New UK distributor for Opgal IR and thermal imaging systems

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Firstsight Vision has signed an exclusive distribution agreement for the UK with Opgal Optronic Industries Ltd for sales into the industrial, security and defence markets. This is part of a wider European agreement with the Stemmer Imaging Group.

Opgal is a leading supplier of highly sensitive cooled and uncooled thermal imaging systems, infrared cameras and custom systems for industrial, R&D, defence, security and paramilitary applications. Opgal manufactures fourth-generation infrared cameras based on InSb or MCT cryogenically cooled detectors and on VOx or aSi microbolometer uncooled detectors. The InSb or MCT detectors function in the 3-5um spectral band and are available in 320 x 240 or 640 x 480 pixel resolutions. The microbolometer systems operate in the 8-12um spectral band with 640 x 480, 320 x 240 or 160 x 120 pixel resolutions.

Opgal's thousands of electro-optical and thermal imaging products in service throughout the world are the result of 25 years of experience in innovative development. Opgal is headquartered in Karmiel, Israel.

Firstsight Director Mark Williamson says: "This agreement is part of our strategy to utilise the synergies between the high-end security/defence market and the machine vision market. Additional resources are being applied in conjunction with this appointment to maximise our impact in this new market. Unlike many of the IR manufacturers, Opgal uses Israeli and European sensor technology, so the long delays that occur with many suppliers to gain US export licences does not apply, thereby significantly reducing delivery times."

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