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Flir Buys Motion Control Firm
Dec 2009
PORTLAND, Ore., Dec. 29, 2009 – Thermal imaging and camera systems maker Flir Systems Inc. announced Monday it has acquired Directed Perception Inc., a provider of pan-tilt motion control systems for commercial and military markets, for $20 million in cash.

Upon closing, Directed Perception was renamed Flir Motion Control Systems. The business will operate as part of Flir’s Commercial Systems Div.

Based in Burlingame, Calif., Directed Perception is a pioneer in high-performance pan-tilts in security and surveillance, maritime, military, robotics and scientific instruments markets, Flir said, adding that the purchase means that Flir’s pan-tilt-zoom camera systems for both commercial and military markets will cost less, feature improved functionality and be more user-friendly. Directed Perception’s systems support payloads ranging from six to 90 lb.

“The acquisition of Directed Perception expands Flir’s capabilities into a key enabling technology. Its technology can be integrated into many of our existing pan-tilt-zoom systems and has significant potential for future low-cost integrated solutions,” said Earl Lewis, Flir president and CEO.

Flir anticipates that the transaction will be neutral to 2010 net earnings and accretive thereafter.

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A light-tight box that receives light from an object or scene and focuses it to form an image on a light-sensitive material or a detector. The camera generally contains a lens of variable aperture and a shutter of variable speed to precisely control the exposure. In an electronic imaging system, the camera does not use chemical means to store the image, but takes advantage of the sensitivity of various detectors to different bands of the electromagnetic spectrum. These sensors are transducers...
The technology of generating and harnessing light and other forms of radiant energy whose quantum unit is the photon. The science includes light emission, transmission, deflection, amplification and detection by optical components and instruments, lasers and other light sources, fiber optics, electro-optical instrumentation, related hardware and electronics, and sophisticated systems. The range of applications of photonics extends from energy generation to detection to communications and...
thermal imaging
The process of producing a visible two-dimensional image of a scene that is dependent on differences in thermal or infrared radiation from the scene reaching the aperture of the imaging device.
To control, by magnifying or reducing, the size of a televised image, either electronically or optically.
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