Incorporated in 1990 as Analytical Spectral Devices, Inc., ASD is a privately held company based in Boulder, Colorado. The company was established to address a fundamental need of earth science researchers for a robust, high-performance, portable instrument that could be used in field work. Responding to this need, two renowned remote sensing scientists, Dr. Alexander F. H. Goetz, Director of the Center for the Study of Earth from Space (CSES), and Dr. Brian Curtiss, a senior scientist at CSES, designed and produced the Personal Spectrometer II (PSII), the world’s first truly portable, rugged, research-grade spectroradiometer.
The PSII was quickly embraced by fellow scientists around the world as a practical and necessary tool to do their work. Subsequent generations of portable field instruments, trademarked under the name FieldSpec® , earned ASD world-wide recognition as the number one portable instrumentation supplier for remote sensing scientists and field researchers. Today, the FieldSpec and FieldSpec HandHeld instrument families provide researchers with a complete suite of instruments for all of their field work needs.
ASD successfully expanded beyond its origins in the scientific markets, into industrial manufacturing markets, by providing instrumentation solutions for the real-time measurement of non-homogenous materials in manufacturing and quality control environments. ASD’s industrial instrument lines now include LabSpec® for material inspection and identification in the field and la and TerraSpec® for mining exploration.