FLIR Systems is the world leader in the design, manufacturing and marketing of thermal imaging systems for a wide variety of commercial, industrial and government applications.
FLIR Systems' thermal imaging systems use state-of-the-art infrared imaging technology that detects infrared radiation - or heat. Based on detected temperature differences, thermal imaging cameras can create a crisp image. Sophisticated algorithms also make it possible to read correct temperature values from this image. We design and manufacture all of the critical technologies inside our products, including detectors, electronics, and special lenses ourselves.
Rapidly emerging markets and organization
Interest for thermal imaging cameras has grown considerably the last few years in a large variety of markets. More and more professionals are discovering that thermal imaging cameras are powerful tools that can help them to solve problems they are faced with.
Through an active acquisition strategy FLIR Systems wants to be present in all emerging markets where thermal imaging can play a pivotal role.
Traffic video detection
One of the markets that is rapidly discovering the benefits thermal imaging has to offer is the traffic video detection market. To ensure full presence in this market, FLIR Systems acquired the former Traficon. The company has been a major player in the traffic market for more than 25 years.
FLIR Intelligent Transportation Systems
FLIR Intelligent Transportation Systems, as the company is known today, has all the know-how to offer you the most advanced solutions for traffic video detection and monitoring. The ability to offer thermal imaging technology will position FLIR Intelligent Transportation Systems even stronger in the market.
Video detection and monitoring solutions for traffic applications
Traffic managers all over the world use technology from FLIR Intelligent Transportation Systems to monitor and manage traffic streams. Be it for monitoring motorists and pedestrians in urban areas, for detecting incidents on highways and in tunnels, or for traffic data collection purposes.
FLIR's intelligent detection and monitoring solutions enhance traffic safety and mobility on a daily basis, worldwide.
FLIR Intelligent Transportation Systems offers both the hardware and software for intelligent traffic detection and monitoring. The combination of a video camera or thermal imaging camera with intelligent video analytics provides traffic managers worldwide a perfect solution for managing and monitoring traffic streams.
FLIR ITS has all the tools to monitor traffic, detect hazardous incidents, and to provide data and information that improves traffic safety and mobility.
Key benefits of video detection:
- Above-ground detection
- Combination of data, alarms and video images
- High reliability
- Flexible configurations
- Wide-area detection
- No road closure needed for installation and
- Low maintenance cost
Whether you are monitoring traffic in an urban area, on highways or in tunnels, FLIR Systems offers a solution to ensure and safe smooth traffic.
FLIR's video and thermal detection technology is a highly reliable and accurate alternative to loops and other detection technologies. FLIR sensors, both daylight and thermal, provide information on approaching or waiting vehicles at the intersection.
Vehicle and pedestrian detectors from FLIR Systems turn traffic lights into active management devices.
Thanks to smart intersection control, vehicle waiting times can be reduced so that traffic flows smoother. This reduces CO2 emissions and enhances safety and mobility for vulnerable road users.
Pedestrian safety and mobility
Pedestrians are also very vulnerable in urban areas. Next to traffic light management, pedestrian detection can be used to activate in road warning lights or flashing beacons. Compared to continuously flashing lights, detection based warning signal activation is much more effective in alerting motorists and enhancing the visibility of pedestrians.
Automatic Incident Detection (AID)
Effective incident management depends entirely on fast incident detection and fast incident verification. With each passing minute, the risk of another accident compounding the first one rises dramatically. The time to clear the original incident is critical.
Stopped vehicles, wrong-way drivers, queues, slow-moving vehicles, fallen objects... FLIR's AID solution analyses camera images in real-time and detects all major incidents within seconds.
This results in a substantially reduced risk of secondary incidents.
Data collection and flow monitoring
Traffic is becoming more and more congested in all parts of the world. FLIR Systems accurately monitors traffic flow speed to help keep highways safe by differentiating levels of service: fluid, dense, congested or stop and go.
Queues during road-works can be monitored and travel time can be calculated based on information flows from Video Image Processors (VIPs).
Transportation authorities worldwide want to reduce number of seriously injured people, encouraging enforcement for serious offences e.g. red light runners. FLIR's Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras can be linked to the traffic light controller to capture vehicles that are ignoring a red traffic light. Thanks to the ANPR equipment, fines can be sent to offenders in a fast and automated way.