ASD TerraSpec® Halo Mineral Identifier Receives Software Updates; Most Portable NIR Mineral Identification Instrument

ASD TerraSpec® Halo Mineral Identifier Receives Software Updates; Most Portable NIR Mineral Identification Instrument
September 26, 2016

ASD announces a new software update improving functionality, accuracy and ease-of-use to its TerraSpec® Halo Mineral Identifier.

The latest release allows for the management of multiple spectral libraries, as well as changes to improve the quality of data and mineral prediction. The Halo was released in 2013, and is still the only all-in-one handheld alteration mineral identifier on the market. 

“The update means that a customer can tailor a library to their deposit type, which increases the accuracy of the mineral prediction,” said Chris Sherry, senior market manager at ASD Boulder. “The system works by collecting an NIR spectra and then matching it to a library of spectra on the Halo.” 

This release for the TerraSpec® Halo Mineral Identifier offers several improved ease-of-use features:

  • Simple mineral data capture and handling
  • Onboard GPS
  • Voice recording capability
  • Multiple languages for onboard software and user manual
  • Extensive spectral library
  • Immediate multi-mineral results and scalars
  • No third-party hardware

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