Therm-App

Introducing Therm-App Android Thermal Camera

Therm-App™ transforms Android devices into powerful night vision and thermography cameras

Atlanta, GA | March 25, 2014 — Announced to the world just yesterday, Therm-App™ a revolutionary device that turns Android smartphones into powerful thermal cameras will be available to Vumii customers effective immediately.

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Discoverii

U.S. Port Authorities choose Vumii for Maritime Security Applications

ATLANTA, Georgia – June 26, 2013 – Port security professionals face a unique set of security and surveillance challenges due to the lack of lighting and difficulty in achieving situational awareness across large and vulnerable waterway environments. As a result, ports across the United States are seeking solutions that enable law enforcement officials and others who patrol these ports to detect, recognize, and identify security threats during the day or in complete darkness.

Many agencies and organizations are implementing and using award-winning security cameras from Vumii Imaging, Inc., a developer and manufacturer of innovative high-quality thermal and near-infrared illumination cameras.
One of the first agencies to choose Vumii technology is the Baltimore Police Department (BPD). Tasked with the challenge of protecting and serving the citizens within Maryland’s largest municipality, the BPD not only protects the area’s streets but also has shared responsibility for safeguarding the city’s port and historic Fort McHenry.

BPD needed technology that would allow security operators to both detect threats at long distances and then assess the details to determine the level of security, safety, and environmental threats at long distances around Baltimore waterways and bridges. To address these requirements BPD chose Vumii’s thermal and active illumination technology to meet the agency’s long range, round-the-clock requirements.

recently released case study highlights BPD’s deployment of Vumii’s Discoverii 1000 and 2000 active illumination cameras and Accuracii ML thermal and CCD cameras.

Vumii Cameras Provide Detail Needed for Effective Assessment 
“Our challenge is that we patrol and protect such a diverse area including sections where it is dark and easy to hide,” said Sgt. George McClaskey, BPD. “We required a means of not only being able to see vessels and critical infrastructure at great distances during periods of darkness but also at a high level of detail including vessel numbers and names, particularly ones of high-interest.”

The Discoverii long-range threat assessment cameras feature long range optics with CCD cameras that are optimized for Vumii’s near-IR laser illumination (up to 3000 meters in complete darkness). This combination of high performance cameras, optics, and laser illumination creates a camera system which provides natural contrast video offering the user critical scene details such as facial features, license plate or vehicle lettering, and the ability to see through glass.

Accuracii ML, Vumii’s dual channel thermal and CCD camera, offers the BPD a powerful day-and-night, multi-sensor observation solution allowing mid-range detection and observation with both a zoomable CCD and dual field of view thermal imager.

Layered, Shared Approach to Security Delivers Comprehensive Protection
The cameras are tied to a web-based Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) system enabling multiple organizations to share views from Vumii cameras. “By coupling the visual aspect of the Vumii cameras to radar, Automatic Identification Systems for gathering ship data and other software tools, we can pretty well tell what’s on the water at all times, day or night, even in bad weather,” according to McClaskey.

“Safety is paramount,” stresses McClaskey. “With a layered and shared approach to security, Vumii has helped us provide blanketed protection within this diverse area enabling better and faster protection and more value for our dollar.”

McClaskey notes the cameras’ ease of use, nighttime performance and the ability to zoom-in to see images at great distances with clarity and detail have provided a winning combination.

“Our broad spectrum of thermal and near-IR camera technologies deliver a cost-effective solution for helping law enforcement agencies provide the most complete protection to the port of Baltimore,” said Chris Ruttle, CEO Vumii Imaging, Inc. “With superior performance and the ability to assess threats in low or no light scenarios as well as their effectiveness over water, Vumii’s wide selection of camera offerings and technologies are ideal for the unique and critical security challenges of port environments.”

About Vumii:

Vumii Imaging, Inc designs and manufactures a broad portfolio of cameras and surveillance solutions in a wide variety of packages including thermal cores, OEM cameras, and multi-camera PTZ systems using thermal, visible and near-IR laser and LED illumination technologies. For more information, visitvumii.com.

