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M1-D Gimbal PTZ Thermal imaging IR Camera for Ground, marine, airborne UAV / All Weather payload – Low cost EO-IR FLIR system.

Multi purpose multi sensor EO/IR ground, marine Vehicle roof mounted thermal imaging flir PTZ camera

The M1D is the premiere Vehicle roof mounted thermal imager

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The M1-D is the first affordable micro PTZ camera to feature integrated thermal imaging camera (FLIR), CCTV camera and laser designator in an ultra compact rugged housing. The M1-D Roof mounted thermal camera is an all weather gimbal remote positioning system suitable for mounting on a wide range of vehicles, vessels and stationary platforms. The M1-D Roof mounted thermal camera is the breakthrough product that you have been waiting for to satisfy your imaging needs 24/7/365. This is a very efficient unit with Nominal 1.5-2.0 amps @12VDC Max 2.5 amps consumption. The M1D Roof mounted thermal camera is a great choice as a vehicle mounted FLIR camera for situational awareness, drivers vision enhancer DVE and search & rescue SAR applications.

Long range thermal imaging camera
Included and integrated within the M1D gimbal turret is a sensitive Daytime Color / Low light camera which offers 1028×768 resolution with TELEPHOTO ZOOM for extended range and very good Day/Night imaging capabilities that compliments the included FLIR thermal imager camera sensor & Laser sensor.

For UAV UGV Drone gyro Stabilized day/night thermal imaging gimbal
applications, have a look at our M2D EOIR micro mini drone camera.

lightweight EOIR thermal imaging flir gimbal

Included and integrated within the M1D Roof mounted thermal camera is a sensitive Daytime Color / Low light camera which offers 1028×768 resolution with TELEPHOTO ZOOM for extended range and very good Day/Night imaging capabilities that compliments the included FLIR thermal imager camera sensor & Laser sensor.

The M1-D All Weather Roof mounted thermal camera is ideal for UAV drones, cars, boats and building applications, the system is a rugged affordable solution for:

The Complete M1-D Micro FLIR PTZ UAV Thermal Camera System


  • UAV copter airborne aerial imaging
  • PT Pan Tilt imaging system for car, vehicles, mobile roof mount applications.
  • Marine, boat, seaborne and coastal imaging
  • Ground based security, fixed, building remote  surveillance imaging
    • Fixed installation imaging
    • Mobile, car, vehicle, rooftop mounted vehicle gimbal ball imaging system
    • Remote tactical thermal imaging and CCTV laser camera
    • Mast mounted, tripod mounted imaging solution
    • Custom Integration solution

-The M1D Roof mounted thermal camera is available in the ENHANCED 336 THERMAL IMAGER CAMERA with 13mm Germanium Optics and 8x Ezoom
-The PREMIUM 640 Thermal Camera Version offers 19mm Germanium Optics and 8x Ezoom
-White Hot imaging palette is preset to all units.
-The ultimate roof mounted thermal camera

Drone thermal camera


640X480 thermal resolution provides 307,200 pixels for the ultimate in imaging quality and long range target performance.
Combines a CCTV visual imaging camera with state of the art thermal sensor and an integrated laser pointing device.
Perfectly matched zoom settings for any mission from short to long range (2X to 8X thermal zoom).
Weighing in at ~2lbs, the 4.5” diameter system is designed specifically to with- stand the harsh field conditions while minimizing package dimensions. Easily mounts in virtually any application.
Monochrome and Color modes to enhance user situational awareness and aide in target detection. Advanced OSD (On Screen Display) features adjust- able crosshairs and position readout.
Utilizes industry standard interface protocols for easy integration into existing systems. Can be operated from dedicated controller, existing controller or PC.
For resolving the finest of image details at ultra long ranges.
Easily mounts to vehicles with magnetic base. Can be hard mounted.
A variety of Laser Pointer options, thermal optics and controllers are available as well as advanced stabilization to further enhance your investment.
Low Cost imaging systems

Long range thermal imaging PTZ flir IR security Cameras

The M1-D Roof mounted thermal camera is the next generation in multi sensor pan tilt imaging systems. The M1-D combines ultra high resolution 640×480 thermal sensor with a crisp CCTV imag- ing camera and long range laser pointer. The M1-D is a fully weatherized system that is compatible with most existing vehi-
cle, vessel or facility infrastructure. The M1-D’s ultra compact form factor and easy installation lets you mount the system vir- tually anywhere. The M1-D is the ultimate in 360 degree situational awareness.

