FLIR Buys Video Software Company For US46m Cash
by Security Electronics and Networks | @Articles News | January 10, 2013, 8:00am AEDT
“The algorithms and processing capabilities are of great interest to FLIR, which we can take along and tweak for security applications and integrate with our thermal and visible cameras,” Andy Teich, president of FLIR’s commercial systems division, told SSN.
The Traficon deal, finalised on December 28, comes in the wake of FLIR’s bought Lorex for $59 million cash in October.
Based in Belgium, Traficon makes video detection technologies for traffic applications. For example, it makes video analytics that detect and distinguish between vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians. The software is used for incident detection, data collection and to monitor lights in intersections.
In business for 25 years, Traficon has a large installed base worldwide and an established distribution network. This will help FLIR accelerate the adoption of its technology in these applications, Teich said.
At the same time, the Traficon buy is key to FLIR’s plans to grow its security business.
“We are aggressively pursuing lower-cost thermal camera development, and [the Traficon and Lorex deals are] a key ingredient to bring cost down a significant increment that will make the technology more affordable for more applications,” Teich said.
He expects that FLIR will introduce cameras embedded with the Traficon technology “toward the end of 2013.”
FLIR is a public company with a market cap of $3.5 billion and an enterprise value of $3.3 billion.