In the BiCam project, Fraunhofer IAF and DIAS Infrared are working on the realization of a bispectral camera system for outdoor use as part of the BMBF funding measure “KMU-innovativ”. As a complete solution, the system is intended to allow for the first time contactless and gapless thermographic and visual monitoring of vehicles at high speed and thus increase traffic safety on road and rail by localizing so-called hot spots (overheating vehicle parts and loads) at an early stage. Another possible application is in industrial quality and process control, for example in the metallurgy and automotive sectors.
Researchers at Fraunhofer IAF are developing a novel detector array chip for temperature measurement in the extended short-wave infrared (eSWIR). This chip is based on the quaternary material system InGaAsSb, which is grown and characterized in the institute’s own clean room using molecular beam epitaxy.