SiteBuilder

Vumii Introduces Innovative New Security Camera Site Planning Tool

ATLANTA, Georgia – May 14, 2013 – Vumii™ Imaging, Inc., a developer and manufacturer of innovative high-quality thermal and near-infrared illumination cameras, will demonstrate its unique Vumii SiteBuilder tool at booth #5c90 at IFSEC in Birmingham. This tool is designed to help security integrators and consultants, as well as architecture and engineering firms, efficiently design site security plans.
Vumii SiteBuilder, a web application based on the Google Maps API, allows users to assess a site and build a surveillance strategy based on the specific needs of a facility and its surroundings.
Specifically, the application enables users to place virtual cameras within a graphical representation of the land a facility encompasses, providing an accurate understanding of a camera’s field of view and range. This approach demonstrates what the user will see, including potential gaps in surveillance coverage and how different camera, sensor, and lens combinations affect the field of view.
Through help icons, videos, and text, Vumii SiteBuilder enables users to see the advantages of near-IR and thermal IR technology and their different uses. It also provides an understanding of the military standard Johnson’s Criteria. Users can also emulate, at different ranges, the types of targets they will want to view through the system including people, land-based vehicles, and boats.
The solution allows users to control a wide variety of camera specifications including camera type (fixed or pan/tilt), sensor type (near-IR CCD or thermal engine), sensor resolution, lens size, and mounting height. Additionally, users can build, save, and recall an unlimited number of site layouts.
“Vumii SiteBuilder is a highly effective tool for giving users an understanding of specific site security requirements,” said Chris Ruttle, CEO, Vumii Imaging. “We designed it to be an extremely easy to use visual communication tool that does not require prior industry training, making it ideal for consultants and integrators to quickly build and communicate security plans to their customers.”
About Vumii Imaging Inc.
Vumii Imaging, Inc delivers a broad portfolio of cooled and uncooled thermal, laser and LED near-IR, and visible security camera systems that enable its customers to detect, recognize, and identify security threats during the day or in complete darkness. Vumii is a technology innovation pioneer delivering easy to use products with innovative capabilities that enable the best quality night-vision video, utilizing superior image and signal processing, high quality components, and unique product design. Vumii works closely with its global customers to easily integrate its technologies to protect seaports, airports, critical infrastructure, public utilities, military bases, government sites, and borders. Vumii is a privately held company headquartered in Atlanta, GA. For more information, visit vumii.com.

Accuracii ML

Accuracii Wins 4th Annual Homeland Security Awards Competition

Government Security News names Vumii Imaging as a Winner in GSN’s 4th Annual Homeland Security Awards competition

Vumii’s Accuracii Dual Channel Long Range Camera named
Best Thermal / Night Vision / Infrared Camera

ATLANTA – DECEMBER 5, 2012 – At the 4th Annual Homeland Security Awards gala dinner that drew hundreds of government officials and industry executives to the Washington Convention Center on November 29, Government Security News announced Vumii’s Accuracii XR as the 2012 winner of Best Thermal / Night Vision / Infrared Cameras category.

The winners were selected by a panel of objective judges, according to Mr. Jacob Goodwin, Editor-in-Chief of Government Security News. “We received an outstanding group of entries and have handed winners’ plaques to an exceptional group of companies and government agencies,” said Goodwin.

Vumii’s Accuracii XR is a unique long-range visible and thermal channel surveillance camera system that incorporates one of the longest focal length optics ever available on an uncooled thermal imager. Accuracii XR uses a 25mm-225mm continuous zoom thermal lens on Vumii’s proprietary 640×480 17 micron thermal processing engine, capable of sharp contrast imaging 24/7 and auto-focus for easy user control and integration. Not only can this thermal camera provide human detection level information at 5.7km, but also human recognition level details at 1.5km day or night.

“The Vumii team is thrilled from the recognition of both receiving this GSN award and the initial orders already received from international customers for Accuracii XR,” said Randall Foster, CEO of Vumii. “The market interest is tremendous for such a truly versatile, powerful, and economical uncooled thermal camera system. Vumii aims to be a technology pioneer and it appears as if we have achieved that goal with this Accuracii model,” added Foster.

About Vumii Imaging Inc.

