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Flir Unit Awarded Border Protection Contract

Photonics.com
Jan 2011
PORTLAND, Ore., Jan. 7, 2011 — The ICx Technologies subsidiary of Flir Systems Inc. has received a contract for $101.9 million from the US Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) for the procurement of mobile surveillance capabilities systems, the company said.

The five-year, firm-fixed price contract includes a $26 million funded base year with four option periods and calls for integrated mobile surveillance and detection systems made to operate day and night in rugged areas of the US southern border.

The company’s HRC-X ultra long range thermal imaging camera will be included on the vehicle-mounted surveillance towers. Deliveries are expected to begin in the second quarter of 2011, with work being performed at Flir’s facilities in Alpharetta, Ga., and Wilsonville, Ore.

“Helping protect the safety and security of the public and its borders is a key tenet of the Flir product philosophy,” said Earl R. Lewis, president and CEO of Flir. “We are proud to have been chosen by CBP to provide high-value, next generation surveillance systems that will greatly ease the significant challenges faced by US border agents.”

Flir Systems manufactures thermal imaging and stabilized camera systems for a range of imaging and thermography applications, including airborne observation and broadcast, ground-based security and surveillance, search and rescue, transportation safety, border and maritime patrol, and environmental monitoring.

For more information, visit: www.flir.com 



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...
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.
thermography
The recording of a scanned pattern on a photographic medium, utilizing the infrared radiation naturally emitted by the object, as well as infrared receptors, such as photoelectric cells.
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