminants under external layers, as well as ripeness or freshness.
Orbital Sidekick – Remote Monitoring
In recent years, many oil & gas companies, refineries, and pipeline operators made establishing safe infrastructure facilities a priority. Since petrochemicals possess their own spectral reflectance signatures, it is feasible to monitor corresponding industrial or distribution areas with hyperspectral imagery. These assist energy companies in identifying seepages, spills, and environmental damage, as well as monitoring general structural integrity of objects. Furthermore, it simplifies inspections in remote or harsh terrain areas.
The US-based startup Orbital Sidekick develops a space network of hyperspectral sensors to remotely monitor critical assets for the energy, mining, and defense industries. The solution comprises accurate change detection and supervised classification algorithms. Moreover, it detects the smallest changes in spectral signatures of oil and gas in mines, refineries, and pipeline facilities.
RxAll – Anti-Counterfeiting
One of the main challenges pharma businesses encounter nowadays is counterfeit medications. Companies in the industry dedicate much effort to conducting scrupulous quality checks to track contaminants and deceptive ingredients. Hyperspectral imaging can distinguish fake from genuine drugs, detect substance concentrations, and dangerous elements via monitoring spectral differences in chemical composition and benchmarking against genuine medications.
RxAll is a US-based startup that builds a certified drug anti-counterfeiting solution, consisting of a patented molecular hyperspectral sensor tool and artificial intelligence (AI) platform. Mediated by deep learning and the Internet of Things (IoT), the system accurately authenticates the genuineness of prescription tablets, pills, powders, and liquids in real-time.
What About The Other 50 Solutions?
While we believe data is key to creating insights it can be easy to be overwhelmed by it. Our ambition is to create a comprehensive overview and provide actionable innovation intelligence so you can achieve your goals faster. The 5 hyperspectral imaging startups showcased above are promising examples out of 55 we analyzed for this article. To identify the most relevant solutions based on your specific criteria, get in touch.