VIGISCAN, a high-performance infrared panoramic-vision camera, was awarded the Innovation Prize at the 2010 Euronaval trade show last October. Awarded by the Minister of Defence of France, this trophy recognises the innovation achieved by HGH Infrared Systems, which has developed VIGISCAN. This technology has proved to be a commercial success.
The Innovation Prize recognises VIGISCAN’s quality. VIGISCAN has already been honoured by American magazine NASA Tech Briefs, which awarded HGH Infrared the 2009 Product of the Year prize for this original concept.
VIGISCAN was developed in order to address new security requirements. This complete system, which features infrared panoramic vision, combines viewing, detection and tracking software. With its simple and intuitive interface, the software offers 360°, day-and-night coverage, while simultaneously tracking an unlimited number of sea, aerial or land-based targets.
Thanks to top-of-the-range infrared technology, the camera boasts high-thermal sensitivity and a very long detection range. VIGISCAN scans in real time thanks to its high-speed rotating head, which completes one revolution every two seconds. Operational night and day, the system uses advanced technologies to deliver a high-quality image despite its compactness. The ultra-wide panoramic field of view and constant control guarantee detection of any event within a very extensive range in difficult conditions affected by, for instance, fog, smoke or total darkness.
VIGISCAN was initially designed to address surveillance issues for sensitive industrial sites, airports, borders, and military bases. VIGISCAN has been further improved. The new long-range focusing version can scan very extensive areas.
The device can be used for land-based maritime applications, such as the surveillance of ports and coastlines, and also for on-board applications on ships thanks to a gyro-stabilized platform. VIGISCAN can be used as a night-time navigation tool or collision-prevention aid. This effective watchman can report any attack, be it by pirates or terrorists, on a ship or offshore oil rig. VIGISCAN is a passive and undetectable optical radar, and can detect the presence of a man at a distance of 3km, a rubber dinghy at 6km, and a tanker at 20km.
HGH Infrared Systems has successfully launched a number of products dedicated to niche applications in the fast-growing infrared-technologies market. HGH, which is already well-established in several parts of the world, is committed to innovation. This commitment preserves its position as a technological leader.
About HGH Infrared
Founded in 1982, HGH Infrared Systems designs, assembles and sells optronic systems for security, industrial and civil applications. HGH is located in Igny (south of Paris), at the heart of the French Optics Valley, where many leading research laboratories and related companies are also situated.
HGH Infrared Systems will be taking part in the following trade shows in 2011: IDEX 2011, which takes place in Abu Dhabi (UAE) from 20 to 24 February; Global Security Process 2011, which takes place in Roissy (France) on 29 March; LAAD 2011, which takes place in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) from 26 to 28 April; FPED 2011, which takes place in Stafford, Virginia (USA), from 17 to 19 May; FED 2011, which takes place in Satory (France), from 18 to 19 May; MAST 2011, which takes place in Marseille (France), from 27 to 29 June; INTERSEG 2011, which takes place in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), from 21 to 23 August; and Milipol 2011, which takes place in Paris (France), from 18 to 21 October.
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