Articles by John Distelzweig
Global and domestic threats have highlighted the need for tighter security across all verticals. One of the technologies that has redefined situational awareness and intrusion detection is thermal imaging. Once a technology exclusively manufactured for the military operations, thermal cameras today are deployed across hundreds of security applications and continue to see strong demand in existing and emerging commercial markets. With thermal technology, security personnel can see in complete darkness as well as in light fog, smoke and rain Technology Overview And Early Adoption What distinguishes thermal cameras from optical sensors is their ability to produce images based on infrared energy, or heat, rather than light. By measuring the heat signatures of all objects and capturing minute differences between them, thermal cameras produce clear, sharp video despite unfavorable environmental conditions. With thermal technology, security personnel can see in complete darkness as well as in light fog, smoke and rain. Originally a military developed, commercially qualified technology, the first thermal cameras for military and aircraft use appeared in the 1950s. By the 1960s, the technology had been declassified and the first thermal camera for commercial use was introduced. However, it wasn’t until the late 1990s - when FLIR Systems introduced a camera with an uncooled thermal detector - when the technology began to see substantial adoption beyond government defense deployments. Installations At Critical Infrastructure Sites In the 2000s, industrial companies were some of the first adopters of thermal, using the technology for predictive maintenance to monitor overheating and machine malfunctions. In the years following the September 11 terrorist attacks in 2001, there was an increase in thermal camera installations across critical infrastructure sites. Stricter security requirements drove the deployment of thermal cameras for perimeter protection, especially in the nuclear power sector. Thermal cameras produce clear video in daylight, low light or no light scenarios and their sharp images result in higher performing analytics In 2010, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Committee released its 73.55 policy, which states nuclear facilities must “provide continuous surveillance, observation and monitoring” as a means to enhance threat detection and deterrence efforts onsite. Because thermal cameras produce clear video in daylight, low light or no light scenarios and because their sharp images result in higher performing analytics, thermal cameras quickly became the preferred option for nuclear facilities. Likewise, following the 2013 sniper attack on PG&E Corporation’s Metcalf transmission substation, the Federal Energy Regulation Commission introduced the Critical Infrastructure Protection Standard 014 (CIP-014). The policy requires utilities to identify threats to mission critical assets and implement a security system to mitigate those risks. This statute also led to more thermal installations in the utility sector as thermal cameras’ long-range capabilities are ideal for detection of approaching targets beyond the fence line. The demand from both industrial and critical infrastructure entities, as well as other factors, helped drive volume production and price reduction for thermal, making the technology more accessible to the commercial security marketplace. Commercial Applications In recent years, the increasing affordability of thermal cameras along with the introduction of new thermal offerings has opened the door to new commercial applications for the technology. In the past, thermal cameras were designed for applications with enormous perimeters, where the camera needed to detect a human from 700 meters away. Locations like car dealerships, marinas and construction supply facilities can be protected by precise target detection, thermal analytic cameras providing an early warning to security personnel Today, there are thermal cameras specifically designed for short- to mid-range applications. Developed for small to medium enterprises, these thermal cameras ensure property size and security funds are no longer barriers to adoption. Lumber yards, recreation fields and sports arenas are some of the commercial applications now able to implement thermal cameras for 24-hour monitoring and intrusion detection. Affordable thermal cameras with onboard analytics have become attractive options for commercial businesses Innovation And Advancements Innovation and advancements in the core technology have also spurred growth in thermal camera deployment, providing faster image processing, higher resolution, greater video analytic capabilities and better camera performance. In particular, affordable thermal cameras with onboard analytics have become attractive options for commercial businesses that need outdoor, wide area protection. Car dealerships, marinas and construction supply locations all store valuable merchandise and materials outside. Without protection, these assets are vulnerable to vandalism and theft. However, by providing precise target detection, thermal analytic cameras provide an early warning to security personnel so that they can intervene before a crime is committed. By helping to deter just one