Frost & Sullivan recognizes Metamaterial Technologies Inc. with the 2014 Global Frost & Sullivan Award for Product Leadership. Metamaterial Technologies’ metaAIR™ is a highly innovative solution that uses an array of nano-particles of specific periodic geometry (called metamaterials) to protect flight crews from laser strikes.
metaAir™’s optically transparent thin film filter is more than 100 times thinner than a human hair, and selectively blocks narrow-band, specific light frequencies by reflection rather than absorption. The technology consists of metamaterials, and can be adhesively applied on existing surfaces such as cockpit windows or windshields.
Current solutions that block laser light are usually standalone products and/or instruments such as laser safety eyewear, which can hamper cockpit instrumentation and pilot performance. Moreover, such solutions require extra investments in night vision equipment such as night vision goggles or head-up displays (HUDs). The metaAIR™, on the other hand, is quick-to-install, long-lasting, and more cost effective.
“Unlike competitors’ existing products, which only provide limited and/or temporary protection, the metaAir™ can be integrated during either aircraft forward-fit or retrofit operations,” said Frost & Sullivan Consultant Thomas Saquer. “It requires minimal integration costs, as it eliminates complex cockpit conversion, training and additional certification.”
metaAir™ drastically improves fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft flight safety without heavily impacting fleet availability, as it does not need lengthy grounding time for integrating the solution. Also, end users do not have to wait for the next generation of safety solutions on future aircraft, metaAir™ can be immediately deployed on existing aircraft.
“Metamaterial’s vision, innovation and drive are resulting in international recognition for the firm at an industry awards show in Monaco,” said the Honourable Rob Moore, Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency). “The Government of Canada was there at the outset when the company began its work on a product that offers protection to individuals working in law enforcement, aerospace, defence and beyond. Congratulations to Metamaterial Technologies for their initial breakthrough which is now leading to the development and commercialization of new related technologies that will have global applications.”
“As a unique participant with an unrivalled solution to improve safety, metaAIR™ could become a standard in the industry and perhaps, even become mandatory with the passing of stricter safety regulations,” said Frost & Sullivan industry analyst Alix Leboulanger.
Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to the company that has demonstrated innovation in product features and functionality that provides enhanced quality and higher value to customers. The award recognizes the rapid acceptance such innovation finds in the marketplace.
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About Metamaterial Technologies (Lamda Guard)
Lamda Guard is a subsidiary of Metamaterial Technologies Inc, with offices in Canada and the United Kingdom. It is a leader in commercial applications of nano-structured metamaterials that utilize thin film technology for advanced optical applications in aerospace, security and defence industries. To learn more visit www.lamdaguard.com.
Lamda Guard Inc.
Halifax, Nova Scotia, November 4, 2014