Long range thermal cameras


Long Range Thermal Cameras

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We offer a wide array of long range LWIR uncooled and MWIR Cooled thermal imaging flir camera systems. Multiple add-on modules, sensors and options are available such as long range LRF Laser range finders, Long range IR illuminators, Radars, Laser dazzlers, pointers and a host of complimentary cameras Such as Color Night Vision, SWIR and Spotter imagers.

Long range thermal cameras

The M7 Falcon is a high performance multi sensor stabilized
Long range thermal camera.

The rugged, Cost effective all weather gimbal packs a plethora of features useful for effective
24/7 security and surveillance applications. Instant Optical zoom on both
the thermal Flir camera channel and the visible daytime low light camera
channel are easily accessible via a host of controlling options.

The all weather M7 Falcon Long Range Thermal Camera can
be used on fixed, marine, telescoping mast pole and mobile
mounted applications in any hot/cold climates.

The M7 Falcon long range thermal camera is an affordable day/night security
solution for surveillance of borders, coastlines, shorelines and high value/critical
perimeter environments. The high speed Pan Tilt Gimbal has zero backlash and is
positioned by the user’s preference of speeds.

The System Has a multitude of useful EO/IR ISR DRI features easily controlled by the user.

Long range thermal cameras


Long range thermal cameras


  • Full PTZ controls with 360 degree continuous rotation
  • Hardened/coated anti glare optics
  • Smooth Accurate and rapid Auto Focus algorithm
  • Rugged, All weather design can withstand harsh environments
  • uninterrupted 24/7/365 day/night operation
  •  Solid state, reliable  maintenance free system
  • All metal construction
  • Ultra sensitive, long range thermal imaging flir focal plane array technology
  • High fidelity, long range, low light BSI CMOS CCTV television camera
  • On Screen symbology with sensors and gimbal status indicator
  • Smooth, jitter free, variable user selectable azimuth/elevation gimbal movement
  • Multiple thermal imaging Color and monochrome palettes
  • Latest advanced LWIR uncooled Focal Plane Array (FPA) sensor technology
  • Protected from intense energy sources and sun damage
  • Long life system utilizing the highest quality electronic and mechanical components
  • Reliable platform ensures years of maintenance free operation
  • LR2 Rangefinder with scale for Human and Vehicle target location
  • Gimbal heading indicator Windage/Elevation
  • Onboard user selectable enhancement features (Gamma, Polarity, Calibration, Detail Enhancement, Brightness, Contrast, Auto Or Manual Focus, Ranging, Sensor Protection, Crosshair Selection, MSCD,  Symbology Overlay, Stabilization)
  • User selectable full PTZ (Pan Tilt Zoom) manipulation
  • Simple to Install, learn and operate
  • System Includes Keyboard, Joystick, Monitors, Cables and all standard accessories ready to Plug N Play
long range thermal cameras
Long range thermal camera

Long range clip on thermal scopes

When looking for a high quality, cost effective Long Range thermal camera with PTZ and
Multi sensor Day/Night optics, there are many choices, The M7 Falcon Incorporates a
plethora of useful features for security, ISR and surveillance into a rugged all weather
system that’s simple to install, learn and operate.The M7 Falcon Long Range Thermal
camera is priced less than Half of our competitors and offers you the highest quality
Electronic and mechanical components in a package that will last for years, even in
constant daily usage and in harsh environments.

The M7 Falcon can cut and see through thick smoke and environmental clutter.
The image below shows the power of thermal imaging sensing through thick smoke

Thermal imaging sees through smoke

M7 Falcon Long range thermal camera sample
mono and color palette screenshots With ranging symbology

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long range PTZ thermal cameras
long range PTZ thermal cameras


