High performance, compact size at a lower cost
The high-precision sensor for FireMapper® 2.0 is much lighter and less expensive than that of traditional airborne infrared imaging systems. Most existing line scanners weigh in at several hundred pounds because they need to be cooled with liquid nitrogen. The FireMapper sensors utilize a single uncooled microbolometer detector array and operate without mechanical scanning, which allows us to our lighten our unit to an easily transportable 7 pounds.
FireMapper 2.0 lets you choose from three selectable thermal infrared spectral bands: two narrowband channels for high intensity wildfires, or the wideband channel for maximum sensitivity. A built-in door protects the sensor from contamination when not imaging. The sensor features a through-thelens, absolute calibration system and automatic drift correction to obtain stable, highly calibrated radiometric measurements.
The system is easy to operate and does not require a trained operator. All sensor controls and the realtime image are displayed on a small tablet PC. The system records all images, with GPS time, latitude, longitude, altitude, speed, and track upon operator command. Zoom capability is also provided. Data can also be recorded directly onto the tablet.
FireMapper 2.0 is capable of being upgraded to include visible and near infrared cameras. The software operating system also lets the operator freeze any image for examination. The real time images viewed by the operator are already fully calibrated in terms of temperature. In addition to ease of use, our hardware also has no high speed scan mechanisms which means higher reliability, easier maintainability, and longer life.