Brand Introduction: FLIR
FLIR company, based in Oregon, US, is a commercial company specializing in the design and production of thermal imaging cameras, components, and imaging sensors. The name of the company comes from an acronym for forward-looking Infrared. They are the global leader in the design, manufacture, and marketing of thermal imaging infrared cameras.
FLIR was established in 1978 to pioneer the development of high-performance, low-cost infrared (thermal) imaging systems for airborne applications. Thermal imaging systems detect the infrared energy (heat) that is emitted by all people, objects, and materials. Infrared cameras allow the operator to see in total darkness, adverse weather, and through such air pollutants as smoke and haze.
Toward the end of the 1980s, FLIR began to leverage its experience in infrared imaging technology to develop hand-held and laboratory systems for a variety of commercial applications that required not only the superior image quality but also the ability to detect and measure temperature differences. This effort accelerated with the acquisition of the industrial infrared imaging group from the Hughes Aircraft Co. in 1990.
In 2003, FLIR acquired Indigo Systems, a leading developer and supplier of a wide range of infrared imaging products, including cooled and uncooled infrared detectors, camera cores, and finished cameras.
Ever since, FLIR has invested in numerous adjacent markets, technologies, and products to expand its sensor solution set and its ability to service a broader set of customers. These investments have enabled significant growth in revenue and unit volumes, which has helped reduce the cost and thus end-user prices, of the products. This has resulted in dramatic increases in customers as well as increased global awareness of the power of thermal technology.
Currently, FLIR operates in many locations around the globe and employs a total of over 3,000 dedicated employees.
Find out more about the FLIR history here Company History | FLIR Systems.
FLIR systems develop, design, manufacture, market, and distribute technologies that enhance perception and awareness. They bring innovative sensing solutions into daily life through thermal imaging, visible-light imaging, video analytics, measurement and diagnostic, and advanced threat detection systems.
FLIR offers a diversified portfolio that serves several applications in government and defense, industrial, and commercial markets. Their products help first responders and military personnel protect and save lives, promote efficiency within the trades, and innovate consumer-facing technologies. FLIR strives to strengthen public safety and well-being, increase energy and time efficiency, and contribute to healthy and intelligent communities.
FLIR focuses on selling both consumer and commercial smartphone thermal cameras. For example, their FLIR ONE camera is available in three generations. It makes up to 9 frames per second and can be used to detect water and air leaks.
They divide their products into multiple categories and purposes: Government and Defense, Industrial, Public Safety and Transportation, Security, Professional tools, Research and development, Marine, Home and Outdoor, and Camera Modules and Components. In each category, other subcategories are dividing the product even more precisely according to their features, qualities, and purpose.
FLIR also offers a wide range of solutions – divided into categories of Automotive, Defense, Industrial, Marine, Outdoor, Professional Trades, Public Safety, Research and Development, and Security.