incident, the thermal solution delivers a clear ROI. New Market Opportunities Not only are there more thermal cameras in use today than ever before, but there are also more thermal sensors being integrated with other multi-sensor systems, driving the adoption of thermal in new markets. For large perimeter surveillance applications, thermal is repeatedly being integrated with radar and drones to expand situational awareness beyond the point of fixed cameras. Users get immediate, accurate alerts of approaching targets and evidentiary class video for target assessment In the commercial market, thermal imagers are combined with optical sensors, analytics and LED illuminators into one solution that integrates with central monitoring station platforms. By bringing these technologies together, users get immediate, accurate alerts of approaching targets and evidentiary class video for target assessment. The result is a lower number of false positives, reducing the total cost of ownership for the solution. These multi-sensor solutions also feature two-way audio capabilities, which enable remote security officers to act as “virtual guards” and speak to intruders in real-time to dissuade them from illegal activity. The introduction of solutions that integrate all these state-of-the-art technologies under one unit reduces the amount of capital and infrastructure needed for deployment. Consequently, more small businesses and alarm monitoring companies can implement advanced perimeter security technologies like thermal sensors, some for the very first time. Thermal cameras have gone from military defense devices to widespread commercial security cameras Multi-Sensor Thermal Solutions Multi-sensor solutions featuring thermal are quickly gaining traction and opening the door to new business opportunities for the security channel. One of the primary reasons for the strong market interest in these systems is they enable integrators to increase their recurring monthly revenue (RMR). With intense price competition and eroding margins on CCTV equipment, integrators have to rely on RMR to grow their businesses. Offering remote video monitoring services and virtual guarding technologies is one of the best ways to do so. Additionally, there is a clear demand for it. Central stations are continually looking for new technologies to offer their customers and businesses are interested in economical alternatives to physical guards. In conclusion, thermal cameras have gone from military defense devices to widespread commercial security cameras that are a substantial segment of the outdoor security protection market. From nuclear power plants to construction locations, thermal technology is being implemented to secure sites around the globe.
The security industry was strong and healthy in 2017. High-end security markets, such as the power distribution and critical infrastructure sectors, saw continued growth and opportunity for perimeter security technologies like thermal imaging, video analytics and radar. For the low-end security markets, there was significant competition from Chinese manufacturers. Despite this challenge, we saw continued growth from premium Western security manufacturers in 2017 in which many introduced cost-effective security solutions for the small to medium enterprise markets. Increased Adoption Of AI In 2018, the increased adoption of artificial intelligence in the video surveillance sector will play an important role. As the demand for an ROI beyond the traditional security system increases, developing camera hardware that can support edge analytics will be essential. The brands that will succeed will be the ones that can provide end users with video solutions that not only provide intrusion detection with low false alarm rates, but also offer features such as equipment condition monitoring. As the demand for an ROI beyond the traditional security system increases, developing camera hardware that can support edge analytics will be essential Other technologies that will see continued performance enhancements and greater adoption in 2018 are cloud storage, advanced video management systems and physical security information management (PSIM) solutions. Demand For Thermal Imaging In 2017, we continued to see strong interest and demand for thermal as it remains the industry standard for 24/7 perimeter monitoring and protection. As the leader in thermal imaging, FLIR introduced several noteworthy solutions this year such as the FB-Series line of premier thermal security cameras for any size perimeter. The FB-Series brings state-of-the-art thermal imaging technology to small to medium enterprises where perimeter size is no longer a barrier for adoption. FLIR United VMS For our enterprise business, there was great success with new FLIR United VMS platform, which received praise and recognition across the marketplace. FLIR United VMS is an enterprise level video management solution scalable for any size deployment. At ISC West, it received the Security Industry Association New Product Showcase 2017 Award in the VMS category, which is one of the highest accolades in the industry. Receiving the award was a significant milestone for our enterprise business, validating the hard work the FLIR team has put into delivering exceptional solutions for video operations management.
