Alfa Imaging S.A. (ALFA); SPAIN


Contact :
Naomi Alexander

Alfa Imaging is a company dedicated to the research, design and development of mm-wave imaging systems.  It was founded in 2006 in Madrid, Spain by GATE S.A. and a group of former researchers from the mm-wave group at the University of Reading (UK) which was responsible for the design of the mm-wave scanning systems for several prestigious organizations such as QinetiQ, NASA and Smiths Detection.  Alfa Imaging shares development and small-scale manufacturing facilities with GATE.  Alfa holds several international patents and has focused on the development of a series of passive mm-wave cameras operating at stand-off distances. Alfa also has a number of study and development contracts with the Spanish Government and Ministry of Defense in the field of mm-wave imaging.  Alfa Imaging represents the Spanish Industry in two NATO SET working groups in the field, in addition to the EDA THz group.  Alfa Imaging has attended various real-life demonstrations, and demonstrated their equipment at Kandahar Air Field in Afghanistan in November 2010 under invitation from NATO.


Dr Naomi Alexander is a co-founding partner and Director of Alfa Imaging. She obtained a First Class Honours BSc in Physics and Meteorology in 2002 and a PhD in Mm-wave Physics in 2005 from the University of Reading. She has 8 years experience in mm-wave imaging and processing techniques and 13 international publications.


Mr Fernando Allona is CEO of both GATE S.A. and Alfa Imaging. He graduated as a telecommunications engineer from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, and has over 20 years experience as a consultant and manager in the defence electronics industry. He was one of the founders of GATE and has also worked for Eurotronica and INDRA S.A.


Dr Carlos Callejero is a co-founding partner and Director of Alfa Imaging. He obtained a Master in Physics and a pre-doctoral “Advanced Studies Diploma” from the University of Zaragoza. In 2001 he moved to the UK to take the MSc in Applied and Modern Optics at the University of Reading and in 2004, after 2-years working as an optical engineer he returned to the Physics Department at Reading to study for a PhD in mm-wave optical system design.


Ms Isabel Ortega is a telecommunications engineer from the Polytechnic University of Madrid, 2000. She has worked for PAGE, SHS Polar and SEPSA developing applications for DSPs for various communications uses and in Alfa is implementing image acquisition, processing and system control on DSPs for mm-wave imagers.