Thermal Night Vision Cameras

Thermal night vision is a small, rugged, and ergonomic thermal night vision camera. It is build to withstand the demands of day-in, day-out rugged outdoor use. People, animals, and objects all make their own heat and their own contrast, and are clearly seen by the Scout in even the most adverse conditions. Use the Scout to Guide and See at Night, Track and Stay Safe, Search as a Volunteer, Explore the Wild, Identify Uninvited Guests, Locate the Herd, Navigate with Confidence and Guard Your Safety. The camera features a 240 x 180 resolution with a 24 x 18 Field of View, takes about 2 seconds to startup, has a IP67 rating, and can detect a man from about 350 yards away.

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Cooled Thermal Imaging Core Module

The thermal imaging core module is an incooled long-wave thermal imaging core module suitable for a wide variety of applications. Its has high quality infrared image presentation with advanced processing technology.

The thermal imaging core module is available either as self-contained camera unit or as core for integration into end-user products with optional network interface. With low weight, compact size and low power consumption, the thermal imaging core module is ideal for applications such as UAV, man-portable surveillance, driver aids and enhanced vision systems for aircraft.

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Outdoor Thermal Network Camera for Perimeter Intrusion Detection

The Thermal Network Camera is in itself a complete solution for perimeter intrusion detection. It is built around a thermal LWIR sensor and on-board analytics for accurate detection of unwanted intrusions. By using thermal vision, detection is possible in all weather, no-light, and difficult lighting conditions.

The Thermal Network Camera comes as an outdoor camera. The embedded ObjectR-Advanced PID is based on analytics certified by i–LIDS® and approved to be used as primary sensor in a sterile zone. Through the web interface, configuration of the ObjectR-Advanced PID analytics is straightforward with either two detection lines or two detection zones.

To get the most out of the PID analytics we offer the VCA Configuration Server. By using a thermal sensor the influence of external factors is limited to a minimum.

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Thermal Goggle Binocular

The Thermal Goggle/Binocular is a rugged, lightweight, and powerful InfraRed device that can be hand held or mounted on a headgear. By using the 2x internal digital zoom and adding an optional a-focal germanium optical magnification lens, the Thermal Binocular provides up to 9x long-range thermal surveillance and acquisition.

The uncooled thermal detector and high resolution display provide crisp “white hot” or “black hot” images regardless of ambient conditions. While night vision technology relies on amplification of ambient light or assisting illumination, thermal devices are completely passive, sensing extremely minute temperature differences.

Image can be enhanced by adjusting the brightness and contrast of the display.

Designed for law enforcement, military and commercial use, the Thermal Binocular is ideal for such functions as: reconnaissance and surveillance, perimeter control, search and rescue, vehicle identification, wildlife observation and geo-thermal events.

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The History Of Thermal Night Vision

A Thermal Night Vision Device (NVD) is an optical instrument that allows images to be produced in levels of light approaching total darkness. They are most often used by the military and law enforcement agencies, but are available to civilian users. The term usually refers to a complete unit, including an image intensifier tube, a protective and generally water-resistant housing, and some type of mounting system.

Many NVDs also include sacrificial lenses, IR illuminators, and telescopic lenses. Thermal Night Vision devices were first used in World War II, and came into wide use during the Vietnam War. The technology has evolved greatly since their introduction, leading to several “generations” of Thermal Night Vision equipment with performance increasing and price decreasing.


Historically, many armies would not fight at night because the confusion, lack of quality on-time intelligence, and increased communication difficulty made night fighting a very dangerous and very risky proposition. Only the most highly trained soldiers with a well rehearsed plan could take to the battlefield at night with any clear chance of success.

One of the first technologies to enhance vision at night goes all the way back to the end of WWII. The first Thermal Night Vision devices were introduced by the German army as early as 1939. The first devices were being developed by AEG starting in 1935. By the end of World War II, the German army had equipped approximately 50 Panther tanks, which saw combat on both the Eastern and Western Fronts. The “Vampir” man-portable system for infantrymen was being used with Sturmgewehr 44 assault rifles.

Parallel development of Thermal Night Vision systems occurred in the United States. The M1 and M3 infrared night sighting devices, also known as the “sniperscope” or “snooperscope”, were introduced by the US Army in World War II, and also used in the Korean War, to assist snipers. They were active devices, using a large infrared light source to illuminate targets. Their image intensifier tubes function using an anode and an S-1 photocathode, made primarily of silver, caesium, and oxygen to accelerate the electrons.


