DRS Technologies, Inc., a supplier of products, services and support to military forces, unveiled a new family of surveillance and security thermal imaging systems that have commercial and law-enforcement applications.
DRS’ “Reconnaissance, Surveillance and Target Acquisition (RSTA) Group” developed the new line of infrared systems, including the WatchMaster Pro and the WatchMaster Pro+, the company says in a written statement.
Whether the camera is in a fixed location, on a moveable mast, or mounted on a vehicle, it provides these systems unparalleled performance for force protection, border patrols, airport and base security, law-enforcement agencies and vulnerable critical infrastructure, such as utility-company facilities, DRS says.
Both versions of the system pair a high-performance thermal camera—which can display images through smoke, dust, haze, light fog and complete darkness—with a color charge-coupled device (CCD) camera that in daylight can identify specific surveillance targets such as vehicle license plates or facial details on a human subject.
DRS Technologies has a history of producing infrared technology for military applications, and in the new line of WatchMaster systems, DRS translated that experience and produced imaging systems for highly secured commercial enterprises as well as regional, state and local law-enforcement agencies, said Terry Murphy, president of the RSTA group.
The WatchMaster Pro embraces high performance in a small package. Operating in the long- wavelength infrared spectrum, it employs an uncooled vanadium oxide (VOx) detector to produce thermal images of unparallel clarity, the company says.
The high-powered WatchMasterTM Pro+ is a cooled infrared system that operates in the mid-wavelength spectrum and employs DRS’ cooled mercury cadmium telluride detector with an exceptionally long-lived cryogenic cooler. This translates to long-range capabilities with exceptional image contrast that offers four times the range compared to uncooled systems, the company says.