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New Nightfinder combines infrared searchlight, strobe and camera

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The Carlisle & Finch Co., an Ohio-based marine searchlight manufacturer, has introduced a new lighting device using LED infrared night vision technology. According to a company statement, its Nightfinder-LED is a hybrid device combining LED visible light, LED infrared emitters and a lowlight high-resolution color camera. The device can be used as both an aid to navigation and a security system.

An infrared illuminator beam, undetectable by the human eye, allows the operator to see over 1,200 meters in total darkness without blinding oncoming vessels, the company stated. When an object is spotted with this invisible beam, it can then be illuminated with the visible beam for further identification. In the case of an intruder, a strobe feature transforms the searchlight into a nonlethal weapon that has a blinding and disorienting effect, according to the company.

The device’s camera feature is designed to compliment thermal cameras by providing a more crisp and clear video image, allowing for enhanced identification rather than just detection. The company stated that, unlike a thermal camera, which requires a heat signature for an object to be detected, the Nightfinder’s infrared illuminator can read numbers and names on boats, and identify flags and firearms. Also, the infrared beam can penetrate glass, enabling the camera to see into the pilothouse of an oncoming vessel, the company stated.

For more information, visit nightfinder.net.

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