FLIR Systems, Inc. introduces the FB-Series ID, the latest fixed bullet thermal security camera in the FB-Series family. Combining best-in-class thermal image detailing and high-performance onboard analytics, the FB-Series ID is ideal for narrow to wide area perimeter detection and sterile-zone monitoring. Improved Analytic Performance The FB-Series ID features accurate video analytics that are capable of classifying human or vehicular intrusions. Combined with FLIR’s custom Automatic Gain Control (AGC) and Digital Detail Enhancement (DDE), the FB-Series ID provides unmatched image contrast and sharpness, which improves analytic performance, resulting in fewer false alarms. The FB-Series ID is certified for integration with major third-party video management systems (VMS), as well as FLIR’s United VMS. Outfitted to act as a standalone security system, the FB-Series-ID can also handoff classified intrusions to FLIR pan-tilt-zoom cameras for autonomous tracking of intruders. Featuring FLIR’s superior 320x240 resolution thermal imaging sensor, the FB-Series ID can detect potential intruders in total darkness, and through sun glare, smoke, dust, and light fog. Five lens options – 93, 49, 24, 12 and 9-degree field of views – offer wide to narrow coverage and reduce the number of cameras needed to monitor fence lines, perimeters, and open areas. All-In-One Intrusion Detection System “As the first FB-Series camera with built-in analytics, the FB-Series ID provides an all-in-one intrusion detection system that classifies human or vehicular intrusions with low false alarm rates,” said John Distelsweig, Vice President and General Manager of FLIR’s Security segment. “The FB-Series ID solidifies FLIRs initiative to expand artificial intelligence and bring thermal imaging to more customers.” The FLIR FB-Series ID comes with FLIR’s industry-leading 10-year warranty on the thermal sensor and a three-year warranty on the camera, and will be available for order in late December 2017 through established FLIR dealers and integrators. For more information on the FLIR FB-Series ID and FLIR’s complete line of security solutions.
FLIR Systems, Inc. introduces the FLIR FB-Series O fixed bullet thermal security camera designed for short to mid-range perimeter protection. The FLIR FB-Series O offers plug-and-play integration with FLIR United VMS and certified by other major third-party video management solutions, making it a versatile solution for new or existing security systems. FLIR FB-Series O Thermal Security Camera Joining an award-winning line of perimeter protection thermal cameras, the FLIR FB-Series O thermal security camera features a 320x240 resolution thermal imaging sensor that detects potential intruders in total darkness, and through sun glare, smoke, dust, and light fog. Three separate lens options – 93, 49 and 24-degree field of views – provide narrow-to-wide coverage of fence lines, building perimeters, and open areas. The FLIR FB-Series O integrates with FLIR analytic encoders such as FLIR ioi TRK-101 that help distinguish humans and vehicles, and FLIR ioi TRK-101 P PTZ Tracker that hand-off targets to thermal or visible pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ)-enabled cameras on the same network. Simultaneous IP and analog video outputs are also available for use with network and legacy analog systems. Advanced automatic gain control (AGC) and FLIR's Digital Detail Enhancement (DDE) provide optimal image quality in all scenes and by integrating with FLIR United VMS thermal configuration, alarm notifications are easily managed. Enhancing Perimeter Protection “The FLIR FB-Series O offers the security industry with a thermal camera that provides unmatched versatility,” said John Distelzweig, Vice President and General Manager of FLIR’s Security segment. “Certified by industry-leading video management systems, the FLIR FB-Series O allows you to incorporate the power of FLIR thermal imaging capabilities and enhance your perimeter security system regardless of size.” The FLIR FB-Series O, which comes with FLIR’s industry-leading 10-year warranty on the thermal sensor and a three-year warranty on the camera body, will be available to order in August 2017 through established FLIR dealers and integrators.
ISC West in Las Vegas kicked off Wednesday with an expanding focus on new technologies and new applications, including some that go beyond any narrow definition of “the security industry.” Qognify QBlock And Cloudscann “Technology is disrupting the market and executives are taking our solutions beyond security,” says Moti Shabtai, CEO and President of Qognify. “They are starting with security and quickly moving to other risk and business continuity issues in the organizations. They want a clear return on investment (ROI), which we can deliver if we move from covering a limited island of ‘security’ issues and give them the value of also managing risk, safety, and operations.” Among Qognify’s products at the show is QBLOCK, a turnkey network attached storage (NAS) video management system that guarantees no loss of video; Qognify is partnering with Dell EMC. Another product is Qognify Cloudscann, a mobile application that enables a cellphone to be used as a CCTV camera to provide video live. Citizens can live-stream what is happening in real time to the cloud. There is a public version (for citizens) and a private version (for employees). NVIDIA Smart Cities And Safe Cities Graphics processor manufacturer