New thermal imager

Thermal image technology has slowly proven itself over the last few years. Beginning with the fire services that put the technology to good use locating people trapped in burning buildings, the technology has now moved into other sectors including law enforcement.

Aug 9, 2007
By Damian Small
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Thermal image technology has slowly proven itself over the last few years. Beginning with the fire services that put the technology to good use locating people trapped in burning buildings, the technology has now moved into other sectors including law enforcement.

Police helicopters have used thermal imaging to great effect to track suspects from the air, sometimes in total darkness. With miniaturisation, hand-held imagers are now available that place this technology in the hands of ordinary officers in patrol cars or on foot.

The TacSight S2 thermal imager from Bullard is engineered with tactical missions in mind. The S2 sees heat signatures of objects, people and other sources. It detects extremely small differences in temperature, so that officers can distinguish people from their immediate surroundings. Needing no light to operate, the TacSight S2 generates high-quality images on the darkest nights, even through smoke and fog. While darkness and camouflage can defeat night vision, suspects cannot hide from thermal imaging. Their own body heat gives them away. The TacSight S2 is a powerful tool for tactical, surveillance and scene assessment applications.

The TacSight S2 utilises the latest thermal imaging technology. Its advanced infrared engine incorporates a high-resolution focal plane array that enables maximum clarity for distinguishing objects and features at long distances. The imager’s key benefits include: compact and lightweight, tough and completely waterproof, high performance imagery, latest features designed for law enforcement, interoperable with thousands of Bullard thermal imagers and features versatile law enforcement accessories.

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