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County Deer Stalking is using the Scout PS-32 thermal-imaging camera from Flir Systems in its work to control the deer population in countryside locations in Hampshire, Surrey and Sussex. The company, which uses culling as its method of deer management, believes that thermal imaging is a useful addition to traditional deer-stalking equipment.

The Flir Scout PS-Series thermal-imaging camera is compact and equipped with an uncooled, maintenance-free microbolometer detector that delivers crisp thermal images in any day or night situation.

The camera can produce 320 x 240-pixel thermal images and is equipped with advanced internal camera software that delivers a clear image without the need for user adjustments.

Key benefits of product application

  • According to Peter Jones of County Deer Stalking, with the pressures of hunting, deer have become increasingly nocturnal, which makes the night suitable for counting deer numbers. Using thermal imaging, counts that are normally done in the early morning or late evening can be undertaken at night, providing more accurate records.
  • Jones said that he has used the Scout PS-32 to scan dense woodlands and pick up any heat signatures from deer that would have remained unseen using traditional methods.
  • The Flir technology allows Jones to find wounded deer quickly by following its heat signature and to end their suffering more quickly.
  • Thermal imaging is said to be a useful tool to use in combination with other equipment for deer stalking.

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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