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FLIR Systems Research IR 4.2 thermal imaging software provides researchers and scientists with a state-of-the-art tool for viewing, acquiring, analysing, and sharing thermal data.

To enable users to get started, and then gain the full potential of this powerful software package, FLIR Systems has created several informative online tutorial videos that may be viewed at www.flir.eu/science/display/?id=55874.

Available in 20 languages, FLIR ResearchIR 4.2 software provides a comprehensive set of acquisition, diagnostic and data sharing tools as well as customizable, savable workspaces that allow you to arrange how images, data, charts and plots are displayed. ResearchIR4.2 connects directly to FLIR thermal imaging cameras via USB, Firewire, Gigabit Ethernet and Camera Link, enabling fast viewing of thermal snapshots and movie files. The software allows you to control zoom and pan capabilities and performs real-time image analysis with a variety of measurement modes. Software options for preset sequencing and superframing allow researchers to more effectively analyze scenes with large temperature differences or targets with rapid thermal dynamics. An array of enhanced charting and graphing capabilities permits users to create line profiles and temporal plots for all of the measurement tools.

New capabilities for version 4.2 of the software include giving users direct access to their MATLAB scripts within ResearchIR. This allows users to access customized MatLab® scripts directly in ResearchIR for specially-tailored image analysis and processing tasks. In addition, ResearchIR 4.2 software provides FLIR R&D/science thermal camera users with UltraMax file support. UltraMax is a proprietary image enhancement technology available on FLIR’s Tsc-Series thermal imaging cameras.

FLIR Systems specialises in technologies that enhance perception and awareness.  The company brings innovative sensing solutions into daily life through its thermal imaging and visible light imaging technology and systems for measurement, diagnosis, location and advanced threat detection.  Its products improve the way people interact with the world around them, enhance productivity, increase energy efficiency and make the workplace safer.

FLIR Systems has six operating segments – surveillance, instruments, OEM and emerging markets, maritime, security and finally, detection. Of these six, ‘instruments’ is of greatest interest to trade and industry and the second largest segment in the company’s portfolio. This division provides devices that image, measure and assess thermal energy, gases and other environmental elements for industrial, commercial and scientific applications.

These products are manufactured across five production sites, three in the USA and two in Europe; Sweden and Estonia.

A model to suit every application and budget
The options that FLIR Systems provides for measuring temperature and studying thermal performance have never been greater.  Not only does the company offer a huge range of models to suit all thermal application needs but the technology is also affordable and very easy to use.  Thermal cameras now come in various shapes, sizes and degrees of sophistication and FLIR continues to invest heavily in the development of new and complementary technologies to differentiate itself from competitors.

An important milestone in the development of thermal imaging has been the introduction of the FLIR Lepton® core, a micro longwave detector, the size of a mobile SIM.  This has allowed thermal imaging to be repackaged to meet the needs of an even wider audience and, in combination with another new technology called Infrared Guided Measurement – IGM™ – has led to the development of a range of test and measurement meters with imaging capability.

Another important growth area for FLIR thermal imaging is in continuous monitoring to assure quality and safety.  Through its introduction of discrete fixed mounted thermal cameras which are fully compliant industry standard plug-and-play protocols, FLIR Systems has provided industry with infrared machine vision which is instantly ready for quick and easy network installation.

Protecting assets and people from fire is an area for which thermal imaging is least known but, thanks to FLIR Systems’ development, it is now one of the most cost-effective methods available.  Its application flexibility and rapid return on investment present an attractive proposition for any site or safety manager.

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