Education

Education

There is numerous literature on fundamentals, design and testing of surveillance electro-optical systems (thermal imagers, TV cameras, nigh vision devices, laser range finders, laser illuminators). In spite of this numerous literature there are many myths about this technology, chaotic terminology, conflicting opinion about test methods, and unclear recommendations of some standards. We decided to start and expand an educational section on out website due to several reasons.
  • We believe in partner relations and cooperation with our customers and that it is our duty to share with them our know how in photonic metrology. Such partner relation and cooperation can be achieved only in case of customers with advanced knowledge in electro-optical technology.
  • It is easier for us to communicate with an expert in testing surveillance electro-optical systems than to communicate with a novice to this technology. The expert appreciates modern technological solutions used in our test equipment and its functionality in situation when a novice do not often even try to understand our test systems but simply asks for a delivery of a test system identical to a archaic test system designed decades ago that is known by him. Next, in case of a novice there is a higher probability of ordering a test system not optimized for real needs.
  • Our advanced test systems enable to measure a long series of parameters. This information when used properly gives not only precise information about performance of tested system but can be also used for design improvement of the tested system. However, a novice to electro-optics technology uses only a small fraction of the test system capabilities. Next, there is a higher probability of errors in measurement procedure or in interpretation of test results.

We encourage you to read the educational materials presented in this website, the publications of our team, and other recommended literature in order to become an expert in metrology of surveillance electro-optical systems.

We decided not to create another educational site with basic information on fundamentals of electro-optical systems as there are already hundreds or thousands of such sites. We set a goal for ourselves to create an education site for people who want to become experts in testing, evaluation and simulation of surveillance electro-optical systems. It is an extremely difficult task to create such an advanced education site on so wide subject in situation when we are basically a commercial company. Therefore we apologize but this site is still under development and only some sections are in advanced shape. At present, only the section on testing thermal imagers presents almost all information useful for experts on subject on testing these imaging systems. We hope that in near future all other sections will look like the section on testing thermal imagers.