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Thermal Imaging Search & Rescue (SAR) Application

SATIR Thermal Imaging Search & Rescue (SAR) Application

In recent years the number of search and rescue operations is on the rise and have become more high profiled such as the group of boys in Thailand who went missing in the Sea Caves or sea rescues in the Mediterranean Sea saving immigrants from drowning.

With increasing search & rescue operations, it has become important to develop more technology equipment to help find people safely and quicker as time is of the essence in search and rescue operations. Thermal imaging equipment is becoming widely used in search and rescue operations.

Why is thermal imaging equipment being used in Search and Rescue Operations?

Thermal imaging equipment is being used in search and rescue operations for number of reasons. Thermal Cameras can read temperature measurement very easily and display temperature readings as an image or video to users. This is particularly useful when the search and rescue teams can no longer see in darkness at night time or have low visibility.  In recent years thermal imaging technology have been integrated onto UAV Drone systems. Thermal Imaging Drones have a lot of benefits in a Search & Rescue (SAR) application, with drones more ground can be covered quickly and easily. This means search areas can be ruled out quickly or can lead to people be rescued very quickly. It also is a much safer way of searching for missing people where areas can be difficult to reach this removes some risks from the rescue teams.

Sea Rescue Operations

Sea rescue operations are one of the search and rescue missions that would benefit greatly from the use of thermal imaging equipment. The reason for this is due to thermal imaging cameras working from heat/temperature measurement which is radiated from everything and everyone. With sea rescue operations, the sea temperatures help people to be found easier because of the difference between sea and human temperature.  If we look at the Atlantic Ocean sea temperatures can range from −2 °C (28 °F) to over 30 °C (86 °F). While average human temperature is 98.6°F (37°C).  Even a difference of 7 degrees from 30°C to 37°C could crate a big difference on a thermal image or video recording.

Mountain Rescue Operations

Mountain rescue teams often have to search dangerous tough terrain for missing people. A thermal imaging UAV drone system or a fixed thermal camera fitted to a rescue plane/helicopter can cover this type of terrain easily and quickly without causing harm to search and rescue workers. This can rule out areas where there is no sign of people before sending out the search teams. This means search teams won’t run out of energy quickly and with an aerial survey by the thermal drone they will know what type of terrain they will be searching and be able to make the correct preparations for ground searches.

Recommended SATIR Thermal Imaging Search & Rescue (SAR) Products

We have two different range of thermal imaging cameras that would be suitable to use in a Search & Rescue Situation.  The first is a thermal handheld monocular called the UMTI which is easy to use and features video and still recording with a 384x288 IR Resolution. This is suitable for rescue teams that are searching on the ground. 

The second is our UAV drone system, the 640P which has a UFPA 640x480 detector which is a high-quality detector which will deliver clear, crisp thermal images and video to the end-user. It has electric and auto focus up to 50m. The FOV is 12°x9° and spatial resolution (IFOV) of 0.34 mrad. However, due to it’s IP rating of IP43 it is recommended to fly this only in dry conditions and max wind resistance is 10m/s. The benefit of using a thermal UAV Drone system is that it can cover more ground easily and quickly which speeds up the process of searching for the missing people.

Vietnam Electric & Power Show

SATIR Exhibiting at Vietnam Electric & Power

SATIR are excited to announce we will be exhibiting at this year’s Vietnam Electric & Power Show which takes place in Saigon Exhibition and Convention Center (SECC), Ho Chi Minh City. The Vietnam Electric & Power Show takes place every two years, showcasing the latest equipment and services that are available to the Power Industry, including all areas relating to power transmission and distribution, smart grid, power equipment and generating sets, and electrical accessories. The show is on from the 12th – 14th September, from 9am – 5pm daily.

Visit SATIR at Booth E31

SATIR Sales and Technical Support Team will be at Booth E31 during Vietnam Power & Electric Show. Our Technical Support consultant will be able to explain what thermal imaging is and how it can be applied to your application and industry. Our Sales Consultant will be on hand to tell you about product features and discuss prices.  

We will be showcasing a wide range of our products at Vietnam Power & Electric, including models from our thermography range which will include Entry, Middle, and Performance Level thermal imaging cameras.

We will be bringing the PK160 a thermal imaging tablet with a 160x120 IR detector from the entry level range. The D300 SATIR most innovative Mid-Level thermal camera will be joining us at the show with it’s 384×288 IR detector. From our performance range the G96 will be making an appearance at the show. It has a powerful 640x480 IR detector and  has a very high thermal sensitivity of 50Mk (0.05°c @ 30°c, 50/60Hz) which allows the G96 to display the sharpest images with superior quality. All these models and more will be available at Vietnam Power & Electric for visitors to view and have a live demonstration from our Sales & Technical Support Team.

If you would like to arrange a meeting with us at Vietnam Power & Electric, please email us

SATIR Exhibiting at Tenaga Expo & Forum

Learn About SATIR Thermal Imaging Products at Tenaga Expo & Forum

SATIR are pleased to announce we will be exhibiting at Tenaga Expo & Forum at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre from the 17-19 July. This three day show will have over 40 seminars presented by a range of industry professionals. There will also be a number of conferences taking place such as the 2nd internation conference of women in Science, Engineering and technology, ASHRAE Conference and the IPAF Asia Conference .

SATIR is a leading manufacturer in thermal imaging products that can be used in a wide range of sectors and applications and we are based in Ireland for over 10 years. We will be showcasing a range of thermography cameras that are suitable to be used for the Power and Electrical Sectors. The products we will be showcasing will range from entry level to performance level making sure there is a SATIR thermal camera to suit everyone's application and budget.

SATIR Thermal Imaging Cameras at Tenaga Expo & Forum

From our Entry Level Range of thermography cameras we will be bringing the PK Series (PK80 | PK160) which is a thermal imaging tablet that has an Android operating system. From our mid-level range we have the Hotfind - S and the D300 which are both very popular cameras with our clients. From our Performance level range we have the G96 and the D600 which offers excellent imaging quality with detector resolution of 640x480. 

We will be giving live demostrations of all these cameras and our sales team will be on hand to answer any questions. If you would like to pre-arrange a meeting or would like further details please email


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