FLIR launches a bi-ocular thermal imaging camera for law enforcement applications

With the new FLIR BHS-series of handheld thermal imaging cameras, law enforcement officers and security professionals can see suspects clearly in total darkness, through smoke and light foliage, allowing them to make critical decisions, enhance mission effectiveness and improve their safety.

Feb 24, 2011
By Paul Jacques
Professor Dame Carol Black

With the new FLIR BHS-series of handheld thermal imaging cameras, law enforcement officers and security professionals can see suspects clearly in total darkness, through smoke and light foliage, allowing them to make critical decisions, enhance mission effectiveness and improve their safety.

Developed to meet the demand for bi-ocular cameras which are less tiring and easier to hold steady than a monocular equivalent, BHS cameras are lightweight and shock-resistant, producing a crisp image on even the darkest night. By using a bi-ocular camera, the ability to detect faint objects at distance is enhanced.

Extremely affordable

Thanks to economies of scale, FLIR Systems is now able to offer these full-feature thermal imaging cameras at an extremely affordable price compared to other systems on the market. Price need no longer be a barrier to bringing the benefits of thermal imaging cameras to every law enforcement officer.

Wide range of options:

Models are available equipped with an uncooled vanadium oxide detector which provides excellent long range viewing and sharp 320 × 240 resolution and a 2 × digital e-zoom step to 160 × 120 resolution.
Other options have a  640 × 480 core, for greater range performance with crisp, clear 320 × 240 resolution in the 2 x digital e-zoom mode, plus an additional 4 × digital e-zoom step to 160 × 120 resolution. Full 640 × 480 resolution imagery is also accessible via the ‘aux video’ jack in the hot shoe.

A wide range of interchangeable lenses is available, longer lenses having a narrower field of view to see targets further away.

Portable and rugged

All FLIR BHS cameras are compact and extremely lightweight. They are IP67 rated and operate between -20°C and +60°C. Ergonomic and easy-to-use, they are fully controlled with just five buttons on top of the unit. Totally silent in use, light-shielding eye-pieces allow the operator to remain fully covert.

Image storage

All BHS-Series cameras allow the storage of thermal images in JPEG format on a removable SD card, for use as evidence. A ‘hot shoe’ that can be easily attached to the camera is supplied as standard, meaning it can be connected to an external video monitor while mounted on a tripod.

Long battery life

The camera is supplied with four rechargeable AA NiMH batteries that allow up to four hours continuous operation. It can also run on standard non-rechargeable Alkaline or Lithium Ion AA-batteries.

•For further information visit www.flir.com or email flir@flir.com

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