Infrared thermal imaging cameras for perimeter surveillance and homeland security introduced by DRS RSTA

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MELBOURNE, Fla., 7 April 2011. The DRS Technologies Inc. Reconnaissance, Surveillance and Target Acquisition (RSTA) Group in Melbourne, Fla., is introducing surveillance and security thermal cameras for military surveillance, homeland security, law-enforcement, and commercial applications.

The DRS RSTA thermal imaging systems consists of the WatchMaster Pro and the WatchMaster Pro+. These infrared imaging cameras can mount to fixed locations, movable masts, or vehicles for perimeter security, force protection, border patrol, base and airport security, and police uses.

These surveillance and reconnaissance systems are high-performance thermal imagers able to relative warm objects, such as vehicles and humans on foot, through total darkness, light fog, dust, smoke, and haze. The imaging systems use color CCD cameras that can help identify targets in daylight like human faces and numbers on license tags.

The WatchMaster is packaged in a small form factor and operates in the longwave infrared spectrum using an uncooled Vanadium Oxide detector. The WatchMaster Pro+, which is a larger system, has a cryogenic cooler, operates in the midwave infrared spectrum, and uses a Mercury cadmium telluride sensor.

Users can convert the WatchMaster Pro to a WatchMaster Pro+ with a factory upgrade. The cameras use the same interfaces, as well as command-and-control.

For more information contact DRS RSTA online at

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