Need a Way to Identify Assets with an IR Drone?

Weekly I field a question like this:

“We recently purchased a drone equipped with an infrared camera. We need a way to identify our people and vehicles when the drone is in use. I saw your infrared products online. Do you think your products will help?” 

The short answer is yes.

Because of the escalation of IR drone use, officers are discovering while drones expand operational efficiency, they lack pinpoint details that lead to accidents or missed opportunities.   

The need to identify ground support during drone operations is critical to the success of the operation.  

IR.Tools Thermal Vehicle Id Markers and ID Patches will identify your assets on the ground. 

Your command and control can detect who is who and where they are.  

The results?  A safe and quick end to your mission.

5 Steps to IR Ground Support

Step 1 – Study IR Technology


Familiarize yourself with the technology!  

This is one of those subjects you don’t want to skip reading the instruction manual. Knowledge is powerful and essential when dealing with a complex subject like infrared technology.   

I urge you to explore our many blogs and videos on our website.

This link will get you started. Infrared Film Technology 

There are many nuances to working with infrared so the more you grasp the better your results will be.   

And ask, ask, ask… questions!

Understanding IR protection and how it works<br />

Step 2 – Contact Me! 


I want to walk you through the entire process.  You can try to do it alone, but I do not recommend this.  The uniqueness of these products and the relationship to your thermal device requires assistance.   

So, when you are ready contact me!  

 I will help you decipher which kit is best for your operations.   

Contact Me (Tom) –

443- 292-8885

Schedule a Meeting


Step 3 – Buy Your IR Ground Support KIT 

Buy one or more of the Law Enforcement IR Kits. 

These testing kits will help you determine the best standard operating procedure (SOP) and bring some hands-on experience with the technology.  

This week get 50% off!

1. Film Sample Kit – Thermal only – $35.00

The kit includes a variety of thermal films: Upright, High Contrast, Extreme, Clear

2. Film Sample Kit – IR Reflective, Photoluminescent – $25.00

This kit includes 1 covert and 2 non-covert films for IFF protection

3. IR Patch Test and Evaluation Kit – $65.00 

This kit has 4 patches for IFF protection. Patches are covert and non-covert.  

4. Thermal Film Test and Evaluation Kit – $140.00 

This kit includes a variety of 24 pieces of thermal film.    

5. Law Enforcement Identification Test and Evaluation Kit, Thermal only – $200.00

This kit offers a vehicle marker and several thermal patches  

6. Law Enforcement Identification Test and Evaluation Kit, Thermal and IR Patches – $200.00 

This kit offers a vehicle marker, thermal markers, and IFF patches. 

Step 4 – 30 Day Test and Evaluation 

Give yourself and your department a full 30 days to test and evaluate.  

No cheating. 

Be patient to experience how the infrared films react in “live” scenarios including different weather and environmental conditions. For example, you may find your auto gain control works in one condition yet in another condition manual controls are best.  

Different scenarios to consider in your testing: 

  • Open field vs a wooded area 
  • Open roads vs crowded roads 
  • Search and Rescue 
  • Foot and Car Chases  

Experiment with your palette settings. Learn more about palette settings. 

Experiment with where to place your markers and patches.

  • Larger thermal markers are recommended on the roof, hood, and trunk of vehicles.
  • Smaller personal ID patches are recommended on the helmet, chest, back, or shoulders of officers.  

Remember to contact me during any phase of the testing.

Often testers mistake the film for “not working”.  Don’t panic. This often occurs in the testing phase.  Usually, there is an easy solution or explanation.  So hang in there!

Step 5 – Order Your IR Ground Support 

After your 30 day test and vetting get your quote!

Contact me.

We will discuss your results and then together we will determine what infrared support will be most beneficial.

443- 292-8885

Schedule a Meeting 

I look forward to working closely with you and your department to extract the most success with drone operations and IR ground support.

FAQ Vehicle Thermal Markers

Instructions and Tips For Marking Officers and Vehicles

Good Luck and Stay Safe!


 The Author

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Since 2006, Tom has been the driving force behind IR.Tools, dedicated to delivering top-notch infrared solutions to the military, law enforcement, and sportsmen communities.

What began with a single infrared patch has blossomed into a comprehensive store featuring hundreds of IFF patches, vehicle IFF, an extensive suite of thermal training targets, and tools for drone pilots.

Beyond his innovative products, Tom is passionate about educating users on infrared technology and showcasing how advancements in IR can enhance their operations.

Tom holds an MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland and an MBA from Regents University.

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