Press Releases

2016/2017 Press Releases

Lumenera Donates Microscope Cameras to BioBase Harlem at Columbia’s Zuckerman Institute

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Ottawa, ON. – June 27, 2017 – Lumenera Corporation, a leading manufacturer and developer of high performance digital cameras and custom imaging solutions, is pleased to announce its continued partnership with BioBus Inc. with a donation of 12 Lumenera INFINITY high-performance, research-grade microscope cameras to be used in BioBase Harlem, a new community laboratory at Columbia University’s Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute in New York City.

BioBus Inc., founded in 2008 with its first mobile science lab, launched BioBase programs in 2014 as a way to inspire disadvantaged youth to pursue careers in science. BioBase Harlem will have its grand opening on June 28, 2017 from 6:30 - 9:00 pm at its location at Columbia University’s Zuckerman Institute. It will house a state-of-the-art community science lab equipped with research-grade microscopes to provide children access to modern science curricula and equipment under the guidance of real scientists. BioBase Harlem will offer after-school, weekend, and summer science explorations, with PhD-level scientists leading courses in biological science, environmental science, and materials science that nurture students’ natural curiosity and critical thinking skills over the course of many sessions.

“We are excited to continue our partnership with Lumenera to equip BioBase Harlem with state-of-the-art INFINITY microscope cameras,” said Ben Dubin-Thaler, Ph.D., founder of BioBus Inc. “We see the positive impact Lumenera’s cameras have on our students in our mobile laboratories, with students being more engaged due to enhanced visual aspect of the program resulting from the high definition images created when using the microscopes.”

The Lumenera camera donation includes the Lumenera INFINITY-HD and Lumenera INFINITY-3S-1UR that produce the accurate images needed in life science applications, including fluorescence imaging. The cameras will equip the microscopes at BioBase Harlem and allow students to experience capturing images of their science experiments with the same image quality as scientists in production laboratories do today.

“Lumenera is proud to continue our support of BioBus Inc. with its latest BioBase Harlem program,” said Huw Leahy, President of Lumenera Corporation. “We hope that our INFINITY microscope cameras will enhance the students’ learning experience by allowing them to capture lasting images from their science discoveries that help to inspire them as our next generation of scientists of all disciplines.”

About Lumenera: Lumenera Corporation, a division of Roper Technologies Inc., is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, and is a leading developer and manufacturer of high performance digital cameras and custom imaging solutions. Lumenera imaging solutions provide a unique combination of speed, resolution, and sensitivity to meet the most demanding digital imaging requirements, and are used worldwide in a wide range of industrial, scientific, security, and astro applications. For additional information about Lumenera, please visit www.lumenera.com or call 613-736-4077. To receive Lumenera press releases as they are issued, contact us at marketing@lumenera.com.

Lumenera Releases INFINITY-EP Camera Designed for Electrophysiology

Lumenera’s New High-Speed, USB CMOS Monochrome Microscopy Camera

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Ottawa, ON. – December 13, 2016 –Lumenera Corporation, a leading manufacturer and developer of high performance digital cameras and custom imaging solutions, announced today the release of their new research-grade USB 2.0 microscopy camera. Lumenera’s INFINITY-EP is a high-speed CMOS monochrome camera with 1.3 megapixel resolution.

Lumenera’s INFINITY-EP digital camera is a cost-effective solution with excellent near IR sensitivity and responsivity. This camera produces crisp, incredibly low noise images and videos, which are delivered at 30 frames per second (fps) with zero lag. Lumenera’s Advanced Thermal Management Technology (ATMT) eliminates dark current noise, providing high-contrast, live video preview imaging that facilitates the accurate placement of electrodes in tissue samples for electrophysiology applications.

With simple plug and play installation, the user-friendly camera is compatible with any microscope utilizing a c-mount. The INFINITY-EP uses the same API as Lumenera’s other field proven 2.0 and USB 3.0 cameras, and can provide high resolution images at fast frame rates when connected to a USB 2.0 port. USB 3.0 is also supported at the same frame rate as the USB 2.0 interface.

“The INFINITY-EP was built with electrophysiologists in mind,” states Todd Robinson, Product Manager at Lumenera. “Its ability to take high quality, high speed images in demanding low-light conditions makes it an ideal camera for electrophysiology and darkfield microscopy.”

