FLIR SCION monocular thermals have “lock span” feature, allowing officers to compare buildings and detect cannabis farm heat. Most monocular thermals don’t have this feature. There are then 3 advantages to using a thermal monocular over a handheld (screen) thermal camera:
1) More affordable.
They price from £1880 to £3100 (+VAT), depending on model. vs. handheld thermals at x2 to x3 the price
2) More effective than thermals with large screens
Lenses designed for longer ranges, making them more useful to police (scan buildings from 10m to 100m away, vs. within 15m using handheld screen thermals) More covert. No screen glare when using a SCION monocular and you can stand further away to avoid looking obvious. Rugged design to cope with rough use. Less training burden on officers, as they are simpler to use.
3) SCION can also be used for other police work (unlike a handheld screen thermal):
- Search for suspects (urban or rural) 5m up to 1100m range
- Covert surveillance (no screen lighting you up at night)
- SFO/ARV/CTSFO armed police team surveillance and overwatch
- Perimeter security (festivals/events, key infrastructure such as Nuclear Power Stations and transport of dangerous materials)
- Rural police operations (field/woods distances and farmyard searches, whilst staying covert)
- Transport police for rail line searches (suicide prevention and recovery, metal theft, trespassing)
- SAR to help locate people at distance at night.
- UAV officers to supplement their UAV cameras with ground based thermal