NVIDIA is attracting a lot of attention at the show. Its booth is a microcosm of the new hot topics we are hearing about in the market, including deep learning, machine learning, robotics, and video analytics with new levels of accuracy. The processing power of NVIDIA’s GPUs enable higher levels of resolution, faster image processing and compression, larger camera counts and smarter systems with greatly expanded capabilities. Thirteen partner companies are exhibiting products that leverage NVIDIA technology. NVIDIA is focusing on applications that combine smart cities and safe cities. Examples are realtime video analytics and license plate recognition using cameras mounted in police cars. Qognify Cloudscann is a mobile application that enables a mobile phone to be used as a CCTV camera to provide video live Aqueti, one company exhibiting in the NVIDIA booth, offers the 100-megapixel Mantis Camera, a “super camera” array of 19 cameras that are combined into a single view of a large area. The images are stitched together in real-time, and the user can zoom in and see an impressive level of detail. The system is capable of face recognition over a 70-degree field at 75 metres. Axis Communications Press Conference Axis Communications kicked off ISC West with its press conference, a tradition on the first day. A magic show was part of the presentation highlighting the continuing transformation of Axis from primarily an IP camera company to a manufacturer of a variety of IP devices to function (often alongside Axis cameras) as part of the Internet of Things (IoT). New devices in their portfolio include all-in-one music and audio speakers, intercom door stations and a new radar detector. They further expand Axis’ entrance into new categories, which began several years ago with the introduction of IP access control devices. “The camera market is still growing, but no longer at a rate of 40 percent,” said Fredrik Nilsson, General Manager of Axis Communications in the U.S. “The conversion to IP cameras is coming to an end, but the value is really in integrating other systems together. The camera is the basis for larger systems.” Axis Acquisitions Axis increased its presence in the IP intercom market last year with the acquisition of Czech company 2N. Another recent acquisition, Swedish image analysis company Cognimatics, is boosting the use of Axis video analytics in retail markets. A new introduction at ISC West is a dual-image (“stereoscopic”) sensor that improves analytics accuracy. Using two image views allows 3D depth perception that eliminates the possibility of false alarms caused by shadows (which are two-dimensional but might otherwise trigger a false alert.) The new Axis radar detector provides reliable detection of approaching trespassers in a perimeter security application, even in adverse conditions. The IP-based detector can be coupled with a pan-tilt-zoom camera to direct a video view of the area where motion was detected. Cybersecurity: Politics And education Cybersecurity is an oft-heard topic of discussion at the show: Axis emphasized that cybersecurity is not just a product issue, but also encompasses policies and education. Axis emphasized the cybersecurity benefits of “knowing what’s inside the camera.” In the case of Axis, all the technology is manufactured by Axis. Combining the elements together provides a pre-integrated, easy-to-install system for integrators, and greater dependability for end users Another cybersecurity view came from Pelco. “The business case for cybersecurity will be turned on its head when we start valuing cybersecurity in terms of the potential liability of a cybersecurity failure rather than the cost of developing a cybersecurity solution,” said Sharad Shekhar, Pelco CEO. Fully considering the possibly catastrophic costs of a cybersecurity failure would motivate the market to do even more in the interest of ensuring cybersecure systems, he said. Addressing liability will also likely involve greater use of insurance in the future, he noted. Pelco’s big message at the show is “we have it all covered,” a reference to the company’s broad product portfolio and emphasis on customer service, a tradition for Pelco. The company has narrowed its focus to fewer vertical markets and geographic areas, but it has not narrowed its product scope. Pelco’s VideoXpert software offers unlimited scalability and provides an innovative user interface that enables intuitive navigation of even complex systems. FLIR Thermal Cameras FLIR is typical of companies that have transformed from a product-focused strategy to an end-to-end systems approach. You’re seeing it more often in the market. FLIR’s acquisition of DVTEL in 2015, including video management systems and cameras with edge analytics, provided the missing piece of a total system. The DVTEL capabilities have since been combined seamlessly with FLIR’s historic strength in thermal cameras, also previously expanded to include visible cameras. Combining the elements together provides a pre-integrated, easy-to-install system for integrators, and greater dependability for end users. “For integrators, time is money, and there is a premium on making sure everything can interoperate easily,” says John Distelzweig, General Manager of FLIR Security. “Now we control all the elements, from the sensors to the back-end software.” (Even so, FLIR products are open architecture and can be integrated individually into other systems as needed.)