The INFINITY-EP comes with Lumenera's fully-featured INFINITY ANALYZE application, an image capture and analysis software package offering camera control, measurement, annotation, multispectral capture and composition, and post capture enhancement. Camera and software combine to create a complete microscopy imaging solution for even the most demanding applications. For additional information on this product or any of Lumenera’s INFINITY microscopy cameras, visit www.lumenera.com.

Lumenera and BioBus Announce the ‘Student Cell-fie’ Image Contest Winner

Over 30,000 Elementary School Students around New York City boarded the BioBus during the 2015/2016 school year, capturing their scientific discoveries using Lumenera’s microscopy cameras for a chance to win school supplies and a microscope for their class.

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Ottawa, ON. – September 15, 2016 – Lumenera Corporation, a leading manufacturer and developer of high performance digital cameras and custom imaging solutions, in partnership with the BioBus, is pleased to announce that they have selected the Grand Prize Winner of their “Student Cell-fie Image Contest.” Students from P.S. 196 in Bronx have been awarded the Grand Prize of a $500 back-to-school supply shopping spree and a microscope for their image, “The Wasp: A Real-Life Pokemon.”

At the start of the September 2015 school year, Lumenera donated seven of their high-performance, research grade INFINITY microscopy cameras to the BioBus, a mobile microscope laboratory based in New York City that gives students the opportunity for hands-on scientific exploration and aims to provide children with access to modern science curricula and inspire disadvantaged youth to pursue careers in science.

Throughout the past school year, BioBus boarded over 30,000 students from schools and communities in and around New York City. Equipped with over $150,000 worth of research-grade microscopes and cameras and staffed by professional scientists, the BioBus gave students the chance to climb on board to use their research grade laboratory equipment and take photos of their discoveries.

As part of this initiative, Lumenera and BioBus held the “Student Cell-fie Image Contest,” where the best image taken all school year wins its class the Grand Prize of a $500 back-to-school supply shopping spree and a microscope to benefit the entire class. Over 50 photos were submitted to the contest, all of them images of specimens that could be found in their immediate surroundings, such as their own cheek cells, plant cells, flies, mosquitos, and even algae, barnacles and amphipods from NYC’s East River.

Image of a waspAfter choosing the top five best images submitted and opening up the final decision to the public in the form of an online poll, Lumenera and BioBus awarded the Grand Prize to the students at P.S. 196 in Bronx, New York for their close-up photo of a wasp.

Ben Dubin-Thaler, founder of the BioBus, is thrilled with the way Lumenera cameras impacted this year’s BioBus program. “Lumenera’s microscopy cameras led to an enhanced learning experience for students and staff on the BioBus this year. Students were more engaged and eager to spend more time on the microscopes, and able to ask more questions about the real-time results they were seeing on the monitors.”

Lumenera recently announced a local initiative wherein they donated cameras to almost every high school in the Ottawa area—the community in which they operate. This project was inspired by the success of their partnership with BioBus.

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Lumenera Corporation Donates Research-Grade Microscope Cameras to Local Ottawa High Schools

Lumenera’s microscopy camera donation will enhance science classroom learning experience

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Ottawa, ON. – August 23, 2016 – Ottawa-Based Lumenera Corporation, a global leader in the development and manufacturing of high performance digital cameras and custom imaging solutions, announced today that they have donated forty-eight of their high performance research-grade microscopy cameras to be used as a teaching tool in science classrooms across the city of Ottawa. Lumenera donated a camera to every high school in the Ottawa area, within the Ottawa Carleton District School Board (OCDSB), Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB), and the French Public School Board of Eastern Ontario (CEPEO) — the community in which they operate and proudly support.

Lumenera worked with science programs and curriculum advisors from each of the school boards to facilitate the delivery and installation of the cameras, and hosted training sessions for the teachers to become familiar with the cameras and imaging software. High school students across the city of Ottawa heading back to school this fall will find their science department newly equipped with one of Lumenera’s research-grade INFINITY digital cameras.

The cameras will create a collaborative learning environment, facilitating discussions between the students and their teachers as they study specimens at the same time on a monitor or projector, rather than taking turns looking down the eye piece of a microscope. The camera will enable students to capture images of their scientific experiments and investigations utilizing a high-end imaging solution that is found in post-secondary institutions and professional research laboratories worldwide.