Vumii Imaging, Inc delivers a broad portfolio of cooled and uncooled thermal, laser and LED near-IR, and visible security camera systems that enable its customers to detect, recognize, and identify security threats during the day or in complete darkness. Vumii is a technology innovation pioneer delivering easy to use products with innovative capabilities that enable the best quality night-vision video, utilizing superior image and signal processing, high quality components, and unique product design. Vumii works closely with its global customers to easily integrate its technologies to protect seaports, airports, critical infrastructure, public utilities, military bases, government sites, and borders. Vumii is a privately held company headquartered in Atlanta, GA. For more information, visit vumii.com.

Vumii’s ISC West Product Overview

ATLANTA – May 15, 2012 –Randall Foster, President of Vumii Imaging, Inc., in conjunction with GSN, presents Vumii’s Thermal and Near IR Camera portfolio at ISC West.

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About Vumii

Vumii Imaging, Inc. delivers a comprehensive portfolio of surveillance cameras that enable its customers to detect, recognize, and identify security threats during the day or in complete darkness. With nearly 30 years of development and manufacturing expertise, Vumii’s innovative thermal imaging and near-infrared illumination (lasers and LED) technology are used to protect seaports, airports, critical infrastructure, public utilities, military bases, government sites, and borders. Vumii’s systems are easily integrated into existing commercial and homeland security infrastructure.

Vumii is a privately held company headquartered in Atlanta, GA. For more information, visit vumii.com.

Border Protection

David Fisher comments on Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Program

Government Security News posed a series of questions related to CBP’s planned “Integrated Fixed Towers” (IFT) surveillance program. Vumii provided answers and insight into the state of the border security program.
Read the FULL ARTICLE IN GSN HERE.

What are the most significant technical advances reflected in this program?
There really aren’t any significant core technical innovations reflected in the de-construction of the SBINet requirements implemented in IFT. Beyond a migration from thermal 320×240 pixel format sensors to the smaller pixel size and larger pixel format of 640×480, and even higher density sensors, the thermal imaging technology itself has not made significant technological strides. The limits of physics and limits in the manufacturability of very large optics have kept industry from pushing the envelope beyond minor increases in detection range. This coupled with an increased level of violence on the U.S. southern border ensures that the danger level of the dedicated agents assigned to it has not significantly improved.
All that being said, there are three advances that have become commonplace and will help CBP in this new border protection effort. First, the increased pixel density and smaller pixel size will provide some increase in the assessment ranges of the larger lens systems. Second, the implementation and improvement of algorithms that compensate for scintillation or atmospheric turbulence has the potential to improve image clarity and range for both visible, near-infrared and thermal sensors. Third, the prevalence of longer-life cryogenic coolers for the midwave cooled infrared systems will inevitably improve sensor reliability and reduce the total cost of ownership for CBP and ultimately the U.S. taxpayers.
A technology that is not totally new, but has historically been under-utilized, is near-infrared, illuminated imagery. The use of continuous wave laser energy to “light up” the scene has been fielded around the world for years. This tried-and-true technology provides a picture that is very near to the contrast of visible cameras at ranges beyond two miles. Thus, different from thermal imagery, these cameras produce video that can read text, see people’s faces, and even see through windshields or other glass. Overall magnification is much greater with nearinfrared systems because the sensors used are CCDs with much smaller pixel sizes than thermal focal plane arrays. (4.3 micron versus 12 micron, for example) and glass optics are used for large focal length lenses versus germanium for thermal cameras. The importance of this is that agents with little additional training can see clearer images, more detail, and are able to correlate people to known identities. This affords early warning for agents to known violent offenders who they are about to encounter. Without this already-available technology, agents have to maintain a heightened state of vigilance that is wearing, stressful and, more often than not, unneeded.
What aspects of the Integrated Fixed Towers program needs further thinking by CBP?
Integrated Fixed Towers is still defined in a draft stage by CBP. With that in mind, the only range specification listed in the requirements is for 5-mile detection of people walking. There are many locations on both the southern and northern borders that are not suited to that range. Obstacles and terrain preclude seeing a line-of-sight of more than a couple of miles. Meanwhile, camera systems with very long focal length lenses to see anything useful at 5+ miles are very expensive to buy and maintain, and require substantial stabilization.
SBInet recognized this with a toolbox of sensors for short-, medium- and longranges. The SBInet approach allowed the selection and implementation of sensors that were tailor-made for their particular situation while still using off-the-shelf camera systems. The new IFT program seems to have dropped this approach.
What technical or operational contribution will your company offer to make to this program?
Easy-to-use and integrate illuminated, near-infrared imagery is available from Vumii Imaging Inc., of Atlanta, GA. With manufacturing of these systems in Tucson, AZ, there is a built-in logistics and repair facility with easy access to the southern border. These near-IR systems can be configured with or without an additional thermal imaging sensor. When included, the combination multisensor capability is the best of both imaging, and provides the most useful data to CBP.
What are the pros and cons of this particular approach to enhancing border security?
The biggest advantage of the technology is the ease with which border agents can use the imagery provided by illuminated, near-infrared cameras, which is unparalleled by its thermal cousin. The picture quality of near-IR imagery is very close to that provided by standard visible daytime cameras. Positive identification of faces is possible with near-IR, where it is not possible with either mid- or long-wave infrared.
The downside of the technology is that it is limited in range at night by the distance that the scene can be illuminated. Plus, these systems consume more electrical power because they are actively projecting energy. Longer-range NIR systems that use gated lasers are significantly more expensive than the continuous wave systems. Plus, they suffer from eyesafety complications, size and maintenance.
David Fisher is Director of Government Sales for Vumii Imaging, of
Atlanta, GA. He can be reached at:
davidfisher@vumii.com

