Cookies are important to the proper functioning of a site and we use them to help us offer you the best online experience. By using our website and/or clicking OK, you are agreeing to our use of cookies in accordance with our cookies policy. I Agree

Flexible Scene Enhancement

FLIR Firefighting

Flexible Scene Enchancement
for Firefighting

Firefighters rely on dependable tools to carry out life-saving missions, and one such critical tool is the thermal imaging camera (TIC). This device plays a crucial role in navigating challenging environments, such as dark and smoky conditions, to locate stranded victims in high-stress situations. By detecting heat emissions from the surroundings, a TIC transforms this data into thermal images, allowing users to peer through smoke, discern temperature variations, and uncover concealed hotspots. However, in scenarios where temperature differences are less distinct, some TICs may struggle to provide the clarity needed by firefighters to swiftly identify structural elements in their path. This is where FLIR's innovative Flexible Scene Enhancement (FSX) technology steps in.

Introducing the groundbreaking Flexible Scene Enhancement (FSX™) technology, now featured in the FLIR K55 camera. This advancement delivers superior image detail in thermal video imagery, empowering firefighters to visualize ultrasharp thermal images with the utmost precision, even capturing the tiniest of details.

What is Flexible Scene Enhancement (FSX)?

FSX Thermal Imaging

While thermal imaging technology is undoubtedly valuable for firefighters, a Thermal Imaging Camera (TIC) equipped with Flexible Scene Enhancement (FSX), exemplified by FLIR's K45, K55, and K65 cameras, elevates thermal image enhancement to a whole new level. FSX relies on potent image processing algorithms, enabling firefighters to discern low-contrast targets even in scenarios with wide temperature variations. The outcome is an incredibly sharp, more finely textured image that brings out subtle details, facilitating firefighters in identifying objects, pathways, and critical information more efficiently. These advantages prove crucial when quick decision-making is essential in life-or-death situations.

FSX represents an advanced non-linear image processing algorithm that meticulously preserves details within high dynamic range imagery. It extracts intricate elements like edges, corners, and other fine features from the original image, enhances them, and seamlessly integrates them back into the original image. This innovative approach ensures that users, including firefighters facing extreme conditions daily, can perceive images more clearly and effectively.

Faster detection

FSX Thermal Imaging

Firefighters have relied on Thermal Imaging Cameras (TICs) for years without the benefits of FSX technology. So, why consider it now? The straightforward answer is speed. In the midst of an active fire, every moment counts, and firefighters cannot afford to spend precious time adjusting their TIC settings to obtain the crucial image details required for effective firefighting, rapid rescue operations, and ensuring the safety of their team members.

What sets FSX apart from many other image enhancement methods is its exceptional adaptability to changing conditions. With an FSX-equipped camera, firefighters can count on consistently high-quality thermal video in virtually any scenario, eliminating the need to fuss with controls. This means they can focus on interpreting the imagery itself rather than wrestling with the equipment.

Thermal imaging cameras for firefighting applications

FLIR Firefighting Cameras

Entering a burning building or approaching an industrial fire is an inherently perilous task, underscoring the critical reliance of firefighters on both their team and equipment. For those who have experience with Thermal Imaging Cameras (TICs), they are well aware of the remarkable utility of these tools in safeguarding lives, including their own. The ability to peer through smoke significantly enhances situational awareness, aiding firefighters in maintaining their orientation within a structure and in relation to their team members. Moreover, TICs empower them to measure and visualize temperatures from a safer distance, enabling vigilant monitoring of potentially hazardous hot gases that could lead to rollover and flashover conditions. This early warning capability is pivotal in cooling down the situation.

Furthermore, thermal imaging plays a pivotal role in locating individuals who may be trapped or unconscious within a fire. TICs prove their worth not only during firefighting but also in the overhaul phase, wildfire combat, and search and rescue operations (SAR).

With the added advantage of FLIR FSX enhancement, thermal imaging technology has ascended to new heights of clarity, effectiveness, and efficiency, further augmenting its indispensable role in the firefighting toolkit.

FSX is exclusive to FLIR K-Series cameras

Only the FLIR K45, K55, and NFPA 1801:2018-compliant K65 models come equipped with the remarkable Flexible Scene Enhancement feature. These high-performance cameras offer the convenience of five different imaging modes that you can effortlessly switch between using a conveniently located button, even when wearing gloves in challenging conditions. Additionally, all three models provide the capability to save up to 200 thermal images for later review.

Taking it to the next level, the K55 and K65 models go even further by enabling the storage of up to 200 video clips, each lasting 5 minutes. This feature allows you to capture dynamic scenes in action, which proves invaluable for feedback and training purposes.

Left: Without FSX™

Right With FSX™

Get in Touch

Please complete the form below to submit your request.