“We are very grateful to Lumenera, for providing high quality research-grade tools for our secondary students to use. All of our students participate in hands-on scientific inquiry with microscopes, and these new digital cameras will greatly extend their learning,” said Christine Adam-Carr, the Coordinator of the Student Success Department at the Ottawa Catholic School Board. “While students often capture microscope images using cell phones, this camera provides far better resolution, along with access to software to further adjust and save the images captured. Many of our students also study health technologies, as part of their Specialist High Skills Major program, and will further benefit from using these high-tech cameras. This will provide wonderful enrichment opportunities, while also preparing our students for further post-secondary studies.”

Locally, the University of Ottawa’s state-of-the-art laboratory facilities within the Biosciences Complex also utilizes hundreds of Lumenera’s INFINITY microscopy cameras in its teaching labs. These cameras allow for a more interactive experience for students who can capture pictures of their specimens and hold discussions with lab instructors about what they are seeing on the screen. Lumenera hopes that the addition of cameras in high schools will cultivate an early passion for science and inspire students to further explore the wonder of what can be learned using a microscope and camera as tools. Ottawa high school students will now be getting an early start using the advanced research-grade equipment that they will encounter in the labs of post-secondary institutions if they choose to pursue further education in life sciences and environmental science disciplines.

“We are proud to support our local community by putting a Lumenera microscopy camera in science classrooms throughout the city of Ottawa,” says Huw Leahy, President of Lumenera. “By giving the students access to research-grade equipment that they would encounter in post-secondary institutions and research labs, we hope to foster a passion for science and inspire them at an early age to consider a career in the field.”

The forty-eight cameras donated include the INFINITYHD and the INFINITY1-2 camera models, which are used worldwide for image capture and analysis in a wide variety of science related applications. The INFINITYHD camera connects directly into a monitor or projector via an HDMI cable without the need for a computer, which will stream the image or live video to the teaching monitor in full 1080p60 high definition format. The INFINITY1-2 connects to a computer via an easy plug-and-play USB 2.0 interface, and comes with software that will allow the students to learn how to use advanced image analysis features that would be available in a professional lab setting; such as how to annotate their images, take accurate measurements, and perform post processing on their images.

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Lumenera Corporation Announces the Release of Their ‘Lumenera Linux SDK 2.1’

Lumenera releases Linux 2.1 offering support for ARM based processors

Ottawa, ON. – June 30, 2016 – Lumenera, a leading manufacturer and developer of high performance digital cameras and custom imaging solutions, is pleased to announce the launch of Lumenera Linux SDK 2.1, their new software development kit designed for embedded platforms using Linux ARM based processors.

Combining powerful features with reliable performance, the Lumenera Linux SDK 2.1 software maximizes the high-speed, high-resolution features of Lumenera’s USB 3.0 cameras. Lumenera chose to formally support Ubuntu Linux with their cameras as it is used by many development teams around the world because of its strong presence globally, versatility, reliability, and extensive developer libraries. Ubuntu has regular Long Term Support (LTS) releases that are supported for five years, making it an ideal choice for developers.

This release officially supports the Lt225, Lt425, Lt365R, Lt665R, Lt965R, Lt1265R, Lt16059H, cameras, as well as their soon-to-be released Lt29059. It also supports Ubuntu (versions 14.04.03, 14.04.04 and 12.04.05) on 32 and 64-bit x86 platforms. Furthermore, it has the same common API call format as Lumenera’s Windows SDK and Linux 2.0 SDK for easy migration between platforms.

“Over the last few years, there has been a significant increase in the availability, performance/power and support of embedded platforms using ARM based processors, largely driven by advances in portable electronic devices”, said Todd Robinson, Product Manager for Lumenera. “With the release of our Linux 2.1 SDK, we are able to support customers that are integrating our cameras into systems that are based on these increasingly popular embedded platforms.”

Given the wide range of SBC (Single board computer), SoC (System on Chip) and different available versions of Linux, Lumenera has focused their attention on supporting the most popular configurations: Raspberry Pi 2/3, NVidia Jetson TK1 and ODroid XU3/4.

Lumenera Linux SDK 2.1 is now available. Visit Lumenera online at www.lumenera.com for more information.

Lumenera Donates Microscopy Cameras to BioBus, a Mobile Laboratory for Students

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Ottawa, ON. – October 8, 2015 – Lumenera Corporation, a leading manufacturer and developer of high performance digital cameras and custom imaging solutions, is pleased to announce their partnership with BioBus, a mobile microscope laboratory aimed at giving students the opportunity for hands-on scientific exploration.

