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Surveillance applications for thermal imaging.

FLIR Systems Ltd : 12 July, 2007  (Company News)
FLIR CVS drives sales of thermal imaging systems into the security and surveillance markets
The huge benefits of using thermal imaging for detection, monitoring and control have been recognised for many years. It is only comparatively recently however that the cost of the technology has fallen sufficiently to make it accessible to a much wider user base. FLIR Systems, the world's largest thermal imaging company has been an important architect of this change. Driven by demand for its products, the volume production of its core detectors has effectively allowed FLIR Systems to commercialise the technology.

The application scope of thermal imaging is now substantial and FLIR Systems has responded by establishing special focus groups serving the principle sectors of interest. One of the main beneficiaries of its commercial vision systems is the security and surveillance sector and heading this operation in the UK is a man whose knowledge of the industry is second to none.

Alexander Thornton-Margetts has been appointed FLIR Systems' Business Development Manager for Security and Surveillance. Coming from a military family his early career was predictably in HM Forces leaving in 1992 after decorated and distinguished service. Subsequently Alex became involved in IT sales and in 2001 joined Loronix, one of the leading manufacturers of Digital Video recorders for the security industry.

When the company was acquired by Verint the scope of Alex's brief extended to include Networked Video solutions for detecting potential threats, improving emergency event management, reducing liability and loss and increasing operational efficiency. Two years later Alex joined Cieffe to become Head of Sales in the UK, a post that made him responsible for setting up nationwide distribution for the company's Digital Video management systems.

Now spearheading the sales drive for security and surveillance at FLIR Systems, Alex clearly brings a great deal of experience to his new role. "Thermal imaging is a relatively new technology to this sector but it is now recognised as an important weapon in protecting assets and people," Alex explains. "It ensures that once detected the intruder cannot hide, providing day and night, long-range protection all year round. No other technology can offer its benefits."

Alex believes the nature of security is changing. Camera technology is no longer needed simply to provide evidence of intrusion for litigation purposes; its new role is to prevent the intrusion happening in the first place. "A court case doesn't bring back what you have lost," he adds. "Thermal technology provides that pro-action and FLIR Systems' cameras allow me to offer a system that is both good value for money and provides a rapid return on investment."
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