TELOPS Articles & Applications Notes

  1. FAST Thermal Imaging – The New Way to Look at Explosions

    This application explores the use of a high speed, high performance infrared camera used to analyze dust cloud explosions. These types of explosions can occur in work areas where coal, flour, pollen, and powdered metal are present. To find out how infrared cameras can be used to study the ignition, explosion, propagation phenomologies, and other thermodynamic processes in dust cloud explosions, and to ultimately help prevent such explosions, download the application note.

  2. Airborne Infrared Hyperspectral Imager For Intelligence, Surveillance And Reconnaissance Applications

    Persistent surveillance and collection of airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance information is critical in today’s warfare against terrorism. High resolution imagery in visible and infrared bands provides valuable detection capabilities based on target shapes and temperatures. By Eldon Puckrin, Caroline S. Turcotte, Marc-André Gagnon, John Bastedo, Vincent Farley and Martin Chamberland

  3. Countermeasure Characterization And Development Using Standoff Infrared Hyperspectral Imaging

    Measurement and signature intelligence (MASINT) is a cornerstone of most military agencies, in which chemical imaging using infrared is considered a method of choice. In such applications, hyperspectral imaging brings additional information to the task, providing the spectral dimension associated with each image. Standoff infrared hyperspectral sensors using Fourier transform (FTIR) spectroscopy can deliver a unique combination of spatial, spectral, and temporal resolution for a complete characterization. By Marc-André Gagnon, Telops

  4. Target Infrared Signature Characterization

    This application note discusses electronic attack and countermeasures, the importance of advanced measurement and signal intelligence (MASINT) capabilities, and how Telops’ line of Hyper-Vision hyperspectral imagers can help characterize dynamic targets and classify a variety of target infrared signatures in the electronic warfare space.

  5. Fast Thermal Imaging: Muzzle Flash Analysis

    Significant technical challenges need to be overcome when it comes to detection, location, and identification of small caliber hostile gunfire. The key characteristic for the detection of a small caliber gunfire, which also leads to the most obvious technical challenge, is its short, few  milliseconds long, muzzle flash.

  6. Safety Through Effective Gas Detection, Identification, And Imaging In Oil & Gas Environments

    Safety is a major concern for oil and gas companies since the environments they operate in often include many toxic industrial chemicals and gases with high explosive potential. Constant monitoring with reliable gas detection and identification systems has become a crucial part of the equation to keep on-site personnel safe and prevent damage or loss of installations. In this regard, infrared remote sensing technology offers many advantages over traditional gas detection systems as they allow monitoring and imaging of a scene from a distant and safe location.

  7. The New Way to Look at Ballistic Impacts: FAST Thermal Imaging Application Note

    This application note examines the benefits of high speed infrared cameras for use in testing ballistic impacts, and compares their use to that of traditional high-speed visible imaging systems. Visible impact ballistic testing is discussed, as well as infrared impact ballistic testing. The results of a field testing experiment are also addressed.

  8. Real-Time Characterization Of Smoke Candles Using Infrared Hyperspectral Imaging

    The development of efficient countermeasure devices is a challenging task for intelligence agencies. Flares and smoke candles are versatile devices which can be used for different purposes including protection of soldiers, positioning, rescue, communication, decoys, and screening agents.

  9. Stealth Detection Of Illicit Laboratories

    In today's war against terrorism, the illicit production of material threats used by terrorists has become a source of growing concern. These products are being illicitly fabricated in a number of clandestine laboratories by numerous terrorist and criminal groups. The precursors and solvents that are used in the production process each exhibit a unique infrared fingerprint, which can be detected and identified by using infrared hyperspectral imaging techniques. The Telops Hyper-Cam has recently demonstrated successful detection of a number of these precursors and solvents, representing an ideal solution to help find and dismantle the terrorist operated clandestine laboratories.

  10. Airborne Detection Of Methane Leaks Using Hyperspectral Imaging

    The worldwide natural gas transmission and distribution system is composed of millions of kilometers of pipelines and by thousands of transmission and compressor stations, valves, and distribution centers. With an ever-increasing regulatory pressure and increased cost of raw material, Oil and Gas pipelines companies and distributors are worried about gas leaks occurring in their aging infrastructures.