Long range thermal imaging camera

The Multi-Sensor Ultra Compact Imaging System is designed from the ground up to balance rugged all weather performance and operator comfort. The ultra lightweight compact design allows you to deploy the system across the widest array of platforms. Multiple sensors greatly enhance operator awareness for 24/7 360 degree situational awareness. Laser indicating further enhances opera- tional capabilities by bringing in your whole team.


M1-D FLIR infrared camera looking straight up

Our experience has also uncovered a nasty truth about most thermal PTZ systems on the market. The truth is that they all have blind spots. WHAT? How could that be? The problem is that most of these systems cannot look straight up. This means if you are tracking airborne threats or up a hillside you will run out of motion and loose the target. Now tell me, don’t you want to look straight up? Call us and we can also talk inverted operation sir.

M1-D thermal imager looking straight down


24/7/365 the M1-D UAV, drone, car, Vehicle, boat, mobile, marine thermal camera is always there for you no matter what your mission profile is.

This is the worlds first affordable Micro Pan Tilt Zoom system that incorporates high resolution thermal imaging sensors, CCTV visual imaging with instant zoom and a laser designator for always on target precision and persistent performance. Thermal imagers see heat energy and not light so they work in any lighting condition from broad daylight to complete darkness. Thermal imaging is the undisputed king of night vision technologies. The CCTV camera gives you sharp visual light images in most all lighting conditions to aid in identification. The unique laser pointer module lets you designate threats to your team to keep you safe and let you get your job done. Weighing less than 3 lbs and measuring about 4.5″ in diameter, the M1-D UAV thermal camera gimbal turret is truly a micro sized powerhouse. Ideal for UAV / UGV, SUAS, drone, quadcopter and multicopter night vision, IED detection /  UAV EOIR gimbal turret, tactical ISR, persistent surveillance and a wide array of custom applications.
The various sensors of the M1-D Micro FLIR PTZ Infrared Camera System

The expanding field of Unmanned ground vehicle and unmanned Aerial Vehicle opens the doors to the innovative M1D, The unit
is an affordable turn key, high grade EOIR gimbal turret solution for land, sea and air optical imaging. With the M1D the “skies have eyes” in the field of UAV cameras for commercial, industrial, law enforcement and military persistent surveillance.

Black and white thermal imaging is the industry standard for surveillance imaging systems. The grayscale imaging palette provided with all systems produces crisp accurate imaging profiles of the scene you are viewing. A black and white TV also produces crisp images but you wouldn’t buy a black and white TV would you? Of Course Not (they don’t even make them anymore!). The M1-D is a modern thermal imaging system that offers you B/W and COLOR performance all at a low price.

“If your needs are for a multi sensor mini gimbal PTZ ruggedized, robust & all weather Thermal FLIR camera then the M1-D is your quick and affordable solution.”

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The M1D Vehicle roof mounted thermal imaging flir PTZ camera is easily mountable to any drone, UAS, UAV or multicopter platform for enhanced imaging. The unit has been outfitted onto many unmanned systems for commercial, industrial and military applications. The small gimbal turret is very stable and has many mounting options. A huge advantage to the M1D gimbal is its affordability allowing the users to use an effective airborne imaging system with multi sensors and cameras. The thermal FLIR imaging camera channel now has optional radiometric capabilities allowing it to display real time temperature measurement of the scene and being able to measure temperature values in Fahrenheit or Celsius up to 1000C with accuracy of +/- 2%. The hand selected thermal FLIR detectors have sensitivity of 1/10 of a degree therefore any subtle temperature changes in the image as small as a tenth of a degree will be shown and measured real time. The M1D Vehicle roof mounted thermal imaging flir PTZ camera can be used as the primary imaging gimbal turret payload or as a secondary backup situational awareness camera.

The low price M1D Vehicle roof mounted thermal imaging flir PTZ camera has double layered rugged protection ensuring a rugged housing which works flawlessly in all weather scenarios. The on screen symbology on the users has useful data which can be turned off to just display the imagery directly from the sensors.

