FLIR is the world leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of thermal imaging infrared cameras, components and imaging sensors. They’re building more than innovative technologies; they’re striving to build a more sustainable, more efficient, safer future.
FLIR Systems, Inc. designs, develops, manufactures, markets and distributes technologies that enhance perception and awareness. They bring innovative sensing solutions into daily life through thermal imaging, visible-light imaging, video analytics, measurement and diagnostic and advanced threat detection systems.
The company offers a diversified portfolio that serves a number of applications in government and defense, industrial and commercial markets. Their products help first responders and military personnel protect and save lives, promote efficiency within the trades and innovate consumer-facing technologies. They strive to strengthen public safety and well-being, increase energy and time efficiency and contribute to healthy and intelligent communities.
FLIR was established in 1978 to pioneer the development of high-performance, low-cost infrared (thermal) imaging systems for airborne applications. Thermal imaging systems detect the infrared energy (heat) that is emitted by all people, objects and materials. Infrared cameras allow the operator to see in total darkness, adverse weather and through such air pollutants as smoke and haze.
Toward the end of the 1980s, the company began to leverage its experience in infrared imaging technology to develop hand-held and laboratory systems for a variety of commercial applications. It required not only superior image quality, but also the ability to detect and measure temperature differences. This effort accelerated with the acquisition of the industrial infrared imaging group from the Hughes Aircraft Co. in 1990.
The acquisition of Agema (Sweden) in 1998 and of Inframetrics (Boston, MA) in mid-1999 provided engineering teams, sales and support infrastructure that accelerated the company’s success in commercial thermal imaging markets. Together, Agema and Inframetrics represented over 60 years of significant infrared camera development and thermography applications expertise.
In 2003, the company acquired Indigo Systems, a leading developer and supplier of a wide range of infrared imaging products. These include cooled and uncooled infrared detectors, camera cores and finished cameras.
Ever since, FLIR has invested in numerous adjacent markets, technologies and products to expand its sensor solution set. As well as its ability to service a broader set of customers. These investments have enabled significant growth in revenue and unit volumes. Additionally, this has resulted in dramatic increases in customers as well as increased global awareness of the power of thermal technology. Currently, FLIR operates in many locations around the globe and employs a total of over 3,000 dedicated employees.