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Use of an integrated thermal/visible camcorder for law-enforcement applications
Author(s): Joseph Kostrzewa; Jeffery D. Frank; Jeffery L. Heath; William A. Terre
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Paper Abstract

Portable thermal imagers are being utilized with great success in many new and emerging applications, and the law enforcement field in particular is benefiting from thermal imagery. It is quickly becoming common practice for enforcement agencies to apply night-vision technology in such activities as search and rescue, surveillance and stakeout, and suspect pursuit. Thermal cameras, however, do not typically provide an intrinsic means for video recording or for visible imaging. Such capabilities could significantly expand and improve the uses of thermal imaging by law enforcement personnel. For example, surveying the scene of a crime or traffic accident with a thermal sensor offers potential for revealing and documenting clues that otherwise go unnoticed. This paper presents a system that integrates an IR micro-camera with a visible camcorder. The system can display and record live visible and thermal imagery and also capture single-frame snapshots on removable media. This paper also explores the utility of such an integrated camera in various law enforcement scenarios.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 March 2001
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 4360, Thermosense XXIII, (23 March 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.421008
Show Author Affiliations
Joseph Kostrzewa, Indigo Systems Corp. (United States)
Jeffery D. Frank, Indigo Systems Corp. (United States)
Jeffery L. Heath, Indigo Systems Corp. (United States)
William A. Terre, Indigo Systems Corp. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4360:
Thermosense XXIII
Andres E. Rozlosnik; Ralph B. Dinwiddie, Editor(s)

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