Long range thermal imaging camera

SPI Offers The M1/STAB Image stabilization module which can be outfitted at the point of viewing and not at the M1D PTZ site, this compact device allows for effective image stabilization with user input preferences for stabilization equalization and roll/pitch amounts desired for a steady imagery, without spending thousands of dollars on multi axis stabilization.

Image showing the size of the M1-D FLIR camera



Standing a mere 6″ Tall….

With a Diameter of 4.5″….

Weighing in at less than 3lbs….

Don’t let the micro size of the M1-D UAV thermal camera fool you this is a serious multi sensor imaging system designed for the harsh conditions of marine operations in the field. With the latest in thermal, visual and laser technologies the M1-D offers more to the user than systems three times the size and three times the cost. The M1-D can also be inverted making it the perfect option for mounting on mast and bridge supports.

The M1-D FLIR camera is mall but mighty!


The M1-D, this little guy packs a big punch!

Really this is serious. Maybe you are not grasping just how small the M1-D thermal pan tilt camera really is. You are probably thinking “Ok it has a thermal camera in it plus its got a visible CCTV camera and oh yeah they said it has a laser pointer too so it can’t be that small”?

Really it is. Okay how can we really demonstrate the true size of this device so that you can picture it in your head? The picture on the right with the measurements is a good start but its not intuitive enough……..hmmm. Oh that’s a good idea. Sure lets take a picture of the unit in someones hand. So small its the worlds first handheld pan tilt multisensor thermal camera!!

Never before has so much power and capability been able to fit in the palm of your hand. Get an M1-D and SEE what is out there.

Flexible Mounting Options

M1D has both magnetic & hard mounts

SPI has been designing, building and supplying thermal PTZ systems for a decade. Based on user feedback we know that you want options. The M1-D UAV thermal camera has multiple mounting options based on your needs for real world solutions. Magnetic mounts are super strong to hold to vehicles in virtually any conditions. Strong magnets are nice but it is the little details that set the M1 apart. Each super strong magnet is covered in a durable clear plastic coating that prevents the unit from scratching the roof of your vehicle. A nice touch from folks that really think about how you are going to use the system. In addition we have hard mount points for those applications that demand the strongest attachment possible. Whatever your needs the M1-D has got you covered. The M1D is the smallest and most affordable PTZ LWIR long wave infrared multi sensor Eoir camera system.

M1-D The New Low Cost Aerial Thermal Imaging Gimbal Solution.

Airborne / UAV Gimbal
The M1-D thermal pan tilt zoom system is mounted on a twin prop aircraft for flight testing. Many companies are selecting the M1-D as the future of low cost thermal aerial payloads.


M1D car vehicle boat mobile marine thermal flir PTZ camera specifications



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The Far Infrared sensor aka flir or LWIR for vehicle and roof mounted thermal imaging flir camera market has seen incredible growth over the past five years, with industry analysts suggesting fourfold growth for the number of units in 2017 alone. Indication from the market is that the use of roof and vehicle mounted thermal imaging flir cameras in automotive, especially for safety and night vision for autonomous vehicles, is taking off and could be the key to mass-market adoption of fully autonomous vehicles. Source: Uncooled Infrared Imagers Market and Technology.
Sensors have been part of ADAS systems for some time. Primarily, these have included radar, camera, and lidar sensors, all of which have their limitations in terms of detection of pedestrians, vehicles, and objects on the road, thus rendering them unsuitable as singular options to support autonomous driving. Autonomous vehicles are still not meeting key safety guidelines, because the sensor suites are not up to the task to deliver complete coverage and detection in all scenarios, weather, road and lighting conditions. For this reason, a human driver must be ready at every moment to take control of the vehicle.
However, even with a human driver present, autonomous pilot projects are still experiencing setbacks. Following several self-driving car-crash occurrences in the past year, many big OEMs have slowed down the implementation of their pilot projects and are, instead, favoring a slower approach to deployment that increases the focus on safety.
To ensure such safety across autonomous vehicle systems, the U.S. Department for Transportation’s Federal Automated Vehicles Policy now requires redundancy for critical AV systems. To satisfy these requirements, most OEMs and tier-ones are using multiple sensors and other components as fail-safe measures; specifically, they have identified roof and vehicle mounted thermal imaging flir cameras technology as a key sensor that can help their vehicles meet the ever-rising standards for safety.
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Automated Vehicles policy redundancy regulations are outlined in the recent document, Preparing for the Future of Transportation: Automated Vehicles 3.0.
There are various driving conditions in which roof and vehicle mounted thermal imaging flir cameras sensing would increase the safety of AV systems. For example, as one of the many scenarios that plagues other sensing solutions, night-driving often poses the same challenges for autonomous vehicles as it does for human drivers. The darkness makes it difficult to see people, objects, animals, and other vehicles, because there is not enough contrast to clearly view the scene. As a result, the vehicle’s sight is restricted to areas only in which the headlights shine. This proves dire for autonomous vehicles’ navigation of the road, particularly when in the vicinity of pedestrians: The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says that pedestrian deaths are rising fastest during night driving, and federal census data shows the same–three quarters of pedestrian fatalities happen at night.

