After a useful digital zoom implemented in October, two brand new features were activated in FusionSight®: a Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) and snapshots recording. Since the hardware dedicated to these features were already included, both FusionSight® weight and design remain the same. To ensure acquisition and maintenance costs the lowest possible, FusionSight® team selected a powerful civil GNSS feature. It is compatible with the American GPS, the Russian GLONASS, the European Galileo, the Chinese BeiDou, and also with all Satellite-Based Augmentation Systems (SBAS). Six digit grade coordinates are now displayed in real time on the internal screen, giving the user important information on his location. During operations, he can communicate these coordinates to be supported if facing potential threats. Coordinates are also useful to mark a specific location of interest. Last but not least, the jointly use of FusionSight and of a laser range finder allow the user to estimate the location of his targets more precisely.
The first duty of Homeland Security is to prevent, as far as possible, any criminal or terrorist actions. Therefore, a large part of the job is to lead observation and surveillance operations. As criminal activities often occur at night, Homeland Security teams use Night Vision Device to accomplish their operations. Before any interventions, these committed forces need to record evidence for legal matters. As a consequence, image recording capability is a requirement for Night Vision Device. That is the reason why Bertin’s team decided to implement a snapshot feature into FusionSight®. As for the whole of our FusionSight®, that feature has been developed around user needs. Indeed, it works as for any commercial camera: user has just to push one button to take a snapshot on what he is looking at. The icing on the cake is that every single snapshot taken is actually saved into a commercial SD card in four images: one image for the three modes of FusionSight® (Thermal, Low Light and Fusion), and one screenshot. User has then just to insert the SD card into the SD slot of any computer, in order to browse saved images and to select the most appropriate ones. Finally and to comply with legal requirements, the whole images are tagged with GPS coordinates, date and hour.