First generation passive devices, introduced during the Vietnam War, were an adaptation of earlier active GEN 0 technology, and rely on ambient light instead of an infrared light source.

Using an S-20 photocathode, their image intensifiers produce a light amplification of around 1000x, but are quite bulky and require moonlight to function properly.


Second generation devices feature an improved image-intensifier tube utilizing micro-channel plate (MCP) with an S-25 photocathode, resulting in a much brighter image, especially around the edges of the lens.

This leads to increased illumination in low ambient light environments, such as moonless nights. Light amplification is around 20,000x. Also improved were image resolution and reliability.

Later advancements in GEN II technology brought the tactical characteristics of “GEN II+” devices (equipped with better optics, SUPERGEN tubes, improved resolution and better signal-to-noise ratios) into the range of GEN III devices, which has complicated comparisons.


Third generation Thermal Night Vision systems maintain the MCP from Gen II, but now use a photocathode made with gallium arsenide, which further improves image resolution. In addition, the MCP is coated with an ion barrier film for increased tube life. The light amplification is also improved to around 30,000-50,000x.


Some say that generation (Gen) 4 is the most advanced Thermal Night Vision you can buy. This is not the case. To dispel this myth, let’s start with the basics. There are four Generations of Thermal Night Vision; however, they are Gen 0-3, not Gen 1-4. Historically, the U.S. Army has defined each Generation of Thermal Night Vision. In the late 90’s the Army did define Gen 4 as the removal of the ion barrier film creating a “filmless” tube. This new advancement was to reduce halos while increasing sensitivity, signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and resolution, for overall improved performance. While performance was improved, the lack of an ion barrier in Gen 4 tubes led to high failure rates, ultimately leading the U.S. Army to recant the existence of Gen 4 definition. Recognizing the high failure rates of Gen 4 tubes, ITT chose to improve upon the existing Gen 3 technology and create a “thin-filmed” tube. By keeping the protective ion barrier, but greatly reducing its thickness, ITT was able to maintain the reliability of Gen 3 while at the same time delivering on the Army’s performance requirements intended for Gen 4. This innovation resulted in the production of the Gen 3 thin-filmed tube, which is now the highest performing Gen 3 tube available.

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EyeR Thermal Imaging Core HS

In the EyeR Thermal Imaging Core HS, we have used its vast customer experience to answer specific application requirements, such as: low power consumption, single input voltage, extremely short time to image, and built in parallel & analog video outputs. Our state of the art image processing capabilities have allowed the development of superior high-end algorithms including TECless operations. EyeR Thermal Imaging Core HS is an advanced, versatile, modular platform that supports a VOx microbolometer detector, including 17μ detector technology. The EyeR Thermal Imaging Core HS is specifically designed for thermal imaging solutions. Its design is adaptable and modular, enabling easy customization and maximum flexibility to fit the customer’s product.


  • High sensitivity NETD – < 30mK
  • Power consumption: < 1.5W
  • High resolution: 640 x 480
  • Auto BPR real time algorithm
  • Progressive parallel TTL digital video output
  • Time to image: < 5 seconds
  • Operating temperature range: -40ºC to +75ºC
  • Motorized lenses support
  • Built-in boresight calibration
  • Robust design

Why EyeR Thermal Imaging Core HS?

Today’s battlefield and HLS demand a micro thermal imaging solution to achieve maximum all weather vision. EyeR Thermal Imaging Core enables the use of higher F# lenses thereby lowering the cost of the customer’s subsystem. The EyeR Thermal Imaging Core HS gives excellent high-end thermal imaging performance.

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Integrated Thermal Network Camera Solutions

Thermal network cameras complement already extensive range of surveillance and security solutions which includes everything from full high definition 1080P cameras, monitors and recording solutions, cloud based recording and storage, business intelligence video analytics, IP and analogue cameras, 360 degree view cameras to infra-red cameras for low light conditions.Thermal network cameras with built-in motion detection not only allow night time vision without illumination, but also complement vision cameras during the daytime, giving the following enhancements:

  • Ability to see people and vehicles through foliage and smoke
  • Easily identify the presence of people who try to blend into the scenery through camouflage
  • Detect person at up to 1.5km
  • Detect vehicles at up to 4km
  • Inbuilt motion detection enables the creation of effective virtual fences or areas to be monitored for intrusion with significantly reduced false triggers compared to vision cameras
  • Enable clearer and easier monitoring of scenes by security personnel for people and vehicle movement

Powerful Specification, High Performance

Behind its high quality germanium window, thermal network cameras deploy a powerful uncooled silicon microbolometer thermal detector available in a choice of 384×288 and 640×480 resolutions with sensor frequency rates of below 9Hz or 25Hz and above. The 384×288 sensor has a thermal sensitivity of 50mK, the 640×480 sensor has a thermal sensitivity of 70mK. A spectral sensitivity rating of 8mm to 14m m enables detailed clarity even on the darkest of nights or most difficult of scenes.

