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FLIR Systems - The World's Sixth Sense
FLIR Systems, Inc. designs, develops, manufactures, markets, and distributes technologies that enhance perception and awareness. We bring innovative sensing solutions into daily life through our thermal imaging systems, visible-light imaging systems, locator systems, measurement and diagnostic systems, and advanced threat detection systems. Our products improve the way people interact with the world around them, enhance public safety and well-being, increase energy efficiency, and enable healthy and entertained communities.

Manufacturing capabilities
FLIR currently operates 6 manufacturing plants: three in the USA (Portland, Boston and Santa Barbara, California) one in Stockholm, Sweden, one in Estonia and one near Paris, France.

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All markets and all applications
FLIR Systems is totally focused on thermal imaging cameras. No other manufacturer produces more thermal imaging cameras than FLIR Systems. FLIR Systems is active in all markets where thermal imaging cameras are being
used: security, maritime, automation, process control are just a few markets in which FLIR Systems thermal imaging cameras have proven their worth. 


Thermal imaging cameras: a cost effective solution for perimeter protection
Today, the challenge to CCTV professionals is to make sure that video footage is effective on a 24/7 basis, 365 days a year. Securing an area during the daytime is one thing. But what can be detected if CCTV cameras are blinded by the sun? And in weather conditions like fog, rain and snow? And what happens during the night, in total darkness? A number of tools are available to help detect potential intruders in the dark. Often different technologies are being combined to create a secure perimeter. Fences can be complemented with Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) systems with or without active infrared illumination or old fashioned light bulbs, Radio Frequency Intruder Detection (RAFID) systems, thermal imaging cameras and/or walking patrols. Every technology has advantages and disadvantages and some are more expensive than others. To get a full picture of the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) for a certain solution, not only the initial installation cost but also the maintenance cost needs to be taken into account.
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An excellent tool for detecting potential intruders in total darkness is thermal imaging cameras. They need no light whatsoever to operate. Based on subtle differences in temperature, called heat signatures, thermal imaging cameras create a crisp image. A thermal imaging camera can also see through light fog and smoke. Thermal imaging cameras are also extremely useful during daylight. Thermal contrast is extremely difficult to mask. Someone trying to hide in shadows or bushes and people that are trying to camouflage themselves, will become clearly visible on a thermal image. Thermal imaging cameras are also not blinded by the glare from the sun. They produce a crisp image in practically all weather conditions. 

Thermal imaging for security and surveillance applications

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Thermal imaging cameras and video analytics
Thermal imaging cameras work seamlessly together with video analytics. One of the advantages of thermal imaging cameras is that they are always producing a high-contrast image. Not only during the night. Also in difficult light conditions where CCTV cameras are giving hardly any contrast. Thermal imaging cameras are generating fewer unwanted alarms then CCTV cameras. This makes thermal imaging perfect to work together with video analytics.

Thermal imaging: an affordable technology
Demand for thermal imaging cameras has increased drastically over the last few years. Thanks to this increase in demand, production volumes have gone up and prices for thermal imaging cameras have come down.

Although a thermal imaging camera is still more expensive than a CCTV camera, fewer cameras need to be deployed to cover the same area. The civil works that need to be carried out are minimal. Furthermore, since thermal imaging cameras produce a clear image in the darkest of nights, no complimentary technologies like light or infrared illuminators need to be installed. Not only is this limiting the amount of civil works that needs to be carried out but is it also reducing the maintenance cost.

Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) for thermal imaging is extremely low
Although the initial price for a thermal imaging camera is still a bit higher, they do not require any maintenance. Most FLIR Systems thermal imaging cameras contain an uncooled Vanadium Oxide detector. Not only produces it excellent quality thermal images, since it is not containing any moving parts, it needs no maintenance.

Furthermore, compared to the power needed for lighting up an entire area or the power that is being consumed by infrared illuminators, certainly if atleast some range performance is required, the power consumption of thermal imaging cameras is minimal.

Finally there is no need to replace lamps or infrared illuminators.CCTVs with infrared illuminators require lamp replacement every 2000 to 4000 hours or about every 8 months.



FLIR Systems, the world leader for thermal imaging cameras

FLIR manufacturers the most advance thermal imaging cameras on the market today. We offer a wide variety of models so that you can choose the thermal imaging camera that is perfectly suited for your specific security & surveillance needs.

Thermal imaging: a wide variety of applications

As more and more people are discovering the benefits that thermal imaging cameras have to offer, volumes have gone up and prices are coming down. This means that thermal imaging cameras are finding their way to more and more markets.FLIR Systems has the correct camera for every application

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Selecting the correct thermal imaging camera manufacturer

Since thermal imaging cameras have become increasingly popular over the last few years more and more manufacturers are starting to produce thermal imaging cameras.
Regardless of your application, there are some considerations to take when investing in a thermal imaging camera.

The correct camera for the correct application
Choose a thermal imaging camera manufacturer that offers you a choice. Different applications require different types of thermal imaging cameras. First time users have different needs than those that have already discovered the benefits of thermal imaging. Different image qualities are available. A reliable manufacturer offers you a thermal imaging camera that is completely suited for your application.
Choose a system that can grow with your needs

As you start to discover the benefits thermal imaging has to offer your needs will undoubtedly change. Go for a manufacturer that is able to take your first camera back and offer you a more advanced model. Make sure that accessories are available. Lenses are important. Some applications require a wide angle lens, others are better served with a telephotolens.


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