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Adam Bannister is a contributor to IFSEC Global, having been in the role of Editor from 2014 through to November 2019. Adam also had stints as a journalist at cybersecurity publication, The Daily Swig, and as Managing Editor at Dynamis Online Media Group.
June 15, 2016

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The Video Surveillance Report 2022

World First at FIREX: Smartphone with Integrated Thermal Camera – the Cat S60

Visitors to FIREX 2016 can check out the world’s first smartphone with an integrated thermal camera.

The Cat S60 will feature an embedded Lepton thermal microcamera module from FLIR that visualizes heat that is invisible to the naked eye, highlighting temperature contrasts.

Users can operate the camera from the MyFLIR thermal camera Android app.

Register for FIREX 2016 (21-23 June, ExCeL London) to check out the Cat S60 on the Cat Phones’ stand (F220). You can also pre-book a meeting with Cat Phones to take place during the show.

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Thermal camera features

  • Capture still thermal images, video, panoramas, and time lapses
  • Images and videos are enhanced with FLIR’s multi-spectral dynamic imaging technology (MSX) that embosses digital camera image data onto the thermal image to provide context and clarity
  • Swipe between thermal and the corresponding visual spectrum saved images, making it easier to understand the thermal image
  • Apply up to three movable spot metres and a fixed region of interest to read temperature data directly off the live image feed or from saved images
  • Switch between nine thermal colour palettes that visualise surface temperature contrasts differently, including modes to highlight the highest and lowest temperature areas in the frame only
  • Select from four pre-set emissivity values and set custom temperature scales for thermal images
  • Export radiometric JPEG images to apps including FLIR Tools, available for free, which offers additional image editing and analysis tools, temperature visualisations, and PDF reporting
  • Can spot heat sources up to 100ft away, as well as seeing through obscurants like smoke.

Cat phones, whose phones are characterized by their ruggedness, claim that the S60 will create efficiencies in a range of situations including on-the-job report generation and email integration. Boasting the capabilities of any other high-end smartphone, the S60 will be pitched to a wide range of customers including building professionals, utility workers, emergency first responders and gadget lovers.

An SDK (software development kit) will soon be available to developers, which means numerous apps are likely to emerge for the S60, particularly its thermal camera.

“We’ve already had a lot of interest in our SDK, and we’re hugely excited to see what use cases developers want to build apps for and what problems they see thermal imaging helping to solve,” says said Tim Shepherd, head of applications for Cat Phones.

“With FLIR, we want to support developers looking to build high quality apps that will help to make the most of the S60’s integrated thermal camera and make it a powerful tool for even more users.”

Cat S60 key features:

  • Waterproof to depths of up to five metres for one hour
  • Drop-proof to 1.8m on to concrete, MIL Spec 810G, dustproof
  • Strengthened die cast frame
  • Super-bright display (typical 540 nits), Corning® Gorilla® Glass 4
  • 7” HD capacitive multi-touch with auto wet finger and glove support
  • Optimised battery performance (3800mAh)
  • High quality audio experience (>105dB)
  • Underwater 13MP main camera with dual flash, 5MP front-facing camera
  • 4G LTE
  • Snapdragon 617 octa-core processor
  • 32GB ROM, 3GB RAM
  • Android™ Marshmallow
  • Dedicated FLIR thermal camera app with MSX technology; still image, panorama, and video capture; changeable heat palettes; temperature spot meter; and min, max, and average temperature data

The Cat S60 will be available for pre-order in Europe in early June 2016 via the Cat Phones website, with other territories to follow soon.

Register for FIREX 2016 (21-23 June, ExCeL London) to check out the Cat S60 on the Cat Phones’ stand (F220). You can also pre-book a meeting with Cat Phones to take place during the show.

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