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Specim, Spectral Imaging Ltd Oy
Limited company, Osakeyhtiö
Industry Hyperspectral imaging [1]
Founded June 7, 1995 [1]
Headquarters Oulu, Finland [1]
Area served
Key people
Risto Kalske Chairman, Georg Meissner Managing director [1]
Products Imaging spectrograps, spectral cameras and systems
Number of employees
54 (2016)
Website http://www.specim.com

Specim, Spectral Imaging Ltd is a European technology firm headquartered in Oulu, Finland. Specim manufactures and sells imaging spectrographs, hyperspectral cameras and systems. Specim's airborne AISA hyperspectral cameras have been utilized for example in monitoring the environmental effects of major industrial catastrophes such as Deepwater Horizon oil spill and Red mud spill.[2][3]

In 2010, Specim was widely credited for its Thermal Infrared Hyperspectral Cameras, including a position as a Prism Awards finalist.[4] The credited Specim Owl is world's first Thermal Hyperspectral Camera that can efficiently be used for outdoor surveillance and UAV applications without an external light source such as the Sun or the Moon.[5]

In 2013, together with Germany’s Forschungszentrum Jülich research centre, Specim developed and thoroughly tested the novel Hyplant airborne hyperspectral sensor. This was the first airborne sensor to map the fluorescence over large areas. Since then it has been used to map various types of vegetation all over Europe and also in the USA. This project is one step in assessing feasibility of possible new ESA satellite instrument that could provide global maps of vegetation fluorescence called the Fluorescence Explorer (FLEX).[6] [7]


  1. ^ a b c d , Kauppalehti company registry.
  2. ^ Kaleva: Oulusta lähtee mittalaitteita ympäri maailmaa.
  3. ^ Mikkola, A, (Nov 16, 2010), Kaleva, Näkyvästä näkyvää.
  4. ^ The Prism Awards for Photonics. The 2010 Finalists
  5. ^ Frost&Sullivan, Technical Insights, Aerospace&Defence (Feb 2011): World First Thermal Hyperspectral Camera for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.
  6. ^ ESA (2014): Glowing plants a sign of health
  7. ^ ESA (2015): Plant power from above