Thermal network cameras are a powerful electronic sensor and security measure for the most challenging operational circumstances. Available in a range of lens sizes from 15mm to 45mm with other sizes available on demand for special applications. Connectivity is well covered with two H.264 and one .JPEG network interfaces and smart features such as Motion Adaptive Interlace / Progressive Conversion enables clear viewing of moving scenes. Video Motion Detection can also be programmed to trigger alarms along with Command Alarm and Video Loss depending on specific requirements; whilst it is possible to always display the camera title within the output image for faster identification of threat location and greater real time situational awareness.

Ready for a Range of Applications

Panasonic thermal network cameras are designed to enhance the extensive existing range of Panasonic solutions in a broad range of high priority security and surveillance applications.

  • Transportation / Airports, railways and sea ports
  • Utilities / Power, water and gas facilities
  • Government / Military and border security use
  • Commercial / Research and data centres, manufacturing, financial an banking organisations where cash is frequently handled

Thermal Binocular Camera

The thermographic camera is an intelligent inspection device superior to any other thermal binocular products in its class.

Up to 307,200 IR pixels high resolution allows the electrical and mechanical users to pinpoint any overheating quickly and take accurate temperature measurement intuitively on a 5-inch 720P LCD display. The ergonomic rotating LCD and lens design makes it comfortable to aim up at any overhead components.

Based on an open Android operating system design, it works not only as a thermal binocular camera but also a mobile terminal for versatile application programs. Benefit from the WiFi wireless communication capability, images and videos can be transferred to WiFi equipped mobile terminals for further analysis while the thermal binocular camera can also be commanded remotely by the mobile devices.

The onboard analysis report can also be printed instantly on a WiFi printer. In all thermal binocular product range, it is the best choice to offer most efficient and ultimate solution for all inspectional services.

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Thermal Night Vision Adaptor for Broadcast Video Cameras

The Generation 3 Thermal Night Vision Adaptors for Broadcast ENG-Type Cameras are designed for use with high performance ENG Electronic News Gathering Cameras having 1/2″ or 2/3″ bayonet mounts. These thermal night vision modules deliver very high quality night-time video images for professional broadcasters.

Easily mounted between the camera and the lens, the module amplifies low-light scenes so they are easily viewed and recorded by the host camera. Also available for Sony 1/2″ bayonet-mount cameras.

We provide the Highest Night-time Imaging Performance The Thermal Night Vision Modules are the ultimate in high performance thermal night vision video. Making use of the extensive features of professional broadcast cameras, these thermal night vision modules optimally fit between the bayonet-mount objective lens and camera lens mount. At the heart of the 93B-Series is a high performance image intensifier that transforms dark, moonlit or starlit nights into bright, high-resolution scenes that can be seen through the viewfinder and easily recorded. Because of its excellent low-light performance and its compact and rugged design, the 93B Series modules turn any bayonet-mount camera into a portable, low-light video imaging system.

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Advantages of Thermal Imaging

All objects, both natural and manmade, emit infrared energy as heat. By detecting very subtle temperature differences of everything in view, infrared (or thermal imaging) technology reveals what otherwise would be invisible to the naked eye. Even in complete darkness and challenging weather conditions, thermal imaging gives users the ability to see the unseen.

First developed for military purposes, thermal imaging has since been adopted by law enforcement, fire and rescue teams, security professionals, maintenance operations, and more. This technology can be used to detect approaching people or vehicles, to track the footsteps of a fugitive, or to learn why a fire resists extinguishment.

  • For law enforcement and security staff, thermal imaging detects suspicious activity over long distances in total darkness and through fog, smoke, dust, foliage, and many other obscurants. This allows officers to approach in stealth mode and make better informed decisions more quickly. Cameras may be handheld, vehicle-mounted, tripod-mounted, or weapon-mounted.
  • For security and surveillance systems, thermal imaging cameras complement CCTV cameras to provide comprehensive threat detection and integrate seamlessly with larger networks.
  • For predictive maintenance, thermal imaging reveals “hot spots” where failure may be imminent in many electrical and industrial facilities and installations.
  • For manufacturers, thermal imaging camera cores are small, light, and have flexible/intelligent designs for easy integration.

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