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Microsystems and sensors

Microsystems are miniaturised systems that connect the physical to the digital world. A microsystem typically consists of a sensor, a processing unit and an actuator that triggers its operation. Nanotechnology is often integrated into microsystems to boost functionality and performance.

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Environmental Monitoring

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;

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Food Technology

In order to contribute towards securing sustainable food production, SINTEF ICT has focused on developing instrumentation technologies aimed at obtaining real-time data on foodstuff quality throughout the entire value chain. In this field we work closely with food research institutes, food technology providers and the food industry, and we have expertise in imaging, spectroscopy, acoustics, micro-sensors, X-ray instrumentation, robotics, process control and communications instrumentation. SINTEF ICT has a proven track record in the development of industrial instrumentation systems in the field of food technology, including the following;

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Industrial acoustics

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.

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Medical Technology

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.

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Silicon radiation sensors

Silicon radiation sensors are used for detecting ionizing particles and light. The department of Microsystems and Nanotechnology at SINTEF manufactures silicon radiation sensors adapted to customer specifications. Our services range from pure prototype development and device optimization to production processes. We offer foundry services as well as customer specific fabrication. Through in-house design and processing facilities, we offer flexibility at every level, from initial design to final detectors. At MiNaLab, we have long experience with different types of silicon radiation sensors, roughly divided into five categories.

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Spectroscopy

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.

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Welfare Technology - ICT

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.

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