Thermal-Eye 3500AS from Raytheon Infrared Improves Firefighters’ Ability to See the Unseen
DALLAS – Aug. 12, 2004 – Thermal imaging technology is about to undergo a revolution. Raytheon Infrared introduces the Thermal-Eye™ 3500AS thermal imaging core with Thermal-Eye Advanced Image Processing technology. This new product provides sophisticated images and color capabilities unsurpassed in its class.
“With the introduction of the 3500AS, our Thermal-Eye products have become demonstrably better than they’ve ever been, and they’re only going to continue to improve,” said Raytheon Infrared President Chris Bade. “Our new Advanced Image Processing technology will end the debate over which type of platform is better, and it will revolutionize the way people see the unseen.”
The Advanced Image Processing technology used in the Thermal-Eye™ 3000 series of detectors improves the thermal sensitivity and dynamic range of the thermal imager and produces sharper images with more detail than those produced using even the best comparable technology.
One of the most unique features of the 3000 series is its customizable “absolute” color capability. The feature enables an OEM to set color points at discreet, definable temperatures. This allows the user to judge the temperature of objects in a scene more quickly and make rapid decisions. An OEM sets the color point of high-heat temperatures to appear in hues such as red, orange, or yellow while cooler temperatures remain in grey shades. When firefighters use the camera in a burning structure, they are able to identify the hottest areas easily while seeing scene detail and know the approximate temperature of the walls, floors, ceilings and objects within the structure.
The 3500AS features a new 30 micron detector, which supports a smaller, lighter, design and high sensitivity (< 50 mK) for increased scene detail. The advanced detector also includes a new ROIC which offers an expanded dynamic range with greater than 1100 degrees F saturation temperature that enables firefighters to see more detail in the hottest fires. The operating temperature range is expanded and preliminary tests show that this core outperforms other technologies under high heat stress conditions. The 3000AS series cores will soon be offered in smaller form factor designs that can be built into hands free systems or even smaller hand held enclosures that can aid firefighters without weighing them down with additional, cumbersome equipment. In fire and rescue applications, thermal imaging is used to conduct scene sizeup, in-fire attack, search and rescue, HazMat assessments and post-fire overhaul. The advanced cores also are ideal for use in a host of law enforcement, security and industrial applications. “The Thermal-Eye 3500AS with Advanced Image Processing technology will provide fire and rescue workers with dramatically improved image quality which will allow for better decisions and faster execution of tasks,” said Raytheon Infrared Fire and Rescue Market Director Michael Studer. “In their line of work, that extra edge could very well make the difference between life and death for their victims, colleagues or themselves.” Raytheon Infrared will demonstrate the new cores at booth No. 561 during the upcoming 2004 Fire-Rescue International conference on Aug. 13-14 at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. Raytheon Infrared, based in Dallas, designs, manufactures and sells a wide range of thermal imaging products and solutions serving the security, fire and rescue, public safety, law enforcement, transportation, industrial, utilities and Homeland Security markets. The company’s Thermal-Eye cameras and detectors are used for search and rescue, perimeter surveillance, investigation, industrial process monitoring, preventive maintenance, automotive and truck night vision and much more. Visit www.Thermal-Eye.com for additional information. Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN), with 2003 sales of $18.1 billion, is an industry leader in defense and government electronics, space, information technology, technical services, and business and special mission aircraft. With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 78,000 people worldwide. For More Information: Visit the Raytheon web site.