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Sierra-Olympic Technologies, supplier of infrared (IR) and thermal imaging components, cameras, and systems solutions for advanced IR imaging applications, has introduced a long-range target detection and surveillance system designed for all-weather security applications. The 550CZ-18, manufactured by G5IR, is an advanced midwave infrared (MWIR) imaging system featuring long-range target detection with recognition capabilities. The 18X continuous zoom lens provides 18° horizontal field of view (HFOV) at wide angle and 1° HFOV at narrow angle; the thermal camera system can reliably detect human-sized targets at 18 kilometres in good conditions.

The 640 x 512 pixels resolution, indium antimonide (InSb) detector with a 15-micron pitch is optimized to operate in the MWIR spectrum (3 - 5 µm), commonly considered the best waveband for imaging in marine and high-humidity environments. Other all-weather applications for the 550CZ-18 camera system include border protection, vessel traffic monitoring, critical infrastructure protection, and airport perimeter surveillance.

G5IR’s new camera system produces analogue or digital video and can be remotely controlled via a serial interface and an intuitive graphical user interface (GUI). Environmentally sealed, the unit has a dry nitrogen backfilled enclosure that is rated IP67 and a front element defroster. The long-life, cooled photodetector ensures reliable imagery over the life of the camera system. The 550CZ-18 is built for reliability and stability over a wide temperature range and diverse weather conditions, and comes with an industry-leading 25-month manufacturer’s warranty.