The new Meridian NVR is now available worldwide through FLIR security sales channels FLIR Systems, announced the second generation of the FLIR Meridian Network Video Recorder (NVR). An all-in-one video surveillance recording system, the second generation product adds a built-in 8-port PoE switch and dual monitor display functionality. Multi-Camera Connectivity Ideal for small to medium enterprise security systems, the FLIR Meridian NVR’s new built-in 8-port PoE switch and external 8-port PoE switch options allows you to connect up to 24 cameras. With new dual monitor support, users can easily control multiple cameras, quickly browse through recorded footage, and generate detailed reports using FLIR’s built-in United VMS Control Center, or the modernized EZ Client web interface, which is optimized for touch screen monitors. Adaptive Streaming Technology The FLIR Meridian NVR, which comes pre-configured with FLIR’s Video Management Software (VMS), supports FLIR’s enterprise visible and thermal security cameras, third-party access control systems, and video analytics. When used with the FLIR Quasar and FLIR Ariel visible cameras, FLIR’s adaptive streaming technology allows customers to stream resolutions up to 4K and store 30 days of continuous high-definition (HD) recording. Superior Video Management “The improved FLIR Meridian NVR offers enterprise-grade video surveillance and faster integration out-of-the-box,” said John Distelzweig, Vice President and General Manager of FLIR’s Security segment. “Coupled with our versatile, pre-loaded VMS software, the FLIR Meridian NVR delivers superior video management for smaller, yet equally critical security installations.” The new Meridian NVR is now available worldwide through FLIR security sales channels. Save
As a certified partner, FLIR’s Latitude VMS integrates with AMAG’s latest Symmetry V8 Access Control System AMAG Technology, the security solution manufacturer specializing in access control, intrusion detection, video management, policy-based identity solutions and visitor management, welcomes FLIR as a certified member of AMAG’s Symmetry Preferred Partner Program. As a certified partner, FLIR’s Latitude Video Management System integrates with AMAG’s latest Symmetry V8 Access Control System. AMAG Technology and FLIR cooperatively tested and certified this integration. Enterprise Level Security “We are pleased to welcome FLIR to the Symmetry Preferred Partner Program,” said AMAG Technology, Vice President of Product Marketing, Dave Ella. “The integration will provide end users with high quality imaging coupled with a powerful access control system. Symmetry and Latitude deliver enterprise level security that can grow and adapt with an end user’s changing needs.” “FLIR is excited to be a certified video management systems provider as part of AMAG’s Symmetry Partner Integrations Program,” said John Distelzweig, Vice President & General Manager of FLIR Security. “AMAG customers can now combine the Symmetry V8 Access Control System with FLIR’s complete line of security solutions, including Latitude VMS, industry-leading thermal security cameras, and enterprise-level analytics.” FLIR’s Latitude VMS is an enterprise-level IP surveillance system with forensic-quality imaging and user-friendly operations consisting of dedicated, web-based and mobile client software. Users manage Latitude VMS through the Symmetry Access Control System in the Symmetry Video Matrix. Effortlessly view, playback, search and export while maintaining scalability and usability. Latitude collects relevant data and provides actionable information allowing users to make quick decision to better protect their buildings and people. Save Save
FLIR Systems, Inc. recently launched the FLIR TCX PTZ (Pan-Tilt-Zoom), the first thermal PTZ camera that is both compatible with the industry’s top video standards and includes onboard Video Motion Detection (VMD) analytics. The FLIR TCX PTZ outperforms standard visible light cameras by using a thermal camera to provide the industry’s most accurate alarm assessment and visual verification. Using thermal, security professionals can see clearly in complete darkness, in challenging lighting conditions, low-contrast scenes, inclement weather, or heavily landscaped areas to help determine the correct response strategy. ONVIF Profile S compliant The TCX PTZ is compatible with existing security systems, including FLIR’s MPX, or HDCVI, IP, and analog. It is also ONVIF Profile S compliant to easily integrate with legacy intrusion detection technology like shaker fences, trip wires, and motion detectors. The TCX PTZ combines VMD analytics and FLIR’s proprietary Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) thermal video technology to display high-contrast foreground and background details that improves video analytics performance. “The new FLIR TCX Thermal PTZ is a major advancement in security as it provides best-in-class alarm assessment and visual verification capabilities,” said John Distelzweig, Vice President and General Manager of FLIR’s Security segment. “FLIR’s thermal imaging technology provides security professionals with the technology they trust and information they need to respond appropriately.” Available in either 640x480 resolution with a 32 degree lens or 320x240 resolution with a 25 degree lens, both with 4x continuous eZoom and continuous 360 degree panning, the TCX PTZ captures video footage at multiple angles and perspectives.
