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PRIVATE SECURITY SERVICES FIRM INSTALLS CUTTING-EDGE FLIR TECHNOLOGY IN ITS PATROL VEHICLES—TOUTS IT AS A “GAME CHANGER”
Des Moines, Iowa (January 25, 2018) --- The Conley Group Security Forces (Conley Group) today announced that the firm has purchased and installed Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) units in several of its patrol vehicles. FLIR technology uses a thermographic camera that detects infrared energy (heat) and converts it into an electronic signal, which is then processed to produce a thermal image or video.
Thermal technology detects objects and people that emit heat, regardless of light conditions, clothing or inclement weather. Typically, hotter objects show as white, cooler objects show as black, and objects between these temperatures are displayed in shades of gray. FLIR technology is commonly used by the military for surveillance and targeting, civilian aircraft when flying in low visibility (IFR) conditions, law enforcement, firefighting and search and rescue operations for missing persons.
Figure 1 (ATTACHED) is a side-by-side comparison of the same image. On the left, the area where two individuals are hiding behind some brush is fully illuminated by a traditional police spotlight. The two individuals that are hiding cannot be seen. However, the image on the right is what the thermal system “sees” which is a clear image of two individuals.
The FLIR thermographic units the Conley Group purchased are manufactured by the NOPTIC Product Group (NOPTIC) based in Goleta, CA. NOPTIC is the primary provider of FLIR thermographic units to public safety entities. The FLIR thermographic unit is embedded on top of the patrol vehicle’s spotlight. A cable runs from the exterior FLIR thermographic unit to the fully-ruggedized Panasonic Toughbook computers mounted in the Conley Group’s patrol vehicles. The high definition thermal image the FLIR thermographic camera “sees” is then fully visible on the Panasonic Toughbook’s computer screen in the patrol vehicle where the officer can view the image. The security officer also has the ability to record high definition thermal video segments of events on the Panasonic Toughbook’s solid state hard disk drive if needed.
Because thermal imaging cameras see clearly through darkness, fog, smoke, rain, snow and can even penetrate the exterior of structures, the Conley Group’s management team viewed the addition of this advanced technology to their already robust capabilities as a true game-changer. Not only will the new FLIR technology dramatically increase officer safety, but it will bring an unrivalled level of effectiveness that will serve to dramatically increase the level of safety and security to the Conley Group’s customers. Because this system has literally given Conley’s officers the ability to “see” in the dark, there is now nowhere for criminals to hide even during the darkest nights.