The Future of Infrared (IR) Technologies

The Future of Infrared (IR) Technologies

As technology advances, accuracy continues to improve, and cores continue to become much smaller. Cooled and uncooled systems become more affordable as well.

Uncooled systems are becoming more widely used among many innovative applications.

Most people know that infrared technology is used in science, research, laboratory, medical, surveillance and defense applications, and has been since its discovery. Commercially, the use of infrared is increasing too. I had the pleasure of working for one of the Optics greats, Jenoptik, part of Carl Zeiss. I oversaw the Advanced Infrared Sensors division, and was responsible for at the time, the only hand-held, HD, uncooled, 1024×768, fully-radiometric, metrology grade camera on the market. Today, they have even advanced this product and technology.

I saw every type of innovative application under the sun. Some applications included measuring the temperature of a person’s tear ducts to determine if they are ill. This application can be used in airports globally to eliminate the spreading of illness and disease. Another application I enjoyed was aerial surveying. There were many different reasons for infrared aerial surveying. One interesting use is to monitor city lights at night in an effort to reduce power use, become more efficient, and measure how much power is used by a targeted area, city or zip code.

Another fun application was in entertainment. I constantly partnered with BBC and Discovery Channel on projects. You may notice infrared aerial clips of animals in some of your favorite programs.

One of my favorite applications was with SpaceX. SpaceX found use of radiometric data in the recovery process, and my solution at the time was the best way to collect this radiometric data with full HD and high frame-rate capabilities. You can check out some of this footage on one of our YouTube channels.

In the future, we will see applications more widely used among the public. With the innovation of virtual reality, and augmented reality, many gaming, and entertainment companies are finding ways to implement infrared. Infrared is innovating and evolving in research, science, aviation, aerospace, defense, development, and surveillance too. Many more uncooled solutions are available now, with user-experience in mind. The way the data is collected and shared has become a lot easier over time. In addition, SWIR, MWIR, and LWIR is advancing greatly, and where once maybe MWIR or LWIR was cumbersome to use, with poor results, may now be a great solution. Technology is advancing every day.

If you know of new research and development, or interesting and innovative applications, comment and share your stories below.

Hyper-Converged Infrastructure the Trend of Today and the Future

Hyper-Converged Infrastructure the Trend of Today and the Future

Technology and innovation is driving business infrastructure to change rapidly, and one area that is driving change is infrastructure itself, and the need to keep up with increasing data, storage, security, systems and several other sub systems. Globalization has driven businesses to compete in ways that infrastructure must support. The solution is a hyper-converged infrastructure.

Infrastructure in the past meant IT departments needed to manage and support several different areas for the business separately and have them all communicate with one another. Data Center, Storage, Networking, Server and Compute. These are the legacy infrastructures of the past and we all know. Technology today drove this antiquated system into a converged infrastructure (CI). CI combines these areas into one single, virtualized chassis. The infrastructure today and the future is now driven by a hyper-converged infrastructure. (HCI). HCI scales and streamlines infrastructure like CI but is all driven by powerful software using an x86 architecture making your datacenter agile and powerful.

Here’s a great image courtesy of Cisco   Legacy Datacenter looked a lot like this:

Nutanix provided a great image of even a converged infrastructure converted into HCI:

So, you can see what your IT departments have had to deal with traditional infrastructure and where innovation and streamlining has taken us.

What many enterprises are faced with now is that their traditional infrastructures are at life end anyway, so now would be the time to implement HCI. But I am sure you have some questions.

How Do I Know What HCI Solution is Best for My Enterprise?

Let Marquis Performance Group evaluate your infrastructure, and future business outlook. We can discuss and advise you on the best solutions completely independent from partner middlemen who are incentivized to push vendor products that may not be best for your needs.

Is HCI Expensive?

 A better question for you would be, what would it cost you if you lost your infrastructure? Could it cost you your job? Your company? The investment of a hyper-converged infrastructure can save your IT department not only a lot of money in the long run, but also a lot of time. Overtime is expensive.

How Long Does HCI Take to Implement and Deploy?

Each project and deployment are different. Let us evaluate your needs, and we can make recommendations from there. We will introduce you to the right vendor who can build your deliverables timeline and help improve your business.

Is HCI Secure?

Marquis Performance Group can help advise you on the best solution to make sure you aren’t vulnerable.

Contact Marquis Performance Group today for a consultation.