A major industry player is getting even bigger. FLIR’s acquisition of DVTEL will make FLIR a full-spectrum security systems provider, covering the consumer, SMB, Enterprise and large infrastructure segments of the market. The acquisition of DVTEL strengthens and broadens FLIR’s Enterprise market segment, complementing the existing security product lineup by offering a new set of software-based video surveillance technologies. FLIR already has solutions at either end of the traditional Enterprise business – Consumer and Borders, as examples – and FLIR’s existing solutions will be strengthened further with the addition of DVTEL’s products, technologies, and development capabilities. “We believe this is a unique position in the overall market,” says John Distelzweig, Vice President and General Manager of FLIR’s Security Segment, who also provided other insights into the benefits of the recent acquisition. SourceSecurity.com: Was there any aspect of DVTEL that made it an especially attractive acquisition target? Distelzweig: DVTEL adds key video management software and video analytics software to FLIR’s product suite to allow FLIR to offer an end-to-end solution for customers. SourceSecurity.com: How will the "sum be greater than the parts?" Distelzweig: DVTEL gives FLIR an impressive VMS platform from which to brand FLIR, expanding our presence from a strictly Enterprise market to the SMB (small- and medium-sized business) market. DVTEL’s video analytics algorithms are widely viewed as the industry’s best, and FLIR will incorporate them into our existing products to create a best-of-breed, highly-reliable and advanced automated alarming solution. This will help drive incremental value for existing FLIR products. Additionally, expanding the DVTEL camera lineup with FLIR cameras at either end will drive incremental revenue on a per-project basis. SourceSecurity.com: FLIR in the security market still tends to be associated with thermal cameras. This acquisition seems to be an additional way to expand beyond that core technology (and its perception as an expensive option). FLIR has been an innovator inthe Thermal Security Space foryears. The addition of industry-leading Video Analytics isclearly complementary Distelzweig: FLIR has historically been a high-end, even military, brand. However, in the past two years, with the integration of Lorex, FLIR now has an established brand in the SMB space and even in Consumer IP (FLIR FX for example). With this most recent move, the FLIR brand stands for best value and performance in every category. SourceSecurity.com: Did the broader appeal of thermal cameras in the market (based in part on lower costs) impact the decision to buy DVTEL (i.e., make it a better “fit”)? Distelzweig: In short, Yes. FLIR has been an innovator in the Thermal Security Space for years. The addition of industry-leading Video Analytics is clearly complementary to this positon. With the introduction of the Lepton thermal micro-core, we are positioned to push the price points for perimeter solutions to a completely new level. Expect exiting things to come in this regard. SourceSecurity.com: FLIR is active in so many markets, what does this acquisition say about the company's "commitment" to video surveillance? Is there any aspect of this acquisition that could impact any other markets the company serves? Distelzweig: FLIR is very committed to all of its markets. Video Surveillance is a component in the products in four of our existing segments today (Security, Surveillance, [OEM/emerging markets/intelligent traffic systems], and even in Maritime). In each of these cases the products and/or technologies from DVTEL will bring improvements to the solutions being offered today. SourceSecurity.com: Can you tell us anything about the changes that are likely to occur related to DVTEL's personnel, locations, use of the brand name(s), etc.? Distelzweig: DVTEL will report in our existing security segment. The DVTEL sales force will be folded into our existing team, adding complementary regional and functional positions. DTVEL product development will remain in their current locations, and FLIR will utilize them for more innovation under its long-term strategy in the Security market.
FLIR Systems, Inc. announced the release of the FC-Series ID thermal security cameras, the latest models in its FC-Series line. The FC-Series ID thermal cameras combine built-in analytics for high performance intrusion detection, industry-leading image quality designed for high-end commercial users and an expanded selection of high-performance lenses to suit a wide range of applications. Automatic Detection The FC-Series ID cameras deliver best-in-class thermal image detail with on-board edge-based video analytics in a single device. The cameras feature easy-to-create custom trip wires and regions of interest. They are also capable of automatically detecting and classifying human, vehicle and other intrusions, significantly reducing the number of false alarms. The FC-Series ID cameras see heat instead of light and as a result, deliver superior image quality in what are typically considered challenging conditions for visible light or IR illuminated cameras. By seeing only thermal energy, the cameras see clearly in complete darkness, without any illumination and are immune to the effects of sunlight, shadows, smoke, haze, insects and even light fog. As a result, the FC-Series ID cameras provide reliable around-the-clock intrusion protection while significantly reducing false alarms. Available With High-Performance Lenses In addition, the FC-Series ID cameras are available with a wide selection of high-performance lenses, ranging from wide angle to narrow fields of view, with either VGA or QVGA resolution. Combined with a choice of 320 or 640 resolutions, the FC-Series ID cameras offer more fields of view and resolution options than any other commercial thermal security camera line. “Our new FLIR FC-Series ID cameras build upon the industry’s most popular thermal security camera line,” said John Distelzweig, Vice President and General Manager of FLIR’s Security segment. “The new cameras offer security professionals the highest operational availability coupled with the lowest false alarm rates through the use of the latest edge-based thermal video analytics.” The FC-Series ID camera will be available to purchase from FLIR distribution partners later in 2015.
