Thermal imaging camera with shutterless technology

Paul Boughton

A shutterless version of the Compact Eye, ultra compact,  low powered is now available. It is based on a state-of-the-art 384 x 288, uncooled ASi 8-14µ micro bolometer detector with a 25-micron pitch.

Shutterless technology allows uncooled IR engines and cameras to operate continuously without the need for a mechanical shutter for NUC (Non Uniformity Correction) operations.

By eliminating the need for a shutter, these engines are constantly open, experiencing no image freezes - critical to applications such as missile heads and missile warning systems.

Shutterless engines are also smaller and lighter than conventional engines, operate silently, have a faster start up time, consume less power, possess a lower current draw, and have better MTBF.

The engine is tuned to long wave infrared, 8-14μm, with less than 0.060°c sensitivity. The unit is available with or without NUC shutter or as an open frame camera. It includes powerful proprietary algorithms that have been fully tested and proven effective in poor visibility conditions ensuring good visuals in the most testing situations.

The built in anti-blooming system prevents image flare. Electronic zoom of x2 and x4 enables close up images of areas of interest; user can define the ROI. A high resolution graphics overlay enables user to add features to the screen display.

Features are controlled via an on screen display. The imager can store up to 50 snap shot images for further analysis at a later time. The camera offers standard video outputs but can be supplied with a digital interface via the USB or LVDS interfaces. An optional remote focus and field of view can be controlled via the communications interface.

With its night vision capabilities the Compact Eye OEM engine is the ultimate security solution for surveillance and protection of national borders, airport perimeters and other sensitive sites. In the industrial and safety markets, the Compact Eye infrared thermal engine can be integrated into predictive maintenance applications and fire detection systems. Thermal camera integrators will find the Compact Eye the perfect solution when space, weight and power are the critical factors.

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