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5 May, 2006 - 12:18 By Staff Reporter

Thermoteknix launches new camera product

Cambridge company Thermoteknix is in expansion mode following its launch of the world’s smallest high resolution infra-red camera.Cambridge company Thermoteknix is in expansion mode following its launch of the world’s smallest high resolution infra-red camera.

The thermal imaging pioneer unveiled its latest innovation, the MIRICLE 307k at the SPIE Defence and Security Symposium in Orlando Florida, and founder and MD, Dr Richard Salisbury said the company would be growing its workforce to service anticipated demand.

The company currently employs 40 and Dr Salisbury says that his company is now on the look out for both engineering and production staff.

The mini-camera’s design specifications make it ideally suited to the defence and security markets.

Offering greater detection at further distances and with smaller and lower cost optics and lower power requirements, the MIRICLE 307K produces high definition imagery in total darkness, unaffected by smoke or fog. One of the possible applications, Dr Salisbury said, was in aerial surveillance, mounting the cameras on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV).

The nature of those markets means that the company cannot comment on any specific orders.

The company’s technology is used by both Formula One and IndyCar Racing. The Red Bull Cheever IndyCar team used the technology to minimise tyre wear.

Thermoteknix technology was used to check tyre temperature during races, beaming the information back to the pits and allowing engineers to optimise traction control among other race settings.

Thermoteknix was established in Cambridge in 1982 and manufactures all of its cameras in the UK.

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