FLIR Systems, released electro-optic/IR (EO/IR) footage from recent environmental disasters including the Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajokull, and the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
Recording the footage was an HD thermal imaging camera. The camera is the first all-digital, all 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.
"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 Sundermeier, President of FLIR Government Systems. "The same technologies that are currently protecting our soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan are equally effective in these global disasters, by enhancing the understanding and reaction time during the most unforeseen circumstances."
"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," Sundermeier said. "We weigh this heavily when developing our technology to ensure crisp and clear images at night when EO/IR systems are most imperative."