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On Wednesday the 31st of August 2016 at the 35th IGC in Cape Town, Southern Mapping’s CEO Norman Banks and SpecTIR’s CEO Mark Landers signed a new Teaming Agreement to strengthen the relationship between the two companies. While Southern Mapping has been working with SpecTIR for several years now to provide hyperspectral mapping solutions in Africa, this agreement will result in SpecTIR permanently basing one of their sensors in South Africa.

This airborne hyperspectral camera captures some 400 simultaneous images at 5 nanometre intervals between 450 nm and 2500nm representing the Visible, Near Infra-Red (NIR) and Short Wave Infra-Red (SWIR) portions of the electromagnetic spectrum.

Everything on earth, whether plant, soil, rock or mineral, absorbs and reflects light differently in different parts of the electromagnetic spectrum.  When sunlight strikes a leaf, red and blue light is absorbed by the chlorophyll in the leaves, while the green light is reflected by the leaf, hence its green appearance to the human eye.

Hyperspectral technology is providing new insights into mining, vegetation species mapping, agriculture and environmental sciences, and is helping managers, scientists and researchers to study and monitor critical aspects of their operations.