General Starlight’s (GSCI) QUADRO-S is a compact augmented vision system for tactical surveillance, observation and engagement at short-to-medium range distances. Made in Canada with military and law enforcement end-users in mind; it is weapon mountable, tripod mountable or simply hand-held. It was introduced to the Asian Market at DSA 2018 this week on stand #30657.
“In recent years, we’ve seen technological advancements with the announcements of fusion systems made by Bertin Technologies, Night Optics, ITT Exelis, and Pyser Optics,” Andrew B., Lead Technician at GSCI, explains. “Many talk about [fusion] technology, many know how it works yet there was no such product in serial production... This was our driving force – to make something unique, yet accessible and affordable – and we are proud of our achievement. We had to work around many challenges to achieve low power consumption suitable for battery operation, to make it small, to make it durable, and finally to provide a perfectly usable real-time fusion video feed for unmatched in-class detection capabilities.”
GSCI’s patented multi-sensor technology found in the QUADRO-S operates in four distinct modes: thermal, daytime, night-time, and the pivotal day-night hybrid view, known as Fusion Mode. A detailed image is created from the visible/near infrared and long-wave infrared ranges of the spectrum when the operator is in Fusion Mode. Any inherent limitations found in thermal imaging or night vision alone are negated when these channels work together and complement each other to produce one real-time, lag-free video image to give uncompromised situational awareness. For this reason, it is finding its way into the hands of government end-users to ensure their safety and effectiveness when operating in less-than-ideal lighting conditions.
It has a human detection range of up to 1,100m, and can be paired up with an optional remote and helmet-mounted display unit for added versatility to keep the operator out of harm’s way. The QUADRO-S does not hold back on the specifications either: 640x480 FPA Resolution; Full IP67 Waterproofing; 50Hz Refresh Rate; 35mm, f/1.0 Focal Lens; 17.3x13.3° Field of View and 2x and 4x Digital Zoom
All packed in a hard-anodized aluminium body that weighs just 750g, with dimensions 170x91x70mm, it, “costs less than any other high-performance Fusion system currently on the market,” says the company.