Sii ML

Vumii Expands Surveillance Camera Offerings with Introduction of Thermal Imaging Solutions

ATLANTA – September 19, 2011 – Vumii, a developer and manufacturer of high-quality, field-proven, zero-light surveillance camera technology, today introduced IP video encoding capabilities to its already cost-effective Sii AT line of uncooled thermal perimeter security cameras. This new feature provides customers with full video and camera control over IP networks using industry-compliant and bandwidth efficient H.264 encoding, eliminating the need to purchase a separate encoder for every camera.

Designed and certified to meet IEC and military standards for outdoor applications, the thermal over H.264 IP option, available on all Sii AT cameras, not only reduces the burden on network infrastructure and resources, but it also reduces the overall requirements for video storage and archiving. To make the installation of the product easier and more economical, this new version of Sii AT uses an 802.3af Power over Ethernet (PoE) feed, eliminating the need to provide power to every camera location. For increased versatility Sii AT includes an analog video output as well as 24VAC or 11-25VDC power input options.

“With the option to use low-bandwidth IP video, Sii AT becomes an even more efficient and economical thermal imaging solution for unsurpassed outdoor perimeter protection,” said Randall Foster, CEO, Vumii. “Easy installation and a highly reliable, rugged design make this line of cameras an excellent choice for round-the-clock site surveillance including vehicular and human threats at up to 1,000 feet.”

Easily mounted on a pole or a wall, Sii AT IP provides strong coverage for perimeters as it uses a wide field of view and thermalized lenses which stay focused at all times. Sii AT IP is available in two models: an 8.5 mm lens for 65 degree field of view and a 19 mm lens for 28 degree field of view.

Visit Vumii at ASIS International 2011 in Orlando, Florida, September 19 – 21 at booth 871 to see the entire portfolio of surveillance cameras.

About Vumii
Vumii delivers a comprehensive portfolio of surveillance cameras that enable its transportation, city and state government, industrial and utility customers to detect, recognize, and identify security threats during the day or in complete darkness. With nearly 30 years of development and manufacturing expertise, Vumii’s innovative thermal imaging and near-infrared active imaging (lasers and LED) technology is used to protect seaports, airports, critical infrastructure, public utilities, military bases, government sites, and even entire cities. Vumii’s systems are easily integrated into existing commercial and homeland security infrastructure, enabling detection and assessment of terrorism, crime, vandalism, or other physical security risks for site perimeters and borders.
Vumii is a privately held company headquartered in Atlanta, GA US. For more information, visit vumii.com.