Because short wave infrared (SWIR) technology provides extremely valuable quantitative information, the industry for short wave infrared cameras has expanded into new areas such as airborne platforms. The Airborne Visible or Infrared Imaging Spectrometer (AVIRIS) is a combination of a short wave infrared camera and a hyperspectral imager that has been used on four aircraft platforms with different pixel sizes depending on the altitude at which they operate.
Short-wave infrared cameras can also be used on a satellite platform to perform multi-spectral material characterization using sensors. Furthermore, the commercial availability of short wave infrared cameras has enabled its unique application in unmanned aerial systems (UAS) or drones, where the unique features of short wave infrared technology have enabled small UAS applications such as satellite imagery for water content metrics.
Drivers for Short Wave Infrared Cameras
Short-wave infrared cameras can be used for a variety of purposes. They open up limitless possibilities in a variety of fields, including security, industrial, and scientific image processing. Short wave infrared cameras are used for spectroscope analysis, such as the quality analysis of various agricultural products, sorting of plastics for recycling, structural clarification of unknown substances, and classification of purity of substances. To detect metallization and defects in electrical contact, shot wave infrared cameras should be used to click the image through the water.
In addition to military applications, short wave infrared cameras are used in civil applications such as fruit inspection, bottling plant inspection, solar cell inspection, and so on. Military applications are one of the most common uses for short wave infrared cameras. Border monitoring, camouflage identification, night vision, and surveillance are all possible with these cameras. Short wave cameras are typically see-through in military applications and click images with higher contrast in various atmospheric conditions such as rain, haze, fog, mist, and other challenging atmospheric conditions. All of these factors have a positive impact on the market for short-wave infrared cameras.
A Regional Overview of the Short Wave Infrared Camera
North America commanded the majority of the short wave infrared market a few years ago. In the coming years, the market in the region is expected to grow significantly. Industrial, military and defense, and commercial are some of the major applications that are expected to dominate the North American short wave infrared camera market. The North American region is seeing an increase in demand for short wave infrared cameras, especially cooled shirt wave infrared cameras, from the scientific research vertical.