Hikvision - Bringing thermal expertise to outdoor enthusiasts
The Chinese manufacturer Hikvision, is bringing its innovation and experience in thermal technology to the outdoor market. The use of technology in outdoor activities like scouting, hunting and birdwatching has grown in popularity. As with other human endeavours, technology is providing an edge to the experience, making things clearer, easier and safer.
One example of this is Thermal technology, which can help outdoor enthusiasts to spot an elusive animal by picking up its heat signature. In fact, all objects radiate a different level of radiation – a value known as emissivity. Thermal devices can pick up the differences in emissivity, which means they can build a picture of an area even in the dark, fog or other limited visibility environment.
Hikvision has long been developing thermal cameras for security purposes and has now even developed its own thermal sensor. The success of these products has led the company to create handheld products – currently Thermal & Optical Bi-spectrum Binocular and Thermal Monocular products. Because these have strong applications in the outdoor and hunting markets, they are now being offered to outdoor enthusiasts.
This means Hikvision thermal handheld products can provide the latest tracking technology to outdoor enthusiasts – whether they are bird-spotting, engaged in wildlife management or sport hunting.
Hikvision is the world’s leading provider of innovative security products and solutions. The company is an innovation powerhouse, with more than 34,000 employees, over 16,000 of which are R&D engineers. The company annually invests 7 – 8% of its annual sales revenue to research and development for continued product innovation. This has enabled Hikvision to establish a complete, multi-level R&D system that includes every operation from research to design, development, testing, technical support, and service.
The company provides professional and customized solutions to meet diverse market requirements. In addition to the video surveillance industry, Hikvision extended its business to smart home tech, industrial automation, and automotive electronics industries — all based on video intelligence technology — to explore channels for sustaining long-term development.
“At Hikvision we pride ourselves on advancing our technologies to meet more of our customer’s needs”, says Marcel Wiechmann, Hikvision’s Thermal Product Manager, Nordic, DACH and Italy. With our thermal technology providing various solutions in the security industry, we realised that it could also prove useful to a wider group of customers. Our lightweight handheld devices are perfect for use in outdoors environments where enthusiasts can use them to enhance their experience and truly engage with nature.”