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Sunday, December 11, 2005

Chateauguay purchases «thermal eye» for police

Dan Rosenburg
Soleil Chateauguay, Canada

With the help of a $14,920 grant from the provincial government, the City of Chateauguay has purchased a $17,260 "Thermal eye 250D" thermal imager for its police department.

According to Mayor Sergio Pavone and director general Paul Brunet, the portable device is capable of detecting intense heat in buildings or warehouses where illicit plants such as cannabis might be cultivated under heat lamps.

According to the Morovision website on thermal imagers, the Thermal-Eye 250D model is also capable of supplying night vision through infra-red technology.

Morovision says the camera features "quality image resolution, quiet operation, light weight and long-battery life. It is suited for many duties in surveillance, marine and industrial applications."

Other features include ruggedness, reliability, hand-held or fixed position capability, and adjustable viewfinder. Focus range goes from 20 feet to 24,000 feet. The camera itself weighs only 2.6 pounds and measures 9.5 x 4 x 4 inches.

A loan bylaw for the City's expenditure of $2,340 (after the grant) was unanimously passed at last Tuesday's Council meeting.


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