Optel(Przedsiebiorstwo Badawczo-Produkcyjne Optel sp.Z o.o, Poland)
Optel Ltd was founded 1989 by a group of scientists, engineers, and technicians that had been working to develop new and innovative products, involving such diverse technologies as ultrasound, acoustic emission, analysis and processing, as well as acoustic and holographic imaging techniques. The primary goal of Optel was to research and develop new and innovative hardware and software technologies for various product applications, with a focus on product developments possessing mass market potential.
The Optel's genesis can be traced back to 1985, in Germany, where Wieslaw Bicz, the company's President and CEO, brought a group of specialists together to investigate the feasibility of developing a fingerprint scanning and recognition device using ultrasound as the scanning medium. This project would lead to the development of a fully operational 'proof of concept' prototype in 1992, which represented the first successful use of ultrasound in a fingerprint scanning application.
Optel's innovative developments have resulted in the granting of several US and World patents for applications in the field of biometrics, non-destructive testing, and medical diagnostics. Through its early years, Optel's efforts were focused almost exclusively on their biometric finger-scanning project. However, over the last five years, Optel started working on a number of other innovative products, many of which are being produced now.
Optel's primary role in the project will be the development of the ultrasonic instrumentation used in the system. Within the project Optel will be subcontracting building up the detailed ultrasonic knowledge required and system design and evaluation to Kaunas and TWI.