Type: Maintenance free uncooled VOX Microbolometer FPA Focal Plane Array
Resolution: 640×512 , HD high definition thermal sensors available, please inquire
Field of View: Zoom 17° Wide to 1.8° Narrow (optical) Degrees FOV
Wavelength: Long Wave Infrared LWIR
Spectral range: 7 – 14 Microns
NETD: High sensitivity 40mK
Detection: Vehicle 12 Miles / Human 4.5 Miles / UAV 1.25 Miles / Fire (6.5×6.5 ft area) 4.5 Miles Recognition: Vehicle 6.5 Miles / Human 2.5 Miles / UAV 1 Mile
Identification: Vehicle 3.3 Miles / Human / UAV 0.75 Mile
Operational Altitude: 7.5 Miles
Shock 1500 g @ 0.4 msec
Solar Protection: Yes
NUC: Auto/Manual Silent, Instant
Imaging: Detail/Contrast enhancement. Full auto imaging AGC contrast & brightness
Image correction: 3D Digital temporal noise filtering & reduction
Polarity: Black hot / White Hote
Color: 16 Styles
Zoom: 1-10x Electronic Zoom
Alarm/Alert: 16 region target selection
RangeFinder: OSD ranging with Human and Vehicle target symbology
Hot oSpot: Auto Hot spot scene detection THERMAL IMAGING LENS Material Germanium
Type: Hardened, Anti Reflective coated, Sealed
Zoom: Athermalized, Parfocal Continuous high speed Optical zoom
Motor: Precision Stainless
F Rating: F/1.2
Focus: Automatic/ Manual
Calibration: In line calibrated to thermal sensor without vignetting, blooming, distortion
Transmission: High 85.3%
Vibration Compensation: Yes
Upgrade sensor support: Up to WUXGA 1920×1200 IR Detector Sensor type: 1 / 2.8 “progressive scan CMOS
Scanning system: Progressive scanning
Signal system: PAL / NTSC
Video output:
Resolution: 50Hz: 25FPS (1920×1080) 60Hz: 30fps (1920×1080) 50Hz: 25FPS (1280×960); 60Hz: 30fps
(1280×960) 50Hz: 25FPS (1280×720) 60Hz: 30fps (1280×720)
Color: 0.05Lux @ (f1.8, AGC on) black and white: 0.01LUX @ (f1.8, AGC on)
SNR: >52dB
Lens: Focal length 8-310mm, 40x optical zoom
Aperture value: F1.8-f6.0
Horizontal field of view angle: 41.3o – 2.0o (wide angle – telescope) close range 10 mm – 1500 mm (wide angle – telescope)
Zoom speed: About 3.5 seconds (optical, wide-angle telescope)
Day/night conversion mode: ICR filter
BSI CMOS CCTV EXTENDED FEATURES1. Focus mode: Auto / manual / primary focus
2. Exposure mode: Auto exposure / aperture priority / shutter priority / manual exposure3. Day and night mode: Auto / color / black and white electronic shutter 1 / 1 second to 1 / 30000 second4. White Balance: Auto 1 / Auto 2 / indoor / outdoor / manual / sodium lamp / fluorescent lamp5. Backlight compensation: Off / on6. Gain: 16 level adjustable7. Bad point compensation: Support8. Wide dynamic: off / on, adjustable at 15 levels9. Digital noise reduction: 3D10. Lens initialization: Built in11. Image quality adjustment: Brightness, contrast, sharpness and saturation can be adjusted12. Digital zoom 12 network function13. Video compression: H.265/H.26414. Compressed output code rate: 32kbps-16mbps15. Audio compression: G.722.1, G.711-a law, G.711-u law, MP2l2, G.726, AAC, PCM16. Storage function: Supports micro SD / micro SDHC / micro SDXC card (up to 256g)
17.Image setting movement function can be adjusted through client or IE browser18. Intelligent alarm: motion detection, blocking alarm, memory full, memory error19. Support Protocol: TCP / IP, HTTP, DHCP, DNS, DDNS, RTP, RTSP, PPPoE, SMTP, NTP, UPnP, SNMP, FTP, 802.1x, QoS, HTTPS, IPv6 (SIP, SRTP, optional), gb28181, onvif, psia, CGI, ISAPI three stream support
CMOS/BSI LOW LIGHT IMAGER1. Pixels: 2MP electrical focus;2. HD infrared correction: Optical IR correction design, diurnal focus3. Auto aperture: support;4. Night-day wide spectrum: 0.4-0.75um visible broad spectrum window and 0.8-0.95um NIR narrow spectrum window with day-night independent double-pass window to improve the signal-to-noise ratio of imaging light and stray light.5. Preset position: precision potentiometer, DC5V, zoom focusing feedback6. Interface: C/CS
STRUCTURE1. Material: Integral aluminum alloy housing, sealed and waterproof;2. Structure: integration double window design;3. Window glass: 4mm microcrystalline infrared high-efficiency transparent HLIN optical glass, transmittance > 98%;4. Surface spraying: PTA three-resistance coating, anti corrosion (optional);5. Temperature control: The whole system adopts thermal balance design + wide temperature electronic and optoelectronic devices, with built-in heating and heat dissipation components, which can work in low temperature and high temperature environment.6. Weather proof: IP66, water-proof, dust-proof;7. Connector:Aviation Water-Proof Connector.
PTZ1. Load duty:30kg CNC Pan-Tilt;2. Pan: 0 – 360° continuously,Tilt: +45°~-45°3. Rotation speed:Pan: 0.01~30°/S,Tilt: 0.01~15°/S, support with lens focus speed adaptive function;4. Preset: 255 preset, support lens zooming and focus preset;5. Accuracy: ±0.1°;6. Cruise Line-Scan: support 6 cruise line, 1 apple-skin scan, 1 line scan;7. Watching: Pre-positioning/Automatic Cruise Route/Automatic Scanning Route8. Power-off memory: support (restoring pre-power-off position, preset point status, cruise status, line-scanning status)9. Azimuth Information: Support angle query, return and positioning;10. Zero correction: support for north-to-zero remote correction function.11. Power consumption: about 80W12. Weight: 29 kg
IP1. Network interface: RJ45. 10/100 Base-T adaptive (integrated video output and RS485 control)2. Network protocol: TCP/IP, UDP, IPv4/v6; support HTTP, RTP, RTSP, NFS, DHCP, NTP, SMTP, SNMPv1/v2c/v3, UPNP, PPPoE, DNS, FTP; support PSIA, ONVIF2.0, GB281813. Support Onvif 2.0 a4. Pelco-P、Pelco-D baud rate 2400、4800、9600、19200(optional)5. Power supply: AC/DC24V, Anti-reverse connection protection6. Interface:aviation waterproof connector.
ENVIORMENTAL1. Working temperature: – 25 ~60 (- 40 Optional);2. Storage Temperature: -45 ~+70;3. Humidity: <90%;4. Seismic resistance: 0.2g (in accordance with GB/T15211-2013 5.4 harsh grade 2);5. Impact resistance: 15g (in accordance with GB/T15211-2013 5.3 harsh grade 3);6. Lightning protection: built-in surge protection interface circuit, 4000V power supply, 2000V signal;7. Salt spray prevention: continuous spray for 96 hours at pH 6.5 to 7.2, no change in surface.8. Protection Level: IP66
9. Consumption: ±150W

