The world’s sixth sense

FLIR was founded in 1978, initially providing infrared imaging systems installed on vehicles for use in conducting energy audits. The company later expanded its focus to other applications and markets for thermal imaging technology, such as stabilised thermal imaging cameras for law enforcement aircraft, radiometry devices for use in monitoring industrial systems, and thermal imaging systems for use in ground-based security and search and rescue. FLIR was bought by Teledyne in 2021

FLIR has grown substantially due to increasing demand for infrared products across a growing number of markets combined with the execution of a series of acquisitions. Today the American company is one of the world leaders in the design, manufacture, and marketing of sensor systems that enhance perception and awareness for many users in the commercial, industrial, and government markets internationally.

With its iconic models such as the ocean scout, the FLIR One and the E-xx series, the American based company set the tone for thermal imaging cameras. Within the maritime sector, FLIR cameras are frequently used. Day or night FLIR thermal imaging detects hazards like jetties, rocks, debris, navigation aids, etc. Charged by daylight, these objects continue to emit infrared energy all night long. Thermal technology can also instantly detect the presence of sea ice. Even though it’s cold, ice emits infrared energy which is visible to the camera. Thermal imaging also works great for detecting small and unlit targets like kayakers, small boats, personal watercraft and even marine mammals.

FLIR cameras are also excellent tools for monitoring the on-deck activities of passengers or crew, day or night. Crewmembers serving as lookouts, tending to cargo, or outside in heavy weather can be instantly spotted and recognized. Passengers on interior and exterior decks can also be detected and monitored as part of vessel safety and security systems. GMS Instruments is a proud dealer of FLIR cameras.


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