FLIR Systems HD Thermal Imaging System Captures Environmental Disasters


    


    
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<p><span class="xn-location">PORTLAND</span>, Ore., <span class="xn-chron">May 13</span> /CNW/ -- FLIR Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq:   FLIR) released today electro-optic/infrared (EO/IR) footage from recent environmental disasters including the Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajokull, and the Gulf of <span class="xn-location">Mexico</span> oil spill. Footage and additional images can be viewed at <a href="http://www.gs.flir.com/disaster/">http://www.gs.flir.com/disaster/</a>.</p>
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<p>Recording the footage was the Star SAFIRE® HD from the company's Pilatus PC-12. The Star SAFIRE HD is the world's first and only all-digital, all-high definition (HD) EO/IR surveillance system. The system serves as the eyes for aircraft in reconnaissance, search-and-rescue, law enforcement and environmental protection missions for governments, militaries and defense communities across the globe. It was designed to record high-quality footage day or night, in some of the harshest environments around the world.</p>
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<p>"This footage demonstrates FLIR's ability to aid in a variety of missions, allowing first-responders to have eyes looking into the middle of the disaster," said William A. Sundermeier, president of FLIR Government Systems. "The same technologies that are currently protecting our soldiers in <span class="xn-location">Iraq</span> and <span class="xn-location">Afghanistan</span> are equally effective in these global disasters, by enhancing the understanding and reaction time during the most unforeseen circumstances."</p>
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<p>"Although these systems provide breathtaking daylight color images, real-world rescues and crisis response operations usually take place at night or in adverse weather conditions," continued Sundermeier. "We weigh this heavily when developing our technology to ensure crisp and clear images at night when EO/IR systems are most imperative."</p>
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<p>The footage that was recorded off the Gulf Coast was utilized by the U.S. Coast Guard to more thoroughly evaluate the severity of the spill. FLIR began collaborating with the Coast Guard in 1984, and today their systems are on USCG helicopters, aircraft and ships, and are widely used within the Department of Homeland Security and other agencies around the world.</p>
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    About FLIR Systems
    
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<p>FLIR Government Systems, a division of FLIR Systems, Inc., is a world leader in the design, qualification, and manufacture of thermal imaging and stabilized EO/IR systems for a wide variety of airborne, maritime, land based and man-portable applications including intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR), combat search and rescue (CSAR), border control and drug interdiction, navigation safety, maritime patrol, force protection and facility security, forward observation, training, targeting, and fire control, and laser weapons designation. FLIR Systems is headquartered in <span class="xn-location">Portland</span> Oregon, with service and manufacturing facilities worldwide. Visit the Company's web site at <a href="http://www.FLIR.com/GS">www.FLIR.com/GS</a>.</p>
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For further information: For further information: Angel Bennett, +1-703-416-1043, mobile, +1-703-608-3177, angel.bennett@flir.com, or Jennifer Kline, +1-703-462-1417, mobile, +1-267-432-1987, jennifer.kline@flir.com, both of FLIR Systems, Inc. Web Site: http://www.FLIR.com/GS

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