Long range thermal camera

M7 Falcon Long Range thermal camera Technology Overview

Our long range Thermal imaging flir PTZ cameras are robust, All weather, heavy duty PTZ (Pan Tilt Zoom) positioners/Gimbals that rotate continuously 360 degrees and Pan/Tilt up and down allowing the user to guide and control the motors and position the long range flir cameras and associated sensors to the position of interest. The long range flir PTZ thermal Security cameras can be gyro-stabilized which reduces the shake and jitter from the imagery especially when zoomed in to maximum telephoto ranges. Our long range thermal imaging flir PTZ Security cameras Have the ability of reaching out and detecting threats up to 50 kilometers. All of our Long Range thermal imaging Cameras come with a complimentary long range zoom daytime EO CMOS low light camera Which make these systems a true complete day and night imaging system. Additional sensors can be added onto our long range flir PTZ thermal cameras such as SWIR (Short Wave Infrared) cameras, Laser rangefinders (LRF), tracking, radar with slew to cue capabilities, GPS, Compass, Laser dazzlers, microphones, spotlights, loudspeakers, laser infrared Illuminators, laser infrared pointers, and high speed cameras. We custom build our long range flir PTZ thermal camera and can incorporate most any add on option you can imagine into our gimbal platforms. OurLong Range thermal imaging payloads offer the user crisp, clear image quality with outstanding detail, clarity and fidelity. Long range infrared cameras come in both Cooled MWIR and LWIR uncooled flavors in both HD (High Definition) 1024×768 (XGA) HD SXGA (1280×1024) as well as HD 1080P (1920×1080) and HD WUXGA (1920×1200). Traditional SD VGA (Standard definition) which is typically 640×480 or 640×512 Pixel resolution. We support custom installations for our long range thermal cameras on mobile vehicle rooftop roof mounted Applications, building, telescoping, fixed pole, pneumatic, hydraulic or hand crank masts. We also support our long range thermal cameras with IP68 ratings for marine, coastal and shoreline installations on boats, vessels and ships, Our long range thermal imaging flir camera systems are mounted in many areas throughout the world in harsh environments and used for Border patrol and protection, coastline and shoreline installations, range, airports, forward Operation and observation bases (FOB), runways, critical infrastructures, high value asset protection and anywhere where long range 24/7 day and night vision imaging is critical to secure and protect a specific area. Our long range flir PTZ thermal cameras are easily mounted in multiple configurations like on roof mounted, car, Truck, mobile command vehicles, security vehicle and mobile applications. In marine vessels, our Long Range thermal imaging flir ptz cameras Are mounted to boats, yachts and cruise ships. Other mounting provisions are portable trailers, telescoping masts, poles, tripods, pendant, buildings and fixed mounts. SPI uses the best, most reliable and longest lasting coolers in the midwave MWIR long range thermal camera systems which is a critical factor in the procurement of long range flir cameras. Having a reliable cooler ensures years of continuous maintenance free operation from the MWIR camera. We source the best Cooled Camera system made up of indium antimonide InSb, HOT MCT Mercury Cadmium Telluride and SLS types with micro pitches as small as 10 µm.

Because everything generates heat, thermal imaging cameras can see as well at night as they can during the day. Cameras dependent on visible light are useless at night or in poor visibility without supplementary illumination from lamps, LEDs or lasers.
See clearly also in broad daylight and in total darkness night vision
SPI’s long range IR FLIR PTZ pan tilt thermal imaging cameras will not only protect borders and assets against intruders during the darkest of nights.

The cameras are also perfectly suited for daytime surveillance. The long range infrared cooled and uncooled FLIR thermal imaging cameras will detect objects that remain invisible to the naked eye. For example, people hiding in the shadows or in the bushes will be detected. The cameras are also not blinded by glare from the sun.
Force Protection, Border Security and Surveillance The Ultra extreme NFOV long range FLIR thermal imaging night vision PTZ surveillance systems cover more territory and enable detection and classification better than any other sensor suite available. Networkable video and control make the long range FLIR thermal imaging systems the perfect border security imaging solution.

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The Long range thermal cameras can be connected to a radar in a so called “slew to cue” configuration. If the radar detects an object, the camera turns in the correct direction so that you get a visual image from that blip on your radar screen.
Coastal Surveillance Some countries are bordered by thousands of kilometers of coastline. The Long range thermal cameras are the perfect tools to monitor what is happening along the coastline. They can be used to intercept illegal immigrants or to detect other threats coming from the sea. They are perfect for Vessel Traffic Monitoring and can work together with Automatic Identification Systems (AIS) and radars.

Perimeter Security Airports, air force bases, hydroelectric power plants, refineries, oil and gas pipelines and any other large infrastructure objects have perimeters that can be kilometers long. The ultra extreme Long range thermal cameras provide the ultimate security solution. Detection ranges can exceed 50 kilometers KM
Quick and accurate Pan & Tilt unit The ultra compact, ultra precision IP68+ Pan & Tilt unit is designed for heavy duty service in extremely demanding environments, from hot desert to arctic conditions. This positioning unit includes slip-ring connections for the different signals (video, power and data), which allow for infinite horizontal rotation, and provide DC servo drives for the rotary movement in both axes.

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High precision gears provide fast accurate movement, free from backlash and extremely low hysteresis, through a continuous 360° rotation. The performance contributes to find targets faster, as well as to get a good and stable display of the sensors’ pictures even in very narrow fields of view. Incremental encoders allow for accurate geo-referencing of targets with precise read-out of the vertical and horizontal angles. Our PTZ pan tilt gimbals are the longest lasting most reliable positioning gimbals available. Enhanced electronic and active gyro stabilization ensures jitter free imagery at extreme long ranges and while operating the system on the move on mobile/windy harsh mast/pole/tripod hydraulic and retractable platforms.

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Laser Range Finder LRF, SPI’s ultra extreme long range day/night vision MWIR midwave cooled and long-wave LWIR uncooled systems can be equipped with long range eye safe Laser Range Finder. Combined with the GPS system and the electromagnetic compass, it will allow you to exactly determine where a suspected object is located and how far it is away even at extreme standoff long ranges.
Easy to install learn and operate, Our long range thermal IR infrared imaging PTZ pan tilt gimbal systems are designed to be easily installed and operated from remote or local C2.

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With Long range PTZ or pan / tilt / zoom thermal imaging becoming relatively cheaper and an integral part of Short, medium, long and extreme ultra long range Surveillance, security, observation systems, a whole range of uses becomes both possible and economically viable. long range Thermal flir PTZ cameras can be an excellent complement in many situations where conventional cameras diminish their performance as low light levels are present. They are, of course, unparalleled in a situation of twilight, thermal cross-over, near darkness and total darkness. They can also be an option in areas that are very difficult to illuminate effectively, for example a sea front, a harbor, or any other vast expanse of open water thus making SPI’s long range PTZ thermal infrared imaging Ir cameras paramount for use in marine, boat, vessel and ship applications.

Similarly, artificial light not only runs the risk of revealing where the cameras are placed, enabling parties to avoid or vandalize them, but can also create projected shadows in which an intruder can avoid detection. Furthermore, spotlights can blind as well as illuminate. So cameras that do not rely on light can be the preferred solution in many different traffic situations, whether it is in railway tunnels, on air strips, runways, or on regular streets. Long Range Thermal flir PTZ cameras, on the other hand, cannot be blinded by bright lights or laser beams.SPI Corp’s long range multi sensor Eoir flir thermal imaging camera systems offer substantial long distance detection ranges allowing the operator to be positioned at very far distant standoff locations offering ample time to react, to threats or targets of interest.

