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January 21, 2010
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Doug Wyllie, PoliceOne Editor in Chief 10-43: Be Advised...
with Doug Wyllie, PoliceOne Editor in Chief

SHOT Show 2010: Advanced thermal imagers clear the way for night vision

FLIR Systems and ATN take night vision to the next level

Two companies are making headway in getting officers the clearest possible image of a suspect or area during night patrol. Both FLIR Systems and American Technologies Network Corp. (ATN) exhibited products at SHOT Show that were blowing away the competition in terms of effective technology for law enforcement agenices on a budget.

ATN
ATN is taking thermal imaging to the next level with their "fusion" system, which combines a thermal imaging system with Image Intensification Technologies for low-light and adverse weather conditions observation. The combination of both technologies creates a fused image that is clearer but functions at the same frequency as other thermal cameras.

Gary Tarakanov, Vice President of Sales at ATN, “To stay ahead of the game, we’re trying to combine different levels of technology into one system to give the user not only thermal signature but definition.”

The fusion system from ATN is being applied not only to their binoculars but also to their cameras.

Visit ATN online for more information about their fusion technology

FLIR
FLIR Systems' H-Series law enforcement thermal imaging cameras were launched last year, but the product is gaining momentum and popularity among police departments

The cameras were designed specifically for law enforcement use and has four times the resolution of other systems, making it the clearest option for night patrol on the market.

FLIR added onboard video storage with real-time clock, wireless streaming video transmission, over six hours of operation on a single charge, and more than 120 hours of standby battery life.

At $4,999 the cameras might sound expensive, but a FLIR sales rep explained that the camera is one of the most affordable out there in terms of price-quality ratio.

Visit FLIR Systems online for more information about the H-Series

About the author

Doug Wyllie is Editor in Chief of PoliceOne, responsible for setting the editorial direction of the website and managing the planned editorial features by our roster of expert writers. An award-winning columnist — he is the 2014 Western Publishing Association "Maggie Award" winner in the category of Best Regularly Featured Digital Edition Column — Doug has authored more than 800 feature articles and tactical tips on a wide range of topics and trends that affect the law enforcement community. Doug is a member of International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA), an Associate Member of the California Peace Officers' Association (CPOA), and a member of the Public Safety Writers Association (PSWA). Even in his "spare" time, he is active in his support for the law enforcement community, contributing his time and talents toward police-related charitable events as well as participating in force-on-force training, search-and-rescue training, and other scenario-based training designed to prepare cops for the fight they face every day on the street.

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