Thermal camera is the future of fighting crime

The military has been using infrared technology for decades with proven success.

Early on, thermal drone with thermal imaging cameracameras were pricey and only the military could afford them.  But now the demand for IR technology, particularly the thermal camera, is driving cost down. 

Law Enforcement agencies are taking advantage of the lower cost.  In the last 3 years, hundreds more helicopters, drones and special units are equipped with thermal cameras.

And that is good news!


Good guy or suspect?

The increased use of thermal cameras as a crime stopper comes with some obstacles. 

For example, the thermal camera “reads” the heat coming off an object or person and projects this image back to the operator.

While movement of someone is detected, the details of the person are undetectable.

In the case of pursuing a suspect, the operator of the thermal camera could have difficulty distinguishing the good guy from the suspect. 

Tracking a vehicle is just as challenging. A police car is difficult to distinguish from the rest of the cars on the road. The thermal operator is tasked with never taking his eyes off of the suspect vehicle.  At the same time he is tracking the police vehicle. The inability to clearly distinguish the suspect vehicle from the police vehicle in pursuit is confusing. 

Thermal markers is the answer. 


Thermal markers eliminate the confusion

A12 thermal view of markerThermal markers made with thermal infrared film are now available to eliminate this confusion.

A thermal marker attached to officers or vehicles will effectively detect who is who and where they are during the operation. 

The marker will reflect back to the thermal camera a black or white signature (depending on camera settings), and clearly tell the operator where they are.  

To detect and command all assets leads to a safe and effective mission completion. 


The future of marking police vehicles and personnel 

With the exponential increase in thermal imaging devices across all jurisdictions to fight crime, IR.Tools has tested and approved a durable thermal marker for Police vehicles and personnel.

This “silent partner”  is the future of police marking and will positively impact the use of thermal  cameras in fighting and preventing crime. 


Thermal markers are better than vinyl markers 

The vinyl markers used today are difficult to see at a distance, completely disappear in the dark and are only visible with the naked eye. 

Thermal markers are visible 24/7 and clearly distinguish the police car from the other cars on the road. 

To test the difference, we took a vinyl and thermal film letter “K” and laid them side by side on a police car. 

Watch video below. 

You can see both markers with the naked eye.  But only thermal marker is detected with the thermal camera.  The thermal “K” pops!

The difference is astounding!  Watch video!


Contact me today and let thermal markers advance the use of your thermal device and UAS.

These markers are currently available in black, 24″ letter and numbers or a custom design.

Contact me at 443.292.8885, ask for Tom.


 The Author

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Tom founded IR.Tools™ in 2006. He has embraced manufacturing premium IR patches, panels, thermal markers, and thermal targets to better protect and train the military and law enforcement communities.  Always the innovator, he is always thinking out of the box. Currently he has 21 awarded patents, and 14 patents pending. Tom received his BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering from the Univ. of MD, College Park and his MBA from Regents Univ.