Through our work on advanced packaging solutions for sensors and electronics we aim at contributing to the introduction of instrumentation in uncharted application areas and thereby contribute to SINTEF's vision of “technology for a better society”.
SINTEF Digital Instrumentation
Mass produced, robust and reliable sensors and microsystems, combined with accelerated miniaturization and advanced packaging of electronics, opens up new application areas and enables major improvements of existing Instrumentation and sensor system solutions.
The monitoring of critical environmental parameters is particularly important as part of the sustainable development of contemporary society. For example, current levels of marine resource exploitation demand accurate monitoring methods in order to support appropriate management strategies. The same applies to the major pressures exerted on the environment by the shipping and oil- and gas industries. SINTEF ICT is active as a driving force in this field and collaborates both with industry and the public sector to develop methods and technologies for accurate and effective environmental monitoring. Our project activities include;
Image analysis is the extraction of meaningful information from images; mainly from digital images by means of digital image processing techniques. Image analysis tasks can be as simple as reading bar coded tags or as sophisticated as identifying a person from their face. Our expertise in the field of image analysis covers the following subjects.
Acoustic waves are often suitable for measuring and influencing physical systems and processes. For this purpose, our expertise in transducers for transmitting and receiving waves and the knowledge of the interaction between the waves and such systems or processes is essential. Increasingly, ultrasound is being used for non-destructive testing of materials and systems.
SINTEF has a long pedigree for developing reliable instrumentation system for harsh environments. Our competence in state-of-art packaging solutions has been key for this success. We can support, define and develop suitable technologies and solutions for e.g. interconnects, ceramic circuit boards, encapsulations and thermal management solutions.
Medical Technology is any technology that may be employed for the safe and effective prevention, diagnosis and treatment of, and rehabilitation after, illness and disease. It encompasses a wide range of products used to diagnose, monitor or treat diseases or medical conditions. Such technologies are aimed at improving the quality of health care by enabling earlier diagnoses, less invasive treatments, and reductions in hospital stays and rehabilitation times.
We are now living in a digital, service-based economy. Over the last decade, industries and all other sectors have adopted more service- and user-oriented approaches, placing customers at the centre and basing their communications with them regarding provision and use on the connectivity provided by the internet.
When light interacts with matter the interaction is different for different wavelengths, reflecting the physical (e.g. the electronic or structural) properties of the material. Measurement of the spectral response – spectroscopy – can thus be used to map out material properties. Such measurements are useful for a large range of industrial applications.
Welfare Technology can help people in their daily lives. Examples include intelligent aids such as cleaning robots, sensors embedded in clothing, and smart homes. Welfare technology is closely linked to Ambient Assisted Living (AAL), but whereas AAL focuses on "addressing the needs of an aging population", Welfare Technology also addresses other users such as the disabled, schools, day care centres and workers in general.
Giantleap aims to increase lifetime and reliability of fuel cells in buses
Smart protective solutions for industrial safety and productivity in the cold
Working in cold climates involves various effects on work, health and performance. The degree of cold exposure is essential for the severity and risks associated with the exposure. Cold environment disturbs not only the machinery of industrial processes and vehicles, but is also very crucial factor to reduce worker's comfort, performance and safety.
Smart help for phone users
The elderly may find that using a smartphone is difficult and incomprehensible, while the disabled may encounter problems because phone operation requires delicate motor functions. But one inventor saw no reason for it to be this way – and has found a solution to the problem.
Going for a geothermal world record
In Italy, researchers and drilling technologists are on the verge of making a geological breakthrough. They're drilling deep enough to find what they call 'supercritical' water. If they succeed it will be a major technological breakthrough.