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An innovative radar reconnaissance station, hi-tech lasers, switches, sensors and medical systems-these are just some of the devices and technologies that have been developed by companies and institutions operating as part of a research and development consortium called the Polish Technology Platform for Opto- and Nano-electronics.

The consortium is one of the biggest Polish technology platforms working with its counterparts in other countries in the European Union. The activities of member companies and institutions are coordinated by the Polish Federation of Engineering Associations (NOT).

The consortium is dominated by companies and institutions that deal with the development of ideas and technology for security and defense. The second-largest group are institutions and businesses that develop new-generation medical technology and equipment. The consortium also includes manufacturers of electronic components, such as Dolam SA; electronic devices for consumers and companies, such as Novitus SA and Innova SA; manufacturers of tax-control cash registers; and Fideltronik, a manufacturer of emergency power supplies and power support systems.

Some member institutions and companies are involved in "clean" nano-technology, which means they are concerned with developing and implementing optotronic technology.

The key goal of the platform is to develop and apply optoelectronic technology in sectors such as medicine, national security and defense.

The consortium promotes its member organizations and encourages them to take part in Polish and European research projects. It maintains a database of material, technical and technological resources as well as patents and specialist research opportunities for member companies and institutions.

Opto- and nano-
Optoelectronics is one of the youngest fields in optical technology. Technologies in this field use the special properties of light to acquire, store, transmit, process and present information. Light is used due to its high frequency and large spectrum, from 380 nm to 780 nm, which also allows for rapid transfer of information. Due to their range of application, optoelectronic devices can hardly be called electronic devices in the classic sense-they often incorporate innovative materials and components developed using technologies involving materials engineering and solid-state physics. Today optoelectronic projects include work on photoelectric detectors, new-generation memories and memory readers such as monocrystalline memory, laser devices and storage media such as the Blu-Ray standard, optical fibers and infrared transmission devices, optical computers and display and lighting devices such as seven-segment LED (light-emitting diode) and OLED (organic light-emitting diode) screens, plasma and holographic monitors.

Nano-technology is a promising field of technology on the borderline of solid-state physics and materials engineering. It involves materials whose composition is controlled at the level of single particles. Projects in this field include work on quantum structures ("wells" and "wires"), plastics with fibers of a planned molecular structure of high mechanical resistance, nanotubes based on forms of carbon, transistor parts made using photolithographic and metallic structure deposition methods, and materials that are micro-crystals of metals.

Marek Mejssner


MUR-20 Breñ-R
The MUR-20 Breñ-R electronic reconnaissance station makes it possible to detect sources of radar radiation. It determines the technical parameters of emission sources, including their amplitude, pulse width, frequency and angle. It also helps track objects that are sources of emission in real time.

Eleven trial versions of the Breñ reconnaissance station were built up to 2006, including designs in which the station is treated as a separate detection device and as a component of a larger radar reconnaissance system-a detection channel block (BTW).

The Breñ system, developed at the Institute of Applied Optics and the Telecommunications Research Institute in collaboration with Microtech Ltd, is one of just a few devices of its kind in the world. Its specifications are comparable to those of designs offered by leading global producers such as Israel's Elbit/IMI. The armed forces of the United States, Russia, Germany, Britain, France and Israel use similar equipment.

The system served as a starting point for an ongoing project to develop new-generation reconnaissance and jamming devices for the Polish Army, Air Force and Navy.

Active Guard
Active Guard, another modern design developed by the Polish Technology Platform for Opto- and Nano-electronics, is a universal communication and security system that works with monitoring systems used for guarding buildings, shipments and cargo. It can also be used in warehouses to identify pallets and containers, at machine repair workshops, and for guarding airports, harbors and similar facilities. The equipment has a "panic" button that makes it possible to call for help in an emergency. The equipment uses the GSM/GPRS protocol for communication and transmission, which means it can be used wherever cellular phone networks operate.

Active Guard is one of the cheapest systems with such universal application available on the European market.

Hall-Effect, eSolarMark FL
Companies and institutions working as part of the Polish Technology Platform for Opto- and Nano-electronics have also developed a range of cutting-edge electronic systems based on fiber lasers and what are called Hall-effect sensors.

eSolarMark FL impulse fiber lasers are used to mark plastics and metals. They are resistant to external conditions-in a regime of 100,000 hours of operation, they require practically no maintenance or replacement of worn-down parts.

Hall-effect sensors combined with magnets form a slot sensor cell that can successfully replace a photoelectric cell, for example in polluted environments. They are also used in the automotive industry, electronics and power engineering.

The Polish Technology Platform for Opto- and Nano-electronics (PPT ONE) brings together the following companies and institutions:

- Alco Electronics
- Amber
- Arotronics
- Datecs Polska Sp. z o.o.
- Dolam SA
- EBS Sp. z o.o.
- Emtal Sp. z o.o.
- Fideltronik
- Flextronics
- Garda Systems
- Innova SA
- Lamina Si Sp. z o.o.
- Laser Secura
- Jabil Circiut Poland Sp. z o.o.
- Lasertex Ltd
- LG Philips Displays
- Lublin Science and Technology Park
- Medcom Sp. z o.o.
- Medicom
- Miflex SA
- Novitus SA
- Optel S.C.
- Optel Sp. z o.o.
- Philips Lighting SA
- PPH Politach Sp. z o.o.
- Przemys³owe Centrum Optyki SA
- Radwar SA CNPEP
- Sensor-Net
- Siemens
- Solaris Laser SA
- Sowar Sp. z o.o.
- Technolab 2000
- Telesystem Mesko
- Upos System Sp. z o.o.
- Vector Sp. z o.o.
- Vigo System SA
- Wamed
- Warel ZE SA
- WZU 2
- Medical University of Warsaw, Ophthalmologic Teaching Hospital
- Medical University of Silesia, Center for Cancer Diagnostics and Laser Therapy
- Otolaryngology Clinic, Czerniakowski Hospital in Warsaw
- National Institute of Telecommunications Institute of Fluid-Flow Machinery,
Polish Academy of Sciences
- Institute of Optoelectronics, Military University of Technology
- Institute of Applied Optics
- Institute of Electronic Materials Technology
- Industrial Institute of Electronics
- Lublin University of Technology
- Technical University of £ód¼, Institute of Physics
- West Pomeranian University of Technology in Szczecin, CTT, Institute of Electronics and Telecommunications
- Silesian University of Technology, Institute of Physics
- Warsaw University of Technology, CTT
- Wroc³aw University of Technology, Institute of Telecommunications and Acoustics, Department of Microsystem Electronics and Photonics
- Polish Academy of Sciences, Institute of Physics
- Polish Optoelectronics Consortium
- Polish Agency for Enterprise Development
- Polish Chamber of Commerce for Electronics and Telecommunications
- Polish Federation of Engineering Associations
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