The 2009 Inc. 500: The Hottest Products

Clear Align, surveillance equipment
Nigel Cox
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Clear Align, Eagleville, Pennsylvania, No. 135

Clear Align makes custom surveillance equipment for national-security and military customers—or, as founder and CEO Angelique X. Irvin says, “We do a lot of things to keep soldiers safe.” One of the company’s products, for example, detects chemicals that indicate the presence of an improvised explosive device. Others are mounted on submarines, satellites, unmanned aerial vehicles, buildings, and cars. This lens is part of a night vision system that works at high altitudes—Irvin won’t disclose any more details than that. Last year, Clear Align sold 390 surveillance systems, at prices from $2,000 to $500,000.