BioBus was founded in 2007 by Cell Motion Laboratories as a way to inspire disadvantaged youth to pursue careers in science. The BioBus, a 1974 transit bus that is equipped with a $150,000 worth of research-grade microscopes, provides children access to modern science curricula and equipment under the guidance of real scientists as they visit schools and communities in New York City. The bus has visited over 420 schools and communities, facilitating scientific engagement even amongst populations historically underrepresented in science professions.

Almost every day of the school year, the BioBus parks in front of a school, giving students that board the chance to use a phase-contrast video microscope to make movies of crawling amoeba, the chance to use a scanning electron microscope to image a fly eye, and the opportunity to visualize glowing, streaming plant chloroplasts using a fluorescence microscope.

In partnership with BioBus, Lumenera has donated seven of their high-performance, research-grade microscopy cameras to be used on the bus. The cameras donated, including the INFINITYHD, the INFINITY2-1 R and the INFINITY3- 1URM, are ideally suited for life science applications, including fluorescence imaging, and produce accurate high resolution images. The cameras will equip the microscopes on the BioBus and allow students to capture their experiments and discoveries utilizing a superior imaging solution.

Ben Dubin-Thaler, Ph.D., founder of the BioBus, is thrilled with the major upgrade the new Lumenera cameras will have on his program's impact. "The hands-on, visual nature of microscopy is key to the success of our programs. We have already seen the difference Lumenera's cameras have on our students experience – students are more engaged, asking more questions, and wanting to spend even more time on the microscopes thanks to the video frame rate and high definition images these cameras produce. Lumenera is helping the BioBus inspire the next generation of scientists and innovators."

"Lumenera is excited to support Cell Motion Labs' BioBus with our INFINITY microscopy cameras. BioBus is an amazing initiative, helping to develop and foster a passion for science in the hearts and minds of youth of all ages," says Huw Leahy, President of Lumenera. " It is our hope that our INFINITY cameras will bring the experience to a new level, allowing participants to capture lasting images from their experiments, and further create a curiosity and love for science that follows them into their futures."

For more info on BioBus, please visit: http://biobus.org/about/

Best-In-Class 16 Megapixel High Performance USB 3.0 Camera Released by Lumenera

Ottawa, ON. – September 15, 2015 – Lumenera Corporation, a leading manufacturer and developer of high performance digital cameras and custom imaging solutions, announced today the release of the company's new high performance USB 3.0 camera, built with leading edge ON Semiconductor KAI-16070 sensor technology, which delivers a powerful combination of high resolution, high sensitivity, high dynamic range and low noise results.

The Lt16059H is Lumenera's latest USB 3.0 CCD camera that draws the most performance from the 35mm CCD KAI-16070 4-tap sensor from ON Semiconductor. The sensor supports a global electronic shutter that captures high quality, high-speed images with virtually zero image blur and reliably delivers full resolution frames at the maximum achievable speed of 12 fps (The standard max frame rate for the KAI-16070 is 8 fps). Lumenera's team of development experts was able to extract the most out of the KAI-16070 sensor, achieving the highest possible frame rate along with the high dynamic range and low read noise levels required for high-end applications.

The robust design of this camera and Lumenera's industry leading 4-year warranty ensures reliable performance and delivery of quality images over the lifetime of the camera. With 7.4 um pixel size, the Lt16059H is ideal for applications where high resolution and sensitivity are critical, such as: traffic applications, UAV / aerial surveillance, high-speed inspection, biometrics, pathology, documentation and NIR applications.

"Lumenera has optimized the output of ON Semiconductor's KAI-16070 sensor and is the only camera manufacturer able to provide the highest possible frame rate that can be achieved with this sensor," states Eric Ramsden, Product Manager of Lumenera. "The new Lt16059H camera, built for reliability and ease of integration with Canon EF focus and iris lens control, offers customers a high performance, high resolution, high sensitivity, low noise imaging solution for even the most demanding of industrial applications. The feedback from customer trials has been excellent and we expect this camera to enable our customers to excel with their initiatives."

The Lt16059H is available in color and monochrome and is now available to order. For more information on the Lt16059H, please visit: http://www.lumenera.com/usb3/Lt16059H.php