The research and development activites of Norsk Elektro Optikk AS (NEO)
are focused on three main application and product areas, gas spectroscopy,
pipeline inspection and spectral imaging. The gas spectroscopy part
is the most commercially mature area while the pipeline inspection
products are being introduced in the market and the hyperspectral imaging
still is in a research and development phase.
NEO's gas and dust monitors based on laser technology are
well established in the market and are being marketed by
our subsidiary NEO Monitors AS. Norsk Elektro Optikk and
NEO Monitors as a group is the world leading supplier of
gas monitors based on tuneable diode lasers (TDL) with the
largest market share according to independent analysts.
These monitors are used
for continuous emission monitoring (CEM) and process control
in aluminium smelters, waste incinerators, power plants,
petro-chemical plants and many other industries
The research on gas and dust monitoring is currently focused
on measuring new gases, new combination of gases, increased
temperature and pressure ranges as well as general improvements
of the instrument design. Parameters of priority for the
instrument design are detection limits, time response, power
consumption and size.
You can read more about gas and dust monitoring
We have had several development projects in co-operation with
one of the major Norwegian oil companies in the field of
pipeline inspection. The current project, Optopig, is
the development of an electro optical system for internal
inspection of natural gas pipelines. This system gives both
images and 3D information of the inner surface of the pipeline.
Many of the natural gas pipelines in the North Sea has lengths
exceeding 800 kilometres (500 miles) and an inspection run therefore
results in huge amounts of data. It would take about one man-year
to manually inspect one full 800 km long pipeline. Automatic anomaly
detection in pipeline data is therefore an important reseach field for
us. Current work on automatic data analysis has been performed
in co-operation with a group at Stanford University.
You can read more about research in pipeline inspection
One of our research areas where not only the products have to
be developed, but where also the marked has to be developed
is hyperspectral imaging.
Hyperspectral imaging is the combination of digital imaging and
spectroscopy where we depict an object with equipment able
to discriminate different colors or combination of colors
with a high accuracy. This instrumentation will also cover
the near infra red (IR) wavelength range not visible to the human
Being able to discriminate between light distribution from the
different parts of the visible and infra red spectrum, makes
it possible to detect different substances, - solid materials,
fluids and gases. Applications for this can be found in
environmental monitoring, forestry, agriculture, food quality
control, industrial inspection, forensic science,
homeland defence and military surveillance.
You can read more about research in the field of hyperspectral