Schneider Electric and ULIS team-up to use infrared technology for camera surveillance
Schneider Electric, developer and manufacturer of world leading Pelco video security systems, announced today that it has entered into an agreement with ULIS to offer infrared technology via Pelco by Schneider Electric's Sarix TI thermal imaging cameras.
ULIS, a subsidiary of Sofradir in France, specializes in the design and manufacture of high-quality infrared (IR) imaging sensors for various applications, including security and surveillance. Schneider Electric chose ULIS' IR sensors for their performance, resistance to sun exposure, sensitivity and compatibility with Pelco and third-party analytics (security algorithms that detect, locate, and monitor intrusions). This is a much sought after feature since it improves the ability to assess threats.
"ULIS thermal image sensors offer incredible performance for our Sarix Thermal imaging cameras," says David Dorn, Director of Thermal Imaging at Pelco by Schneider Electric. "Pelco picked ULIS' image sensors for their incredibly low noise while offering sun-safe operation and high reliability operation necessary for security applications. The high sensitivity ULIS microbolometers are also a great combination with Sarix's powerful image processing capability. The Pelco-ULIS partnership allows us to provide industry-leading thermal image quality, integrated video analytics capability, and Pelco network connectivity while setting price points that enable cost-effective deployment for most security applications."
This contract between Schneider Electric and ULIS marks a growing trend in infrared technology among makers of visible cameras, who produce an estimated 20 to 25 million units per year, globally, according to industry insiders. IR technology is used to visualize objects in total darkness and through smoke, fog, and rain.
"ULIS is delighted about collaborating with Pelco, a global supplier of video and security systems, to bring infrared technology to camera surveillance on a wide-scale," says Jean François Delepau, managing director of ULIS. "The Pelco deal shows that ULIS can supply IR sensors with high resolution quality at price points that meet visible camera maker expectations."
Under this agreement, ULIS will deliver off-the-shelf TV 640x480 and ¼ TV 384x288 format IR sensors.
ULIS' IR sensors will be used to provide around-the-clock surveillance in all weather conditions for a variety of applications, including port installations, pubic utilities, and critical infrastructure surveillance.