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Long range imaging systems provide a benefit to the user when coupled with an array of sensors and geo locating modules especially in specialty military, security and surveillance applications. The farther you are, the more time you have to react and not be seen.What the science behind a long range thermal imaging FLIR IR night vision PTZ pan tilt gimbal turret camera?(a) Housing – Usually composed of an aluminum bell shaped cover, The housing can be of all shapes and sizes from plastic to military grade hardened coated all weather NBC Nuclear Biological Chemical compliant.

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(b) Camera module
This is where the image FLIR, MWIR, LWIR, SWIR, night vision, intensified, cmos, long wave, short wave, mid wave cooled and uncooled detector and sensors reside, CCD sensor, optical zoom germanium DFOV, TFOV, Fixed and CZ continuous zoom lenses, and the motors that control Zoom and Focus are located.
(c) PTZ Pan Tilt control board
The PTZ control board processes RS485 data that converts it into mechanical movements. Some are Pelco, Pelco Extended and are available in a wide array of protocols supporting VMS, GUI, ONVIF, IP, ETHERNET, FIBER, MICROWAVE, ANALOG, DIGITAL and WIRELESS

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(d) PTZ motors – are the small motors that allow the thermal FLIR and CCTV HD camera to perform up, down, left and right functions. Some systems have no motors and other methods of moving and positioning the long range thermal cameras PTZ, some use brushless motors. We can Customize your long range Pan Tilt Zoom Thermal, CCTV and other exotic sensor system to cater to your exact application,
We have facilities that can satisfy any requirement in a rapid response timeframe. We offer the worlds longest range, best weapons grade all weather IP67 hardened PTZ EOIR
imaging systems.

Long range thermal camerasLong Range Visible HD CCTV cameras can compliment the Thermal cameras and assist in daytime and low light DRI (Detection, Recognition and Identification)Long range Critical infrastructure applications require not only continuous video surveillance and monitoring, but also a solution that yields highly reliable intrusion detection, with fewer false alarms. This need makes advanced video analytics a must for any adequate long range thermal/cctv surveillance system.ANALYTICS, IMAGE CAPTURE, ACTION AND NETWORK SUPPORTABILITY.

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Advanced analytics will provide multiple automated alarm notification options, including email, edge image storage, digital outputs or video management software (VMS) alarms. Incorporating high quality, unique and adaptive analytics can virtually eliminate false alarms, allowing security personnel to respond more efficiently and effectively, while also lowering overall cost for the end user. Once a long range intrusion attempt is discovered, it is important to act fast. Organizing a response system that can initiate actions based on GPS location data, such as the slewing of the Long range thermal cameras, automated intruder tracking or activated lighting sensors, greatly increases staff’s situational awareness while easing their workload. For instance, thermal imagers deployed in conjunction with video analytics can be used to generate an initial alarm event, which can then trigger a sequence of other security equipment and notifications for personnel to eventually respond to. Having all of this in place essentially lays the entire situation out in a way that allows responders to accurately understand and evaluate a scene.

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While traditional long range surveillance & security technologies such as radar, Long range thermal cameras and visible cameras, or video analytics work well on their own, utilizing all of these options together provide an advanced perimeter detection system. For example, ground surveillance radar can detect possible threats beyond the fence line as they approach and send a signal to pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) cameras, triggering them to slew to a specific location. From there, embedded analytics and visible cameras can further identify objects, notify authorized staff, and collect additional evidence through facial recognition or high-quality photos and videos, Post auto-response mechanisms have activated and done their job, it is time for responders to acknowledge and assess the situation. From here, authorized personnel can take the next appropriate step toward defending against and delaying the threat.

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Deterring suspicious activity can be achieved through real-time two-way audio, a simple but powerful tool. Often, control room operators can diffuse a situation by speaking over an intercom, telling the trespasser that they are being watched and that the authorities have been notified. The primary purpose of the delay facet of the overall perimeter protection strategy is to stall an attempted intrusion long enough for responders to act. Access control systems play a key role in realizing this objective. When a security officer sees a non-compliant, suspicious individual on the camera feed, the officer can lock all possible exits to trap them in one area all through the VMS.

MWIR and LWIR reference overview, Long range thermal cameras such as the M7 Flacon is an ideal sensor for 24/7 all-weather surveillance often used in protected environments such as a border or an airport. Quite often it is difficult to decide between

a thermal camera active in the cooled mid-wave infrared spectral band (MWIR 3-5 micron) or in the long-wave infrared spectral band (LWIR 8-12 micron).

Here’s a quick break down of the technical differences between the two, with comparative costs and benefits associated with each that may help
you decide on the most appropriate technology between Long range thermal cameras that are cooled MWIR and uncooled LWIR.

Some basic physics first. The infrared spectrum is usually divided into three bands that correspond to three atmospheric transmission windows:

  • SWIR = ~1-2.5μm short-wave infrared Uncooled
  • MWIR = ~3-5μm mid-wave infrared (thermal) Cooled
  • LWIR = ~7-14μm long-wave infrared (thermal) UncooledLet us focus on the last two spectral wavelength bands, MWIR and LWIR, which are referred to as the ‘thermal imaging bands’, as the long range thermal cameras in these bands are actually making an electronic image that corresponds to the thermal gradients in the observed scene.

Overall atmospheric transmission The overall atmospheric transmission depends on the local atmospheric constituents (aerosols, particles, water vapor, fog, rain etc).

long range thermal imaging MWIR camera systems are less affected by humidity than long range thermal imaging LWIR camera systems for most target ranges, so we would usually recommend MWIR cameras for applications like coastal surveillance, vessel traffic surveillance, shoreline, frontier and border or harbor protection.

Both bands are adversely affected by fog and rain, though LWIR band has better performance than MWIR in fog conditions.

LWIR band is better than MWIR for imaging through smoke or aerosols, so LWIR is usually the chosen technology for firefighting applications and for military applications.

