| Sept. 12, 2002|
For Immediate Release
Johns Hopkins APL Launches Online Next Generation Sensor Initiative
The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), in Laurel, Md., announces the debut of a Web site designed to spark collaboration between users, designers and manufacturers of high-tech sensors.
Called the Next Generation Sensor Initiative (NGSI), the new service is free for subscribers and promises to speed the advance of sensor technology in fields ranging from biochemical detection and chemical analysis to food processing and energy flow.
"Basically, we'll be linking up people who need new types of sensors with researchers who can design them and ultimately with the folks that can produce them," says John Bacon, who heads the NGSI effort at APL. "Our goal is to increase U.S. competitiveness by ensuring that companies have the benefit of the most advanced R&D in their areas of sensor technology and are able to get their products to market in the quickest possible time."
Companies using sensors, research organizations and potential sensor manufacturers can join NGSI online through its Web site: www.ngsi.org. After registering and selecting areas of sensor specialty, members can benefit in many ways:
"Sensors have become part of everyone's life, " Bacon says. "We think this new Web site and the online community it will create will be incredibly helpful to people in the $12 billion U.S. sensor industry."
The Applied Physics Laboratory, a division of The Johns Hopkins University, meets critical national challenges through the innovative application of science and technology. For information, visit www.jhuapl.edu.