The World's Sixth Sense

The Global Leader in the Design, Manufacture and Marketing of Thermal Imaging Infrared Camera Infrared

FLIR was founded 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) emitted by all people, objects and materials. Infrared cameras allow the operator to see in total darkness, adverse weather conditions and through atmospheric pollutants such as smoke and fog.

In the late 1980s, FLIR began to leverage its expertise in infrared imaging technology to develop portable and laboratory systems for a variety of commercial applications that require not only superior image quality, but also the ability to detect and measure temperature differences. This effort was accelerated by the acquisition of Hughes Aircraft Co.’s industrial infrared imaging group. in 1990.

The acquisition of Agema (Sweden) in 1998 and Inframetrics (Boston, MA) in mid-1999 provided FLIR with the engineering teams and sales and support infrastructure that accelerated FLIR’s success in the commercial thermal imaging markets.

Together, Agema and Inframetrics represented over 60 years of significant technology development in infrared cameras and thermography applications.

Agema developed the first commercial infrared scanner designed for powerline inspections in 1965, the first portable battery-operated infrared detector in 1973, the first dual-wavelength system capable of real-time analog recording for EA markets in 1978, and the first uncooled infrared camera, the Agema 570 and 1997;

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 end products.

Since then, FLIR has invested in many new emerging markets, technologies and products to expand its suite of sensor solutions and its ability to serve a broader set of customers. It has gone through a series of acquisitions of other major companies such as Raymarine, investing in research and development to provide solutions for every need and every customer, from a student at school to a soldier on the battlefield!

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