Hello, and welcome back to or monthly news round up. It seems as though it was summer just a moment ago, and now the clocks have gone back and the Christmas madness has officially started! Speaking of which, FLIR announced some great new deals earlier this month, on products that could make excellent Christmas gifts. Take a look at the full details here.
"Spy on the world of nocturnal wildlife" - Northumberland Gazette: This article focuses on the new business of father and son team Tony and Anthony Legg, which offers night-time 'thermal imaging walking tours' across Northumberland. The tours take walkers on routes across the countryside, equipping them with their very own thermal imaging scope so that they can spot the various nocturnal activities of Britain's wildlife.
"Infrared camera reveals sources of 'raw pollution' in London" - Evening Standard: FLIR thermal cameras were used to capture footage of planes, cars, and buses in and around London to demonstrate the levels of pollution in the capital and how close pedestrians get to it each day. Martin Williams, professor of air quality at Kings College London, praised the cameras, explaining that through "using infrared technology you can physically see pollutants and how they spread from the source, into the air".
"Thermal Imaging for Safety and Efficiency in Public Transportation" - Mass Transit: Thermal imaging is allowing public transport authorities 'uninterrupted 24-hour detection of vehicles and pedestrians', this article explains. It goes on to further list the benefits of thermal cameras over standard CCTV systems in monitoring roads, railway tracks, and underground station, amongst others.
"Infrared Camera Could Help Dentists Discover Cavities Much Earlier" - Digital Trends: This article explores the use of infrared cameras in dental medicine. Researches at York University in Toronto have developed a way of using the technology to identify cavities.
"10 wildlife secrets revealed by thermal cameras" - BBC Nature: First published on 2013, this great article from the BBC looks at 10 different revelations in nature made possibly by thermal imaging. From confirming panda pregnancies, to tracking whale movements, its clear to see just how useful thermal technology is for wildlife researchers.
"Thermal bat detection gets scientists in a flutter" - Reuters Video: Using a FLIR camera, bat conservation expert Simon Holmes has been tracking and monitoring wild bat numbers in the UK for the last couple of years.
"Thermal cameras in school laboratory activities" - Physics Education: This short video details the benefits of using thermal cameras as teaching aides. With specific reference to the FLIR E-Series cameras, the video explains that thermal imaging cameras 'offer real-time visual access to otherwise invisible thermal phenomena , which are conceptually demanding for learners during traditional teaching'.
"LEO Africa Thermal Imaging Drone Project" - LimpopoEcoOperations: This anti-poaching project in South Africa are raising money to be able to purchase a thermal imaging drone. This will provide support to their anti-poaching activities, whilst also allowing them to monitor wildlife, and 'understand the movements of the animals at night'.
"Night Vision versus Thermal Imaging" - Oneshot Mistery: An informative little video detailing the differences between night vision and thermal imaging, and how thermal imaging allows the viewer to see more, particularly in regards to security purposes.
"Red deer rut at night" - BBC Autumnwatch: This clip, from last year's series of Autumnwatch, follows red deer on Rum Island in the Hebrides. Using thermal imaging, their nightly rutting activities are seen clearly, providing great footage and insights into what they get up to!