Press Release

Commercial IR Imaging Market Share to Reach Over 50% by 2017, Military Share Reduced to Just 10%

June 22nd, 2012

Infrared (IR) uncooled cameras were initially developed for the military market by US defense companies. Since 2011, commercial applications have surpassed military applications in market adoption. With premium market research from the worlds leading publishers, Global Information Inc. helps businesses stay on the cutting edge of this growing field with the best forecasts, research, and analyses.

Global Information is pleased to announce the immediate availability of two significant new reports on Infrared Vision.

Uncooled Infrared Imaging: Commercial & Military Applications

Initially developed for military use, uncooled thermal cameras are now being deployed primarily in three commercial markets: thermography, automotive, and surveillance.

The largest commercial application, thermography, witnessed booming sales in 2011. As new and larger suppliers started offering competitively-priced solutions, thermal imaging came within reach of broader categories of users, such as electricians and contractors. This has yet to happen in the automotive market, which is still dominated by a single supplier (Autoliv), and widespread adoption is still subject to technology maturation. Even with that, sales volume increased 30% in 2011, and it is expected that IR cameras sales for automotive will exceed 300,000 units in 2017. Surveillance is becoming a strategic market as it catches the attention of detector, core, and camera manufacturers.

The commercial market is expected to compensate for the decline of the military market, mainly occupied by U.S. companies.

The Yole Developpment report "Uncooled Infrared Imaging: Commercial & Military Applications" discusses market potential and looks deeper into the technological trends such as pixel size reduction, wafer level packaging, 3D integration, wafer level optics, and pixel level packaging.

An Executive Summary for this report and free sample pages from the full document are available at

LEDs Used in Night Vision Imaging System Compatible Lighting Global Market Forecast (2011-2018)

A new market research report studying LED use in Night Vision from ElectroniCast provides a detailed market forecast for 2011-2018 for LEDs that with night vision compatibility and for use in night vision imaging systems (NVIS).

LEDs face the challenge of creating definitive positions in the NVIS illumination market, as competing lighting solutions and technologies are already available and accepted within the industry. This report provides an independent examination and analysis of the changing market dynamics for LEDs used in Military (Aircraft, Watercraft, Ground Vehicles , Ground Field Command and Man-Portable Devices), and Law Enforcement / EMS / Emergency Services and other Non-Civilian applications. This study also quantifies and provides market forecast for "Level 2" Packaged LED (component-level bulb).

An Executive Summary of this analysis and a free sample of the full report are available at

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