PT-602CZ multi-sensor security camera delivers thermal imaging from long-life cooled, midwave thermal detector FLIR Systems, Inc. is showcasing a new affordable pan/tilt thermal security camera at this year’s IFSEC exhibition in London from June 16th through June 18th. The FLIR PT-602CZ pan/tilt, multi-sensor security camera delivers thermal imaging from a long-life cooled, midwave thermal detector that delivers a lower cost of ownership and provides excellent long-range perimeter intrusion detection and surveillance. Now with a two-year warranty, the multi-sensor allows users to see two times farther than uncooled thermal security cameras — even in complete darkness, bright sunlight, or through dust and haze — making the camera ideal for critical infrastructure, petrochemical, and border security applications. Features Advanced Thermal Image Processing The PT-602CZ’s cooled thermal detector creates the sharpest thermal images at a 640x480 resolution. Featuring advanced thermal image processing with Digital Detail Enhancement (DDE) for high-contrast images in dynamic thermal scenes, the wide field of view improves coverage without compromising range performance. The PT-602CZ includes a 14x continuous optical zoom cooled thermal camera and a 36x zoom color visible camera so you can see the smallest details from farther away — with human detection from a distance of 4 to 5 kilometers. FLIR’s new advanced thermal auto-focus keeps images sharp when zooming in or out. ONVIF Profile S-Compatible The PT-602CZ is compact and ONVIF Profile S-compatible for easy integration into most third-party systems, making it a flexible imaging solution for even the most demanding applications. FLIR’s leading two-year warranty includes camera replacement and a 48-hour turnaround time for repaired systems out of warranty. “As a leader in thermal technology, FLIR not only provides excellent long-range thermal security, but is also committed to providing a flexible solution for even the most demanding applications – the PT-602CZ epitomizes this commitment,” said John Distelzweig, Vice President and General Manager of FLIR’s Security Segment. “FLIR is also pleased to offer a new two-year warranty for our cooled thermal security cameras to make maintenance and service easier than it has ever been, so you can stay focused on the work that matters.” To learn more, please check out the new FLIR PT-602CZ at IFSEC booth #E730.
Powered by FLIR’s TAU thermal camera core, TCX Thermal Bullet combines 24/7 thermal video and built-in video motion detection FLIR Systems, Inc. proudly announced the new FLIR TCX Thermal Bullet, the first class of security cameras to feature high-performance, high-resolution thermal technology for the best intrusion detection and visual awareness in daytime or night-time conditions. Powered by FLIR’s industry-leading TAU® thermal camera core, the TCX Thermal Bullet combines 24/7 high-contrast thermal video and high-performance built-in video motion detection with strong integration flexibility. The TCX Thermal Bullet delivers two resolution options: 480 x 360 resolution with a 90° lens, and 320 x 240 resolution with a 50° lens and user-selectable 16:9 or 4:3 aspect ratios. No matter which resolution or lens, the camera outperforms visible-light security cameras by providing the advantage to see clearly in complete darkness without any illumination, in bright sunlight, and through smoke, dust, or even light fog. “FLIR’s high-contrast thermal imaging technology makes the TCX Bullet more reliable than traditional sensors and visible cameras,” said John Distelzweig, Vice President and General Manager of FLIR’s Security segment. “The camera produces video imagery that clearly shows a difference in temperature between the detected intruder – whether it be a person, animal or moving vehicle – and the camera’s field of view in the background. High-contrast video coupled with our high-performance VMD gives you superior intrusion detection with a significant reduction in false alarms, making it an extremely accurate solution for many applications.” Compatible With ONVIF Profile S IP Compatible with ONVIF Profile S IP, MPX (HDCVI), and analog systems, the TCX Thermal Bullet has the flexibility to easily install into any new or existing system. The cameras can easily integrate into any environment, indoors and out – even in temperatures as cold as -40°C – making them ideal for ensuring safety of public buildings, industrial facilities, large and small businesses, or residential areas. Featuring both intrusion detection and accurate video alarm verification in one device, the camera also supports lighting control, people counting, retail traffic flow, and queue management, and enables a whole range of other applications. The TCX Thermal Bullet is the latest addition to the TCX security product line that launched with the TCX Thermal Mini Bullet in April. The TCX Thermal Bullet is immediately available for purchase through distribution channels and is being showcased at IFSEC International in London from June 16th to 18th. To learn more about the new TCX Thermal Bullet, visit FLIR at booth E730 at IFSEC International.