Nevertheless, for very long-range target detection at 10km distance or more, MWIR has greater atmospheric transmission than LWIR in most climates. For that reason, MWIR is usually the preferred choice for very long range surveillance applications.

Target temperature (thermal flux, contrast, spectral content)

For most of the long range surveillance situations (man or vehicle to be detected within ambient temperature background), there is more flux (thermal energy emitted by the targets and by the environment background) available in the LWIR band than in the MWIR band at most scene temperatures, (around ambient temperatures).

However, the thermal contrast (target flux normalized to background flux), which actually makes the thermal image, is usually greater in the MWIR cooled band, this is one of the reasons why MWIR
is often the preferred choice when customers can afford it. Moreover, MWIR is also a better option if you want to detect airplanes or missiles, and the hot exhaust plumes are significantly more visible in the MWIR than in the LWIR.

Solar effects LWIR sees negligible solar effects while MWIR
does, so LWIR imagers provide more consistent images between day time and night time. However, please make sure that your LWIR camera is ‘sun immune’, i.e. resistant to direct exposure to the
sun, and in fact some of the low cost un-cooled microbolometers can have their detector ‘burnt’ by a too much or too direct exposure to the sun.

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Inversely, while most of the MWIR current technologies are ‘sun immune’, the actual MWIR performance can be deteriorated by solar glints, for example the sun reflecting off water can hide targets in case of coastal surveillance. The last but not least factor is price. As often,
the technology performance is proportional to the budget. This fact is globally true for long range thermal cameras with un-cooled LWIR cameras (very affordable today much like the M7 Falcon, good enough for most of the short and mid-range applications), cooled MWIR cameras (expensive, for long range surveillance) and cooled LWIR Long range thermal cameras (usually very expensive, for long-range application or specific military usage). There are no un-cooled MWIR cameras available for standard surveillance. NVTHERM can help characterization.
The M7 Falcon long range thermal camera utilizes the more affordable LWIR thermals. The same system in MWIR would cost around 3x.

We are here to help assist you in selecting the absolute highest quality, cost effective
day/night video security/surveillance system for your needs.

Homeland Security never sleeps. It’s a 24/7 operation that can’t afford downtime or periods of reduced readiness. More and more, Long range PTZ thermal FLIR security cameras along with complimentary CCTV long range zoom telephoto TV EO sensors have become the visual surveillance sensor of choice for these demanding, high-security missions.

For many years PTZ (Pan, Tilt Zoom) FLIR thermal cameras have proven themselves to be the best 24-hour visual surveillance imaging solutions available, and today they are a vital component in the US Homeland Security mission, helping to secure our borders, airports, sea ports, nuclear facilities, and other critical infrastructure installations.

Through dust and smog, even in the darkest nights, SPI’s Long range stationary, vehicle, mast mounted PTZ (pan & tilt, zoom) FLIR thermal cameras let security professionals see intruders and vehicles alike at various short, medium, long, and very long detection, recognition and Identification (DRI) Ranges.. No matter what they need to see, or where they need to see it from, SPI thermal FLIR PTZ cameras keep law enforcement and security officers seeing clearly.

FLIR (Forward Looking InfraRed) Thermal Imaging cameras

The demand for COOLED AND UNCOOLED MWIR/LWIR thermal imaging to enhance the CCTV environment is increasing markedly.  High Resolution, ultra sensitive, Advanced Micron Pitched Thermal imaging provides 24-hour, all-year-round, long-range asset and personnel protection.  Unlike other cameras thermal imaging cameras require no lighting that may draw unwanted attention to a facility or site.  They provide vivid, high-contrast images of intruders even when light fog, smoke, rain, snow, foliage or lack of ambient light may make them difficult to see with the naked eye or with conventional cameras.

Some thermal imaging cameras have a range up to 50km and can be easily integrated into either legacy video or modern IP based networks to complement established daylight cameras.  Compatibility with third-party video analytical tools provides reliable unattended threat detection and alarm capability.

Thermal imaging has a valuable part to play in short to long-range surveillance but there are several system choices available in the commercial market place.  The main options are a cooled or uncooled thermal imaging system.  So apart from the obvious what is the difference between them and which one is the most effective system?

cooled MWIR MID WAVE INFARED (Stirling micro-cooler type) FLIR thermal imaging camera

Let’s start with the design basics.  A cryocooler is integrated with the imaging sensor on a cooled camera to reduce thermally-induced noise to a level below that of the signal being imaged.  This type of camera is the most sensitive to small differences in scene temperature.  They can be produced to image in the midwave infrared or MWIR band of the spectrum where the thermal contrast is high due to blackbody physics.  They can also be designed to work in the longwave infrared or LWIR band.

Thermal contrast is the change in signal for a change in target temperature.  The higher the thermal contrast, the easier it is to detect targets against a background that may not be much colder or hotter than the target.  Generally speaking, the images from MWIR cameras pointed at nighttime scenes of interest show quite vivid contrast compared with other infrared wavebands.

Uncooled LWIR LONG WAVE INFARED (Thermo Electric TE) FLIR thermal imaging camera

A common detector design employed by the uncooled infrared camera is based on the microbolometer.  This is a tiny vanadium oxide resistor with a large temperature coefficient on a silicon element with a large surface area exhibiting low heat capability and good thermal isolation.

Changes in scene temperature cause changes in the bolometer temperature that are converted into electrical signals and processed into an image.  Uncooled sensors are designed to work in the longwave infrared from 7 to 14 microns where terrestrial temperature targets emit most of their infrared energy.

Uncooled cameras are generally less expensive than their cooled counterparts.  The manufacturing economies based on detector-demand have a large part to play here but so too does the exclusion of the cyrocooler which is costly device.  As they also have fewer wearing parts uncooled cameras have longer service lives.

Cost effectiveness of thermal FLIR imaging cameras

Given the price-sensitivity of the security market and the need for cameras capable of uninterrupted operation there would appear to be little or no case for a cooled camera.  But of course it’s not as clear-cut as that!  Range and other issues have to be considered.  When the stand-off range is 5km or greater, thermal imaging systems, based on cooled cameras, quickly become more cost-effective.  And note the emphasis on the word ‘systems’ of which the basic thermal camera is just a part.

