Posted by John McHale
PARIS AIR SHOW BLOG 22 June 2011. DRS Technologies showed me their tiny little infrared camera -- the Tamarisk -- at the Paris Air Show this week. It's so small it can fit in your hand and can be mounted to practically anything to provide infrared surveillance data.
The real enabling technology with the Tamarisk is its size because it reduces the overall pricetag , which creates a wider user base, D'Angerio says. The smaller lens really helps cut down on those costs as the thermal conduction material for the lens is one of the most expensive components, he adds.
DRS is developing the product for security and law enforcement applications, which also enables the company to market it internationally as thsoe applciations typically do not require export compliance under International Traffic and Arms Regulations (ITAR), D'Angerio says.