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HGH Receives Innovation 2010 Trophy

Photonics.com
Dec 2010
CHICAGO, Dec. 30, 2010 — The Vigiscan, a high-performance infrared panoramic vision camera from HGH Infrared Systems, was awarded the Innovation Prize at the Euronaval trade show held in Paris from Oct. 25-29, 2010.

The trophy was presented to the company by Hervé Morin, the former French Minster of Defence. It confirms the qualities of system already honored by the American magazine NASA Tech Briefs, which awarded the company the “2008 product of the year” prize for its original concept.


In Paris last October, former Minister of Defence, Hervé Morin, presented the Innovation Award to Gilles Bonavita, HGH’s business development director. (Photo: HGH Infrared Systems)

Designed to address new security requirements, the Vigiscan camera features infrared panoramic vision and combines viewing, detection and tracking software. It offers 360° day and night coverage, while simultaneously tracking an unlimited number of sea, aerial or land-based targets. In addition, it features high thermal sensitivity and a very long detection range. It can scan all spaces in real time with its high-speed rotating head, which can complete one revolution every two seconds.

The camera was developed initially to address surveillance problems for sensitive industrial sites, airports, borders and military bases. Now with its long-range focusing version, it can scan very extensive areas and can be used for land-based maritime applications, including surveillance of ports and coastlines.

With its gyro-stabilized platform, it can also be used for on-board applications on ships. Other applications include night-time navigation and collision prevention aid.

HGH Infrared Systems develops optronic and infrared systems for security, industrial and civil applications.

For more information, visit: www.hgh.fr 


GLOSSARY
camera
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...
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