Hood River, OR, August 08, 2014 -- /EPR NETWORK/ -- An article on fire-fighting by UAV notes that the critical feature is the camera system “which can safely provide firefighters real-time images of the fire they are fighting”.
From: Hood Tech Corp Vision, Inc., Hood River, Oregon
Date: July 31, 2014
Subject: Hood Tech Vision’s Cameras Noted as “the Important Feature” for Fire-Fighting UAV
Contact: Dr. Andy von Flotow, Hood Tech Corp Vision, Inc., 541-387-2288, firstname.lastname@example.org
UAVs and their advanced payloads are becoming a central part of fighting northwest US wildfires. As noted in a recent article (http://www.krem.com/news/local/Drones-approved-for-wildfire-fight-in-Washington-268305632.html), Hood Tech Vision’s cameras are the “important feature” on the UAV, which allow both safety for the fire-fighting staff, and provide critical information. The electro-optical and/or the infrared imager can supply the necessary data, which includes finding hot spots and marking the fire’s extent. This information is critical to the fire command element in determining how to allocate resources and maintain public safety. “Hood Tech Vision’s imagers are rugged and ready to go at a moment’s notice to help fire-fighters”, said a Hood Tech Vision representative. “We hope UAVs, using our cameras, provide additional capability and reduce risk to individuals.”
When Hood Tech began producing 800-gm video-camera turrets in 1998, it enabled an entirely new class of small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Hood Technology Vision now designs and manufactures imaging and video processing systems at the highest level of the National Imagery Interpretability Rating Scale (NIIRS): level 9. Hood Tech Vision matches embedded stabilization technology with electro-optical lenses that zoom up to 200 times. This results in a field of view of 0.3 degrees, in a package that weighs from less than one to six kg. Hood Tech Vision imagers consume as little as one-fifth the power common for such systems, increasing the power budget to other sensors for Multi-INT missions. Designed for manned and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), boats, land vehicles, and towed and stationary mounts, the reliability and utility of Hood Tech’s daylight and thermal imaging products has been demonstrated during 800,000 hours of use in a variety of temperatures, humidity, dust, smoke, haze, and other environmental factors (http://www.hoodtechvision.com).
Dr. Andy von Flotow founded Hood Technology in Hood River, Oregon in 1993. Along with the design and manufacture of stabilized imaging systems, Hood Tech:
Develops, tests, and manufactures launch and retrieval systems for UAVs
Operates controlled launch and quiet wind tunnel test facilities
Monitors blade vibrations in industrial turbines and jet engines, including diagnostic methods that predict possible future turbine failures.