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FLIR Systems reports on how its T1030sc thermal imaging camera is helping bat conservation and research efforts.

Bats play a major role in our ecosystem, but due to numerous threats bat populations have declined significantly over the years. FLIR thermal imaging technology is now playing a key role in helping experts understand, and conserve, bat populations in the UK.

A video report from bat conservation advisors, Simon Holmes and Joe Nunez-Mino, from the Bat Conservation Trust in the UK, explains the important role that FLIR’s T1030sc thermal imaging cameras play in their work. 

The T1030sc is a portable, high-speed, high definition thermal imaging and measurement camera. It is designed for researchers, and scientists who need the highest resolution and sensitivity possible in a flexible, battery powered handheld package. This camera records full 1024 x 768 resolution images at 30 frames per second. The T1030sc lets you capture lossless HD radiometric imagery at up to 120Hz which users can view, acquire, analyse, and share in FLIR ResearchIR Max or MathWorks MATLAB.

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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