Benefits of Thermal Film Markers Outweigh Vinyl Markers

Infrared Technology is advancing the way police vehicles are now marked. For years, vinyl numbers and letters have distinguished police vehicles from the rest of the cars on the road but these markers are now “old school.”  Thermal film markers are here.

Thermal Film Markers vs Vinyl Markers

Change is now. 

Thanks to the breakthroughs in infrared technology (films and cameras), the benefits of thermal film markers outweigh those of vinyl markers. 

The 3 Benefits to Thermal Markers.

  1. Thermals can be seen 24/7.
  2. Thermals are effective in bad weather.
  3. Thermals clearly distinguish vehicles and personnel from surroundings


1. Thermals can be seen 24/7

Thermal Markers can streamline your operation readiness.  Regardless of the time of day, the same imaging equipment will enable the operation to run smoothly and effectively.  Neither daylight nor darkness hinders your ability to see who is who, or where they are. 

In contrast, vinyl markers are only visible to the naked eye during the day or with a spotlight at night. A spotlight can be a real problem when you are in a covert operation.  


2. Thermals work in bad weather

Rain, smoke, sandstorm, and fog are challenges for many reasons. But thermal markers are still distinguishable in these conditions. The markers can cut through these conditions and be seen by the thermal imaging device. 

Vinyl markers are virtually useless in these circumstances. 

Caution: Film underwater will temporarily disable an ID but will not damage film. Remove the water and you are good to go.


3. Thermals clearly distinguish vehicles and personnel

The simple application of a thermal film marker on a vehicle/personnel will positively enable a positive ID. 

There really is no competition for the clear difference you will see with a thermal marker on the vehicle or person.  A vinyl marker will not be detectable at all. 

For instance, in the case of car or foot chases, you can distinguish your marked unit from the those in the surrounding area. Your ability to determine who is the suspect and who is the police is a huge advantage in making a capture.  


Infrared science time has come

While vinyl markers have been very, very good to law enforcement… infrared science is equipping our police to accelerate to a new level of fighting crime. 

The advancement of thermal technology has put the power of the capture into the hands of the police.  

The future of  fighting crime with infrared science time has come. 




 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.