Thermal imaging plays major role in bombing manhunt

A FLIR camera was able to locate Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, even though he was hiding inside a covered boat

Teich said that one of FLIR's main goals is to keep officers safe, and that when the cameras are used in situations like the manhunt for Tsarnaev in Watertown, they do just that.

"It just makes us feel really proud to be a part of this," he said. "It's exactly what we build these systems for."

Paul Peluso is associate editor of SIW sister site, a part of the Cygnus Law Enforcement Media Group.