One of the biggest cost drivers of a long-range uncooled system is the lens.  As effective range requirements increase the lenses for uncooled camera systems become so bulky and expensive that it can often be cheaper to opt for a cooled camera with an equivalent focal length lens.

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Long range flir thermal PTZ camera
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Long range flir thermal PTZ camera

The V9 is a long range PTZ Pan Tilt Zoom thermal imaging FLIR camera system designed for long range security and surveillance applications.

The V9 long range thermal imaging PTZ FLIR camera packs highest military grade electronic and mechanical components. Advanced long range SD and HD zoom 1200mm thermal imaging FLIR germanium optics coupled with solid state cooled MWIR ultra sensitive detector technology provide long range detection in excess of 40 kilometer range. The HD CMOS low light visible imager provides vivid daytime long range zoom 2100mm optics for exceptional EO imaging.

The V9 is 24/7 imaging system has outstanding capabilities for long range day/night vision imaging in critical facilities, borders, and coastlines.

20km LRF Laser range finders, 15km IR laser pointer/illuminator and rock steady gyro stabilization are just a few optional which can be integrated into the V9 gimbal.

Defense Imaging Systems can custom build the V9 EO/IR system to meet your requirements with a plethora of exotic sensor technology and a wide range of optics to meet your Detection, Recognition and Identification (DRI) needs.

The Fully sealed MILSTD ultra rugged system is rated at IP68 which is the highest environmental rating for any PTZ multi sensor thermal imaging gimbal system. 

The V9 Pan Tilt Multi Sensor Thermal imaging camera will not only protect borders and assets against intruders during the darkest of nights. The cameras are also perfectly suited for daytime surveillance. The V9 MWIR Cooled thermal imaging camera will detect objects that remain invisible to the naked eye. Like, people hiding in the shadows or in the bushes will be detected. The cameras are also not blinded by glare from the sun. Our systems are Ideal for airports, flight line, runway, FOB, perimeter, border, coastal, shoreline, port and waterway security and surveillance applications.

The V9 long range FLIR IR thermal imaging surveillance system will cover more territory and enable detection and classification better than any other sensor suite available. Networkable video and command/control make the M11 Pan Tilt Multi Sensor thermal imaging / EOIR unit the perfect border security imaging solution. The system can be connected to a radar in a so called slew to cue configuration. If the radar detects an object, the camera turns in the correct direction so that you get a visual image from that blip on your radar screen.

The HD V9 PTZ Pan Tilt FLIR Thermal Imaging Camera enables users to see more details at long range without losing situational awareness with twice the wide area coverage at any distance compared to 640×480 systems. The V9 PTZ Pan Tilt FLIR Thermal Imaging Camera provides a 16:9, wide screen video to show more of the scene at a glance.

Using HOT or traditional MWIR cooled detectors, the V9 PTZ Pan Tilt FLIR Thermal Imaging Camera provides exceptional long range performance with detection of man-sized targets beyond 35km and vehicles beyond 50km. The system also supports continuous zoom to maintain situational awareness with target focus in both a wide field of view and during zoom for effective target assessment. This capability ensures users always have an optimized field of view for targets at any range.

The system also features the new DISC Image Processing Engine with advanced algorithms developed to generate a perfect picture with minimal adjustment, Anti Fog/Haze and turbulence Mitigation is standard.

Multiple Advanced Image Enhancements and clutter reduction offer the user ultra crisp imagery at very long ranges

The V9 PTZ Pan Tilt FLIR Thermal Imaging Camera contains an exclusive auto focus feature which delivers crisp, clear images at the press of a button. Focus is kept while zooming in or out. The system allows you to experience better situational awareness in the wide field of view, while maintaining detailed recognition capabilities in the narrow field of view. The system is ideal for long range isr, c4isr, border, coastal, maritime and security applications.
All cameras incorporate easily with common power and video interfaces found in existing and new security systems. They can be easily integrated into any existing infrastructure providing early detection and visibility 24/7 all the year round. The images from the 1280 x 1024 pixels detector can be displayed as MPEG4-format or high end HD SDI format.
All V9 PTZ Pan Tilt FLIR Thermal Imaging Cameras are configured to be either fixed mounted or field transportable for fast deployment. They can be mounted on a standard tripod. A single operator can set up the system in minutes, making it ideal for mobile operations and quick deployments.
All systems are extremely rugged. Their vital core is well protected against humidity and water. It operates between -30°C to +65°C.

Our Rugged all weather housing are the absolute most rugged and highest performing systems in the world, They are the only ones in the Industry that get submerged and operated fully prior to shipping, Our intense final inspection assures that all Mechanical, optical and electronic aspects are triple checked for smooth operation.

The V9 long range PTZ Pan Tilt FLIR Thermal Imaging Cameras comes with a TCP/IP interface that supports commercial and multiple common standard protocols to provide video over IP (VOIP). The synchronization enables integration into demanding applications where accurate time stamping video is required. The video can be syncronized with external sources.
The V9 PTZ Pan Tilt FLIR Thermal Imaging Cameras can easily be upgraded with new software features and developments in the future. This can be done from the control room, no need to open up the camera. This makes the V9 PTZ Pan Tilt FLIR Thermal Imaging Cameras a state-of-the-art system for many years to come.

The V9 Is simply the highest performing, longest range, most rugged and reliable Pan tilt zoom EO IR Multi Sensor System available.

The V9 Daylight and Thermal Surveillance (P/T/Z) Multi-Sensor (cooled) mwir 3-5um thermal flir imaging system that can be custom built and tailored to your exact requirements with rapid delivery and affordability.


