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Thales unveils new handheld thermal imagers

14 September 2009

Thales is expanding its family of Sophie thermal imagers with the launch of two new products, the Sophie ZS (zoom surveillance) mono-function and Sophie XF (extended functions) multi-function cameras. Both use the 3-5 µm band - allow long-range surveillance in various adverse conditions such as humid weather - and are specially tailored for homeland security and surveillance requirements.

Sophie ZS and XF become integral part of the Sophie family, of which there are over 8000 cameras in operation in 45 countries, and share many similarities with the ‘best sellers’ Sophie LR (long range), Sophie MF (multi-function). Together they make Thales the only company in the world to offer a comprehensive range of the latest, state-of-the-art handheld cameras and to meet the full spectrum of market requirements.

Sophie ZS and Sophie XF: two cameras dedicated to security and surveillance

As a world leader in the design of thermal imagers Thales has equipped Sophie ZS and XF with the most recent staring array infrared technologies for surveillance applications. Both cameras also feature a continuous optical zoom with image stabilisation and autofocus, delivering excellent precision and continuity. They can provide smooth images from wide field-of-view (observation, urban zone) to narrow field-of-view (identification).

Sophie ZS is dedicated to long-range surveillance using high-quality optical zoom, integrating an ergonomic human-machine interface and new communication tools that facilitate mission reporting. Sophie XF is dedicated to long-range target location and surveillance. This camera offers all of Sophie ZS’ functionalities, and is also able to accurately locate moving targets in daylight and at night with accuracy even in poor weather conditions.

Both cameras are network-enabled, using the latest technologies available on the civil market (USB, Bluetooth and Ethernet), combined with extensive image storage (up to 2 GB) and video-transmission capabilities.

Sophie, a complete and performing range of handheld thermal imagers

Thales’s Sophie product line meets the full spectrum of observation, surveillance, security, target designation and fire-control requirements of today’s defence and security forces. Non-detectable due to its infrared operation, it can be used both day and night, under all weather conditions.

Offering both 8-12 µm and the 3-5 µm bands, the Sophie cameras respond to all needs. The 8-12µm technology provides better images in adverse conditions such as fire, smoke, fog, haze, rain, sand and dust. For other applications the 3-5 µm band cameras - Sophie XS and XF - are more suitable. They are longer ranges, a particularly appropriate feature for surveillance and homeland security applications.

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