Compact augmented vision system for tactical surveillance, observation & engagement
General Starlight’s (GSCI) QUADRO-S is a compact augmented vision system for tactical surveillance, observation and engagement at short-to-medium range distances. Made in Canada with military and law enforcement end-users in mind; it is weapon mountable, tripod mountable or simply hand-held. The system is making its last appearance for 2018 in Europe at this year’s Eurosatory exhibition in hall 5A, on stand # E657.
“In recent years, we’ve seen technological advancements within this industry, including announcements of fusion systems,” Andrew B., Lead Technician at GSCI, says. “Our driving force was to make something unique, yet accessible and affordable – and we are proud of our achievement. We had to work around many challenges to achieve low power consumption suitable for battery operation, to make it small, to make it durable, and finally to provide a perfectly usable real-time fusion video feed for unmatched in-class detection capabilities.”
GSCI’s patented multi-sensor technology found in the QUADRO-S operates in four distinct modes: thermal, daytime, night-time and the pivotal day-night hybrid view known as Fusion Mode.
A detailed image is created from the visible/near infrared (IR) and long-wave IR ranges of the spectrum when the operator is in Fusion Mode. Any inherent limitations found in thermal imaging or night vision alone are negated when these channels work together and complement each other to produce one real-time, lag-free video image to give uncompromised situational awareness. For this reason, it is finding its way into the hands of government end-users to ensure their safety and effectiveness when operating in less-than-ideal lighting conditions.
When asked about the Quadro-S, a Canadian Law Enforcement officer claims it is, “the most unique, well-rounded fusion system [they’ve] ever had the pleasure of operating. The thermal image is evidently of very high quality, which makes the fusion mode impressively clear and effective.”
It has a human detection range of up to 1,100m, and can be paired up with an optional remote and helmet-mounted display unit for added versatility to keep the operator out of harm’s way. The QUADRO-S does not hold back on the specifications either. It has one of the highest technologically available FPA resolution of 640×480; has an easy and intuitive multi-channel operation, minimal training required; Auto-NUC for smooth, uninterrupted, quiet operation (no clicks or sounds, no calibration needed); fast, high performance Germanium lens with the lowest F-number for a sharp, clear image; High Refresh Rate of 50Hz for a constantly smooth live video feed; and a Wide Field of View enhancing situation awareness.
All packed in a hard-anodized aluminium body that weighs just 750g, with dimensions 170x91x70mm, and, according to the company, “costs less than any other high-performance Fusion system currently on the market.”
With no ITAR restrictions, this device is available to be exported worldwide.
GSCI is a leading manufacturer and developer of precision night vision optics and thermal imaging devices, established for the purpose of supplying the market with state-of-the-art electro-optical systems. Since 1992, in over two decades we have built a company focused on quality, innovation, and exceptional customer service. “We are the only Canadian owned and based Manufacturer with a large selection of low light optical devices with no limits on performance, catering to individual consumers, law enforcement and military clients,” the company says. “Being of Canadian Origin, our products are easy to export, and although GSCI maintains a strict compliance with the laws and regulations of the Controlled Goods Program, we offer our customers complete assistance in obtaining the Canadian Export Permits free of charge.”
Eurosatory 2018 is showcasing the future of innovation across the land forces sector and MONCh (Moench Online News Channel at www.monch.com) brings together key developments from the show. For more information please see MILITARY TECHNOLOGY #06/2018, available at the show in hall 6, stand #D198.; and frequently check back for more NEWS FROM THE FLOOR.