Unlike other sensing modalities, thermal sensors don’t require any light to accurately detect, segment, and classify objects and pedestrians and are, therefore, well-suited to drastically improve AV systems’ safety at night.
In addition to night driving, a key concern for OEMs is developing autonomous vehicles that can maintain adequate coverage in any lighting condition and in any kind of harsh weather. Flir can satisfy both of these use cases and has, thus, become recognized in the automotive market as a crucial sensor for Level-3 autonomous vehicles. As OEMs look ahead to the future advancement of vehicle autonomy, they also see Flir as an essential enabler for Level-4 and higher vehicle autonomy and are beginning to seriously evaluate the sensing technology in their prototypes. For example, two leading OEMs have already announced that they are using thermal-imaging cameras as part of their sensor suites for their self-driving prototypes. Other will surely follow.
To eventually achieve Level-3 and up autonomy and bring fully autonomous vehicles to the mass market, many AV developers have reached the consensus that each vehicle must be equipped with multiple sensors. Specifically, in order to enable complete detection and the most comprehensive understanding of vehicles’ surroundings, automakers are favoring the use of multiple roof and vehicle mounted thermal imaging flir cameras sensors, as this technology can deliver the highest level of safety.
The automotive market sees Flir as the enabling sensor for full autonomy, because, in addition to its impressive sensing capabilities, the technology, now experiencing a next-generation revolution for the automotive industry, is also uniquely affordable for mass market deployment.
Its superior detection in dynamic lighting, harsh weather, and night scenes, in addition to its affordability for the mass market and its redundancy for safety are just some of the factors that are motivating OEMs to seek out Flir solutions to enable Level-3 and up driving. The market now believes that thermal sensors must be a part of autonomous vehicles’ sensor suites in order to deliver the highest levels of safety and the most accurate sight and perception of surroundings.
The remaining question is: What key features of FLIR thermal imaging sensing need to be considered when integrating the solution into a vehicle? First, OEMS need to understand the best use cases for thermal imaging flir sensors; then, they must identify what key features they should look for when choosing-roof and vehicle mounted thermal imaging flir cameras perception solutions for their applications. The technical advantages of roof and vehicle mounted thermal imaging flir cameras and when and where flir and a CMOS camera can be fused for a complete sensing solution.

TECHNICAL ADVANTAGES of roof and vehicle mounted thermal imaging flir cameras
roof and vehicle mounted thermal imaging flir cameras technology, however, gives vehicles the complete, reliable detection of the road and its surroundings. It’s able to do this when other sensing solutions can’t, because of its distinct technical advantages:
• All-weather detection
• Living and non-living object detection
• Invariant images for lighting conditions

roof and vehicle mounted thermal imaging flir camera sensors are capable of delivering reliable, accurate detection in real-time and in any environmental condition, because they access an additional layer of information that the other sensors don’t.
Unlike radar and lidar sensors that both transmit and receive signals, a-roof and vehicle mounted thermal imaging flir cameras passively collects signals by detecting the thermal energy that radiates from objects. By sensing this infrared spectrum that’s far above visible light, roof and vehicle mounted thermal imaging flir cameras access a different band of the electromagnetic spectrum than other sensing technologies do. Most of the electromagnetic spectrum is blocked by the atmosphere, with only narrow spectral windows that can let the EM radiation through. The visible light window roughly spans 400-700 nm wavelengths; whereas, the infrared window that is commonly used in low-cost uncooled thermal imagers spans 8-14 μm wavelengths (also known as LWIR (long-wave infrared)). Thus, the roof and vehicle mounted thermal imaging flir cameras is able to generate a new layer of information, making it an all-weather solution that enables AVs to detect objects that may not otherwise be perceptible to radar, cameras, or lidar.
It’s also worth noting that roof and vehicle mounted thermal imaging flir cameras passivity offers another advantage to autonomous vehicles: no interference. Because lidar and radar are active, energy-emitting modalities, the lidar and/or radar installed and functioning on one vehicle may interfere with and upset that of another passing vehicle. Conversely, as a passive technology, roof and vehicle mounted thermal imaging flir cameras can work to detect and cover a vehicle’s surroundings without ever upsetting the sensors of other vehicles.

