The world-leading thermal imager will be used to help rescue crews detect and identify people in need of assistance. The camera is designed to identify body heat, with day and night observation capability in a wide range of conditions.
The lightweight, fully integrated multifunction system is being trialled free of charge during a six month period.
"The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter Service is an organisation dedicated to saving lives, and our thermal imaging technology will make their job easier, especially in challenging situations. This is especially useful as the service recently resumed 24/7 operations, and is on standby around the clock to help those in need," says Thales Australia's CEO, Chris Jenkins, in a recent media release.
Some of the key features of the Sophie thermal imager includes:
- Long range surveillance capabilities
- 3km range
- Image stabiliser for easily identifying heat signatures
- Image storage facility
Photo: a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from Thales Australia.