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by msecadm4921

FLIR Systems are among the exhibitors at Transport Security expo on September 13 and 14, at Olympia, London.

Thermal imaging has the reputation of being expensive and primarily the preserve of the police and military. This is wrong on two counts, according to the manufacturers. The falling cost of detectors has made the technology eminently affordable so its application scope is now wider than ever. Although the technology has certainly established its credentials in law enforcement and defence, it is now benefiting other sectors too and none more so than commercial security.

At this year’s Transport Security Expo FLIR’s distributor, Metrum Information Storage Ltd., will be showing the latest hand held thermal imaging cameras including one demonstrating full colour temperature measurement capability. This event also marks the sector launch of new models, the FLIR BHS-Series.

Preventing intrusion rather than simply reacting to it is where FLIR thermal imaging is really proving its worth, according to the firm. It provides the same high quality image during the day or night and even through smoke, fog, snow and heavy rain. Intruders can’t escape detection in shadows or in a tree line. The technology provides a highly effective sixth sense, exceptional value for money and a rapid return on investment.

These qualities are inherent in the new, shock-resistant FLIR BHS-Series thermal imaging camera. This is the binocular version of the monocular FLIR HS-Series that will also feature on the Metrum stand. The ‘double power’ allows smaller objects to be seen against a background. It is also easier to hold the BHS steady when looking at an object at a distance. Two models complete this series; BHS-X with 320 x 240 resolution and 2 x digital zoom and the BHS-XR, with 2x and 4x digital zoom, which can provide full 640 x 480 imagery. Both BHS-Series models are available with different lenses to suit the application and all are interchangeable, increasing the application potential of the cameras.

Images are stored in JPEG format on a removable SD card and at the touch of button the camera user can also record thermal video. The FLIR BHS-Series models are controlled with just 5 buttons on the top of the unit. Silent to operate, they include an eye shield that allows the operator to remain covert in total darkness.

Completing the Metrum exhibits is the FLIR PathFindIR automotive night vision camera that reduces the hazards associated with night time driving. It enables drivers to detect and monitor potential hazards, on or near the road, giving them time to react appropriately to a danger.

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