By accessing a different band of the electromagnetic spectrum and sensing objects’ thermal energy, roof and vehicle mounted thermal imaging flir cameras sensors are able to seamlessly identify any living object in a vehicle’s surroundings. The technology also proves itself as the best modality for non-living object detection: In addition to reading an object’s thermal signature, roof and vehicle mounted thermal imaging flir cameras cameras also capture objects’ emissivity—the rate at which an object emits heat. Emissivity is affected by each object’s surface material, so every object with a different surface nature (e.g. the cracks on the road versus the sidewalk) would bear a different thermal signature. Thus, since every material has a different emissivity (and a different reflectance (i.e. the proportion of radiation striking a surface that is reflected off of it)), a-roof and vehicle mounted thermal imaging flir cameras can immediately detect and classify any object—living or non-living—in its path…
roof and vehicle mounted thermal imaging flir cameras further trumps other sensing modalities, as it delivers an invariant image for lighting conditions: Its image perception is not compromised by the color of an object, an object’s’ background, the direction of illumination, a multiplicity of light sources, specular reflections, nor many other image irregularities that may stem from variable lighting conditions in regular CCD CMOS EOIR images. For instance, although CCD CMOS Eo/Ir cameras are usually quite good at detecting lanes and other road markings, they may struggle to accurately detect the drivable road area–even in daylight–due to the high variance in the visual road appearance in CCD CMOS Eo/Ir images. The visual road appearance in a-roof and vehicle mounted thermal imaging flir cameras image is much less variable; it retains similar characteristics in many different lighting conditions.
Delivering an invariant image for lighting conditions is critical for autonomous vehicles to be able to see their surroundings in the highest quality necessary to understand and react to both living and non-living objects.
Besides enabling vehicles to see and understand their surroundings in any lighting condition, the invariant images produced by-roof and vehicle mounted thermal imaging flir cameras also help support machine perception. In fact, any feature that relies on machine perception for further planning and control will benefit from the invariant images roof and vehicle mounted thermal imaging flir cameras delivers. Such perception-based tasks include: on-road object detection, classification, intention recognition, tracking, distance estimation, and semantic segmentation. Due to the high-quality images roof and vehicle mounted thermal imaging flir cameras produces, these tasks may be improved with a roof and vehicle mounted thermal imaging flir cameras fusion sensing solution.
Localization and mapping can also benefit from roof and vehicle mounted thermal imaging flir cameras imagery. The amount of detail and information that this modality can offer is rich enough to enable tasks like SLAM (Simultaneous Localization and Mapping). Moreover, landmark-based approaches for SLAM may also be easily applied on roof and vehicle mounted thermal imaging flir cameras data due to the high resolution that these next-generation sensors produce.
Together, all of these technical advantages enable roof and vehicle mounted thermal imaging flir cameras sensors to see things that other sensors miss, giving autonomous vehicles better scene detection and analysis, both of which are key requirements for achieving Level-3 or higher autonomy.

roof and vehicle mounted thermal imaging flir cameras Fused with additional camera sensors
Although roof and vehicle mounted thermal imaging flir cameras superior image perception enables it to successfully provide coverage in a variety of adverse weather and lighting conditions and in the midst of pedestrians and animals (as compared to HD CCD CMOS EOIR sensors), the technology’s proponents do not suggest that roof and vehicle mounted thermal imaging flir cameras replace all other sensors as the sole means of perception. Rather, they affirm that roof and vehicle mounted thermal imaging flir cameras be fused with a HD CMOS Eo/Ir solution to deliver more comprehensive sensing capabilities needed to achieve full autonomy. Researchers from The AWARE (All Weather All Roads Enhanced vision), a French public funded project, have even confirmed long-wave infrared is the best wavelength band to complement CMOS EOIR for road applications.