A high-end thermal imaging system such as FLIR‘s Star SAFIRE HD offers law enforcement officers a powerful search tool for detecting heat-emitting objects across large search areas. The system offers a high-definition infrared camera mounted to an airborne unit that produces both EO (electro-optic) color and IR (infrared) white-hot images. Photos courtesy of FLIR Systems.
Thermal imaging makes us of the difference in temperature between an object and its surroundings. This image was taken from a Star SAFIRE system mounted to a fixed-wing PC-12 in Hillsboro, Ore.
High-end thermal imagers render stunning detail, such as this person seen walking next to a moving train in Montreal, Canada. The camera offers 780/1080 thermal and color resolution.
This high-definition infrared image was taken above the city of Montreal with the FLIR Star SAFIRE HD.
Thermal radiation occurs in wavelengths of about 900 to 1,400 nanometers, above that of visible light. This image was taken at a campus in Lake Oswego, Ore.
High-end thermal imagers have color displays showing temperature gradients across the entire observed area. This image was taken at a school campus in Portland, Ore.
Thermal imaging used in law enforcement applications is passive, in that there is no IR source at the viewing end. A man in dark clothing hiding in a tree at night may be all but invisible to the naked eye, and even difficult to spot if a flashlight is turned on him. To a thermal imager, the body heat coming off his skin and through his clothing is as bright as a road flare in a cave. This image came from FLIR’s H-Series hand-held camera.