Thermal cameras or FLIR cameras, unlike traditional visible cameras, use heat rather than light to
see an object, giving them a huge advantage over other imaging technologies.
Using minute differences in infrared (IR) radiation they produce a high-contrast thermal
image in complete darkness. It is unaffected by bright light and has the ability
to see through obstructions such as smoke, dust, and light fog. This makes thermal
ideal for a number of applications including but not limited to surveillance & security
search and rescue, fire, marine and land navigation, machine vision, and widearea
situational assessment. Ultra Super Extreme long range cooled and uncooled LWIR
and MWIR are available with a variety of continuous zoom thermal imaging lenses from 25 mm to 2300mm
Everything above absolute zero (-273°C) emits thermal IR radiation. Thermal cameras
convert this into a digital image that can be displayed, distributed and recorded.
Humans, animals, and vehicles are very hot in contrast to a background making
them easily detectable by a thermal imaging camera, even at distances up to
30km. This technology gives you state-of-the-art protection that can be used in
the most demanding applications where the limitations of traditional CCTV and
camera technologies just cannot compare.
Thermal FLIR PTZ (Pan-Tilt-Zoom) cameras are ideal for detection
because they use heat rather than light, meaning they require no artificial illumination. They are able to take advantage of the full view, allowing them to offer both wide-angle
and long-range imagery. Thermal cameras offer numerous
advantages and cover a host of applications and industries. One camera can replace many traditional cameras and reduce the need for motion and intrusion detectors.
This allows them to actually reduce equipment and installation costs on projects while enhancing security and effectiveness.
MSS Multi Sensor EOIR Systems, Thermal imaging systems boast a variety of advantages, but because they use passive heat radiation they only have the ability to render images in 128 or 256 grey scale.
Visible cameras operate on the same spectrum as the human eye and reproduce
images with up to 16.7 million colors, allowing you to identify a target
rather then just detect and classify
it. When there is sufficient amounts
of light visible cameras often have
larger zoom lenses to optically zoom on a target with focal lengths over 2500mm. SPI designs, Builds and manufactures multi-sensor LWIR Uncooled and ultra long range cooled MWIR
systems that use both thermal and visible CCTV cameras to leverage the advantages of both in one
integrated system, Operation of system components – automated and manual, (ii) Area scanning – automated and manual, (iii) Marking of important area and alarming, (iv) Object surveillance (target following) – automated and manual, (v) Motion Detection and alarming – automated, (vi) Image stabilization, (vii) E-maps integration, (viii) Other technologies integration capability for operational usage and system administration, (ix) Day/thermal Image display – overlaying and separately in one frame, (x) Photo shooting – manual, (xi) Video recording – Motion Detection automated and manual, (xii) Zooming, (xiii) Compatibility with operational systems – Windows or Linux.

Thermal Infrared FLIR Imaging DRI

Detection, (D) Recognition, (R) & Identification (I) (DRI)  (Johnston criteria) , is the universal standard for rating thermal IR FLIR cameras.

Detection means that you will be able to see the target, it means that the target is visible on the image monitor, and that there is a good chance that the target is actually something of suspicion that may need further investigation or consideration.

Recognition means that you are able to recognize an object’s class (human vs car, human vs animal, truck vs tank, etc).

Identification of an object means that you are able to differentiate between
objects. For example, being able to identify the exact type of vehicle not just
its shape.

Thermal IR: Advantages Over Optical Cameras

Unlike standard TV, CCD or CCTV Camera systems, which like the human eye requires some light, thermal FLIR IR imaging detectors and sensors uses infrared electromagnetic radiation 3,000-14,000nm wavelengths (heat) to produce clean, crisp monochrome or color images even in complete darkness. Thermal infrared LWIR and MWIR (Uncooled and cooled) FLIR IR cameras are extremely effective as humans, animals, and vehicles are all very hot in contrast to a background making them easily detectable by SPI’s ultra-sensitive, hand selected thermal camera arrays. This allows Defense Imaging Systems thermal cameras to detect threats at distances up to 30km, even in complete total darkness. Not only does thermal FLIR Imagers offer longer night vision ranges but it has advantages during the day as well. Standard visible CCTV cameras can be rendered useless by direct or reflected sunlight because they rely on contrast in order to identify an intruder. In areas where contrast is poor optical cameras can be rendered useless and their performances change based on lighting conditions. a good quality Thermal PTZ Camera, however, is completely immune to light allowing it to see in any lighting environment for 24/7 true day/night/twilight imaging.

Defense Imaging Systemspowerful thermal Imaging security cameras compliment and complete your security camera network. They turn night into day, allowing you to see intruders invisible to the naked eye. Thermal FLIR cameras create video images from infrared thermal energy (heat), and perform well at night and day, in good weather and bad.

Passive Stealth undetectable Imaging

Thermal FLIR IR LWIR & MWIR (uncooled & cooled) imaging is a passive technology meaning that, thermal IR does not artificially increase light or require any illumination or light source. This is extremely important as standard active infrared illumination or lasers emit a faint red glow which can allow intruders to find possible blind spots in your surveillance system (active Infrared and lasers also emit an invisible beam that the human eye cannot see, although it can easily be spotted by traditional night vision devices, and which can be a deterrent when trying to be completely “invisible” without giving away the position). There are many applications that require stealth, such as SWAT teams, investigation units, counter surveillance and military personnel who require their presence to be undetected in order to achieve their objective. Thermal IR imagers are the best technology for these applications as it is a completely passive technology allowing you to conduct reconnaissance, surveillance and spotting day or night.

Image Enhancements

SPI’s LWIR and MWIR PTZ Pan Tilt Zoom thermal infrared FLIR imaging cameras integrate specialty image enhancement algorithms that increase the thermal images contrast, gain and level settings allowing the user to better distinguish details within the image, Image enhancement can be of value because it cleans up the image of blooming, unnecessary noise and brings out crucial details of subject, vehicle, the landscape and surrounding areas no matter if looking at the land, sky or waterways.

