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Scout PS-Series handheld night-vision cameras from Flir Systems make it possible for farmers, reserve managers, researchers, gamekeepers and wildlife enthusiasts to watch the nocturnal activity of animals on their TVs. Prices for the cameras start at around £1,300.

The cameras can also be used during daylight hours to help users see an animal in light fog, in smoke or through a dust trail. Anything hiding in long grass, behind a bush or in a tree becomes instantly visible, allowing the user to watch wildlife, monitor livestock, spot downed game and even find wandering members from their groups.

Two Scout models are available: the PS-32 and PS-24. Both are equipped with advanced software that delivers a crisp and clear image without the need for adjustment.

The cameras’ Instalert feature colours the hottest parts of the thermal image in red, making it easy to spot an animal or person in the overall scene.

Key features and benefits

  • Scout is a discreet, effective and affordable monocular camera
  • PS-32 produces thermal images of 320 x 240 pixels — suitable for spotting wildlife over distance
  • PS-24 produces thermal images of 240 x 180 pixels for those who don’t require such high resolution
  • Scout is lightweight but IP67 sealed for tough outdoor use
  • Control is by four buttons on top of the unit and an LED task light is built in for illumination
  • Both models are supplied with rechargeable Li-ion batteries — a single load provides up to five hours of operation

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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