FLIR Systems, Inc. announced recently the availability of the new FLIR TCX thermal mini bullet camera, a security camera combining 24/7 high-contrast thermal video and high-performance built-in video motion detection with a level of affordability that the industry has never seen. FLIR TCX is powered by the company’s revolutionary Lepton camera core. FLIR TCX outperforms visible-light security cameras by providing the advantage of seeing clearly in complete darkness without any illumination, in bright sunlight, through smoke, dust or even light fog – enhancing accuracy and dramatically reducing false alarms. Flexible for integration in any environment, indoors and out – even in temperatures as cold as -40°C – FLIR TCX is ideal for ensuring safety of public buildings, industrial facilities, large and small businesses, or residential areas. Featuring both intrusion detection and accurate video alarm verification in one device, FLIR TCX supports lighting control, people counting, retail traffic flow, and queue management, and enables a whole range of other applications including: Intrusion/presence detection: vehicles, people, animals Video alarm verification Night vision – 24/7 CCTV Residential security Short-range perimeter security Safety and fire assessment “Whether you’re a small business looking for intrusion detection and video alarm verification, a retail company looking for a solution to monitor customer traffic flow, or a small business trying to prevent break-ins, the TCX Mini Bullet is an extremely accurate solution,” said John Distelzweig, Vice President and General Manager of FLIR Security. “As a leader in thermal security, FLIR is advancing the technology in such a way that makes thermal cameras accessible for anyone.” The TCX thermal mini bullet is now available in EMEA, and will be available in APAC early July.
The new FLIR TCX combines 24/7 thermal video and built-in video motion detection with a level of affordability FLIR Systems, Inc. announced recently the availability of the new FLIR TCX thermal mini bullet camera, a security camera combining 24/7 high-contrast thermal video and high-performance built-in video motion detection with a level of affordability that the industry has never seen. Powered by FLIR’s revolutionary Lepton camera core, the TCX is being showcased at the ISC West Show in Las Vegas, NV from April 15th to 17th. FLIR TCX outperforms visible-light security cameras by providing the advantage of seeing clearly in complete darkness without any illumination, in bright sunlight, through smoke, dust or even light fog – enhancing accuracy and dramatically reducing false alarms. Flexible for integration in any environment, indoors and out – even in temperatures as cold as -40°C – FLIR TCX is ideal for ensuring safety of public buildings, industrial facilities, large and small businesses, or residential areas. Featuring both intrusion detection and accurate video alarm verification in one device, FLIR TCX supports lighting control, people counting, retail traffic flow, and queue management, and enables a whole range of other applications including: Intrusion/presence detection: vehicles, people, animals Video alarm verification Night vision – 24/7 CCTV Residential security Short-range perimeter security Safety and fire assessment “Whether you’re a small business looking for intrusion detection and video alarm verification, a retail company looking for a solution to monitor customer traffic flow, or a small business trying to prevent break-ins, the TCX Mini Bullet is an extremely accurate solution,” said John Distelzweig, Vice President and General Manager of FLIR Security. “As a leader in thermal security, FLIR is advancing the technology in such a way that makes thermal cameras accessible for anyone.” The TCX thermal mini bullet is now available at professional distribution outlets such as ADI, Alarmax, Anixter-Tri-ed, eDist, and others. To learn more about the new TCX Thermal Mini Bullet, visit FLIR at booth 20053 at ISC West 2015.
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