Custom Built OEM EO/IR PTZ Solution based on application and budget

They are many manufactures of thermal infrared flir imaging cooled and uncooled systems and visible ccd cctv zoom 1000mm and 2000mm lens available, SPI can custom configure the perfect camera system for your exact application and integrate it into an existing network or a brand new install. Multiple exotic sensors and detectors are available like long range zoom telephoto long distance Visible, Thermal, Active IR, Range Gated, SWIR, NIR, Color night vision, Starlight, cooled MWIR thermal and uncooled LWIR Thermal. SPI listens to the customer & designs the perfect system for your needs all at an affordable low cost solution, we offer EOIR  multi sensor systems to leverage the benefit of all of these technologies into integrated camera systems that operate as one complete system. We custom build cameras to suit the individual needs of our customers, our systems are by far the absolute most rugged and reliable in the world, come visit our ISO factory to se all of what we do when manufacturing your camera system. We offer in house and in the field training & are a premier manufacturer of night vision electro optical systems. Our systems are all military grade and offer MIL STD 810 Ratings amongst other premier certifications. User friendly Networkable fully custom flir ptz thermal imaging camera with H.264, MPEG-4, or M-JPEG / onvif options

Military & Homeland Security Surveillance and Reconnaissance
Governments around the world are faced with the growing challenge of threats from both internal unrest and outside intrusions; homeland security has never been a larger concern. With the new face of terrorism it has become increasingly difficult to isolate and appropriately respond to threats, without burdening the average citizen, before they cause catastrophic damage. These new threats require new technologies. Homeland security can no longer rely solely on traditional technologies such as thermal and intensified images but must augment and replace their existing equipment with technologies that are able to provide true identification of targets day or night. This requires the utilization of video analytics and applied automated intelligence to help operators identify and respond to suspicious activity before it poses a threat in real time.
Homeland Security Border Protection
Homeland security and battlefields are the environments with the highest stakes; countless lives of military personnel, law enforcement and civilians are on the line. Having situational awareness and gaining a tactical advantage is absolutely critical. Instruments and surveillance equipment must provide real-time long range threat detection as well as the ability to identify and neutralize threats.

SPi is committed to providing state-of-the-art integrated surveillance solutions including ultra-long range night vision, premier security, situational assessment and a host of technologies and turnkey solutions designed for 24/7 operation in the most brutal of environments. SPI can custom build to suit any application including but not limited to:

Force Protection, Perimeter Security, Embassy Protection Forces, Mobile/Fixed Command Centers, Ruggedized Surveillance, Tactical Command and Control, Day/Night Situational Awareness, Anti-Pirate systems, Wireless Secured Communication, Enterprise Video Management, GPS Enabled Video Analytics, Threat Detection Technologies, Radar, Microwave and Electromagnetic, Laser LRF Ranger Finders and Target Acquisition, UAV Detection & Identification Equipped with Multi-Sensor Sniper Detection, Missile/rocket tracking, EOIR, RSTA C4ISR, ISR.

Intelligent Video Analytics and Thermal Infrared FLIR imaging cameras

Video analytics is revolutionizing the way we use cameras. Video analytics allows us to add intelligence and automation to security cameras dramatically increasing performance and capabilities. Video analytics are widely used with optical cameras as optical cameras cost less and are more abundant than thermal cameras. This has been a major limiting factor to the effectiveness and performance of video analytics. Optical cameras require light and as a result the images they produce change with the lighting conditions. Video analytics detect changes in a scene and, through advanced algorithms, rules and user defined parameters, it intelligently creates alerts when an abnormal event causes a trigger. A common example is a trip wire where a user draws a perimeter and if any object crosses that perimeter it generates an alarm. In a more advanced and automated system this will move a PTZ to the position of intrusions and even auto track the intruder. Optical cameras have a high false alarm rate because changes in lighting can trigger false alarms. Optical cameras are also limited to around 200 feet at night as they use traditional IR LED illumination. LWIR and MWIR (uncooled and cooled) Thermal FLIR Cameras, however, is ideal for video analytics as it is immune to changing light. When properly installed, one thermal camera with Infiniti’s video analytics can cover up to 5km of perimeter with an extremely low false alarm rate.


  • Affordable low cost solution to long range day/night imaging, incorporating the best quality, highest grade materials that are made to last.
  • Ultra long range continuous zoom IP68 thermal imaging lens optics exceeding 1500mm and super long range HD daytime visible optics exceeding 2500mm
  • Detect objects, vehicles, persons or incidents even in complete darkness and make it impossible for individuals to hide in shadows or blend in against complex backgrounds.
  • Do not demand any additional light sources and handles many difficult weather conditions including smoke, haze and dust.
  • Cannot be blinded by strong lights or put out of order using laser pointers, etc.
  • Are available as out-of-the-box outdoor-ready products for cost-effective installation & complement many network video installations. ULTRA RUGGED HEAVY DUTY SYSTEM, THE ABSOLUTE STRONGEST AND MOST RELIABLE PLATFORM AVAILABLE!
  • Require minimized storage and bandwidth due to support for industry-standard video compression techniques such as Motion JPEG and H.264.
  • Are ideal for intelligent video and typically offer higher accuracy in analytics than conventional cameras, because they are immune to light conditions and normal shadows. The cameras offer video motion detection, active tampering alarm, and provide capacity for third-party analytics modules, including support for COTS Camera Application Platform.
  • Support Power over Ethernet to supply power to the camera via the network, eliminating the need for power cables and reducing installation costs.
  • Include the industry-standard open interface which ensures support for the market’s broadest range of video management systems.

The V9 Can be custom configured with Ultra long range optics for extreme distance detection ranges such as:

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Like any other camera, a thermal or thermographic flir imaging camera collects electromagnetic radiation which is formed into an image. But while a conventional cmos/ccd, tv, eo or ccd/cctv cameras works in the range of visible light, i.e. with wavelengths between approximately 400 and 700 nanometers (0.4–0.7 μm), a thermal imaging flir camera is designed to detect radiation with greater wavelengths, up to around 14,000 nanometers (14 μm). Radiation in this part of the electromagnetic spectrum is referred to as infrared, or commonly IR, which in turn can be divided into several sub-groups. Near-infrared light has a wavelength of about 0.7–1.5 µm, which is just beyond what the human eye can see. Camera sensors, on the other hand, can be built to detect and make use of this type of radiation. A so-called day-and-night camera uses an IR-cut filter during daytime to filter out IR-light so it will not distort the colors of images as perceived by the human eye. When the camera is in night mode, the IR-cut filter is removed. Since the human eye is unable to see infrared light the camera displays the image in black and white. Near infrared light or NIR also requires some kind of light source – either natural, such as moonlight, or man-made, such as street lights or a dedicated IR-lamp.

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