The Japanese company has developed an infrared (IR) colour night vision camera enabling colour shooting in 0 lux illumination environment (complete darkness). It is based on a special technology to pick up colour images from IR illumination which the company owns.
The colour night vision camera can take multi spectrum IR images and generate colours using co-relationship between visible light and IR. This phenomenon was invented and patented by a leading industrial national research institute in Japan and the company is authorised to use the technology under an exclusive agreement.
The camera is easy to use as a set with a lens, an IR illuminator and a controller. It is of very high quality using three 1/1.8" area Complementary Metal-Oxide Semiconductor (CMOS) sensors with a resolution of 3.17 Megapixels and a full HD global shutter sensor. It is compact as 55mm x 55mm x 60mm.
In Japan the target users of the camera are optical researchers and engineers working in universities and corporations. The camera can provide not only clear colour images but also multi-spectrum IR images to analyse the imaging data.
Potential applications and uses of the colour night vision technology are in;
1) Infrastructure (highway, tunnel, railway, river, smart city, etc.),
2) Industrial sectors (surveillance, automotive, medical, smartphone, home security, robotics etc.)
In the EU, the company is expecting automotive and surveillance applications sectors to be the most promising end-users, although individual consumer can also be targeted.
The technology has received high attention and 2 major Asian electronic companies have invested in the company in the past years.
To further develop its presence internationally, the company is now looking for commercial agents in the EU that would help them reach target users and develop the market in the EU. The high level of the product will sure be of benefit to the partner as well, as it will likely increase its customer base and increase of business opportunities.