Infra-red imaging module maker sees growth in security markets

March 14, 2014 // By Graham Prophet
Xenics, European developer and manufacturer of InGaAs infrared detectors and customised IR imaging solutions, is expanding its reach to government and security systems applications for ShortWave InfraRed and LongWave InfraRed OEM modules.

From its focus on the R&D and industrial automation markets for its infrared detectors and camera systems, Xenics is putting a stronger focus on targeting the highly demanding and rapidly growing segment of government and security applications, such as active and passive day/night vision for enhanced vision systems, situational awareness, UAV (defence, surveillance and fire-fighting), homeland security and SAR (search and rescue) missions.

"Our customers frequently state there is an important piece missing in the government and public security market for highly qualified and rugged OEM modules," says European Sales Manager Guido Deutz.

The XenicsCores product family of high-resolution infrared OEM modules offers integration and image quality, with the short-wave module XSW-640 and the thermal imaging XTM-640 module. These uncooled OEM modules are compact and light-weight, and offer low power consumption. Due to their easy integration via the universal QTE interconnect or standard interfaces such as analogue video, CameraLink or Gigabit Ethernet they can substantially accelerate the time to market for the users' products. Longer detection, recognition and identification distances are feasible due to the detector's small pixel size. With their integrated readout electronics, their use of advanced non-uniformity compensation and image processing algorithms, these OEM modules deliver crisp IR images covering a broad range of defence and security applications under all weather conditions.

"Extensive use of the SWIR realm for superior day/night vision and other security applications is being evaluated by major government system integrators,” says Xenics founder and CEO Bob Grietens. SWIR imagers, as compared to their LWIR counterparts, allow the penetration of fog, haze and high humidity for camouflage detection, long-range identification and detection of lasers and other markers. “We regard the LWIR module as a volume driver, while the SWIR version will open up new territories for extreme day and night vision tasks."

The XSW-640 and XTM-640 modules can be combined in one imaging system boosting detection and recognition. Both modules are based on the same