FLIR Technical Notes

FLIR regularly publishes technical notes about FLIR infrared cameras and thermal imaging solutions.

FLIR® brings richer detail images to all its handheld industrial and building cameras.

Being able to share camera images with your customers or coworkers is a great benefit of thermal imaging technology. However, a thermal image alone is not always enough to help them understand what they are seeing. For that reason, FLIR Systems developed the MSX® Multi-Spectral Dynamic image mode. MSX imaging brings together both the visual and thermal spectrums in a striking, innovative way.

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Ten tips to get the most out of your Optical Gas Imaging (OGI) camera

Optical Gas Imaging (OGI) cameras use spectral wavelength filtering and sterling cooler cold filtering technology to visualize the infrared absorption of VOC/Hydrocarbon, SF6, refrigerants, Carbon Monoxide and other gases whose spectral absorption matches the response of the camera.

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See smaller VOC leaks from a safer distance

FLIR optical gas imaging cameras allow smaller Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) leaks to be detected from a safe, non-hazardous area. The most important criteria to achieve this are the camera’s detector and sensitivity.

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Safeguarding your perimeter protection investment

FLIR’s FC-Series S is protected against a wide range of adverse conditions, including RF interference, electrostatic discharge, fast transients, power surges, voltage variations and voltage interruptions.

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The Furuno NavNet TZtouch multi-function display provides full, integrated control of the FLIR M-Series thermal camera.

FLIR’s M-Series thermal cameras represent the most popular pan/tilt thermal night vision system in the commercial maritime industry. When combined with the Furuno NavNet TZtouch multifunction display (MFD), the M-Series becomes even more versatile and powerful.

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Combined video and radar detection improves safety and efficiency at intersections

Accurate vehicle presence detection allows traffic authorities to manage and control traffic lights at intersections based on actual traffic demand. In order to do this efficiently, it should be possible to detect vehicles at various distances, on multiple lanes and in multiple directions at the same time. Although various technologies are able to detect vehicles at a certain distance, none of them can efficiently detect vehicles with such a broad range and field of view.  By combining video and radar, FLIR has developed a product that actually has that field of view and is therefore able to significantly enhance the safety and efficiency at intersections.

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How far can you see

Often, the first question that people interested in buying a thermal imaging camera ask is “How far can I see?” This is a very reasonable question to ask, but it defies any simple answer. All FLIR Systems thermal imaging cameras are able to see the sun which is more than 146 million kilometers away from Earth. But it would be totally wrong to say that all FLIR Systems thermal imaging cameras can detect security threats at this distance.

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Digital Detail Enhancement (DDE)

The performance of an IR imaging system is often classified by its detection range. This of course makes a lot of sense for security & surveillance systems as the user will want to know how far he will still be able to “see” or detect an object such as a man or a vehicle. In practice however, it can be very hard to detect targets even though they are within the theoretical limits of the system.

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Seeing through fog and rain with a thermal imaging camera

Thermal imaging cameras can produce a clear image in total darkness. They need no light at all to produce a crisp image in which the smallest of details can be seen. It makes them an excellent instrument for numerous night vision applications.

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Using wipers for thermal imaging cameras.

Today, more and more people are discovering thermal imaging cameras and the benefits they have to offer. Thermal imaging cameras are being used for security and surveillance applications, to help drivers and captains navigate in the darkest of nights, help firefighters locate people in burning buildings and many other useful and sometimes even life-saving applications. Thermal imaging cameras produce a clear image in the darkest of nights, in light fog and smoke and in the most diverse weather conditions.

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Cooled versus uncooled cameras for long range surveillance

Long-range surveillance in low-light conditions or total darkness is a perfect application for thermal imaging technology. This type of surveillance is often required at borders or for large perimeters where most threats occur at night.

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