FLIR showcases innovations in thermal, night vision technology at ASIS

New color night vision, high-resolution thermal cameras on display at press event


Thermal and night vision imaging solutions manufacturer FLIR held a press event Monday at ASIS 2010 to highlight several new product innovations that hold a lot of potential for the commercial surveillance market.

One product FLIR unveiled was its new color night vision camera, which provides users with a whole new level of assessment when it comes to night vision surveillance. According to Bill Klink, the company’s vice president of security & surveillance, commercial visions systems, the camera’s unique technology, consisting of an EMCCD (electron multiplied CCD) imaging core, was originally developed by Colorado-based Salvador Imaging which was acquired by Flir about 18 months ago.

"There is a drive (in the industry) to produce a picture in lower and lower light levels," Klink said.

Whereas thermal imaging cameras provide users with the ability to detect people and objects moving around their perimeters, the color night vision camera gives them the ability to assess what they’re seeing. For example, if an intruder is spotted with a thermal camera, the color night vision camera can then be used to relay specific information about that person, such as what color shirt they are wearing.

The other big news from the company at the show is that they are increasing the resolution of their range of thermal imaging cameras from 320x240 to 640x480. Klink says the move will give customers four times the resolution than they had previously, which will provide them with better picture detail, a wider coverage area and an overall more cost-effective solution.

With the increased resolution, Klink said that installations would, on average, require about 30 percent to 40 percent less cameras than if they were using standard resolution.Klink said these product innovations are an example of Flir's ability to take technology originally developed for the military and apply it to commercial installations.

"Flir’s ability to reduce the price of this technology is what is driving adoption," he said.

To learn more about FLIR’s thermal imaging and night vision technology, visit www.flir.com.